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Hitgeheim Country Lodge
Ranked #3 of 21 Addo B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
United Kingdom
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36 reviews
35 hotel reviews
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“Luxurious oasis”
Reviewed January 6, 2008

We stayed here on the last night of our South African trip and it was a wonderful way to end the holiday. We had stayed inside the Addo National Park rest camp the previous two nights so, as we had explored that fully, we simply checked in, chilled out and admired our beautiful surroundings. If this was to be your main base for the area, I would suggest staying at least two nights to allow a couple of trips into Addo which can be arranged via the lodge or done independently - I would recommend at least one guided tour but also recommend taking your own vehicle to allow you to explore at your own pace.

The bedrooms are beautiful, each located in individual cottages and each with fabulous views across the valley. We had a room with floor to ceiling glass windows right across the front of the building. The bathroom doors could be pulled right back on the bathroom opening it up to the veranda which also ran the length of the property. The freestanding bath was located to make the most of the view and it is all very private.

We ate here; there is no wine list - you are shown to the cellar to choose your own. The food was superb, but I do feel the white glove service is more formal than is necessary - most people I know today prefer privacy to being hovered over.

Do remember to take directions with you - without them this is not the easiest place to locate and even once you reach Hitgeheim it is quite a drive through their land before you find the lodge - but once found it is well worth it.

I would stay here again if returning to this area.

  • Liked — Rooms and setting
  • Disliked — Service more formal than is necessary
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 25, 2007

On arriving here we didn't think much as the "dirt track" reminded us of being on safari again!! However, once Archie opened the front doors, there was definitely a WOW factor to this place. We were shown to the bar area where we were given a glass of homemade lemonade while we checked in and our bags brought to our room. Once we were shown to our spectacular room (which had an outdoor shower, a wet room style bathroom and a 4 poster bed), we had some time to laze in the hammock on our balcony and drink in the views of the valley before our arranged drive to Addo Elephant Park (which was fantastic). We decided to have dinner at the lodge, cooked by Archie's wife, at a cost of R220 pp. Food and service was fantastic but expensive compared to what we had paid in other restaurants in SA. Sitting on the huge veranda after dinner sipping wine was very relaxing and romantic.

Although this place had everything we wanted and hoped for, the extras such as minibar, wine from the wine cellar and the honesty bar, were expensive in comparison to all of the other places we stayed.

Overall, a great experience, highly recommended but pricey in comparison!!

  • Liked — Spectacular views
  • Disliked — price
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 25, 2007

We booked Hitgeheim after discovering Addo Park's lodges were all full, and we're very glad we did! The lodge is situated on top of the hills a 10 minute drive up a well signed track from the main road from Addo to Kirkwood. Accommodation is in the form of individual detached, thatched lodges. They're superbly appointed, with aircon, stunning bathrooms and some (as seclusion permits) have an additional outdoor shower overlooking the surrounding valleys.

Archie, the owner, knows anything and everything about the local area, game experiences, and South Africa in general and is happy to share tips and advice. The food is excellent, as is the selection of wine in the walk-in cellar. No 'fillers' in here, just great wine sourced by Archie himself from the SA winelands. We were here for Christmas and returned from our elephant tour in the lodge's open-top vehicle to be greeting with champagne and a superb Christmas buffet lunch of calamari risotto, steak, gammon, the list goes on...

All the buildings are non-smoking as is expected these days, but SA has a refreshingly hysteria-free take on smoking and you are well catered for at Hitgeheim if you do smoke. Our lodge had a fully covered veranda, and there is a large covered outdoor lounge in which to enjoy a tasty cigar with your fine wine after dinner. There is free wireless internet available in the restuarant/lounge areas. Great for catching up on those TripAdvisor reviews on a lazy afternoon in the sun.

It's slightly more expensive than the other places we have stayed, but you get what you pay for and in such light Hitgeheim is excellent value.

All in all a truly fantastic place to stay and an amazing end to our holiday.

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  • Disliked — Having to leave
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 14, 2007

Stayed here for 3 nights in late November. Booked directly with Archie and found it easier to arrange half day Addo safari with local guide, Schotia Tooth & Claw and Elephant Back Safari directly with him.
Ronel's cooking was very good - up to London fine dining standard. Set menu and freedom of the cellar suited us nicely , although we did find the single sitting a bit different, but with only 14 covers we understood.
The pool is v small, but the facilities very good. Room was great, clean, spacious and with brilliant views. High thread count on the linen and heavy weight drapes to keep out the sunrise.
One some point would be that we were really pleased with the staff but a couple of times we heard Archie's wife shouting to the staff for minor errors and generally talking to them like they were idiots - really unnecessary and left a slight taint for us.
No problems with same sex couple.

  • Liked — Spot of luxury!
  • Disliked — Long drive from main road
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 4, 2007

From the Hitgeheim Country Lodge you have fantastic views over the valley with a little river and citrus farms. The chalet was spacious and lovely furnished with a great bathroom, but unfortunately we didn´t have the one with the freestanding bathtub.

