Hitgeheim Country Lodge is situated on an eco-reserve overlooking the magnificent malaria-free Sundays River Valley and only minutes away from the Addo Elephant Park. When you arrive, you are warmly welcomed into this place of peace and tranquillity by the warm and friendly staff. Accommodation is offered in stylishly appointed chalets with luxurious bathrooms, outdoor showers and private wooden decks with breath-taking 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. After a fantastic breakfast guests have the opportunity to accompany Hitgeheim’s 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 to view some of the rare species you wouldn’t get the pleasure of seeing elsewhere.
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. Here you will experience true South African hospitality at its best. Hitgeheim Country Lodge is located only one hour from Port Elizabeth which allows guests to feel out of the city when visiting this incredible lodge.
Hitgeheim Country Lodge consists of 8 Chalets – 3 Honeymoon Suites (superior), 2 Family Chalets (superior), 3 Luxury Chalets – set amongst indigenous gardens with prolific birdlife. 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, 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 selected rooms offer additional outdoor showers.
Superior Chalets nr 2,3 and 8 are individually designed and decorated to meet the discerning traveller’s need for space, luxury and privacy.
Superior Family Chalet nr 1 and 4. These stylish decorated chalets have two single beds which can convert to a king extra length double bed. We can accommodate two kids under 12 on a double leather sleeper couch if they are prepared to share the bed. Sub-adults from 13-18, we allow only one per room. We also use these rooms should you wish to have single beds.
Luxury: 5, 6 &7 are individually decorated with a sense of timeless elegance and luxury. These chalets are slightly smaller 48sqm. The only difference is that these three enter from the front walkway. The layout has been carefully planned to optimise the view and to allow the same privacy of the decks and outside showers. Room nr 5 have two single extra length beds and 6&7 each king extra length.
ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS
Hitgeheim 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 an unique experience.
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. A lot have been written about why Addo with a privateer. Our humble opinion which grew from experience in as short as possible. Addo is no scenic park like Kruger National Park, the Delta in Botswana or the Serengeti. This is the most successful conservation project in Africa. Addo is more than just close-up photographs of elephants, it is also about the history of Addo and the Fauna and Flora. Doing Addo the first time with an experienced guide allows you 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.
This name is sometimes very misleading. The encounter is not in Addo Elephant Park and not a Safari. It is in the Zuurberg mountains and one hour drive on a very bad road. only 35 km. This however is a once in a lifetime must do and the combination with seeing and experiencing the gentle wild herds of Addo in the morning and then have the opportunity to touch, feed, walk with and ride the biggest land mammal on earth for the afternoon is something else. We are happy to associate ourselves with this experience. The 3 gentle giants are genuine orphans, trained with passion and love, caring with the income they create for many other young orphans belonging to the Wither’s Trust. We recommend you use their transport at R350 pp. It depend on your program whether they fetch you at Hitgeheim or at their ticket office at the Wine Bar and Cafe. We arrange all this prior to your arrival.
Schotia Tooth and Claw Safari
This small Private Game Reserve offers the largest variety of wildlife, boarders 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 have not seen in Addo. Lion sighting is 99% guaranteed and rhino, hippo, giraffe and many more antelope species will let you leave with a big smile. The two hour afternoon safari all in open vehicles, followed by a very different boma dinner and finished with a short night drive is by far the best value for money. You can self-drive to Schotia but we recommend to make use of the transfer purely for safety reasons. Coming back at night on South African gravel roads are not safe unless you are familiar with the conditions. Costs: R875 per couple return. We leave from Hitgeheim at 14h00 and return at 22h00.
Daniell’s Cheetah Breeding Sanctuary
The breeder has the skills to breed and raise the endangered cheetah and enjoy sharing it with us all. 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. Most of the time lion cubs are there to kiss and cuddle. This is a very nice time-killer if the weather is fowl R40 pp and an easy 30 min self-drive through the scenic Sundays River Valley and the village of Kirkwood.
Lenmore Raptor en Reptile Centre
This is not a Las Vegas Show but a young man with a passion for reptile, birds of pray and all other animals. Pose with a poisonouis snake around your neck or allow him to pose with a snake in his mouth. It is truely an experience for both old and young.
Amakhala Private Game Reserve
For those that have done it all and need to see something typical of the Eastern Cape Private Wildlife Reserves. 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 but chances are not as secured as with Addo and Schotia. The animals will also be more at a distance and in bigger numbers. Lions and predators are kept separate from the more expensive scarce antelope. It is however the better of the rest should you have the time – 80 km from us on a good road.
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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