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Hitgeheim Country Lodge
Ranked #3 of 21 Addo B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Sydney, Australia
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4 reviews
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“A Fantastic Place to Stay”
Reviewed 5 October 2010

We were a group of 8 travelling on a golf and safari holiday for 5 weeks from Capetown to Johannesburg and our stay at Hitgeheim was a highlight. Archie and his staff went out of there way to make us welcome and made sure all the little things were done just right. The rooms, some with external showers were great and the food excellent. We would recommend this lodge to anyone planning to stay in the area.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 14 September 2010

I found this hotel by sheer chance online and stayed at the end of a 10 day trip to South Africa. It is a fair distance from Port Elizabeth airport, but the directions were easy to follow and it was well worth the drive time. We were made to feel very welcome, the room was spotless and stunning, as was the location. The staff were very friendly and went out of their way to help us, once leaving hot chocolate out for us in the evening when we came back from a safari trip late! We went on a few safaris / trips organised through the hotel and these were very enjoyable and easy, with the guides picking us up from the hotel and dropping us back.

I would definitely recommend this hotel for a very relaxing, short stay. There are a lot of nice safari activities nearby and the hotel is very welcoming. If you are looking for nightlife and shopping near an airport, this may not be the place for you, but otherwise, definitely give it a look.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 August 2010

This is a perfect place to stay and try to do so for at least three days as the lodge itself is lovely. Beautiful rooms of great comfort and space.Views and hospitality as much as or as little as you prefer. The welcome is perfect. The staff are well trained and never say no to anything.

The owners Archie and Marietjie know how to treat their guests and are full of knowledge and humour. Ask and ye shall receive.

Lovely food on a beautiful terrace and a good wine cellar.

South African perfection and I urge you to visit.

Audrey Russell

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 August 2010

It's difficult to put into words how much we enjoyed staying at this wonderful lodge. From the moment we arrived we fell in love with the place, the people, the location, the food and the safaris were all first class. Thank you to Archie and all for a truly amazing time.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Ottawa, Canada
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Hitgeheim Country Lodge, Sunland, South Africa

July 8-10, 2010

I just got back from a trip of a life time to South Africa with my brother and cousin. Only 2 places were the hi-light of our trip: Cape Town and Hitgeheim Country Lodge.

Let me start off by saying that the 3 of us are not-so-rich students. I can also be very paranoid sometimes when it comes to the conditions of my accommodations and places that I travel to. Safety and cleanliness are my #1 concern, wherever I go.

We opted to go for a 5* accommodation in the jungle for safety reasons and to experience the wild life properly, since it could be our last chance to ever experience it. This was the only place that we indulged in.

I found this place after extensive google.co.za research and after many correspondences with the owner Archie; I finally booked it 6 months before arrival due to the World Cup madness.

We arrived to Port Elizabeth Airport and to our delight we found out that Archie had personally come to pick us up. Hitgeheim is about 1hr drive from the airport. The moment we stepped into Hitge Haven, we realized that we hit the spot. It was magical. The staff greeted us like they’ve met us before. They were extremely friendly and courteous throughout the whole stay. The view was stunning. The lodge is situated on top of a mountain overlooking the whole area (Sunland), which is filled with citrus farms. The landscape is amazing. The wild animals are fascinating. We felt at home the min. we stepped into the resort. Let’s not forget the most wonderful host we’ve ever met; Mr. Archie Hitge. He’s a wonderful character. He was very interesting, knowledgeable and knows how to come up with the perfect activity itinerary customized to your stay.

Archie suggested an itinirary full of activities for the duration of our stay. It was well planned and I do recommend it for everyone. If you made it this far, you must experience the wildlife.

By the way, if you’re wondering what does Hitgeheim means, I found out that it’s a German word and it has 2 meanings: Hitge-heim “Home of Hitge” (Hitge is Archie’s last name and Heim means home). I can’t remember what the other meaning was but I remember that it also matched the experience we had. I’ll ask Archie and get back to you on that one!

The food was great. We had breakfast, lunch and dinner with them and we enjoyed it. Everything was very clean and no complains.

For a detailed description of our 2 nights and the safaris we enjoyed, please consult my review in Travel Forum (left hand side) under "Hitgeheim Country Lodge and 2 night itinirary".

We can’t thank Archie enough for being an excellent host and a new friend. We were so delighted to have met him and his entire staff. We’ll definitely stay again at Hitgeheim Country Lodge the first chance we get that would take us back to lovely South Africa.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with friends
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Queen Charlotte City, Canada
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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.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with friends
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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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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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