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About Dungbeetle River Lodge

The guest house has 6 up-market large, safari style en suite bedrooms, with old world furnishings, subtly decorated to give you a classy colonial Africa feel, with all the luxuries expected of a 4 Star graded establishment. Your stay will include a very substantial farmhouse breakfast, with fresh home baked breads,  jams, cereals, yogurt, eggs, bacon, sausage, tomato and baked beans. Freshly made real fruit juice, coffee and tea. Served on our deck over looking Sundays River. (Supper at a local restaurant with good quality food at excellent prices, within walking distance, braai facilities are also available.) 

Dungbeetle River Lodge is your entry point to the world famous Addo Elephant National Park (3 ½ km to the new gate), and some of the finest game reserves in the Eastern Cape. The owners/managers are qualified game/nature guides, and offer guided tours into Addo Elephant National Park, to our guests.

Situated on the banks of the Sundays River, our magnificent decks have sweeping river views, a perfect backdrop to your big five game viewing. Classified as one of the cleanest rivers in the Eastern Cape, swimming is safe, canoes are offered to our guests, as is fishing tackle for the guest who wants an all round “river experience”. A ferry operates on the river, taking guests to the river mouth.

Opposite the lodge is the famous Alexandria dune fields : the longest widest coastal dunes in the southern hemisphere, full of history and interesting facts. Use the canoes to access these dunes. Guests always enjoy the dune hikes. Perhaps you want to know more about the history, geology, flora and fauna of these amazing dunes. For a nominal fee a boat can collect you at the lodge, drop you off at your starting point, and with a GPS. system and detailed instructions do a “self guided tour” to the river mouth, where you will again be picked up by boat and brought back to the lodge. (Choose your degree of difficulty). Minimum of 4 persons or be prepared to pay the minimum fee.

Use the lodge’s cycles or drive to where the Sundays River flows into Algoa Bay. Take a couple of drinks and watch the sun go down over the dune fields, or walk along this beautiful beach. The only people you may see are the occasional fishermen.

Let the Lodge owners assist you in organising your stay: Booking you onto game drives at private game reserves, elephant back safaris, sea cruises on Algoa Bay (perhaps see whales).

Safari: Only 3 1/2 km from the lodge is the southern access to the ADDO ELEPHANT NATIONAL PARK. Safe drive on the N2. Owners of the lodge are qualified game guides. Be introduced to the fawna, flora, geology and history of this magnificient park.

Beach: Where the great Sundays River meets the sea in Algoa Bay. Execellent for beach hikes. The absence of life guards makes swimming not possible. The Sundays River is tidal, clean and safe for swimming. Right in front of the lodge.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: an hour
  • Type: Bed and Breakfast
  • Sleeps: 21
  • Check-in: 14:00
    Check-out: 10:30
  • Reviews: 43 Reviews


  • Airport Shuttle
  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Satellite TV*
  • Hiking
  • Wi-Fi
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Parking on Premises
  • Cosy
  • Air conditioning
  • Bathroom
  • Breakfast
  • Double bed
  • Double/Twin rooms
  • Fridge
  • Lounge
  • House Keeping
  • Mini fridge
  • Minibar
  • Non smoking rooms
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Safe
  • Shower
  • Shuttle service
  • Eastern Cape
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans
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Availability and pricing

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  • BIG 5 SUITE BIG 5 SUITE Sleeps 3 Includes: B & B Extra large King size bed can converts into twin beds. Alcove lounge with single bed can sleep 3rd person at additiona... see more Features:  Air-Conditioning
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      • FISH EAGLE SUITE superior suite FISH EAGLE SUITE superior suite Sleeps 2 Includes: B & B Four poster Queen size oak bedroom suite. Beautifully appointed spacious suite with open plan modern bathroom with rain... see more Features:  Air-Conditioning
        • Adults
          • LION SUITE LION SUITE Sleeps 2 Includes: B & B Large King size double bed, (two single beds with special matress, converts into twin beds on request) Beautiful suite... see more Features:  Air-Conditioning
            • Adults
              • ELEPHANT SUITE ELEPHANT SUITE Sleeps 2 Includes: B & B Large King size double bed, (two single beds with special matress, converts into twin beds on request) Beautiful suite... see more Features:  Air-Conditioning
                • Adults
                  • AFRIKA SUITE superior suite AFRIKA SUITE superior suite Sleeps 2 Includes: B & B This superior suite private balcony over the river. 4 Elephant posts guard your KIng size double bed lie back and enjoy... see more Features:  Double beds, Balcony/patio, Air-Conditioning, River views
                    • Adults
                      • FAMILY SUITE FAMILY SUITE Sleeps 4 Includes: B & B The Family suite: two separate en suites in a wing of their own ground floor, for 4 persons who prefer a sleeping... see more
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                          • RIVER COTTAGE RIVER COTTAGE Sleeps 6 Includes: B & B 3 Modern ensuite bed rooms with private lounge right on the river private deck, braai area and kitchenette. Breakfast... see more
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                              Reviews for Dungbeetle River Lodge

                              43 guest reviews Reviews of

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                              Leslie Montan, South Africa
                              20 December 2016


                              Janine and Guy Goes, South Africa
                              13 April 2014

                              A very comfortable place to stay with a lovely view and close to many places of interest in the area. Etta and Derek the hosts are wonderful and went out of their way to ensure we enjoyed our stay. Breakfast was superb with delicious freshly baked bread.

                              Ms Beyer
                              22 September 2013

                              An awesome place to stay in Colchester. We really had a lovely time during our one night stay. The location is perfect. Hard to get any better. Owners and staff are extremely helpful and friendly. They even wanted to provide medication for my friend who was sick to his stomach. They really know the town and its surroundings and gave good advice on local restaurants and outdoor activities. We were allowed to take their canoe and explored the Sunday River and the dunes right in front of the Dungbeetle River Lodge. Addo Elephant Park and some Private Game Reserves are just a short drive away....
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                              Ray Ali, South Africa
                              11 November 2012

                              We chose Dungbeetle River Lodge because of their positive reviews and we are so greatly that we made this choice. This sounds corney but what a gem. Simply divine and the credit goes to Etta and Derik, two of the nicest people that you could ever meet. Our only regret is that we did not stay longer. Breakfast was delicious and you must try the bread and home made jams. Rooms were large and very neat and the service was like a five star hotel. Make sure that you arrange a safari drive with Etta.

                              Bradley Sol, South Africa
                              19 December 2011

                              We stayed here for a romantic getaway. Could not have been nicer. Would definitely recommend the afternoon game drive. We will be back.

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                              Dungbeetle River Lodge is 0.6km from the centre of Cannonville , the nearest airport 38.4km (Port Elizabeth Airport).
                              *Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling