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Hitgeheim Country Lodge
Ranked #3 of 21 Addo B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Dublin, Ireland
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Top quality lodge to suit everyone”
Reviewed 16 January 2012

We are a family of 5, two parents with a 24, 22 and 13 year old. Hitgeheim was a little piece of heaven for 3 nights over Christmas 2011. On booking we were promised a Christmas to remember and we were not disappointed. The ambience, style and quality of this accommodation was stunning and left us feeling jealous of the life style, ease of living and the quietness was quite remarkable. Hitgeheim is situated in the remote eastern cape of South Africa, on the outskirts of Addo National Park. Archie, the owner of this lodge and his great staff have a unique way of knowing how to accommodate all tastes. Safari to Addo was just as described and a great time had by all of us. We didn’t expect the wet and cold though!! We had a fairly full itinerary which was arranged for us, with time included for relaxation at the pool. You won’t regret heading towards Hitgeheim, it is a special place. Our kids rated it 10/10... that's good going in our house.

Room Tip: Rooms no 3 and 4 were beautiful!
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed 11 January 2012

My husband and I stayed at Hitgeheim Country Lodge for 2 nights in mid-September 2011 on our honeymoon. It was amazing - very private and luxurious. (Need to shower? You have the option of using either the indoor private shower, or the outdoor one... or the bathtub!) I could have spent an entire week just living in the cottage. The highlights would be the beautiful cottages, the food, and the amazing views. Another favourite part were the excursions that Archie's team set up for us - we went to the Schotia tour as well as the Addo Park tour. There are also zebras and some other animals right on-site. If we ever go back to South Africa, we will definitely revisit the Hitgeheim Country Lodge.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 January 2012

We stayed with our 2-year old son at Hitgeheim and can recommend this lodge to anyone (including kids). The rooms are luxiorious and spacious with great views over the valley. Service is superb and friendly. The family run business is flexible in arranging trips and transport to and from airport, Scotia or Addo elephant park. The ever friendly owner Archie took us himself through Addo which was great with our son as well. With his background of a farmer he had hundred's of stories to tell. The facilities are well positioned with a great gathering place where you can share stories with other visitors or just enjoy the view and have a cold drink. The restaurant again has a great view but also a great chef that uses local herbs and meats cooking the dinner. We stayed 3 nights and enjoyed it a lot!

  • Stayed January 2012
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Arnhem, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 6 December 2011

We expected more. This was the most expensive place we've stayed in South Africa. And it didn't match our expectations. Yes, the cottage is spacious and the bathroom is huge. But still, it didn't feel luxurious. The price/quality (aprox. 250 euros per night) was not in balance.
The view is not that stunning. It is nice, but not spectacular. The views are over agricultural land. Next time I would also pick an accommodation which is closer to Addo.

The staff is very friendly, but a bit stiff. I was surprised that the dinners where not included in the price. And we had a negative surprise with the price of the wine. You don't get a wine list, but you can choose pick one from cellar. No price tags. The surprise was when we left. We had to pay 420 Rand for a bottle of red wine. Very expensive for a South African wine.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Addo123, Owner at Hitgeheim Country Lodge, responded to this review, 6 February 2012
I should have responded earlier on this review but our aproach has always been to try our best. Our tutors in the industry warned us that you will never please everyone. Unfortunately these two gentleman could not find anything to their satisfaction from the minute they arrived.. We sincerely apologies if Hitgeheim did not fit your liking and promise that we tried our best.
We are very happy to be the most expensive stop you had, rather than being the cheapest. ;=))
I also do not enjoy surprises when it comes to paying for anything. Therefore I qoute in writing and expect the guest to read and ask if not sure. Our rate is like most of the bb and guesthouses a bed and breakfast rate. Some of our Safaris are outsourced and include dinner and that is the reason why we do not qoute a full board rate.
Their selecton of wine was out of their own choice from my private collection of extremely rare wines. Should they have had the specific wine anywhere, the tag would have been in the three figure range. All my wine availible to the guests are marked on the barcode at the back with a written price on a white sticker. I do this myself. The price range for the flagship wines in the restaurant and the story telling wines in the cellar start from R60 - R320. Yes it is true that my private collections have pricetags of up to R850 per bottle but surely you do not pick this if you are not a true wine fanatic.
One of the reasons why I waited was to get a review or two from the same room. This has happenned and it speak for itself.
Once again my sincere apology and we shall keep trying our best. We are extremely happy with our product and service levels and congratulate our team. It is a pleasure working with such great staff .
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Chester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 December 2011

Hitgeheim looked amazing from its website - 8 thatched cottages set in arces of grounds overlooking Sunday River Valley, citrus farmland and a short journey from Addo Elephant Park and since our recent visit I am happy to say it lived up to our expectations.

The owner Archie helped us book activities during our stay but did not pressurise us or give us any 'hard sell' for any tours.

We stayed in room 2 - we would definitely recommend it. Forget any thoughts of a small thatched cottage - it was huge, the bedroom had double doors into a bathroom with a free standing bath in the middle and a choice of indoor & outdoor showers, his & hers sinks. We had 2 terraces - one from the bathroom and the other off the bedroom so we could take the benefit of both morning & evening sun.

The hotel is over 2 km off the road and the lodge is reached via a gravel/stone road through the reserve - we initally didn't see any wildlife but as we were heading out to go to Addo we saw various antelope & zebras and on the last morning had a close encounter with an ostrich. (The zebra seemed to stay around the airstrip area in the reserve)

We stayed at Hitheheim for dinner one evening - there are other options but all a 15-20 min car journey away. You can visit the wine cellar to select a wine for the meal - a nice touch for winelovers.

On the day we visited a game reserve for an afternoon & evening safari upon our return we found a tray with hot chocolate, marshmallows & home made biscuits left for us in our room.

Archies help extended to routes to Oudtshoorn and places to stop / visit along the route

A special place from which to explore Addo region

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Halifax, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 November 2011

Set on a hillside overlooking orchards ,this must be the ideal way to vist Addo ,a short 20 minute drive away.
The room was among the best we have stayed in with a large veranda and even an outside shower.
The food and service were excellent, as was Archie-a real character-and his team.

They helped make my wife's birthday memorable with a song and champagne for breakfast!

A must visit lodge

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 6 October 2011

This place is magic...

The location: on top of a mountain, overlooking a green valley full of citrus orchards.

The accommodation: we were in Superior family chalet # 1, beautifully decorated, spacious, a huge bathroom with a magnificent view, and a lovely outside shower.

The staff: Warm and very welcoming. Each and every staff member treated us like good old friends, including wonderful Archie, who owns and runs this awesome lodge.

The food: Delicious. Not a huge offering which is understandable due to the remote location of the lodge, but absolutely wonderful and perfectly presented.

The service: Everything was taken care of. No need to arrange things, everything is arranged for you. All with a genuine smile!

Our stay at the Hitgeheim was truly memorable. This was our first trip to wonderful South Africa, and due to the limited amount of time we had our program was full, maybe too full. At the Hitgeheim we finally found the time to relax and unwind, although our stay of two nights was way too short... We will return!

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
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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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Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Greater Addo > Sundays River Valley > Addo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre 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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