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5 Riverside Drive Riverside Park, Colchester 6175 South Africa
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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#3 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Colchester
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Happy Jackal Guest House (4-Star) Big Five game-viewing on our doorstep makes the Happy Jackal in Colchester the perfect choice of luxurious accommodation. Visit the Addo Elephant Park, only 2 mins away, in our open game-viewing Landrover with our qualified game-ranger. This river lodge lies on the banks of the beautiful Sundays River, is easily reached from the N2 and is in the best location for game, coastal or river activities. Extensive lawns stretch down to the Happy Jackal jetty where across the river unspoilt, natural bush is the habitat of Kudu, bushbuck, water mongoose & Cape Clawless Otters. We offer a choice of 6 luxurious rooms, 5 of which enjoy stunning river views. Guests may choose from ground floor rooms opening onto private patios & the riverbank or impressively large, thatched upstairs rooms, each with its own thatched deck. Breakfasts cater to all tastes & include both a full English & Health breakfast. Home-made jams & freshly baked bread every morning. Dinner, set menu , 3 course home cooked meal, available from November 2022. Bookings essential in advance!
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Free breakfast
Beach
Boating
BBQ facilities
Non-smoking hotel
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Shallow end in pool
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Wine / champagne
Canoeing
Canoeing offsite
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Electric blanket
Walk-in shower
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Charming
River View
Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans
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John H wrote a review Apr 2022
4 contributions1 helpful vote
Wonderful stay, really friendly and helpful owners who go out of their way to make guests feel welcome.Did the full day Addo trip and evening boat trip and can honestly say that both were awesome. If you visit then please go the dune fields. Never seen anything like them in my life. You can walk for miles , see no one and they are simply stunningly beautiful. Visited mainly to see Addo but it's the dunes that will live long in my memory.
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Responded 10 Apr 2022
Good morning, Ahh. Thank you for your lovely review! Much appreciated! We are indeed very blessed to have some of the highest sand dunes in the southern Africa here by us in our little village with the private beach. Stay safe and hope to see you in future. Warm regards The Happy Jackal Team
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nevik017 wrote a review Feb 2022
wales100 contributions72 helpful votes
I feel beholden to future guests to alert folk to exactly what they are getting. This is advertised as luxury and in SA terms reasonably costly. We were there to celebrate 36 years together. It is clear from the website that there is no catering on the premises in the evening - fair enough. The guest house made arrangements for us to eat next door - the elephants footprint. We duly departed, equipped with a light from the Happy Jackal, to be told no the kitchen was not open at the elephants footprint. There is absolutely nowhere else to eat, no delivery service, no reliable taxi. I had a drink so would not drive. The response to our situation at the Happy Jackal was underwhelming - no offer to prepare sandwiches in their kitchen which let us not forget serves breakfast. If I had said I had arranged something and it failed I would act to remedy not shrug my shoulders, really very poor! I am British I do not complain but I do warn so be warned. I finally summoned the "gumption" to ask for a bottle of wine - for which I was billed 90R. After meal of packet of crisps had bath. Plug would not open to let water out - we reported this at breakfast by the time we left the next morning still not fixed and starting to smell. No milk in the rooms. To be clear the hosts were lovely, the property beautiful and the room excellent but the attention to detail woeful. When traveling to a foreign country and shunning hotels for private guesthouses you need to be confident and I truly hope this feedback is acted on and maybe reassurance provided on the website. Until then fellow traveller book elsewhere but seek out Captain Beau - worry not about finding the park if you stay a little out it is very easy.
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Date of stay: February 2022
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gail653 wrote a review Mar 2020
Middlesbrough, United Kingdom50 contributions65 helpful votes
The Happy Jackal is a lovely bed and breakfast a stones through from Addo Elephant Park. Room was perfect as was breakfast and the hosting. We had chosen to go on the game drive with Shaun and what an amazing experience. Shaun found us so many animals to view and was incredibly knowledgable about everything we saw. We had a fabulous day and chose to have the Sunday dinner after which was perfect candlelit end to the day. Many thanks to the whole team but particularly Shaun who made our stay ! Gail and Steve x
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 15 Mar 2020
Good morning Steve and Gail, Many thanks for your lovely review. I have shown Shaun and he is appreciative! We would love to have you back as return guests in future and look forward to that. Kind regards The Happy Jackal Team
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Sasha S wrote a review Jan 2020
25 contributions8 helpful votes
This is easily one of the best places we stayed in South Africa! Room was huge, and impeccably clean with a lovely bathroom and deck overlooking the river. All the amenities you could ask for with comfortable beds, TV with satellite, wifi, etc. I really can't say enough good things about the wonderful hospitality of Peter and Liz, the breakfasts are amazing! Fresh baked bread, homemade jams from the garden, and warthog sausage to top it off! We booked the full day safari and the resident expert guide Shaun took us out, what an incredible experience. He was knowledgable, personable and extremely accommodating. Best safari of our trip! Would HIGHLY recommend the Happy Jackal Guest House to anyone wanting to visit the Addo Elephant Park or surrounding area.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Odyssey23276956361, Manager at Happy Jackal Guest House
Responded 28 Jan 2020
Good morning, Thank you so much for a wonderful review! Glad you enjoyed all. It was wonderful indeed to host you. I am sure we will see you in future as return guests. Kind regards The Happy Jackal Team
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Ruthvh wrote a review Nov 2019
Horsley, United Kingdom190 contributions116 helpful votes
We stayed here 2 nights and had a fabulous stay, we can’t thank Peter, Liz and Suzette enough for there fantastic hospitality during our stay. It was excellent value for money, the common room is very comfortable as are the beds in the rooms which were nice and clean. The breakfast was excellent each morning, especially the homemade bread and jams. The biggest thanks must go to Shaun our driver and guide for the day on safari. We saw so many animals and he is so knowledgable about all of them from elephants down to dung beetle. We had such a good day, out for about 9 hrs with a picnic stop we can’t recommend it enough, far, far better than driving ourselves. We ate out at two local bars each evening but you need a car for the short drive.
