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Addo Dung Beetle Guest Farm
Ranked #8 of 23 Addo B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 6 December 2017

You should not doubt about this one, just book it! This guest farm is just only a couple of minutes away from the gate of the Addo Elephant Park. We stayed here for 3 nights in Dung Beetle 1, a great small cave build as a hotelroom. You can stay here with 4 people but we stayed with 2 because it was the last option we could book. We booked dinner for 2 nights and this was one of the best meals we had in South Africa. Nothing high-end, but just very good home-made food from the braai. Rod has amazing stories and is a real host together with his wife Magna and sister of Magna called Melissa. They are very hospitable and friendly and make you feel at home. We had a great time here and definitely recommend this place!

Room Tip: Dung beetle 1 is very nice!
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Stayed: November 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 November 2017

A group of 4 of us spent 3 nights in two of the bush cabins. These are not your usual hotel rooms requiring quite a walk with heavy cases (a trolley is available to help) between the bushes down an unmade track. The result however is that the individual cabins are secluded and private with excellent views across the citrus farm to the mountains.

The cabins are very rustic but small and functional and apart from waking up with my face pressed against the mosquito net, were comfortable. Our shower and toilet were at the back of the cabin necessitating a short walk and the WC for a 6foot 2 inch male required some manoeuvring to get under the thatched canopy, but it was all part of the unique experience. The shower was very basic but with instant hot water and good pressure.

Our hosts were very welcoming and Rod's half day safari trip into Addo Ephant Park particularly enjoyable. He was full of interesting information and made a real effort to make it memorable including an additional 20 minute drive around the citrus groves upon our return.

Be warned that the Internet is flaky, but what do you expect in such an isolated location. It is all about the experience and less about the facilities.

We would certainly recommend the stay - particularly combined with the safari and Rod and Magdalena are to be commended for the effort they put into their business. Thanks both for an enjoyable stay.

Stayed: November 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 11 November 2017 via mobile

We stayed at the addo dung beetle farm in one of the bush suites. The design was really cool and definitive an experience worth it. If you have great weather then you can enjoy a stunning view over the landscape.
Beside from the cool design, the suite was not very practical for us (if you shower normal, you set quickly the bathroom under water, no door between bathroom and the room, long walking distance from the lobby up to the cabin so best use backpacks, no wifi at the room, no complimentary water, minibar is quite expensive, one light at the bed was not working, the room is small so if you open two suitcases then the room is stuffed, cleaning of the room was not good as they just made the bed and changed towels but cups and bathroom were not considered). Besides of that the staff was very friendly and breakfast was nice - small buffett and a choice of some hot breakfast. We would recommend it as a two to three star hotel.

Stayed: November 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank Marcel M
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Reviewed 9 November 2017

We each rented a beautiful chalet which were spacious and lovely with beautiful views of the grounds and valley. It's a perfect place to stay while visiting Addo Elephant Park. The hosts were very friendly and welcoming and the breakfasts were delicious and with a lot of variety. I would definitely recommend this place!

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 12 October 2017

We loved everything about this place. Unplugged and away from all the chaos. Beautifully designed bungalow with outdoor shower was a total added bonus. We didn't want to leave.

We've had the best time of our lives. Just as you entered the farm, the welcoming scent from beautiful orange trees and the big tall pine tree along the side of the entrance brought instant joy and happiness. We are certainly staying there again!

Room Tip: Bungalow is the only way to go!
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Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank Moe L
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Additional Information about Addo Dung Beetle Guest Farm

Address: Addo Dung Beetle Guest Farm | Coerny Valley, Off the R335, Addo, Sundays River Valley 6105, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Greater Addo > Sundays River Valley > Addo
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #8 of 23 B&Bs / Inns in Addo
Price Range: S$70 - S$209 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Addo Dung Beetle Guest Farm 4*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Addo Dung Beetle Guest Farm is situated 4 km from the Main Gate of the Addo Elephant National Park on a working Citrus Farm. The Citrus part of the Farm is approximately 250ha with an estimated 151 000 individual trees. We have 5 luxury chalets – B&B, then 3 Rustic Bush Cabins with Self-Catering facilities and 4 inspired Dung Beetle Suites – B&B. We are ideal for couples, parent-breakaways, honeymooners and also for small group of 10 people sharing. In our Thatched Roof Lapa we prepare traditional South African mouthwatering set meals on the fire while you enjoy a sundowner with us. We only serve in-house dining on Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday; booking 2 weeks prior to arrival date is essential. ... more   less 
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