Etta and Derek, thank you so much for your wonderful hospitality. Our stay with you at the beginning of March was full of such great memories. You really are such wonderful hosts.
We arrived after our long flight from London, Etta was there to welcome us and show us to our room (Elephant Suite), one of two rooms with balconies overlooking the Sunday River. The room was large with windows on two sides and a huge bathroom area. Tea and coffee making facilties were in the room and a fridge and honesty bar.
Etta offered us a welcome drink and invited us to share a picnic with other guests (just asking us to make a contribution towards the cost of the picnic and the cost of the boat trip) on the Sunday River Ferry Boat.
At 4.30 we, together with other guests went down to the jetty. We all helped to get the picnic that Etta had 'thrown together' and off we set. Our hosts had ensured that all the guests were introduced and the atmostphere was such fun, with everyone chatting to each other. For bird watchers out there, this trip is a must. So many great birds along the banks of the river, both Etta, Les who runs the ferry, and another guest were very informative of the wild life, we were treated to great views of a couple of Golieth Herons, Night Herons and a huge roost of Sacred Ibis and Little Egrets.
We set of downstream to the enormous sand dunes, which we walked up, and were treated to great views. Then it back on the boat for the picnic as we cruised back upstream with the sun setting. A great start to our three weeks in SA.
The next day, after the most fantastic breakfast on the decking overlooking the river, we did a full day trip into Addo Park with Etta. Before we left, she gave us a very informative talk on the history of the park and general area. We then spent the whole day in the park, I would strongly recommend this trip. Etta is a mind of information about the plants and wildlife in the park and if we had done the trip ourselves, we would have missed so much, also in a normal hire car, you are seated too low to view game. Unfortunately for us, it was very hot on the day (38 degrees) and many of the animals were playing hard to find. Frankly I did not blame them. But Etta perservered and we were rewarded with some excellent viewing opportunities of elephants, black backed jackals, warhogs, Zebra and assorted antelope! We eventually we left the park just as it was closing. Although I think Etta was disappointed that we did not see more animals, just the sheer beauty of the park was more than enough for us.
Sadly we departed the next day, but I have no hesitation is recommending Dungbeetle River Lodge.
Having now returned home and having stayed in a number of places during our trip, I can safely say that Dungbeetle River Lodge is a very special place, with wonderful hosts.
We booked direct with the owners, they have a good website, with live-time availability. We have in the past used large internet booking sites, and apart from establishments having to pay up to 15% to these companies, they are not always reliable (even faxing my credit card details to one place, that did not take credit card payments).
They only have two rooms with balconies that face the river. Fish Eagle and Elephant Suite.
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Greetings to all our wonderful guests that have put these reviews up. Derek and Etta work hard to ensure your holiday is full of good memories, our home is always your home! Just need to correct this wonderful review in one place. The two superior suites over the river with private balconies are in fact the FISH EAGLE SUITE and the AFRIKA SUITE. Not the Elephant suite as mentioned. The Afrika Suite has four hand carved elephant heads that "guard" the big double bed, and could then easily be assumed to be the elephant suite. The Elephant suite is one of our standard suites.
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