Wildlife photography

10 Spectacular Facts About the African Pygmy Kingfisher

Posted by Denis on Fri June 21, 2024 in Birdwatching.

The African Pygmy Kingfisher, found near Needles Lodge, is a vibrant bird with electric blue, orange, and purple feathers. Despite its vivid colors, it blends into dense foliage. A skilled hunter, it catches insects with precision. Males perform aerial dances during breeding season. Adaptable and solitary, it nests in riverbanks or termite mounds. Though not endangered, habitat loss is a concern. Spotting this bird at Needles Lodge is a special highlight.

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Expert Photography Tips for Capturing Marloth Park's Unique Wildlife

Posted by Denis on Sat May 11, 2024 in Wildlife Photography and Needles Lodge.


Nestled next to Kruger National Park, Marloth Park is a photographer's dream, teeming with wildlife like zebras and bushbabies, often visible from Needles Lodge. This serene sanctuary offers not just a stay but a chance to capture the essence of these creatures in their natural habitat. From the magical golden hours to the spontaneous wildlife behaviours at dusk, this guide provides expert tips to help you hone your photography skills and take home stunning images that truly reflect the beauty of this unique area.

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Unveiling the Fascinating Spiders of Kruger National Park

Posted by Denis on Tue April 23, 2024 in Insects and African Wildlife.

Kruger National Park is a haven for diverse wildlife, including a unique assortment of spiders that are crucial to the ecosystem. From the striking Golden Orb-Web Spider to the camouflaged Six-eyed Sand Spider, these arthropods play vital roles in controlling insects and enhancing biodiversity. Needles Lodge offers specialized safaris to discover these fascinating creatures, providing an enriching experience for all nature lovers.

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The Mighty Hippo: More Than Just Mud and Mayhem

Posted by Denis on Tue April 16, 2024 in African Wildlife.

Kruger National Park is home to the essential yet underestimated hippopotamus. These massive herbivores are key to the ecosystem, skillful in water and protective on land. At Needles Lodge, guests can safely explore hippo habitats, observing their crucial role in biodiversity. Our tours emphasize responsible practices for a minimal impact on these giants, offering a deeper understanding of their ecological importance during a memorable safari experience.

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A Walk Through Time/ Geological Wonders of Kruger National Park

Posted on Tue February 27, 2024.

Exploring Kruger National Park is a journey through Earth's geological history, showcasing ancient rocks, life's evolution, and dramatic landscapes. The park's diverse geology, from three-billion-year-old bedrock to recent Quaternary formations, reveals the planet's dynamic past. Highlights include the Lebombo Monocline and rich fossil records. This narrative emphasizes the importance of conservation and the unique opportunity to connect with Earth's ancient past at Needles Lodge.

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