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Why did we hand pick Addo Dung Beetle Guest Farm?

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  • Relaxed working farm with lots to explore
  • Only 4km from the Addo Elephant Park
  • Rustic accommodation in a lush garden

Addo Dung Beetle Guest Farm

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

15km from Addo

 

-33.4422, 25.681

About

Addo Dung Beetle Guest Farm may be situated on a working citrus farm, but it was named ‘Miskruier’, after a flightless species of dung beetle that is found in the area, when it was acquired by its current owners in 1996. One of the first projects on the farm was to create a breeding camp for these wonderful but endangered insects, and many a bug has since then been released into the unspoilt succulent bushveld on the farm. Needless to say, this is a farm that cares about its land, and it shows!

Once the farm had been established, the owners decided to share its abundance of natural beauty with guests, so the next expansion saw five luxury chalets and three rustic bush cabins built. 

Made out of Sneezewood (old fence parts), the chalets are elegantly decorated in an African style and equipped with air-conditioners, hair dryers, televisions and safes. All the bedside tables, headboards and chandeliers are made from local timber. Porcupine-quill lamp shades are found in the bathrooms, where guests can enjoy either an indoor or an outdoor shower.

Situated on a hillside, the self-catering bush cabins offer expansive views from their decks and are ideal for nature lovers. Although fairly rustic, the units offer modern conveniences such as a fridge, fan, basic kitchen equipment and a braai on the deck. 

The main lodge contains an upper-level lounge and dining room, which are connected to a sunny open deck where breakfast is served, weather permitting. Traditional buffet dinners can be prepared on the open fire but have to be arranged ahead of time. A bush kitchen provides adequate cooking facilities, as does the braai area.

Activities on the farm range from a dip in the natural rock pool or splash pool to soaking in the Jacuzzi, getting a massage or hitting the gym. Mountain bikes are available for hire, while a list of the hundreds of birds found in the area is available at reception. Antelope and giraffe wander around on the farm and, if luck is on your side, all the members of the Big Five can be seen in the Addo Elephant Park. The knowledgeable and attentive owners are extremely helpful, conducting tours of the farm and game drives in the park, arranging packed breakfasts and booking dinner reservations in the nearby town of Addo. 

Warm summers and mild winters make this area perfect for other outdoor activities, including quad biking, tours to the cheetah-breeding project and elephant-back safaris in the Addo Elephant Park.

Rates & Summary


5 Luxury Chalets

Each sleeps 2 in Queen-size/twin beds
En-suite shower and outdoor shower 

3 Bush Cabins

Each sleeps 2 in twin beds
Outside toilet and shower
Situated on the hillside
Deck with mountain views
Not suitable for those with walking difficulties or children under 12

Pricing

  • For pricing detail, click on CHECK AVAILABILITY & BOOK ONLINE above

Catering

Bed & Breakfast in the chalets
Self-catering in the bush cabins

Kids

Cots are available for kids under 2.

Why Stay Here?

Addo Dung Beetle Guest Farm is only four kilometres from the Addo Elephant National Park and a great base from which to explore this and the many other attractions in the area. Accommodation consists of five beautifully appointed chalets and three rustic bush cabins that are set in a landscaped garden and surrounded by groves of citrus. The farm itself has a wonderful setting that can be explored on foot or by mountain bike, and is generally a place that lends itself to a few days of gentle relaxation.

Summary

  • Relaxed working farm with lots to explore
  • Only 4km from the Addo Elephant Park
  • Rustic accommodation in a lush garden

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, binoculars for bird watching/game viewing.

Road Conditions

The gravel approach road is suitable for all vehicles.

Activities & Attractions

  • Rock pool
  • Splash pool
  • Jacuzzi
  • Gym and massage room
  • Curio shop
  • Mountain biking (bikes for hire)
  • Quad biking
  • Bird watching
  • Citrus farm tours
  • Addo Elephant Park
  • Cheetah breeding project

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Swimming towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Ironing service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast (dinner by arrangement)
  • No Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • Kitchenette
  • Braai area available
  • Microwave oven
  • Hot Plates
  • Fridge or minibar
  • No cleaning materials

Utilities

  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • Gym available
  • Swimming pool
  • Television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • No business centre
  • No conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Not wheelchair friendly
  • No babysitting
  • Very child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops further than 10km
  • Nearest fuel further than 10km
  • Shuttle service available

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

Security

  • Personal safe
  • No security guard

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Sunshine Coast

Eastern Cape

About

With the most recorded sunshine hours in South Africa, the name Sunshine Coast is no idle boast or empty promise. Situated between Port Elizabeth and East London, the quaintness of the Sunshine Coast is a welcome escape from big-city bustle. 

