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Dungbeetle River Lodge

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76 Aqua Vista Crescent | Cannonville, Colchester 6175, South Africa
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Bridport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We stayed here a couple of nights and had a room with a balcony overlooking the river. Derek took us out on a Safari around Addo which was fantastic. He is enthusiastic and knowledgable and I doubt there is anyone out there doing it better. The accommodation is good with excellent breakfasts. The river adds to the stay with lots... More 

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Switzerland
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to Addo during the day and did the sundown safari (recommend that sooo nuch as well!) and stayed the night at the dung beetle lodge. We already booked it at home and made a mistake with the dates - the owner was very understanding and changed it for us very easily. They were really understanding as well when... More 

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u/k
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11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We only stayed at the Dung Beetle for one night but it was a really good experience. The room was very big with air con, corner bath large comfy bed etc. We had breakfast on the terrace overlooking the river and it is absolutely stunning. Great breakfast with home made bread and lots of what appeared to be home produced... More 

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I didn't actually stay at the lodge, I only went on a days safari tour. I was the only one that had booked that day. Derek saw that I was on holiday from UK so he didn't cancel it, so I got my own personal tour of the park! Had a great time and Derek is extremely knowledgeable. Would highly... More 

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natureguideAddo, Owner at Dungbeetle River Lodge, responded to this review

Thanks for this review. Both Derek and Etta are fully qualified nature guides, not just game guides. The day in the park therefore becomes a tour with much more than just animals. Derek also enjoyed the day with you. He saw 6 lions yesterday in the Colchester section. Lucky him and his customers. It is a large park, we can... More 

Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic
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6 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have finished all the booking procedure including credit card details as we were asked for and after a week we were surprised that our booking is cancelled because our unit was rented for a company for long period. It is highly unexpected and unaccepted attitude from a lodge at your level and credit.

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natureguideAddo, Owner at Dungbeetle River Lodge, responded to this review

We regret that this incident happened. We had been in communication with this customer for about 2 weeks, many questions were asked of us and despite our prompt responses to these, we were never able to completely satisfy this customer's needs on activities. We realized that even if eventually they accepted what we offered they may still not be satisfied.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was quite disappointed here. I definitely wouldn't say they are close to Addo Elephant Park, well not to the main camp anyway. I would've appreciated it if when I booked they had told me about the park's age restriction (as I booked room for our toddler). I would've also appreciated it if on booking they could've told us that... More 

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natureguideAddo, Owner at Dungbeetle River Lodge, responded to this review

1. The customer inquired through our tourism forum. Her request was for accommodation between Port Alfred and Cape Town. This is where the village of Colchester is. Once the booking was accepted a map was sent with our position, web site address etc. The customer could easily have seen where we are. The letter from the forum also clearly mentioned... More 

Derby
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Lovely position overlooking the Sundays River; friendly hosts, eager to showcase local produce for fantastic breakfast out on the deck. We did both the “private game reserve” half-day and a full day in the main park with Derek. They are very different experiences and we’d recommend doing both.

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Kenilworth, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015 via mobile

We stayed in the eagle suite and enjoyed having access to the balcony and view over the river. We felt the two suites were probably much nicer due to this. Whilst the rooms are comfortable and carefully laid out, we felt there were some minor elements of the rooms that would benefit from updating (such as the fridge, toiletries and... More 

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Bournemouth
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23 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

We stayed in the "Lion room", in which the owner Etta had paid great attention to detail. She used to be a kitchen designer by profession and her experience shows. We looked in the other rooms, (when they were unoccupied!), and they all appeared to be of at least the same standard. Our room was beautifully decorated and furnished with... More 

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Hamburg, Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

The lodge itself is cozy, clean and i felt comfortable. I liked the welcoming (Etta, the host), we were offered a drink of our choice and were led to the terrace where we had a wonderful view of the river. I didn't like the area that much, but as a place to sleep before going to the add elephant park... More 

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