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About Happy Jackal Guest House

  • The Happy Jackal offers Addo Accommodation with a choice of six luxurious double en-suite rooms, five with stunning river views, one of the garden and a short distance from Addo National Elephant Park.
  • The new Kouga Harbour is only 15 minutes away.
  • Guests may choose from ground-floor rooms with private entrances and garden patios, or impressively large and comfortable thatched upstairs rooms, each of which has its own outside thatched deck… All rooms enjoy upmarket facilities and are well-furnished and luxurious.
  • Recline in the spacious, double-volume lounge, well-stocked with a collection of interesting books.
  • We try to be as “Green” as possible with our use of solar power, organic gardening and recycled water. In accordance with this, the Happy Jackal has a no-smoking policy for indoors.
  • On fine, calm mornings take time to enjoy at leisure, a full English or  health breakfast, whilst watching the antics of our resident Egyptian geese and Hoopoes. Bushbuck and Kudu have often been spotted across the river.Stroll with your coffee down the rolling lawns to the water´s edge and plan your day.
  • Our breakfasts boast home-baked bread, fresh each morning: preserves and jams made from the fruit from our garden: free-range eggs and farm milk.
  • Dinner is available on request. To avoid disappointment, please make a prior arrangement, as our food is freshly prepared. We have a set 3 course menu.



Kermit the Frog once sang, "It isn't easy being green ......" and here in Africa with the constant sunshine and little or no rain it's even less easy,
BUT......we've discovered that following the trail nature creates is the answer, and we do our utmost to help her maintain that balance. Every creature in our garden plays a vital role and for this reason we use NO INSECTICIDES! Bad stuff! The indigenous trees we planted 12 years ago are now home to an abundance of bird life and the insects they feed on.

While you sleep the peaceful sleep of dreamland, owls eat mice: bats eat mosquitoes, and the compost heaps are quietly nourishing the soil.

The rain that falls occasionally and softly is collected from the roofs in tanks and used to irrigate fruit trees, salads, herbs and the vegetable garden. We often joke that we have the cleanest grass in the world! Your shower water is directed towards the lawns and the Kikuyu Grass seems to thrive on it. When beetles arrive to munch on the mango flowers they are picked off by hand. Plants such as herbs, marigold and nasturtiums are scattered throughout the food garden to deter bad insects and disease.

Our FRUIT TREES are maturing nicely and provide us with a steady flow of fruits for the table: Paw-paw (Papaya), pomegranate, mango and passion fruit. Huge stately fig trees, lemon and lime, grapefruit, orange and satsumas. Even the humble Num-num shrub has a place in our garden. Its fruit is loved by birds and makes a most excellent jam. That is - when the birds leave enough for Liz to collect! All of our jams are made personally by Liz from the Garden fruit.


At breakfast time you will begin with bowls of fresh fruit from the garden, individually prepared. Your own loaf of home-baked bread, warm from the oven. Your own tray of home made jams. Select from our extensive hot menu but first..........a cup of HAPPY JACKAL COFFEE. Our own blend, hugely popular. We promise you'll be holding up your cup for more.

After you have mopped up the last of your cheese and mushroom omelette, crispy bacon, warthog sausages and spicy beans, ( tomatoes and onions too. Did I mention they were from the garden?) it's time for just one more cup of coffee and out to the Addo Elephant National Park. If you are climbing aboard our game viewing vehicle your ranger will be taking along a packed lunch for you as well as snacks and drinks for the ride. Our hams are also home cured so be sure to ask for this in your lunch box.

If you have arranged for our 3-course evening meal on your return, this will be served at 7 p.m. Candle-lit tables, a complimentary glass of wine and soft music set the scene. The menu will be of a South African flavour with some of our favourite dishes. This food is freshly prepared and cooked.


If you should have food allergies or intolerances, please, please let us know in advance if you are able. We will be able to make gluten free bread and provide lactose free milk.

An alternative dish can also be prepared should you be joining us for your evening meal.

Reviews from our Guests:

Great place to stay !
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.

Perfect place to explore Addo Elephant park from.
I stayed here with my husband and 2 children (3.5 years and 1 year old) in the self catering cottage. It was well equipped and very comfortable. It was lovely and quiet and we didn't feel like our baby was disturbing anyone in the night. My in-laws stayed in the main guest house at the same time. The swimming pool was a huge hit with everyone. My in-laws reported the breakfast to be delicious, especially the home made bread. We went on some game drives with Shaun which were a great experience. We also went on a boat trip to the dunes. The boat trip was fun and the dunes spectacular. The whole team seemed to go out of their way to make sure we had everything we needed. Thanks to everyone involved in making it such an enjoyable stay.

What a great place for our group to stay.
The Happy Jackal is a great place for groups or couples. Very clean and comfortable with ample space. The hosts are amazing. Very friendly, helpful and entertaining. The Guest House is close to Addo National Park and other facilities. We needed some special assistance while there and our hosts were right there to help. The breakfasts are fantastic with fresh homemade bread and jams and a hot cooked brekky. Thanks from all eleven of us crazy Aussies.


Happy Jackal's Favourite Recipes

Best Banana Bread Ever!

First grow the tree in your garden - this may take some time!

Dry Ingredients:

  • 225g S.R. flour
  • 180g treacle sugar
  • 180g oats
  • 125 g desiccated coconut

Wet ingredients:

  • 2 bananas
  • 80ml milk
  • 60ml oil
  • 5 ml vanilla essence
  • 2 free-range eggs


  • Mix together dry ingredients in a bowl
  • Mix together wet ingredients, then add to the dry
  • Spoon into a loaf tin
  • Bake at 180 degrees for about 45 minutes
  • Slice, butter and enjoy!

Or Visit Us & We Will Make It For You!

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