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From R3500 Per Night

Hitgeheim Country Lodge & Eco Reserve
Addo Accommodation

Bush Lodges Accommodation in Greater Addo

  • Swimming pool at sunset
  • Superior Room
  • Superior Bathroom
  • Superior Room
  • Superior Room Verandah
  • Superior Outdoor Shower
  • Superior Room Deck
  • Superior Bathroom
  • Superior Room
  • Superior Bathroom
  • Luxury Room
  • Luxury Room Deck
  • Luxury Outdoor Shower
  • Luxury Bathroom
  • Superior Deck
  • Superior Room
  • Superior Room
  • Luxury 1 Bedroom suite
  • Luxury 1 Bedroom suite
  • Luxury Family Room
  • Luxury Family Room
  • Luxury Family Room View
  • Luxury Family Room Bathroom
  • Luxury Family Room Bedroom
  • Luxury Family Room Bedroom
  • Luxury Family Room Bathroom
  • Luxury Family Room View
  • Luxury Family Room Bathroom
  • Lounge Deck
  • Underground Cellar
  • Swimming Pool
  • Swimming Pool
  • Aerial View
  • Game Drive to Addo Elephant National Park
  • Game Drive to Addo Elephant National Park
  • Game Drive to Addo Elephant National Park
  • Game Drive to Addo Elephant National Park
  • Game Drive to Addo Elephant National Park
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Hitgeheim Country Lodge is situated on an eco-reserve in the heart of the malaria-free Sundays River Valley, only minutes from the Addo Elephant National Park. On arrival, you are warmly welcomed into this place of peace and tranquillity.  The stylishly appointed chalets offer extra-length beds draped in romantic mosquito nets with crisp white percale linen. Luxurious bathrooms, outdoor showers and private wooden decks with breathtaking views invite you to relax and unwind completely. Awake to the haunting cries of the fish-eagles, residents of the Sundays River below the veranda of your chalet.

Accompany our guide on a safari to the Addo Elephant National Park for the best elephant viewing in the world, arrange an exhilarating elephant back safari, visit one of the near-by 'Big 5' private game reserves or simply go for a walk on the reserve.  Afterwards, indulge in a refreshing swim or sun-downers on the veranda as day gives way to the silence of a vast African night. Select your wine from our private collection from the walk-in cellar before you sit down to a gourmet dinner by candle-light. Here you will experience true South African hospitality at its best.  

Hitgeheim Country Lodge has established a reputation for outstanding cuisine. Dining with regional cuisine and unique story-telling wines from the walk-in wine cellar ensure that dining is an unforgettable experience. A 6-course menu is presented every evening and served in luxurious splendour.  All meals are carefully planned and lovingly prepared by the resident chef to suit the guests' special dietary requirements if any.  A scrumptious breakfast on the veranda whilst taking in the stunning views on offer constitutes a perfect start to the day.  Breakfast includes seasonal fresh fruits, stewed dried fruit, yoghurt, muesli and cereals, preserves and fresh fruit juices followed by a traditional South African breakfast or the 'Sunrise Surprise'.

Each chalet offers stylishly appointed bedrooms with luxurious bathrooms, private wooden decks with panoramic views overlooking the valley below and the Addo Elephant National Park in the distance. Features include air-conditioning, heating, electric blankets, bathrobes, signature bathroom amenities, hairdryer, electronic safe, mini-bar, complimentary sherry, snack basket, coffee & tea facilities, and wireless internet connection. Extra-length twin or king beds. The 'wet style' bathrooms are finished in natural stone and offer separate toilets and selected rooms offer additional outdoor showers.

Hitgeheim Country Lodge enjoys magnificent views over tranquil citrus orchards and the sweeping countryside of the Sundays River Valley.

Weddings & Honeymoons
Perfect for an enchanting, exclusive wedding set in the heart of 240 hectares of splendid Valley bushveld. Whether you would prefer a casual, traditional or more lavish day, we are here to ensure that your special occasion is truly unique and stunningly beautiful.

Honeymoon Packages include romantic turn-downs, sparkling wine and canapes on the day of arrival, breakfast on your veranda or a private dinner in the wine cellar.

We cater for small weddings up to 30 guests and a venue fee is applicable.

The entire lodge must be pre-booked for a minimum of two nights.

Hitgeheim Country Lodge is ideally situated for an unforgettable Wildlife Safari in the malaria-free Eastern Cape. You can easily visit any - or even all four - of the game reserves which are all in very close proximity to us, each offering a unique experience.

Addo Elephant National Park Morning Safari 
Accompany our guide on our private luxury open-top safari vehicle to the Addo Elephant National Park where you will be treated to a picnic while observing and experiencing the behaviour of the unique Addo Elephants herds. Doing Addo the first time with an experienced guide allows you to see, hear, smell and understand all those interesting facts about Addo that you will most certainly miss doing a self-drive. The few privateers that are qualified to do this did it for reasons and most important, to ensure that their guests have a perfect Addo experience.

Addo Elephant Back Safari 
This is a once in a lifetime must do and comprises of seeing and experiencing the gentle wild herds in the morning and then having the opportunity to touch, feed, walk and ride the biggest land mammal on earth. Please bear in mind this activity is approximately 35 kilometres, 1-hour drive on a very uneven gravel road in the Zuurberg Mountains.

Hitgeheim is proud to present this experience to guests.The three gentle giants are genuine orphans, trained with passion and love, caring with the income they create for many other young orphans belonging to the Withers Trust. We recommend you fly in with a light aircraft departing from Hitgeheim R 1 800 return 1-6 pax. The road transfer can be arranged at R 600 per person return. We have three tours a day 08h00, 11h00 and 15h00.

Schotia Tooth and Claw Safari 
This small private game reserve offers the largest variety of wildlife, borders Addo and perfected wildlife viewing 20 years ago. The afternoon/evening safari will allow you to have close encounters with all the other species of wildlife which you might not have seen in Addo. Lion sighting is very much a possibility as well as rhino, hippo, giraffe and many more antelope species will let you leave with a big smile.

The safari consists of a two-hour afternoon drive conducted in open vehicles, followed by an authentic boma dinner and finished with a short night drive. We highly recommend guests make use of the transfer to Schotia. Costs of transfer R 500 per person return, special requested rates on groups and families. Departure time from Hitgeheim is 14h00 and return 22h00.

Daniell's Cheetah Breeding Sanctuary
The breeder has the skills to breed and raise the endangered cheetah and provides the opportunity to share this educational experience with guests. You are allowed to touch, feed and play with the adult and if available, the young. With prior arrangements, you are allowed to walk these cats in the natural environment. Lion cubs are there to kiss and cuddle as well, subject to availability. The activity costs R 50 per person and is an easy 30-minute self-drive through the scenic Sundays River Valley and the village of Kirkwood. Should you want to walk the cheetah we need to prebook at R 150 per person.

Lenmore Raptor and Reptile Centre
A very dedicated individual provides an educational experience through his passion for reptile, birds of prey and all other animals. Pose with a poisonous snake around your neck or allow him to pose with a snake in his mouth. It is truly an experience for both old and young.

Amakhala Private Game Reserve 
The short river cruise while having lunch allow for some magnificent birding. The safari afterwards is in a rather big reserve and like all wildlife, you might be lucky to spot the Big 5. Lions and predators are kept separate from the more scarce antelope. It is approximately80 km from Hitgeheim on a good road.

Hitgeheim Country Lodge Leisure Time
This is what we are all good at. Doing pure nothing, and not feeling guilty about it, enjoying the peace and quietness, either from your deck, the swimming pool or one of the many loungers, sipping a nice chilled white wine or a finer selected red. Or simply stroll through the natural surroundings and experience the indigenous antelope species at close range.

Relax in the tranquil environment teeming with birdlife, a birder's paradise or spend your day on your private wooden deck behind your camera's lens, photographing resident birds and antelope species, and the sweeping vistas. For all these reasons we recommend a minimum stay of three nights.

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Addo, Close to Addo Elephant National Park, Eastern Cape

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No pets allowed

In order to secure a booking, we require a 50% deposit of the accommodation amount. On confirmation of booking please advise on dinner arrangements and special dietary requirements. Reservations are essential.

All refunds are subject to a 15% administration fee.

If cancelled within 30 days prior to arrival - 100% cancellation.

If no deposit was paid the deposit amount will be due and payable.

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  • Internet Access
  • Iron / Ironing Service
  • Laundry Service / Facilities
  • Mini Bar
  • Parking
  • Secure Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Safe in room
  • Swimming Pool
  • Sight Seeing
  • Game Reserves
  • Adventure
  • Popular Routes
  • Culture
  • Wildlife
  • Childrens Fun