Hitgeheim Country Lodge

Where the Grace and Power
of Addo Elephants Inspire.

Unleash your sense of wonder at
Hitgeheim Country Lodge

Welcome to Hitgeheim Country Lodge, escape from the noise and chaos of the modern world and find peace in the tranquillity that surrounds you, while with us at Hitgeheim Country Lodge. Enjoy true owner-managed South African hospitality, awesome dining and the best Malaria Free Wildlife Safari experiences, brimming with adventure and wonder.

At Hitgeheim Country Lodge, we take pride in being located just a stone’s throw away from the world-renowned Addo Elephant National Park, one of the most successful conservation projects in Africa.

Addo Elephant National Park is the 3rd largest National Park in South Africa, home to the iconic most Southern, mostly tuskless African Elephant herds. With our exceptional location, guests have the opportunity to embark on unforgettable in-house arranged Addo Elephant National Park safaris and witness the majesty of these gentle giants in big numbers in their natural habitat. It is not just Elephants but also the very unique disease-free African Buffalo. As our very elusive Lions, all the above and other species of wildlife have a unique story and history which you cannot read or enjoy from a guidebook.

Hitgeheim Country Lodge provides the perfect base from which to explore the best Elephant viewing in the world. Our highly trained and dedicated guides, together with our open safari vehicles are to provide our guests with unparalleled comfort, exceptional service, and world-class hospitality, while on Safari.

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Combining a National Park and a Private Game Reserve is unique to Hitgeheim Country Lodge and the ultimate Wildlife Experience starting or finishing your Garden Route / Cape Town Holiday. The two very different experiences complement each other and are a must-do for every experienced wildlife fanatic. It is your 1st introduction to Africa, its Wild Animals and its abundance of Bird Species, a must-do on any bucket list. See our Safari Packages where we combine the fully inclusive Schotia Private Game Reserve their “Tooth and Claw Safari” with our in-house arranged guided Addo Elephant Park Safaris. All Safaris depart and return to Hitgeheim Country Lodge. We advise Addo first with Schotia to follow for a lot of reasons.

Whether you’re seeking a romantic getaway, a family adventure, or the best Malaria Free Safari Experience, we have something special to offer all discerning travellers.

Enjoy our true South African Dining experience. Breakfast is a continental buffet with a cooked menu. We do a traditional “South African Braai” and introduce you to the different African Tribal food as well as the food enjoyed by Nelson Mandela occasionally. Our dining room and breakfast /barbecue deck offer you the best view in and around the Addo Area.

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Seamless and Safe Airport Transfers

Experience seamless and safe airport transfers with Hitgeheim Country Lodge. Immerse yourself in the pinnacle of South African hospitality within our crime-free, owner-managed lodge nestled in the malaria-free Eastern Cape. 

Whether you’re starting or ending your Garden Route/Cape Town holiday, we’ve got you covered. Hitgeheim Country Lodge ensures a safe and comfortable stay.

Let us handle your transportation to and from the Chief Dawid Stuurman Airport in Port Elizabeth (now known as Gqeberha). Enjoy convenience and peace of mind with Hitgeheim Country Lodge.

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Our Accommodation

Enjoy one of our 16 stylish free-standing thatched chalets with luxurious bathrooms, some with wooden decks and private Splash Pools. Each Chalet is private and offers breathtaking views of citrus orchards and the countryside. Begin your day with the delightful melodies of chirping birds, accompanied by the majestic calls of the fish eagles resonating from the flowing Sundays River below. Guests are also welcome to take leisurely walks through our scenic Eco-Reserve. Afterwards, cool off in one of our two pools, one in the Adults Only Wing, Rooms 1-9, and the other in the child-friendly wing, rooms 10-16.   Relax under your own veranda or in any of the other cosy public areas with sundowners, and savour a candlelit gourmet dinner or themed evening, choosing your wine from our private collection in the underground cellar.

Hitgeheim Country Lodge is divided into two sections to cater to different needs. The adults-only wing provides a peaceful retreat for couples or solo travellers seeking a tranquil getaway with their own swimming pool.  Meanwhile, the family-friendly wing is perfect for those travelling with children, offering a comfortable and welcoming environment for all, also with their own swimming pool for all to enjoy.

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"We absolutely loved it at Hitgeheim"

The entire lodge feels very cozy and homey which made us feel right at home.
The rooms are very big with a terrace overlooking the stunning nature of the area. The bathroom hosts and indoor and outdoor shower
where you can enjoy the views first thing in the morning.

We also did the Addo Park Safari via Hitgeheim and it was great. We would absolutely recommend this over going on our own. The staff is amazing. Super friendly and courteous. The food was delicious. We would definitely recommend this place for a great Safari stay.
Simone Lorenz

Stay with us and explore the wonders of
Addo's majestic elephants...

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Please Note


These precautions are for your own and our safety

At Hitgeheim, we kindly remind our self-drive guests that entry gates close promptly at closing times; no late entries will be permitted. Additionally, please note that taxis or Ubers are not allowed on the premises at any time.

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