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  • Guest Rating: (2)
  • TGCSA Grading: TGCSA 4 Star
  • Accommodation Type: Guesthouse, Bed and Breakfast, Guest Farm and Game Lodge
  • Minimum stay: 1 Day/s
  • Sleeps: 24
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM Check-out: 10:00 AM
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Dungbeetle River Lodge is your entry point to the world famous Addo National Elephant Park and some of the finest game reserves in the Eastern Cape.

Our Guesthouse is situated in the small village of Colchester on the banks of the Sundays River alongside the new Addo National Park Matyholweni Entrance Gate.

It offers a magnificent deck with sweeping river views as a perfect backdrop to your big five game viewing. The deck is an ideal spot to relax, enjoy your meal and take in the beauty of the tranquil setting.

Dungbeetle River Lodge is one of the only 4-star graded accommodation establishments in the area.  Your stay is inclusive of a scrumptious full farm breakfast that includes home-baked bread, piping hot muffins and fresh fruit juice.

Our guesthouse boasts 6 up-market large, Safari type en suite bedrooms, with old world furnishings and subtly decorated to give you a classy colonial African feel.

Each room with its unique big five animal name comes with television, honesty fridge, safe and a choice of single or double bed.  Included in our Bed and Breakfast rates is a traditional farmhouse breakfast.

All the rooms are en-suite and include the conveniences your can expect from 4-star accommodation.

The Fish Eagle Room is the perfect destination for a romantic weekend away.  A four-poster bed and large bath tub open onto a wooden balcony with panoramic views of the Sundays River.


Dungbeetle River Lodge is situated within easy access to some of the best game reserves in the country. In addition to numerous game parks in the immediate area, it is an ideal destination to unwind or pursue many exciting activities to entertain those with a spirit of adventure.

With its source deep in the Karoo mountains, the Sundays River is navigable for over 24 km.  Dungbeetle has its own jetty for fishing and boating enthusiasts.  Activities include:
- Fishing
- Hiking
- Canoeing
- Cycling
- Boating
- Swimming 

A boat port is available, for those people who have their own boat.

Guided Day Tours:
- Addo Elephant National Park
- Game Reserves such as Scotia Safaris, Shamwari, Lalibela
- Dunefields Beach Trail
- Elephant Back Safari
- Nukukamma Canoe Trail

Cancellation Policy:

-  3 days before or during stay the full payment due will be levied.
-  3 to 14 days before date of arrival - full deposit paid is forfeited.
-  15 to 28 days before date of arrival - 75% of deposit is forfeited.
-  28 days+ before date of arrival 50% of deposit paid is forfeited.

Facilities & Services available:
Bar on the Premises
Parking (off-street - covered)
Other Language
Communal Television
Communal Satellite TV
Hiking / Walking Trails

Dungbeetle River Lodge is a Guesthouse, Bed and Breakfast, Guest Farm and Game Lodge in Colchester Addo Eastern Cape South Africa

From Port Elizabeth:
On N2 towards Grahamstown, approximately 45 km.
Over Sundays River, +-2km to cross road, turn right.
Then Right at T junction, 1st left.

Always follow brown road signboards.

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Rooms and Units Available at Dungbeetle River Lodge

Africa Superior Suite

This superior suite with its own private balcony over the river offers the ultimate Africa feel.  4 Elephant posts guard your King size double bed where you can lie back and enjoy the view.  His and hers shower, private toilet.  Ultra Africa romance.

Sleeps 2 Adults

Elephant Suite

Large King size double bed, (two single beds with special mattress, converts into twin beds on request).  Beautiful suite with large modern bathroom with rain shower.

Sleeps 2 Adults

Family Suite:

The Family suite has two separate en suites in a wing of their own on the ground floor, for young families who would like to have an sleeping area of their own.  One suite has access through a garden to river deck.

Sleeps 4 Adults

Fish Eagle Superior Suite

Four poster Queen size oak bedroom suite.  Beautifully appointed spacious suite with open plan modern bathroom with rain shower , separate toilet.  Wonderful river view from your bed!  Private deck overlooking Sundays River.

Sleeps 2 Adults

Lion Suite

Large King size double bed, (two single beds with special mattress,  converts into twin beds on request). Beautiful suite with large modern bathroom with rain shower.

Sleeps 2 Adults

River Cottage

Modern en suite bed rooms with private lounge and beautiful ambiance with river view, private deck, braai area and kitchenette.  Breakfast to be enjoyed just 70 meters away on the deck of Dungbeetle River Lodge.

Sleeps 6 Adults

The Big 5

Large well appointed room.  King size bed with the option to have an extra single bed for child or 3rd adult.  Luxury recently upgraded en suite shower.

Sleeps 2 Adults

Latest Reviews
The Lodge is very nice! You really feel like you're staying with family instead of being guests.
It did surprised us that is was so close to the N2. But is was very nice that is was! And that it's only 40 minutes from Port Elisabeth. The gate to Addo is also nearby and you can book several MUST DO excursions in the area. Like the private park Schotia and a Elephant Back Ride Safari! To do all that we recommend you stay at least 3 days!
The rooms were also very nice and a very nice home baked breakfast is served at the deck out side with the lovely view of the river. In the evening they put the fireplace on and you can relax in front of the fireplace and talk about the superb things you've done that day!

Ton Jacobs Sep 2008
The hosts were friendly and helped to make the stay a very pleasant one, able to take us on a 'safari' at very short notice. The great position for the house on the banks of the river.
The only downside was that the room was rather dark, with only small windows, and a higher wattage light bulb wouldn't have gone amiss. The food in the local pub was basic but good, and the staff there were very friendly.

Simon Williams Mar 2008