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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hitgeheim Country Hotel Addo