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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 
- Paddle boarding
- Sand boarding on the dune fields

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

Guided Day Tours:
- Addo Elephant National Park
- Game Reserves  
- Dunefields Beach Trail
- Elephant Back Safari

Rooms and Units Available:

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

Facilities & Services available:

Children under 12
Honeymoon Couples
Airport Shuttle Service
Laundry Service
Ironing Service
Limited Room Service
Self-Braai / Barbecue
Bar on the Premises
Dining room
Cots available
Internet Access
Parking (off-street - open)
Tourism Information Desk
Communal Television
Communal Satellite TV
Hiking / Walking Trails
No Pets Allowed

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.


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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  • Accommodation Type: Bed & Breakfast and Guesthouse
  • Sleeps: 24
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM