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  • Luxurious lodge with a classic bushveld atmosphere
  • Outdoor decks and showers with epic views
  • Well stocked wine cellar and Cordon Bleu chef

Hitgeheim Country Lodge

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

11km from Addo


-33.5177, 25.6237


If there is one thing you can be certain of during your stay at the luxurious Hitgeheim Country Lodge, it is that you will be treated like royalty. The staff members manage to strike the important balance of pampering their guests without being overbearing, and are at hand to cater for every want and need.

The lodge itself, occupying a magnificent location on top of a hill, is a place where safari traditions meet the ultimate in comfort and luxury. The grounds are filled with the same indigenous vegetation that can be found in the nearby Addo Elephant Park, while thatched roofs, wooden decks and neutral colour tones accentuate the African feel of the lodge.

The range of rooms on offer is in fact large chalets, which are spread a comfortable distance apart. The Superior Rooms are individually decorated and offer the ultimate in chic safari luxury. These feature King-size extra-length beds draped with romantic netting, as well as plush carpeting and armchairs, high-quality vintage fittings and full bathrooms with attractive stone finishes. The bedrooms, as well as the bathroom, open onto the expansive private balconies, providing unobstructed views of the Sundays River Valley. 

Luxury Rooms are minimally smaller and the opulent colonial style gives a slightly different atmosphere, but all have high-quality furniture and fittings and are opulent enough to satisfy royalty.

Full en-suite bathrooms have cavernous baths with windows looking into the bush, and more wonderful views of the bushveld rolling down into the green valley can be enjoyed from the balconies.

The lodge takes into account families too, in the form of two superior suites that each house a King-size bed that can be converted into twins, and a double sleeper couch. Across the whole range of accommodation, guests can enjoy the valley views while take a refreshing outside shower within touching distance of the bush.

Leaving nothing to chance, room amenities include air-conditioning and heating, electric blankets, bathrobes, hair dryers, electronic safe, mini-bar, snack basket, coffee and tea facilities, and Wi-Fi.

Another incredible view can be enjoyed from the main lodge’s swimming pool, loungers and verandah. Keep your ears peeled for the distinctive cries of fish eagles echoing from the Sundays River below.

The Hitgeheim kitchen produces a range of culinary delights prepared by the resident Cordon Bleu chef. The day starts with a continental or traditional breakfast served on the verandah or in the dining room; sunset is welcomed by sundowners and canapés, before a lavish six-course dinner is enjoyed by the glow of candlelight. The vibrant traditional flavours of dinner are paired with selections from the wine cellar.

Although it may be difficult to peel yourself away from the lodge, a variety of trails offer beautiful walks through the reserve. Since the appeal of Hitgeheim is partly about providing a safari experience, the resident guide is available to take you on a morning drive through the Addo Elephant Park. The park also offers the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ride the world’s biggest land mammal, while to complete your memorable Hitgeheim experience, Schotia Tooth & Claw Safaris offers afternoon safaris and night drives preceded by a traditional boma dinner.

Rates & Summary

3 Superior Deluxe Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in King-size, extra length bed.
En-suite bath, shower and outdoor shower
Private deck overlooking the Sundays River Valley

2 Superior Family Rooms

2 adults sleep in King-size/twin beds
Sleeper couch for 1 child under 16 or 2 younger children
En-suite bath, shower and outdoor shower
Private balcony with views of the valley

3 Luxury Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
En-suite bath, shower and outdoor shower
Private balcony with views of the valley


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Continental and full English breakfast included
Dinner, Bed and Breakfast packages available


Children can be accommodated in the family suites only.

Why Stay Here?

Hitgeheim’s hilltop location, on groomed grounds filled with indigenous bushveld vegetation, gives guests a panoramic view of the Sundays River Valley, and outdoor decks and showers in the immaculately luxurious rooms provide the ultimate connection with nature. The lodge has a well-stocked wine cellar and has a reputation for superb cuisine prepared by a Cordon Bleu chef. The African-style luxury lodge offers guided safaris into the Addo Elephant National Park, which is a short drive away.


  • Luxurious lodge with a classic bushveld atmosphere
  • Outdoor decks and showers with epic views
  • Well stocked wine cellar and Cordon Bleu chef


The superior rooms are secluded for additional privacy.

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, binoculars for bird watching/game viewing.

Road Conditions

The lodge is reached via a good gravel approach road suitable for all vehicles.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Wine cellar
  • Walking trails
  • Game viewing
  • Guided safaris

Nearby: Addo Elephant Park, elephant-back safari, traditional boma dinners, Amakhala Game Reserve, cheetah breeding project, reptile and raptor centre, adventure tours, horse riding, Sundays River, health spa.


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Heater included
  • Fireplace
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Swimming towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Ironing service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast (dinner by arrangement)
  • Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • Fridge or minibar
  • No cleaning materials


  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • No gym available
  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • Conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Limited wheelchair friendliness
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops further than 10km
  • Nearest fuel further than 10km
  • Shuttle service available


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted


  • Personal safe
  • No security guard




Sunshine Coast

Eastern Cape


With the most recorded sunshine hours in South Africa, the name Sunshine Coast is no idle boast or empty promise. Situated between Port Elizabeth and East London, the quaintness of the Sunshine Coast is a welcome escape from big-city bustle. 