The area includes the inland towns of Alexandria, Salem and Bathhurst, with kilometres of beaches accessed via Cannon Rocks, Boknes, Bushmans River Mouth, Kenton-on-sea, Kasouga, Port Alfred and the Great Fish River area. The mixed derivations of these names suggest the rich cultural heritage of the area – the primary meeting point of San, Xhosa, Boer and British. The British influence is clear in the architecture of Bathhurst, Salem and Grahamstown.

Driving on the N2 or its tributaries the R67 or R72, the rolling green hills Lord Charles Somerset likened to English parklands were not exactly what the settlers expected. The unique dark golden-green shade of the Albany Thicket biome is due to the dense growth of hardy drought-resistant plants such as aloe, euphorbia and spekboom. Rain falls in winter and summer, and while not frequent, it is at times unpredictable, so the vegetation is built to withstand fickle skies.

Although unattractively scrubby to some, the Thicket contains 20% of the 316 threatened plant species found in the Eastern Cape, making it an important centre of endemism.

One is tempted to describe this beautiful and unusual landscape as “untouched”, but the area has long been farmed, with cattle, sheep, ostriches, pineapples and chicory among its historically successful concerns. Many farms have since been converted back into game reserves, such as the world-class, malaria-free Kariega and Shamwari Reserves. Game fences line the long, quiet, tarred roads and drivers are often startled at the sight of elephants, giraffes or other game grazing along the fences.

Drivers should also look out for smaller wildlife - porcupines, small antelope, hares, snakes, owls and tortoises - crossing the roads at dawn, dusk and at night.

The beaches and dunes of this coastline are magnificent. The Alexandria dunefield - famously the largest active dunefield in the world - and the exquisite Alexandria State Forest have been absorbed by the Greater Addo Elephant National Park. 

While Kenton-on-sea and Port Alfred are the main seaside attractions, the family-oriented Cannon Rocks, Boknes and Kasouga are popular places to buy holiday homes and have a few lovely self-catering and guest cottages.

The Dias Cross at Kwaaihoek is a replica of the padrão erected there by Portuguese explorer Bartholomeu Dias on his 1488 cruise past the South African coast. At the Cross there is a deck for dolphin sightings and whale-spotting in late spring and early summer. In season, southern right whales are sighted all along the Sunshine Coast.

Despite its fairly good roads and obvious attractions, this area is still, miraculously, relatively unspoilt and undeveloped. With the exception of the graceful Port Alfred Marina, attempts to beat its bush and rivers into commercial shape have been abandoned and it remains gentle, peaceful, simple, pristine and soul-enriching.

Situated on the Indian Ocean, one needn’t expect the “bath water” temperatures of KwaZulu-Natal  - Sunshine Coast swims are invigoratingly cool and sometimes chilly, but seldom as achingly cold as the Western Cape.

The area doesn’t have the same flashy allure as other popular seaside destinations, but if you think of the coast as a place to relax and unwind, rather than paint the town red, there is no better place to visit.

Look out for

Addo Elephant National Park, 30 minutes from PE, features the “Big Seven” (the Big Five, plus southern right whales and great white sharks).

Explore Alexandria’s dunefields on the two-day Alexandria Hiking Trail or the seven-kilometre Dassie Day Trail, named for a rare tree dassie in the area.

Bathurst - founded in 1820, this “English country village in Africa”, 10 minutes from Port Alfred, is home to the Pig & Whistle, the oldest pub in South Africa, and the 16,7-metre-high Big Pineapple.

With unspoiled beaches, the tiny villages of Cannon Rocks, Boknes, Kleinemonde are a fisherman’s and bird-watcher’s paradise. Cannon Rocks is named for its two cannons and anchor. The Dias Cross at Kwaaihoek is an uplifting thee-kilometre walk from Boknes across incredible sandy beaches, or a six-kilometre walk at low tide from Bushmans River.

Bushmans River – the second-longest navigable river in South Africa, with 22 kilometres of navigable water, is a favourite with canoeists, sailors, water-skiers and fishermen.

Kasouga – maintains its rustic beginnings with dirt roads and no streetlights, hotels and shops, wonderful birdlife and an exquisite lagoon.

Port Alfred – enjoy the elegance of the Royal Alfred Marina. Famous for its annual powerboat race, Port Alfred offers provides great shopping, dining, and beauty retreats.

The Sunshine Coast, and nearby holiday meccas such as Great Fish River, St Francis Bay, Cape St Francis, Jeffreys Bay, Tsitsikamma and the Wild Coast, offers excellent surfing, adventure and water sports, fishing, nature reserves and world-class hikes, mountain biking, canoeing, beach horse-rides, bird watching, 4x4 trails, game-viewing, golf, and as well as rich local arts and culture.

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