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Hitgeheim Country Lodge
Ranked #3 of 21 Addo B&B and Inns
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2 reviews
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“Spectacular”
Reviewed December 8, 2013

We spent three wonderful days at the lodge. The Lodge itself has stunning views over the Addo parkland and provides excellently appointed rooms and excellent food and service. Our day trips were arranged very efficiently with Archie and were organised well in advance. The Lodge has its own landing strip and the flight in the 6 seater aeroplane to go elephant riding will never be forgotten.

I can't speak highly enough of the staff. So friendly and helpful and wonderfully prepared meals after game viewing during the day.

Miss this Lodge at your peril if you are planning to go to the Addo area.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Ahmedabad, INDIA
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Reviewed December 1, 2013

Magnificently located on a hill overlooking the citrus orchards, Hitgeheim is certainly a place for discerned traveler to unwind and relax in luxury. I'am actually happy to rely completely on Archie (owner) who had planned my two night stay early in Aug 2012, such a helpful, lively and wonderful person. Proximity to Addo, within a short distance drive north from PE, superb accommodation and services from staff, this lovely country lodge is highly recommend to tourists on a self driven garden route trip to South Africa.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
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Ireland
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Reviewed November 21, 2013

We enjoyed our stay thanks to Archie and his staff.
We loved our chalet. We opted for the fine 6 course dinner accompanied by reasonably priced wine. Breakfast was of a high standard with a fantastic view.
We did both the “Addo Elephant National Park Morning Safari” and the “Schotia Tooth and Claw Safari” including transfers. Both very worthwhile and hassle free.
The staff were always on hand and nothing was too much trouble. Including little things like car washing and providing directions for onward travel.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 20, 2013

The hotel is truly amazing. The first thing you see when you arrive is the view. The grounds, rooms, food, staff, views, wildlife and service is by far the best we had in South Africa. The owner Archie is brilliant, he is so helpful and makes sure he meets each and everyone of his guests and helps them have the best experience possible. We went on the morning safari with Peter, who is full of up to date interesting information and on the second evening we went to Schotia game reserve which again was fab. Just for an extra experience Archie encouraged us to go on a short plane ride to the game reserve which was an amazing experience. All in all I can't complain about this place and anyone visiting will not be disappointed.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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Chicago
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Reviewed November 18, 2013

We spent two nights at Hitgeheim Country Lodge and thoroughly enjoyed it. The owner, Archie, was a wonderful, indispensable resource as we planned our routes and time during the rest of our trip being our "go to" contact by phone once we had booked these nights at the Lodge. We booked one of the superior accommodations and it was terrific. We took our meals there, as Archie pretty much insists, and in addition to the game drive in Addo Elephant NP, also did the "Tooth and Claw" drive at Schotia Game Reserve (really, like a wild animal park in the US). All told, we looked at this as a two night stay with meals and game drives for about the cost of one night in a luxury safari lodge near Kruger NP (i.e., $1000 for two nights vs $1000 for one night near Kruger). We felt we got our money's worth. But we also felt that including the game drive in Schotia Game Reserve was, for us, a bit too much. As we have done safaris in East Africa and seen the "big five" and more, we were just bushed and a bit cold by the time we returned to the Lodge. If doing it again, we would end our game drives after seeing Addo Elephant NP (which was very good) and just relax and enjoy the great cooking at the Lodge.

Room Tip: Our superior room was terrific, in its own structure. But the standard rooms are also very nice if...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Pretoria, South Africa
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Reviewed November 9, 2013

Hitgeheim has a spectacular location with great views from the rooms and public areas. The staff were prompt in dealing with problems in the room. We were disappointed on check-out to find that we had to pay for our welcome drinks. We have never had to pay for a welcome drink in any other lodge in South Africa.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Hamburg, Germany
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Reviewed October 31, 2013

The Hitgeheim is a very luxurious country lodge outside the Addo Elephant Park. It's located in the middle of nowhere which makes the approach quite interesting. The lodge itself is in a game area so while slowly driving over gravel roads to the reception Springboks and Gnus cross your way. The suites are very spacious and offer a great view over the village. The service is more than perfect and dinner and breakfast are delicious. From Hitgeheim it's a ca. 20 min drive to the Addo Elephant Park.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hitgeheim Country Lodge

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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