Happy Jackal Guest House
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 and experienced 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 and 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 and the riverbank or impressively large, thatched upstairs rooms, each with its own thatched deck.
Wifi is available throughout the Lodge.
Rooms 1,2 and 3
These ground floor rooms, light and airy each lead out to a private patio and the river bank. The king-sized/twin beds are dressed with the finest percale linen, goose down duvets and pillows. An en-suite bathroom includes a very generous shower, fluffy towels and complimentary toiletries. Satellite TV, bar fridge, hospitality tray, wall safe, ceiling fans and wall heaters are in each room.
Luxury at its best. Entered from the landing overlooking the double volume lounge, this carpeted room is truly huge with thatched roof and wooden beams. A king-size, extra-length bed with mosquito canopy is dressed in the finest Percale linen, goose-down duvets and pillows. A large, 3-quarter day-bed can be used for an accompanying child. The en-suite bathroom has a deep tub as well as a shower, complimentary toiletries and lots of fluffy white towels. The windows gaze down at the river and across to the unspoilt bush opposite. Satellite TV, bar fridge, hospitality tray, wall safe and a 3-speed ceiling fan are there to ease your stay.
A first floor room with its own outside thatched deck, this room enjoys the most magnificent view of river and bush. Sit outside with your early morning coffee while the mist curls up the river and the rest of the world still sleeps. An en-suite bathroom with deep tub, shower, complimentary toiletries and lots of fluffy white towels will ensure you relax in comfort. Slip into the king-sized, extra-length bed with its cool percale linen and float under a cloud of goose down duvet. This will be the best night's sleep of your trip! Satellite TV, bar fridge, hospitality tray, wall safe and 3-speed ceiling fan compliment the room.
Very comfortable family suite that sleeps 3 either as King Bed (double) or 3 single beds dressed in percale linen. The en-suite bathroom includes a generous shower, fluffy towels and complimentary toiletries. Satellite TV, bar fridge, hospitality tray, wall safe and ceiling fan.
All our water is heated by solar power and recycled into the gardens.
The lodge has a no-smoking policy but ashtrays are provided on patios and outside decks.
Enjoy our full day or half day (morning or afternoon) game drive with our own experienced and qualified Game Ranger. Elephant or horseback game viewing, river cruises, adventure tours and even massage and acupuncture therapy can all be arranged and booked for you.
Take the Happy Jackal canoe- complete with lifejackets or our fishing rods and tackle for a day on the river. Lounge on our floating jetty and trail your toes in the salt water. We will supply your beach towels. Enjoy cycling, bird-watching or walking in the clean, fresh air. Call in at our friendly village pub for a drink and stroll along the river bank. Visit the sand dunes at the river mouth and walk along the pristine beaches where the only footprints you see will be your own.
Breakfasts cater to all tastes and include both a full English and Health breakfast. Home-made jams and freshly baked bread are to be found on your table every morning. On fine, calm mornings take time to enjoy your breakfast at leisure outdoors, whilst watching the antics of our resident Egyptian geese and hoopoes. Stroll with your coffee down the rolling lawns to the water’s edge and plan your day.
- Awards & Accreditations As Claimed By The Establishment
- AA Superior Accommodation
- Tourism Grading - 4 Stars
- airport transfers
- bar fridge
- big game (less than 30km)
- boat / marine slipway (within 5km)
- boat / marine slipway onsite
- boat trips (less than 5km)
- braai / barbecue - communal
- braai / barbecue - onsite
- canoeing (less than 5km)
- DSTV in room
- electronic safe
- fishing (less than 3km)
- fishing onsite
- game drives (less than 30km)
- internet facilities
- lock-up safe
- parking all onsite
- radio in room
- restaurant (less than 5km)
- tea / coffee making facilities
- water skiing (less than 10km)
- water skiing onsite
- wi-fi / hotspot