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About Dungbeetle River Lodge

The guest house has 6 up-market large, safari style en suite bedrooms, with old world furnishings, subtly decorated to give you a classy colonial Africa feel, with all the luxuries expected of a 4 Star graded establishment. Your stay will include a very substantial farmhouse breakfast, with fresh home baked breads,  jams, cereals, yogurt, eggs, bacon, sausage, tomato and baked beans. Freshly made real fruit juice, coffee and tea. Served on our deck over looking Sundays River. (Supper at a local restaurant with good quality food at excellent prices, within walking distance, braai facilities are also available.) 

Dungbeetle River Lodge is your entry point to the world famous Addo Elephant National Park (3 ½ km to the new gate), and some of the finest game reserves in the Eastern Cape. The owners/managers are qualified game/nature guides, and offer guided tours into Addo Elephant National Park, to our guests.

Situated on the banks of the Sundays River, our magnificent decks have sweeping river views, a perfect backdrop to your big five game viewing. Classified as one of the cleanest rivers in the Eastern Cape, swimming is safe, canoes are offered to our guests, as is fishing tackle for the guest who wants an all round “river experience”. A ferry operates on the river, taking guests to the river mouth.

Opposite the lodge is the famous Alexandria dune fields : the longest widest coastal dunes in the southern hemisphere, full of history and interesting facts. Use the canoes to access these dunes. Guests always enjoy the dune hikes. Perhaps you want to know more about the history, geology, flora and fauna of these amazing dunes. For a nominal fee a boat can collect you at the lodge, drop you off at your starting point, and with a GPS. system and detailed instructions do a “self guided tour” to the river mouth, where you will again be picked up by boat and brought back to the lodge. (Choose your degree of difficulty). Minimum of 4 persons or be prepared to pay the minimum fee.

Use the lodge’s cycles or drive to where the Sundays River flows into Algoa Bay. Take a couple of drinks and watch the sun go down over the dune fields, or walk along this beautiful beach. The only people you may see are the occasional fishermen.

Let the Lodge owners assist you in organising your stay: Booking you onto game drives at private game reserves, elephant back safaris, sea cruises on Algoa Bay (perhaps see whales).

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 24 hours
  • Type: Bed and Breakfast
  • Sleeps: 20
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Reviews: 28 Reviews


  • Airport Shuttle
  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Satellite TV*
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Wi-Fi
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Parking on Premises
  • Hiking

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans
* Please enquire for further details.

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Reviews for Dungbeetle River Lodge

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Leslie Montan, South Africa
20 December 2016


Janine and Guy Goes, South Africa
13 April 2014

A very comfortable place to stay with a lovely view and close to many places of interest in the area. Etta and Derek the hosts are wonderful and went out of their way to ensure we enjoyed our stay. Breakfast was superb with delicious freshly baked bread.

Ray Ali, South Africa
11 November 2012

We chose Dungbeetle River Lodge because of their positive reviews and we are so greatly that we made this choice. This sounds corney but what a gem. Simply divine and the credit goes to Etta and Derik, two of the nicest people that you could ever meet. Our only regret is that we did not stay longer. Breakfast was delicious and you must try the bread and home made jams. Rooms were large and very neat and the service was like a five star hotel. Make sure that you arrange a safari drive with Etta.

Bradley Sol, South Africa
19 December 2011

We stayed here for a romantic getaway. Could not have been nicer. Would definitely recommend the afternoon game drive. We will be back.

Jane Pringle, South Africa
25 July 2011

Had a brilliant stay here last week. The owners were fantastic and made us feel very welcome. If you are travelling to Addo, it's a must-stay!

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Dungbeetle River Lodge is 0.6km from the centre of Cannonville , the nearest airport 38.4km (Port Elizabeth Airport).
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