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Odyssey23276956361, Manager at Happy Jackal Guest House
Responded 06 Nov 2019
Good afternoon Ruth and Mark, Thank you so much for your lovely review. We are so glad you had a great time with us and enjoyed your Addo tour with our fabulous guide. Hope to have you back as return guests. Kind regards The Happy Jackal Team
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Jojo R wrote a review Oct 2019
London24 contributions2 helpful votes
Incredible stay at this amazing place. Everything was perfect as you will see in other reviews from room, breakfast, game drive with Shaun. Particular highlight for us was the recommendation from Suzette to go on a sunset river cruise with Beau. We did this on the evening we arrived and had the most amazing dinner on the private river boat with a visit to the dunes at sunset. I can't recommend it highly enough! Thanks so much for giving us so many fantastic recommendations and for going far above and beyond to make our stay perfect. Look no further, this is the ideal stay for visiting Addo National Elephant Park!!
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Room Tip: There was a little bit of noise through our thatched roof from birds nesting so if you want a...
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Response from Odyssey23276956361, Manager at Happy Jackal Guest House
Responded 01 Nov 2019
Good afternoon. Thank you sincerely! We are thrilled that you had a wonderful stay and glad I recommended the Boat Trip to you. Hope to have you back in future. All the best. Kind regards The Happy Jackal Team
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martinE8679VY wrote a review Oct 2019
Cape Town Central, South Africa31 contributions12 helpful votes
Nice and clean Accommodation, all the bits n pieces you would expect from a Small town Lodge. The hospitality was however great. The Owners were amazing. Breakfast was a treat. Waited on hand & foot. Great local produce. We gorged ourselves on homemade bread & condiments. We will definitely drop in again. Only feedback would be to add block out curtains at the sunrise side windows.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: Ask for a room not facing the sunrise if you want to sleep late.
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Response from Odyssey23276956361, General Manager at Happy Jackal Guest House
Responded 26 Oct 2019
Good afternoon. Thank you so much for the lovely review! Much appreciated. It is lovely to know guests appreciated the old charm. Thank you for the suggestion. Stay safe and see you again. Kind regards The Happy Jackal Team
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_colcloughm wrote a review Sep 2019
County Dublin, Ireland15 contributions1 helpful vote
a truly great spot for 4 days to explore Addo and surrounding areas .Shaun was a fabulous guide for our trip to Addo and highly recommended .Peter ,Liz and Suzette were also wonderful in their efforts to make our stay as pleasant as possible
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Responded 27 Oct 2019
Thank you so much for your lovely review! Glad you felt welcome and enjoyed the Addo tour! Hope to have you back as return guests. Kind regards Happy Jackal Team
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JeffD1968 wrote a review Jul 2019
Basingstoke, United Kingdom13 contributions18 helpful votes
We stayed in the self catering cottage here for one night. It was very clean and spacious and good value for a family of four. The location on the Sundays River and directly next to Addo is also great. The only drawback of staying in the self catering cottage was that we didn't really have access to the common rooms/areas of the main building (we were left to our devices). But the accommodation itself was excellent.
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Date of stay: June 2019
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Emilie wrote a review May 2019
Vallauris, France22 contributions13 helpful votes
The Happy Jackal is a great place to stay ! Very nice room, with nice view on the river, comfortable beds. The common room is very cosy. The English breakfast was just amazing and the owners and the staff very friendly. It felt like home ! We also did a day of game drive organized with the Happy Jackal, a great experience. I would definitely stay there again if I come back to this area.
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Date of stay: April 2019
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Response from Odyssey23276956361, General Manager at Happy Jackal Guest House
Responded 16 May 2019
Good afternoon lovely people, Thank you for your lovely review! Well, they say never say never, so we truly hope to see you back as return guests in future to explore more of our little gem of a village and off course our lovely accommodation and Breakfast is awaiting upon you! Till we meet again. The Happy Jackal Team
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PRICE RANGE
US$63 - US$86 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
South AfricaEastern CapeGreater AddoColchester
NUMBER OF ROOMS
6
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Frequently Asked Questions about Happy Jackal Guest House
Which popular attractions are close to Happy Jackal Guest House?
Nearby attractions include Sundays River Mouth and Beach (2.9 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Happy Jackal Guest House?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Happy Jackal Guest House?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a walk-in shower.
What food & drink options are available at Happy Jackal Guest House?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Happy Jackal Guest House?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Happy Jackal Guest House?
Conveniently located restaurants include Grunters Pub and Grub, A Taste of Africa Restaurant & Coffee Shop, and Park View Lodge.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Happy Jackal Guest House?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Happy Jackal Guest House?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Afrikaans.
Does Happy Jackal Guest House have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the river view available here.