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Dungbeetle River Lodge
Ranked #2 of 9 Colchester B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Oakland, CA
1 review
“WARMEST TREATMENT EVER -LIKE FAMILY”
Reviewed 2 November 2009

Derrick and Etta were the most congenial, caring, and accommodating innkeepers we've ever experienced. We enjoyed Etta's tour of ADDO ELEPHANT PARK immensely, found the Big Five Suite enchanting and enjoyed the home-style breakfast. I would recommend DungBettle River Lodge to anyone interested in a relaxing and respectful experience. They're the best.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Diss, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 October 2009

We recently stayed at Dungbeetle River Lodge with two friends who like us, wanted to visit Addo Elephant Park as the climax of our Garden Route tour. The Lodge location is really great being right on the Sundays River and Etta and Derek could not have been more welcoming and helpful hosts and we would not have had such wonderful experiences regarding what we should do without their recommendations . During our short stay the two ladies in our party opted for a 5-hour safari with Derek which was most enjoyable and fun, whilst the two men went Elephant Back Riding - an experience they will never forget. We all then met up for an afternoon/evening safari at Schotia, including a fabulous meal around the campfire and sightings of a fantastic male lion.

Breakfast on the decking looking out over the river was superb - full English, freshly squeezed fruit juice and Derek's amazing freshly baked bread. Both Etta and Derek made us feel like their family and we recommend Dungbeetle to you all.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled with friends
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Paignton
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Reviewed 25 September 2009

We pre-booked for one night only, but wished it had been longer. We were welcomed by Derek who was very friendly and hospitable and served us tea and snacks. As we were only staying one night we were hoping to tour the elephant park the next day. This was arranged for us by Etta, who took the four of us out giving us a day to remember.
The lodge is well maintained and in a beautiful setting right on the river overlooking sand dunes.
Breakfast was an experience in itself with a full selection, including home made bread and different jams, eaten on the balcony overlooking the river with the sun rising.
We only wished we had booked for longer to appreciate more all the Lodge and the area had to offer.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled with family
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Israel
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Reviewed 27 August 2009

We stayed 3 nights with our 12-year old sun and had a wonderful time. Etta and Derek made the plans for a full 3 day package including 2 safaris (1 day @ Addo with Etta and anothe afternoon/evening at Schotia) and one relaxing day at Alendria Dunes and Sundays River.
We had a lovely time. Etta and Derek made the utmost to please us and make us feel comfortable.
Highly recommended.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with family
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Devon
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Reviewed 11 May 2009

we stayed at the lodge in new year 2007-08.Derek Etta and the the little rascal also known as tombe were the perfect hosts and felt so comfortable we could have spent the rest of our holiday there.we had the most wonderful time and met new and interesting people.so much so we are going back sept 2009. can't wait see you soon darren and suzie.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Vejle, Denmark
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Reviewed 22 March 2009

We spent 2 nights at Dungbeetle which we greatly enjoyed. The host were superbly friendly and helpful and very, very talkative. Rooms are good and spacious. The surroundings are beautiful - go on a canoe trip on the Sundays river to the dunes, and make sure you have enough time and a cold drink. We went on a half day (for lack of time) trip to Addo with Derek, but would definitely recommend spending at least a whole day in the Addo park.

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled with friends
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NL
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Reviewed 23 January 2009

My sister and I stayed in the Dungbeetle lodge for 2 nights. Etta and Derek booked us on the afternoon/evening safari at Schotia for the first night and even though something went wrong in the communication (we did not know where to go and the owners were both on a tour) this was a GREAT trip! Seeing lots of wildlife and the great diner at the campfire made this a highlight of our trip.
The next day we went to Addo Elephant Park with Derek and had a GREAT day! We initially booked a 1/2 day trip but decided to stay the whole day. Derek is a great guide and we had lots of fun during the trip!
The rooms and the breakfast are very good. The dinner in the local pub was a experience. Not a pub I would usually go to, but the food is great!

  • Liked — The friendlyness of Derek and Etta
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed November 2008, travelled with friends
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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 9 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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