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“Maqueda Lodge's 'Mozambiquen little sister' just as wonderful.” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Maqueda Lodge
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London, United Kingdom
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“Maqueda Lodge's 'Mozambiquen little sister' just as wonderful.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2012

My husband and I were in Maqueda a year ago as boyfriend and girlfriend and had a brilliant time and I shared my experience on this site back then raving about it all.

Now I am back to tell you about the family's Mozambique camp where we spent our honeymoon. Although very different from Maqueda in the sense it is in a remote area and close to the sea, it still has the same comforts, exquisite food and hospitality that only this wonderful family can provide.

My husband and I spent 4 very relaxing days lazying at the camp and on the beach and as usual eating the most mouth watering food you will be blessed to taste.

On the last night we gathered around an enchanting fire and feasted on a prawn braai.
The camp was very clean and comfortable. We were in a luxury tent and despite heavy rains on 2 nights we stayed very warm and dry in our beautiful bed. It was wonderful to be woken by sunshine, birds and delicious coffee and rusks each morning.... before the fresh fruit and cooked breakfast that followed.

I highly recommend the experience not only for people from outside of Africa (my husband is Irish and I am an Italian saffa, we live in London) but also for fellow Saffa's that need to unwind from all the noise, rush, commotion and stress our daily lives put on us.

The family also told us they have hosted team building events close to and at this camp in a similar form to 'the amazing race' and the company has been back a second time. So this camp is not just a perfect remote holiday spot but also good for team building business events, boys/mens weekends and the likes.

As I said before, although each venue is different and unique with its own treasures to offer, both are very very clean. luxurious, comfortable and the food is exquisite, and all this is delivered with such love and passion by the hosts, Francois, Etienne and their wonderful parents.

My husband and I are already planning our one year anniversary, when we plan to go back to maqueda lodge and invite friends to go with us.....any excuse to go back ;)

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2012

A friend and I spent four days at Maqueda Lodge in early March. The lodge itself is beautiful and a bit funky, fully open to the wonderful surrounding area. More important was the family of owners and their staff who created the most welcoming environment I have ever encountered at a hotel. Good food and good wine served as the base for fascinating nightly conversations. Etienne's arrangements of day trips to Mozambique and Swaziland were a definite plus, as was our tour of the park with Dad as a superb guide. By the end of our stay we felt that we had genuine new friends.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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Portsmouth,UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2012

Having stayed for five nights at the beginning of March, we were made to feel so welcome that it was like being one of the family. As frequent visitors to South Africa, the standard of food and hospitality at Maqueda Lodge is second to none. The hosts, Etienne and Francois ensure you have a wonderful time no matter what you choose to do. The Crocodile Gate is only 20 minutes drive from Marloth Park Gate giving you easy access to the Kruger National Park. The rooms are very comfortable, the breakfasts superb with fresh fruit, yoghurts, cereal, toast and traditional full cooked breakfast - easily enough to take you through to the absolutely wonderful dinner! The opportunity to sit and eat with other guests at the end of the day, enjoying Etienne's marvellous dishes and good wine (at very reasonable prices) was a real treat after spending a long day in Kruger Park. Maqueda Lodge is a special place to visit and, no matter how long you stay, you will arrive a strangers but leave as friends.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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White River, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2012

Wonderful experiences by being pampered even after 10:00 p.m. with a warm meal, some drinks and entertainment. The food is very good and a lot. The owners and particularly the old man is a kind of helpful specy, you will not find many anymore in this world. To approach the place is a bid cumbersome and the distance to the crocodile Gate is longer then expected. Nice to relax for two days, its a nice lovers nest.We haven't unfortunately tested the surounding environment, pool access and walking or montain biking through the Marloth Park would be great.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2012

We just stayed only one night in this beautifal place with very friendly people. A fantastic warm hospitality welcomed us, when we arrived and took us through the night in wonderful and comfortable rooms in this rough area. The highlight was the lunch, which was served with very friendly words and full of taste.
When I'm next time in ZA, I will visit this Lodge again.

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled on business
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Westport, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2012

I recently stayed at the lodge over a short two day break in February. The best part of the lodge is the hospitality. The owners treat you like one of the family making you feel very welcome but giving you your privacy at the same time. The lodge is intimate, relaxed, and very comfortable. The rooms had their own individual local charm. Very comfortable. The food was excellent and the wine selection was great. The homemade spicy chili sauce is a standout. I could not have asked for a better local resource guide than in Francois. He helped to book me on a wonderful safari and took me out on drive along the river. Thanks for some terrific memories!! I would strongly recommend this lodge to anyone who wants an authentic and relaxed South African experience.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled solo
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Maputo, Mozambique
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2011

We stayed over Christmas with our 8 month old baby and we couldn't have been made more welcome. The food was fantastic and the shared dinner table allowed us to meet and chat with the other guests. The lodge is cosy with very comfortable shared areas. Kruger Park is a 30 minute drive. However, there are wild animals walking around the area where the lodge is based and there is a good look out point over Kruger (including lots of hippos) 800 metres away. We enjoyed it so much that we are going back in 2 weeks time.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Maqueda Lodge
Address: 1791 Geelslang, Marloth Park 1340, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Mpumalanga > Marloth Park
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 31 Speciality Lodging in Marloth Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Maqueda Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Maqueda Lodge is a "Bare Foot" Luxury Boutique Lodge that offers the highest standard of service in a tranquil exclusive private venue. Nestled in the heart of the Wild Frontier,in Marloth Park on the southern border of the Kruger National Park, this family run lodge only accommodates twelve guests in plush and beautifully decorated interior. Enjoy our excellent cuisine that will nourish you after a long day on safari. We offer very rewarding safaris into Kruger in our open game vehicle with our guide or take one of our many tours exploring Swaziland, Maputo Mozambique or the breathtaking Panorama route tour. Maqueda Lodge offers a one stop holiday destination that you will never forget ... more   less 
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