The area includes the inland towns of Alexandria, Salem and Bathhurst, with kilometres of beaches accessed via Cannon Rocks, Boknes, Bushmans River Mouth, Kenton-on-sea, Kasouga, Port Alfred and the Great Fish River area. The mixed derivations of these names suggest the rich cultural heritage of the area – the primary meeting point of San, Xhosa, Boer and British. The British influence is clear in the architecture of Bathhurst, Salem and Grahamstown.

Driving on the N2 or its tributaries the R67 or R72, the rolling green hills Lord Charles Somerset likened to English parklands were not exactly what the settlers expected. The unique dark golden-green shade of the Albany Thicket biome is due to the dense growth of hardy drought-resistant plants such as aloe, euphorbia and spekboom. Rain falls in winter and summer, and while not frequent, it is at times unpredictable, so the vegetation is built to withstand fickle skies.

Although unattractively scrubby to some, the Thicket contains 20% of the 316 threatened plant species found in the Eastern Cape, making it an important centre of endemism.

One is tempted to describe this beautiful and unusual landscape as “untouched”, but the area has long been farmed, with cattle, sheep, ostriches, pineapples and chicory among its historically successful concerns. Many farms have since been converted back into game reserves, such as the world-class, malaria-free Kariega and Shamwari Reserves. Game fences line the long, quiet, tarred roads and drivers are often startled at the sight of elephants, giraffes or other game grazing along the fences.

Drivers should also look out for smaller wildlife - porcupines, small antelope, hares, snakes, owls and tortoises - crossing the roads at dawn, dusk and at night.

The beaches and dunes of this coastline are magnificent. The Alexandria dunefield - famously the largest active dunefield in the world - and the exquisite Alexandria State Forest have been absorbed by the Greater Addo Elephant National Park. 

While Kenton-on-sea and Port Alfred are the main seaside attractions, the family-oriented Cannon Rocks, Boknes and Kasouga are popular places to buy holiday homes and have a few lovely self-catering and guest cottages.

The Dias Cross at Kwaaihoek is a replica of the padrão erected there by Portuguese explorer Bartholomeu Dias on his 1488 cruise past the South African coast. At the Cross there is a deck for dolphin sightings and whale-spotting in late spring and early summer. In season, southern right whales are sighted all along the Sunshine Coast.

Despite its fairly good roads and obvious attractions, this area is still, miraculously, relatively unspoilt and undeveloped. With the exception of the graceful Port Alfred Marina, attempts to beat its bush and rivers into commercial shape have been abandoned and it remains gentle, peaceful, simple, pristine and soul-enriching.

Situated on the Indian Ocean, one needn’t expect the “bath water” temperatures of KwaZulu-Natal  - Sunshine Coast swims are invigoratingly cool and sometimes chilly, but seldom as achingly cold as the Western Cape.

The area doesn’t have the same flashy allure as other popular seaside destinations, but if you think of the coast as a place to relax and unwind, rather than paint the town red, there is no better place to visit.

Look out for

Addo Elephant National Park, 30 minutes from PE, features the “Big Seven” (the Big Five, plus southern right whales and great white sharks).

Explore Alexandria’s dunefields on the two-day Alexandria Hiking Trail or the seven-kilometre Dassie Day Trail, named for a rare tree dassie in the area.

Bathurst - founded in 1820, this “English country village in Africa”, 10 minutes from Port Alfred, is home to the Pig & Whistle, the oldest pub in South Africa, and the 16,7-metre-high Big Pineapple.

With unspoiled beaches, the tiny villages of Cannon Rocks, Boknes, Kleinemonde are a fisherman’s and bird-watcher’s paradise. Cannon Rocks is named for its two cannons and anchor. The Dias Cross at Kwaaihoek is an uplifting thee-kilometre walk from Boknes across incredible sandy beaches, or a six-kilometre walk at low tide from Bushmans River.

Bushmans River – the second-longest navigable river in South Africa, with 22 kilometres of navigable water, is a favourite with canoeists, sailors, water-skiers and fishermen.

Kasouga – maintains its rustic beginnings with dirt roads and no streetlights, hotels and shops, wonderful birdlife and an exquisite lagoon.

Port Alfred – enjoy the elegance of the Royal Alfred Marina. Famous for its annual powerboat race, Port Alfred offers provides great shopping, dining, and beauty retreats.

The Sunshine Coast, and nearby holiday meccas such as Great Fish River, St Francis Bay, Cape St Francis, Jeffreys Bay, Tsitsikamma and the Wild Coast, offers excellent surfing, adventure and water sports, fishing, nature reserves and world-class hikes, mountain biking, canoeing, beach horse-rides, bird watching, 4x4 trails, game-viewing, golf, and as well as rich local arts and culture.

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