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Dungbeetle River Lodge
Ranked #2 of 9 Colchester B&B and Inns
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Suffolk
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Reviewed November 22, 2012

It rained almost non-stop for the first four days we were there but the comfort of the place was fine for us as we just wanted to rest up. The staff were helpful and courteous. The breakfasts still amongst the best you will have anywhere - just ask the 'cops' who dropped in! Grunters pub nearby also a great local place for eating and a fine waterhole. Grunters closes early on Sunday so D&E organised a braii to which everyone staying contributed - Sydney did a great job as braii-master! No one went hungry or thirsty! The two day trips to Addo were top quality and Derek and Etta are excellent guides. The Fish Eagle Room was nice and spacious - quite unique really - just wish the weather had been kinder so we could have used the balcony! We have been friends of Derek and Etta for many years and enjoyed our stay with them as much as ever. Looking forward to our next visit!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Sion, Switzerland
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Reviewed November 19, 2012

We are going to break the trend here and disagree with many of the reviews before. On our month long trip around SA we found that the Dung Beetle Lodge is way behind their competitors despite the 4 star rating.
Whilst Derek lived up to the praises which are listed here, we must have caught Etta on a bad day and found her service manner quite abrupt.
The room has everything needed to meet the necessary ratings standard but the bathroom ceiling showed signs of mould and the furniture by their competitors standard is out dated.
The washing machine below our room sprung into life late in the evening and early in the morning to hinder a good nights sleep. Be aware also that if your neighbors like to talk above an average level you can listen to their whole conversation.
If WIFI is vital during your stay double check that it is working as they work with a dongle and not with ASDL like some of the neighboring B and Bs.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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natureguideAddo, Owner at Dungbeetle River Lodge, responded to this review, December 4, 2012
The Dungbeetle River Lodge is in fact the only lodge in this area that has a router and wifi in the sense that guests are offered log in and passwords so that they can conduct their business of personal epads / blackberries etc. There is also a public computor in the lounge area where guests who do not travel with personal equipment can log in and use the facility. There are NO ADSL lines out here, we all depend on wireless service providers. Just prior to their arrival the Eastern Cape had been lashed by violent storms. The Vodacom reception was not good enough to the router, but guests were offered the facility of the public computor. These guests were most upset that they were not able to conduct their business on their private equipment, and also declined the public computor. The ceiling in their bathroom was most unfortunate, it is also as a result of people closing the bathroom window during the heavy rains. The extractor fan taking moist air out only operates when the light is switched on. The situation was addressed on the first day the suite was vacant, when the smell of fresh paint would not be a problem. Together with all this, we had major damage to our river bank. Etta runs and maintains the lodge and surrounds. If her stress was passed on to this guest, she appologises. It was unintentional. This lodge is run to the quality expected by all our guests.
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 8, 2012

I can't speak highly enough about Etta and Derek!! AMAZING hosts!!! Staying at Dungbeetle River Lodge was one of the biggest highlights for me while in South Africa. What a treasure to find! They helped organise all our activities and even when the sun wasn't shining they still made it as special as ever!! Etta's breakfasts in the morning were the best meals I ate while travelling through SA. Their staff are truely fantastic. The rooms brilliant - all individually special. I cried when I left this place cos I just didn't want to leave, I felt so at home.
Thank you so much for having us Etta and Derek!!! And for the fabulous experience!!! We loved all the activities you recommended!! I hope to visit again one day.

Room Tip: There was no swimming pool but there was a big river for canoeing on!
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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Reviewed October 28, 2012

We just returned from a week at this little piece of Eden! Top accommodation... service where nothing is too much! and Derek and Etta make their home your home away from home! I challenge any one to find better value for money! Etta's knowledge of the local floral kingdom added that cherry on the top of the trips into Addo! We wont stay anywhere else on my next trip to Addo.

Sidney and Dianne

Room Tip: The rooms overlooking the river are worth the extra cost but all rooms very well fitted out. The pho...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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New Delhi, India
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Reviewed October 3, 2012

This was our first stop on our two week vacation in south Africa..what a start it was.
Derek and Etta are outstanding hosts..the lodge is very well kept with lovely views of the Sundays river from the rooms..great spread of food for breakfast right next to the river..both of them are expert safari guides who have innumerable stories to tell.the lodge really felt like a home away from home!

Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Leeds
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed August 28, 2012

Set by the side of the river, this is a peaceful place to stay, set close to Addo Elephant Park. The rooms are beautifully layed out and decorated. We had Fish Eagle and Africa suites. We cannot think of anything we didn't like. Derek and Etta were so welcoming.
Etta's knowledge on the Safari to Addo was amazing. She found elephants, zebra and even lions for us to see.
There was a family public house that served food within walking distance of the lodge for evening meals.
Breakfast consisted of cereals, fruit, yogurt, cooked items and fresh coffee, tea and fruit juices.
We would definitely stay here again.
Thank you.

Room Tip: The rooms we had - Fish Eagle and Africa overlooked the river.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed August 27, 2012

We have just returned from our holidays in South Africa during which
we spent 2 nights at the Dung Beetle River Lodge, just minutes from
Addo Elephant Park. The lodge and rooms were well furnished and
comfortable, and we had delicious home baked bread and a spread of
cooked food of your choice for breakfast. We took their full day tour to
the Addo Elephant Park and Etta amazed us with her passion and wide
knowledge of the animals and plants, history and geology. She went all
out to ensure that our sightings of the animals were the best that
could be and and we definitely would not have enjoyed ourselves as
much had we gone in to explore the Park on our own. Thanks Etta,
for your enthusiasm in showing and sharing with us about all the
miracles of the safari and its inhabitants. We will remember your
passion and generosity. We had a marvellous time with you at the Addo
Elephant Park and your Lodge. For most of my family, the game safari is the highlight of our trip to South Africa!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Dungbeetle River Lodge
Address: 76 Aqua Vista Crescent | Cannonville, Colchester 6175, South Africa
Location: 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):
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