25 April 2018
Being inches away from a Zebra and glaring into its eyes as we arrived into our lodge being secluded and sucked in by surrounding trees, wildlife and nature in general.
Location: Located within Marloth Park, just outside of Kruger National Park. The park is an Eco friendly environment, preserving the natural growth around them and allowing animals to free roam. We opted for a shuttle to drop us off but it's recommended to drive as you can access any other facilities within the vicinity such as bars, entertainment and other restaurants. The area is secluded and the atmosphere is very quiet, which is a positive as it really takes you away from society.
Lodge/Room: How lucky must people be to be able to get a whole lodge to themselves ....... well we did! For the 2 nights spent at the lodge we had the entire residence to ourselves. The lodge itself had 4 rooms with an open outdoor living/dining room with places to relax, very simplistic yet effective with all the necessary tools needed. The rooms itself was all made from natural resources which was nice as it really was eco friendly and cosy. Despite the room being relatively nice this was probably the only negative of the stay due to three reasons. Firstly the bathroom is open within the room so you either have to be comfortable with the person you’re staying with or wait outside. Secondly flooring is perfectly fine par the shower which is grounded with pebbles so can be hard on your feet. Finally the door does not lock from the inside so if you’re a safe freak this is not the place for you, yes you can lock it from the outside when you leave your room but unfortunately not from the inside.
Host/Staff: This deserves a mention in itself. Magnus was there from the start to greet us and to see us off as well. He co-ordinated our activities and our pick up/drop off with a local company which was very helpful as we did not have access to a car. Not only that but he created the best 3 course meal we have had in a very long time at a reasonable cost. Magnus lives with his wife and son on the grounds as well but in a secluded part of the lodge. Every day he made sure we where well prepared by supplying us fresh water bottles and snacks we may need for the day as well as engaging conversation; the service provided for this section deserves an honorable 5 Star mention.
Overall: A very nice birthday surprise and one that I will never forgot. Being a city boy I really enjoyed the tranquil peace and the customer service provided by Magnus and family. Would defiantly stay here again if we where to come back towards Kruger or Marloth Park.