Breakfast was nice, but not as good as at other places, we expected more. Also the set dinner was a great experience with a very nice atmosphere, but not the highlight of our trip as we would have expected it because of the price (R220 pp).

Hitgeheim was by far the most expensive place we stayed in on our trip and as somebody else said before, it was not necessarily the best place, but we would certainly recommend staying there.

  • Stayed November 2007, traveled as a couple
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Send, Surrey
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Reviewed October 2, 2007

This was our last stay on our holiday. The lodge was wonderful with spacious thatched chalets. Ours had wonderful valley views, an outdoor deck and sliding doors so that the whole side could be opened onto the deck. The huge bathroom was wet room style in black slate and included a slipper bath overlooking the view. The public areas were all comfortable and included an honesty bar with snacks before dinner. The dinner itself was wonderful with 5 well cooked courses. Archie is friendly and helpful - as are all the staff. Another great trip advisor find!

  • Liked — Wonderful rooms with great beds and bathrooms (and the food!)
  • Disliked — Nothing major
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled with family
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Witney, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 11, 2007

We stayed at Hitgehiem for 2 nights at the beginning of August and found it to be just as described in the website, a hidden secret. How long it remains that way I don't know as it is certainly a place to stay if you like comfort, great views and solitude.

The location is set high up on the hillside overlooking the valley, citrus farms and river. It's about 6km from the main road along a dirt track but easy to drive. Another sign or two might be useful but if you don't see a Hitgeheim sign just follow signs for Lodge (we didn't realise it was the same place at first and needed to ask).

Rooms are individually styled chalets, large bedrooms and fantastic bathrooms. Our son's room even had outside shower although too cold to use it!

Grounds are superb with nice pool, sun beds etc. and staff very attentive.

Nice walk also around the farm which takes about half an hour and well marked so follwoing the map is easy.

We ate one night at Hitgeheim and found the food to be very good with excellent choice of wine from the cellar beforehand. Ronel the chef helpded us choose and advise on the best wine to accompany the meal. It is a set menu so no choice, but having said that you can decide each morning whether to eat in or not. Drinks before dinner are served in a very comforatble lounge. Dinner cost us R180pp and wine about R240 which compared to other very nice restaurants we ate in was at the top end in terms of price. But the food, surroundings and atmosphere were good and it saved a 30 minute drive elsewhere after a long day.

We ate at a local restaurant called Lenmore's the second night as the menu at Hitgeheim didn't really attract us, which was very nice and offered good choice of home cooking.

We were the only guests staying so whilst the attentiveness of the staff can't be faulted found the fact someone was always standing watching, ready to fill our glass etc. a little off putting, but this is not their fault.

Breakfasts were good but didn't offer as much choice as elsewhere in terms of buffet, but again, very nice.

We took a guided trip to Addo which was good but was more than advertised on the websitewhen booked, apparently costs had been increased before web could be updated. I think this could be done direct with Addo or one of the tour guides on the web for less.

All in all a greta place to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Not sure it's the place for families or teenagers other than for one or two nights as it fairly formal. We would certainly consider a return visit though.

Like most things you get what you pay for. This was probably one of the more expensive places we stayed, not necessarily the best but certainly comes highly recommended.

  • Stayed August 2007, traveled with family
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Property: Hitgeheim Country Lodge
Address: off Route R336 Direction Addo Kirkwood 9 km | Outside the park, Addo, Sundays River Valley 6115, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Greater Addo > Sundays River Valley > Addo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 21 B&Bs / Inns in Addo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Hitgeheim Country Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hitgeheim Country Lodge and Eco Reserve is a 16 room owner managed, fully serviced, up market thatched lodge outside of Addo Elephant National Park. We pride ourselves in allowing our guests to enjoy the best elephant viewing and wildlife experience in the Malaria Free Eastern Cape, be spoiled with ultimate luxury, cuisine, wine and service. We are on a small eco-reserve and your drive to the lodge is like being on your own Safari. Spectacular views from the lodge and all the rooms with Addo Park in the distance. This lodge was built bit by bit as our home and form part of our lifestyle. Our rooms are 3 x Superior Rooms, 2 x Superior Family Rooms (each with a double size fold out leather couch, not good for adults, only for children up to the age of 14) 3 Luxury rooms, 4 x Family units each with two full in-suite rooms with an inter leading door. Three of the 4 family units can sleep 5, extra carry in bed in the twin bed side of the two rooms. We do safaris to Addo Elephant National Park in our own open and closed safari vehicles specially designed for your comfort. We also transfer you for your own safety to enjoy Schotia Private Game Reserve, their Tooth and Claw Safari, a perfect combination with Addo Elephant National Park. We arrange this for you. We have two pools, one on the family side for kids and one on the old side for seniors and couples only. We also do fetch and return you for a nominal fee from Port Elizabeth Airport or any nearby destination. ... more   less 
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