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Hitgeheim Country Lodge

Found in: Accommodation, Addo, Cottages, Eastern Cape, Featured Venues, Guesthouses / B&B, Honeymoon Destinations, Lodges, The Western Region

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 tranquility.

Accommodation is offered in stylishly appointed chalets with luxurious bathrooms, outdoor showers and private wooden decks with breathtaking views over tranquil citrus orchards and the sweeping country side. Awake to the haunting cries of the fish-eagles, residents to 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 sundowners 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.
Accommodation is offered in 5 superior (2 honeymoon suites) and 3 luxury chalets, set amongst indigenous gardens with prolific birdlife. Individually decorated chalets offer 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, bathroom amenities, hair dryer, 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 outdoor showers. Honeymoon packages include romantic turn-downs, sparkling wine and canapés on day of arrival, breakfast on your veranda or a private dinner in the wine-cellar.

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 prepared 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, cold meats and cheeses, preserves and fresh fruit juices, followed by a traditional South African breakfast or the ‘Sunrise Surprise’.

A number of excursions are available from Hitgeheim. Accompany our guide on our private open-top safari vehicle to the Addo Elephant National Park where you will be treated to a picnic while observing the behaviour of the unique Addo Elephants. Arrange an exhilarating Elephant Back Safari, visit to the Cheetah Breeding Sanctuary, Tooth & Claw Safari at Schotia Private Game Reserve, a full day safari at the close-by Amakhala Private Game Reserve, visit the Addo Raptor & Reptile Centre. Visit beautiful farm and village gardens, where you can relax over a cup of tea and enjoy being in the country amongst the flowers, birds and butterflies.

Breathe in the scent of roses and orange blossoms in season. 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.


Winter Low Season R950 pps pn bb no single supplement
High Season from R1250 to R1550
Inquire for special long stay/group booking discounts

Directions to Hitgeheim Country Lodge

Recommended route from Port Elizabeth: Take the N2 towards Grahamstown. About 10km outside Port Elizabeth you will cross the Swartkops River, drive past BLUEWATER BAY and take first EXIT to the left, MOTHERWELL/MARKMAN/ST GEORGE’S.

Turn left onto the R335 and follow road to ADDO for approximately 45km. After you crossed the railway line turn left onto R336 towards KIRKWOOD.

Continue along R336 for 9km, turn left at HITGEHEIM Country Lodge signboard, travel for 2km, turn left at main entrance onto eco-reserve and follow signage to the Lodge. Please look out for animals, this is a 20km/h zone!


Check in After 14:00  Check out Before 11:00


  • Addo Elephant National Park 19km
  • Shamwari Game Reserve 45km
  • Amakhala Game Reserve 50km
  • Schotia Game Reserve 30km
  • Addo Elephant Back Safaris 50km
  • Addo Elephant National Park - Zuurberg Section 30km
  • Daniell Cheetah Sanctuary 35km
  • Bushman Sands 60km
  • Port Elizabeth CBD 60km
  • Jeffreys Bay 120km


Superior (5)

King or Twin extra-length beds with en-suite bathroom, separate toilet, twin basins and outdoor shower. Units have separate entrances and private verandas with breathtaking views.

Luxury (3)

King or Twin extra-length beds with en-suite bathroom, separate toilet, twin basins and outdoor shower. Units have private wooden decks with breathtaking views.



  • 4 Stars - Tourism Grading Council of South Africa
  • AA highly commended (luxury Lodges small)


  • Conference Venue <25 People
  • Overhead Projector Available
  • Television Available
  • Whiteboard Available


  • Breakfast Served
  • Dinner Served
  • Lunch Served
  • Restaurant on the Premises
  • Set Menu Offered

ECO Tourism

  • Game Drives
  • Walk the eco-reserve and experience close interactions with the 10 Antelope species


  • Bird Watching
  • Countryside
  • Environment
  • Mountain
  • National Park
  • Nature Reserve
  • River


  • Airport Shuttle Service
  • Bar on the Premises
  • Communal MNet
  • Communal Satelite TV
  • Communal Television
  • Fax
  • Fireplace on the Premises
  • Internet Access
  • No Pets Permitted
  • Laundry Service
  • Off Street Parking
  • Parking Available
  • Swimming Pool

Facilities in Rooms/Units

  • Air-Conditioning in Rooms
  • Bar Fridges in Rooms
  • Heater in Rooms
  • No Smoking in Rooms
  • Radios in Rooms
  • Safe
  • Tea and Coffee in Rooms

For Whom

  • Family
  • Gay / Lesbian
  • Honeymoon
  • Solo Travellers

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