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Hitgeheim Country Lodge
Ranked #3 of 21 Addo B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Defiance, Missouri
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24 reviews
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“Awesome Time”
Reviewed 18 December 2012

We had an AWESOME stay at Hitgeheim! Our room was large, decorated great and private. The staff was courteous, friendly and very helpful. We looked forward every evening to the outstanding dinners that was served. The views at Hitgeheim overlooking the valley are breathtaking. All of the tours that were recommended and we took (Addo, Scotia, Elephant Back Safari, Daniell Cheetah Breeding, and the Raptor & Reptile Centre) were Awesome! Archie and Martina made our stay a true pleaure and our trip to South Africa a treasured lifetime memory - We Highly Recommend Hitgeheim Country Lodge!! Jena & Brent from St. Louis, Missouri USA

Room Tip: From what we could see, any room would be great. This is a small, quiet lodge.
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 December 2012

- Welcome good. Services excellent. Nice view from lodge.
- Dining was fine.
- Rooms with a lot personal attendance
- good recommendations for visiting Addo and Scotia Parks
- Excellent personal guidance in the Addo Park with owner of lodge

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 December 2012

It was a great stay at the Hitgeheim and we enjoyed everything . The nice rooms and bathrooms, also the outside shower was great. The service and the food was excellent.
The sundowner was very nice.
Everything was made and done with lots of love. Thank you very much.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with family
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Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa
2 reviews
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Reviewed 19 November 2012

We had a wonderful experience at Hitgehein and I wish I could share this with everyone out there. Beautifully situated, very spacious rooms, romantic, incredible hospitality. You have to put this on your list of "places to visit before I die" ! Thanks to all staff ! Pierre M, Port Elizabeth

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with friends
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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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Reviewed 22 October 2012

We had the most pleasant experience at this lodge despite worst weather ever in the Eastern Cape. Here you can take a walk on the beautiful game farm, spent hours watching birds or just enjoy the views or you can enjoy a glass of good wine with host Archie and his wife Marietjie. The staff were extremely well trained, very professionally and so helpful. Suites are spacious and tastefully decorated with balcony over looking the Sundays River valley. Each with huge bathrooms, outdoor shower - very private and romantic. Breakfasts are served in restaurant on premises with own chef. It is tastefully prepared and divine also with ambiance and views to die for. Absolute worth a visit and worth every cent!! Thanks to great hosts!! You make us feel proudly South Africa!! Well done and congratulations. You have accomplished something very special. This place is highly recommended!! You will always remember your stay at Hitgeheim. I will definitely be back!!Carin

Room Tip: Room 1 is most private and most popular, but all 8 rooms are quiet and have special features.
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 20 September 2012 via mobile

On a restricted timeframe, we only had two nights in the Hitgeheim Lodge but it was a great decision. Archie and team are such wonderful hosts with lovely spacious and quiet african style bungalows. You will also receive all the service and attention anyone could ask for, not to mention the fantastic breakfasts and food to treat you palate. The bungalows are perched on the edge of hills overlooking the lush river valley below and on short walks from the Lodge we saw plenty of game. Archie goes out of his way to advise the best activities in the Addo area, so make sure you seek his wealth of knowledge. Hitgeheim won't disappoint....enjoy :-)

Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Amherst, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 1 September 2012

I got started late in planning a family vacation for next December, and when I contacted Archie about staying at Hitgeheim Country Lodge, he did not have room for us. In spite of that, he offered me countless tips on best ways to view wildlife in his area--how to plan a stay to relax and also get the most out of our time at Addo and its environs. He even proposed an alternative itinerary for us that would have enabled us to spend three days at Hitgeheim. Much as I tried to make it work, however, it was simply impossible. Archie never lost patience with me, even as we exchanged daily emails for nearly two weeks. At the end, when I thanked him and expressed my regrets, he could not have been more gracious. He wished us well and said that he was only sorry that he wouldn't have a chance to meet us. Although I have traveled extensively, I have never encountered hospitality like that before.

Stayed August 2012, travelled 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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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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