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Happy Jackal Guest House
Ranked #3 of 7 Colchester B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Zwolle, The Netherlands
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39 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Lovely place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2013 via mobile

Are you looking for great hospitality, beautiful and romantic rooms, good food next to Addo Elephant national park? Don't look any further and stay at this great place!
The owners are so friendly and make you feel at home. The rooms are wonderful and although we only had rain during our stay, it was one of the best experiences during our round trip! We had dinner in the dining room which was romantically lighted with only candles. The food was tasty as well. Great breakfast with homemade jams, bread, free range eggs and fresh fruit from their garden! To describe this guesthouse in one word: perfect!

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Vienna, Austria
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2013 via mobile

Spent two nights with my boyfriend in feb now again two wonderful nights with my parents at this lovely location! The view towards the river is amazing!! Make sure u get a room in the wonderful mainbuilding!! Liz and Peter are the perfect hosts! Peter, we all loved your bread for breakfast! 5 mins car drive to addo south entrance! Nice pool also available! Definitely will return! All the best! klaus with parents!

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2013

We stayed in the Lion King Cottage within the grounds which was very comfortable with lovely decor and our own private little garden. Quiet setting and perfectly placed for visits to Addo National Park and Schotia Reserve, great location for safari options.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Somerset West, South Africa
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329 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2013

Great place to pass a few nights, right on the fringes of Addo Park. Beautiful riverside location, with the sun streaming in across the expansive grassy lawn. There is easy access to a bridge and disused paved road, providing a great place for bike riding or the early morning walk/run.

We rented the 2-bedroom cottage, as we were traveling with family. The place was nice a roomy, except for one of the bedrooms which was really cramped and had 2 single beds. Nice kitchen and living area, however the TV was an embarrassingly small, old CRT-style unit. Also, the Wifi signal was so weak that we couldn’t pick it up in our unit and had to go outside, closer to the main lodge in order to connect. A stronger Wifi signal would’ve been nice. The cottage had no views but was surrounded by a nice walled yard area. Very clean and well-maintained throughout.

We received a very warm welcome from Peter, the owner, and he happily provided answers to all of our many questions. Great host, made us feel at home. The breakfast, served in the main lodge building, was excellent – a great selection of fruit and yogurt followed by eggs made to order. Delicious!

Overall we had a really nice stay at the Happy Jackal and would very happily stay here again. Highly recommended to all other travelers. Good location for trips into Addo Park.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Silkeborg
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52 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2013

We have stayed at the Happy Jackal 4 years ago and chose to stay here again because of the very close proximity of the southern gate of Addo and because of the fine rooms and the hospitality. Peter and Liz are very friendly and helpful, and breakfast is great. Colchester in itself is a rather boring place, but there are really fine things to experience around. There are the beautiful Golden dunes and the sea some kilometers away, then there is Addo which is an absolute must if you like to see Elephants, there are hundreds,it is just great. Furthermore the private game reserve Schotia is a great experince because you come so close (almost too close) to the animals.

Room Tip: We had 2 luxury rooms upstairs and would certainly recommend Room 5, a large Room with a large balco...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2013

Actually stayed here in March 2012 - so bit late with the review - sorry.

Was really pleasantly surprised by this place, as we were looking for somewhere near to Ado Elephant Park and took pot luck on this place. What a lucky find.

Had a room overlooking the lawn down to the river, where I took my pocket rod and had a happy hour or two fishing - and caught stuff!

The swimming pool was just the job after a hard day safari-ing, the room was very good, and the living room had all the books you could want to read on South Africa - and virtualy every thing else.

Breakfast was perfect and catered for all tastes with an open veranda so you could have it outside overlooking the river.

The local pub did good food on the nights we went there (good thing to as nowhere else to go, though there looked like there werte some interesting places on the outskirts of the park.

Highly recommend as a base to go out and about from.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2013

The curious name, "Happy Jackal", turned out to be a really well-finished stopover some 20km east of Port Elizabeth. Turn off the N2 just after crossing the Sundays River; carry on towards Addo Park, and turn left following the signs onto a rough dirt road. You pass some really rather unpromising houses and a covered gate comes into view. That's it!

We were warmly welcomed, and shown our room, upstairs with a beautiful view over the river in front and up to Addo Park to the north. The room was well-appointed, a comfortable bed, some good working spaces, and an excellent selection of teas and coffees. A thatched balcony lay beyond glass doors, with some comfortable chairs and a low table. The bathroom was perfectly reasonable, but the hot water in the shower really took a long time to arrive!

Dining out is not Colchester's greatest attraction, but what we found was adequate and very friendly. The night was quiet, but an owl roosted on our balcony, and hooted happily for an hour or so until we shooed it away - if you must sleep on the edge of a game park, what else can you expect?

Breakfast was glorious, with Peter our host's fresh baked bread, lashings of fruit juice,fresh fruit, muesli, and the full English eggs and bacon and all etceteras. A stroll across the wide lawns to the river, and we were perfectly refreshed and ready to drive another million miles!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
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Property: Happy Jackal Guest House
Address: 5 Riverside Drive | Riverside Park, Colchester 6175, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Greater Addo > Colchester
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Ranked #3 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Colchester
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Hotel Class:4 star — Happy Jackal Guest House 4*
Number of rooms: 6
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