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Hitgeheim Country Lodge
Ranked #3 of 22 Addo B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 25 July 2010

We stayed at this most beautiful lodge during the World Cup 2010 during our travels throughout South Africa to see many of the games. The staff, the rooms, the food, the view, the personal attention we received while staying was amazing. The rooms were so beautiful, the beds so luxurious and comfortable, the bathrooms (outdoor showers, huge tubs and indoor showers!) were out of this world clean and snazzy! The restaurant provided the most beautiful, creative and delicious food. The breakfasts and dinners we had over the four days we stayed were out of a gourmet kitchen, creative and delicious, presented immaculately and graciously. Archie and his staff are top-notch! We would not hesitate to recommend Hitgeheim as a place to go, and hope to go back one day.

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Reviewed 24 July 2010

Hitgeheim was the best hotel we've ever been on our many trips inside Brasil and globally. Wonderfull place,charming and very comfortable rooms,tasty food, and an fantastic team that loves the guests.

We were very well impressed since the lodge owner,Archie and his little dog, pick us up at the airport and we've made an nice drive until reach the Lodge learning a lot about the place,the culture,the people.

The hotel islocated in an small mountain, you've awesomescenic views from your room,at the restaurant,almost everywhere.

The food was one of the best we've during our two week trip to South Africa,combining local ingridients with creativity ,and making really tasting food .and they're always ready to accomodate special requests. For exemple, when we asked an last minute quick lunch after
we leave the hotel , the chef came to us to ask what would we prefer for this last meal
All the tours suggested and arranged by Archie delivered more than we expected.

But what really makes the major difference is the way we're treated by Archie and his amazing team. The staff really cares about the guests. In just two days,we'vemany examples of superior service,and more than that:we met interesting persons,with different stories .

We look forward to get back as soon as possible and we recommend this place for all our friends

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 July 2010

I stayed at the Hitgeheim for 2 nights in June 2010 with my 18 year old daughter. All in all it was a wonderful stay for both of us. The food and wine were fantastic. The service could not be faulted. The accomodation was excellent. The owners were fantastic hosts. Nothing was too much trouble. Perfect location for Addo elephant park. I will definately return.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 July 2010

Just stayed at Hitgeheim for five nights during world cup (Brazil vs Holland) and just loved this place. Had my own personal chalet. Nice touches like an outdoor shower, complimentary tasty sherry and electric blanket in the bed which was turned on when I came home from the game on a cold night. The six course gourmet meals were super and included local game like Kudu and we alwasy looked forward to the breakfasts. The staff are very friendly and ready to help. Also enjoyed the sundowner drinks and snacks in the lodge while we wacthed the other games on TV by the fireplace. Enjoyed the sun with an awesome view of orange orchards and mountains. Hitgeheim is close to Addo park, Cheetah rehab place and about an hour from Port Elizabeth.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 15 July 2010

My family had come to South Africa to visit old friends and watch as many World Cup soccer matches as possible, so in our minds our trip to Addo Elephant National Park was merely a side bar, until we arrived at Hitgeheim. We were a tired group of road warriors when we arrived late at the Lodge to find bright friendly staff waiting to greet us, beautiful chalets to house us and warm comfortable beds for our weary bones. Everything - I mean every need and every detail was covered by the staff. We needed directions to the stadium in Port Elizabeth, they knew the best route. We were to take a safari and go for an elephant ride, they had all the arrangements covered and everything went like clock work even though mother nature unexpectedly threw some low clouds and moisture into the mix just for fun. Our host, Archie, was so well connected and respected by all the other folks we dealt with in the Addo area it provided us with a wonderful sense of community that put us at ease to really relax and take in all the beauty that surrounded us as we explored the areas around Hitgeheim. Our only regret is that we live so far away from this beautiful lodge and these warm friendly people. If you are ever in the Eastern Cape I would definitely recommend a stay at the Hitgeheim Country Lodge.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 July 2010

Quiet place to stay. Nice landscape. The owners are extremly friendly and have a personnal attention on guests needs. Nearby Addo Elephant National Park, unfortunately did not have the time to visit it. The food in the restaurant was really good. We were there in June, and the rooms were cold in the evening, so probably they would just need a heater on that part of the year. If you drive by car during rainny season you might be carefull on the access roads. No TV on the rooms. Otherwise the stay was excellente and I would advise it to someone who wants to rest from the stress of the city.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 July 2010

My sister and me spent overall 3 days with Archie and his team - and, in summary, it was a perfect place to spend some time between the WC football matches.

The views are magnificent, calm, the wide landscape being just awesome. The lodges are great, the breakfast extensive and well prepared (and even better presented!), the dinner opulent and tasty. And a walk in the "eco reserve" surrounding the lodge happened to be a real experience: no predators being in the huge, fenced area, we just walked around for some hours, discovering zebras, gnus, ostriches ...

Archie also took us on a trip through Addo National Park - it was fun and we were extremely lucky to find ourselves in midst of some elephant herds, without mentioning all the other animals, including the very rare black rhino and all sorts of antelopes, etc. that we were lucky to see.

In summary: We would not doubt a second to return to this place! Archie has built up something there that really deserves to be visited.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled with family
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Address: off Route R336 Direction Addo Kirkwood 9 km | Outside the park, Addo, Sundays River Valley 6105, 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 22 B&Bs / Inns in Addo
Price Range: £150 - £212 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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