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Dungbeetle River Lodge
Ranked #2 of 8 Colchester B&B and Inns
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Ajijic, Mexico
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“Highly recommended”
Reviewed 24 May 2014

We enjoyed our stay at Dungbeetle River Lodge. The room was spacious and well appointed. We had a river view with a deck to sit on as the sun was going down. We loved the breakfasts but most of all we loved the hosts who went out of their way to make sure we were comfortable. Etta took us on a game drive in the Addo Elephant Park which really made our stay special.. She is very knowledgeable not only about the animals but the plants and birds and the history of Addo. It was one of the highlights of our trip.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 May 2014 via mobile

What a nice hotel, well located for Addo or the private game reserves, this is worth a visit. The owners are very helpful and made us very welcome, plus there are options on trips to Addo too. If you have time take the river ferry cruise, fantastic bird watching with Les and for the fit a walk to the top of the dunes at the river mouth, ask at Dung beetle for details and prices! We also had the best steak of our trip at the local pub! Enjoy it it's a great base.

Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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East London, South Africa
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Reviewed 27 April 2014

Etta and Derek are wonderful hosts and we would always go back there to spend our vacations in their lovely Guest House. The whole Team is welcoming and very friendly and the breakfast was very delicious.
Etta spent a perfect day with us in the Addo Elephant Park. She is a very good and knowledgeable nature guide and the day was interesting and we all learnt a lot - not only about animals, but plants, culture and history. And she is never giving up to look for more animals. Furthermore we enjoyed canoeing on the sunday river and walking around the impressive Dunes. We will definitely go back there....Thanks Etta and Derek and your Team.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 April 2014

Etta and Derek made our holiday the finest experience we have ever had. They went out of their way to make every moment magical. We only stayed three days with them, but if we had realised when we were making our plans, we would have arranged to stay much longer. My granddaughter and I are still laughing and joking about our experiences with lion, elephant and golden spiders, not to mention all the other animals we saw! We also have a special place in our hearts for Thombi and the chickens!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 April 2014

We stayed at Dungbeetle River Lodge for 14 days, a wonderful experience, very comfortable rooms, great to breakfast overlooking the Sunday river. Owners Etta & Derek were excellent hosts with delightfully friendly staff always on hand. Both Etta & Derek are very experienced and knowledgeable Game Rangers and their tailor made half day or full day Safaris are great value and a great experience. Addo Game Park is only ten minutes from the Lodge.
Very highly recommended.

T.A.Taberham, Norwich, UK.

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 March 2014

Convenient location for Addo Elephant NP. Comfortable rooms, good breakfast and service. We enjoyed the full day game drive, Etta provides an excellent experience.
There isn't much to do near the guest house, although Grunters Pub & Grub serves surprisingly good food at reasonable prices.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 March 2014 via mobile

The place is nicely located on the Sunday river And has a nice view from the back deck. The couple running the place is super friendly and helpful and and arranged lovely days and tours for us including elephant riding and a day in addo as well as a private game drive. The room big, clean and had a nice African decoration. I can recommend any one to chill out here for a couple of days.

Stayed March 2014
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Additional Information about Dungbeetle River Lodge

Property: Dungbeetle River Lodge
Address: 76 Aqua Vista Crescent | Cannonville, Colchester 6175, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Greater Addo > Colchester
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Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Colchester
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Dungbeetle River Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Four Star Safari Style accommodations at Dungbeetle River Lodge near the entry point to the world famous Addo National Elephant Park and some of the finest game reserves in the Eastern Cape. ... more   less 
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