Hitgeheim County Lodge & Eco Reserve

My journey to Hitgeheim County Lodge & Eco Reserve took me on this dusty beautiful road with incredible panoramic views. In this part of the world it appears that there where the sun rises lies a pot of gold. The whole sky lit up with layers and layers of  yellow and gold with a touch of pink. My friend Dr. Riaan Mulder and myself arrived at Hitgeheim and it was like arriving at a castle on top off the hill overlooking a rich Queendom. This venue has an incredible breathtaking view of citrus orchards and mountain ranges. We met up of with owner and founder of Hitgeheim Country Lodge & Eco Reserve, Archie Hitge. Archie  agreed to be my host and guide to The Addo Elephant National Park andf I could not ask for a better person to accompany me.

Hitgeheim Countrty Lodge is Addo Elephant Park Accommodation in an eco-reserve at the heart of the Sundays River Valley Addo area. Only minutes from the Addo Elephant National Park. Accommodation is provided in stylishly furnished chalets with luxurious bathrooms, and all include wooden decks with breathtaking views over citrus orchards and the sweeping countryside. Experience the serenity of waking up to the haunting cries of the fish-eagles, residents to the Sundays River below. The Eastern Cape is a sunny, mild and naturally malaria- free region.

Accompany one of the Hitgeheim guides on an Addo Elephant National Park Safari for the best elephant viewing in the world. Arrange an exhilarating safari, visit one of the near-by Addo ‘Big 5’ private game reserves or simply go for a walk on one of the many trails. Afterwards, have a refreshing swim in the pool, or sundowners on the veranda before sitting down to a gourmet dinner by candlelight. At Hitgeheim you will experience true South African hospitality at its best no doubt.



Superior De Lux | Superior | Luxury | Luxury Family Room | Luxury Family Suite

Hitgeheim Country Lodge & Eco Reserve look forward to hosting you in comfort and luxury.

Decorated individually for a unique atmosphere. Furnishings have been carefully selected to ensure that timeless chic meets sophistication and comfort.  The two Superior De Lux Rooms are slightly secluded for privacy, offering private plunge pools, panoramic views from private balconies and outdoor showers. Room setup include one king size bed. Room amenities include air-conditioning and heating, electric blankets, bathrobes, hair dryer, electronic safe, mini-bar, snack basket, coffee and tea facilities, and WIFI. There are also five Superior Rooms  and two Luxury Rooms available.

For Families visiting Addo Hitgeheim Country Lodge offer a Luxury Family Room or a Luxury Family Suite.

The Luxury Family Suite consists of one bedroom with either king size or twin beds, separate bathroom,  and a separate bedroom with a single bed, en-suite, to accommodate a 3rd person. The Suite offers spectacular views from the private balconies.


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Directions to Hitgeheim Country Lodge & Eco Reserve

Important: please follow our directions and not the shortest or fastest route on the SATNav or Google Maps:

From the Garden Route or Port Elizabeth Airport: Follow the N2 north and turn left on to the R335, follow the road and turn left on to the R336 towards Kirkwood, follow the R336 for approximately 9km then turn left at the “Hitgeheim” sign. Drive up the hill until you see the “Hitgeheim” sign on your left hand side.

From Steytlerville or Graaff Reinet via the R75: Follow the R75 and turn left on the R336. Follow the R336 for approximately 21km past Kirkwood in the direction of Addo. Turn right at the “Hitgeheim” sign and drive up the hill until you see the “Hitgeheim” sign on your left hand side.

From the North on the N10: Follow the N10 towards Paterson, turn right on to the R342 (which becomes the R335 later on) and follow the road past the Addo Elephant National Park main gate. Turn right on to the R336 towards Kirkwood, follow the R336 for approximately 9km then turn left at the “Hitgeheim” sign. Drive up the hill until you see the “Hitgeheim” sign on your left hand side.

Reservations – Mon – Fri  |  08H00 – 18H00 |  +27 42 234 0778 |  Lodge – After Hours |  0027 73 197 8694 | Email hello@hitgeheim.com



Archie was the perfect person to accompany me to Addo Elephant National Park. He knows the park like the back of his hand and has seen how the park has changed. He was able to point out various sections to me as well is give me an oversight of most of the animal species we saw. Some of the sections we passed and partially due to a water shortage in other sections of the park are areas in Addo that have been overgrazed.  I inquired about the overgrazing and the water situation from Addo to see what can be done. "Addo is currently experiencing the worst drought in 93 years. We are getting solar systems donated  for most of the waterholes. We are working on  Marion baree pipe lines. We re in process of replacing all pipelines. We had 80 % budget cuts and appreciate any donations."

Regardless of the drought the Addo Elephant National Park is a diverse wildlife conservation park situated close to Port Elizabeth in South Africa and is one of the country's 20 national parks. It currently ranks third in size after Kruger National Park and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Now being the third largest national park in South Africa, Addo Elephant National Park has expanded to conserve a wide range of biodiversity, landscapes, fauna and flora. When in the area it is an absolute must visit.

The climate is temperate to hot and temperatures in summer (November to February) may reach over 40 degrees Celsius. Winter days are mild but cold at night with frost occurring at times. The average annual rainfall is 450 mm and is spread throughout the year, although peaks do often occur in February/March and October/November. More info  can be found on the SANPARKS website.

Day visitors
No booking is required for a day visit, unless the visitor wants to partake in organized activities.
Day visitors can make use of a wide variety of activities, including wildlife viewing from their own vehicle, guided game drives, horse rides, hiking trails, the bird hide, the PPC Discovery Trail, picnic and braai sites, the shop and restaurant.
Day trips can be made to the outlying sections of the park - the Zuurberg Mountains, Kabouga, Darlington Dam and Woody Cape.

Office and Gate hours
Main camp reception is open from 07:00 to 19:00 daily
Matyholweni reception is open from 07:00 to 17:00 daily, while the gate is open until 18:30.
The gates are staffed by security guards after closing time. Visitors with accommodation bookings can still enter and exit the gate after closing times provided they inform reception of this.

Management Plans for Addo Elephant National Park can be found here : https://www.sanparks.org/conservation/park_man/approved_plans.php

Rhino Impact Bond

Rhino Impact Bond is a project that will support rhino conservation in Addo Elephant National Park with benefits and opportunities to the local communities. The project outcome payer will be the Global Environmental Fund (supported by the World Bank). You can read more here : https://www.sanparks.org/parks/addo/conservation/rhino-impact-bond.php