About Hopewell Lodge
Redefining the meaning of "Private" when it comes to Private Game Lodges.
Hopewell Lodge is an exclusive luxury hideaway on a private African game reserve in South Africa's beautiful Eastern Cape. The luxurious lodge nestled in the hillside hosts up to 8 guests and overlooks the wildlife reserve, a reclaimed Eden in a once remote wilderness.
It is situated 40 minutes drive from Port Elizabeth airport, in malaria free coastal valley bushveld, and is the ideal destination for those seeking privacy, exclusivity, tranquillity and adventure. Hopewell only hosts "one party" bookings to ensure that your experience exceeds your expectation of an unforgettable stay by not having to share the reserve or game viewing vehicle with strangers.
This allows guests to set their own times for game drives and meals, making it that much more personal and private.
Guests enjoy the exclusivity of the 6600 acre reserve, where the Eastern Cape Natural Bush, known as the East Cape Thicket, has been uniquely preserved. The secluded and spacious lodge, which overlooks a panoramic landscape, is open aired and light, with thatch insulating against the African summer heat. Fire places strategically positioned throughout the lodge warms against the winter chill.
The interior designed living area is comfortably furnished in a classic safari style combined with a contemporary feel. The stylish lounge and dining room leads to a wooden deck with spectacular views of a water hole and lush valleys in the distance. Upstairs hosts an intimate recreation area, conference area and our four elegant suites are all equipped with en-suite bathrooms and private swimming pools with views of the bush.
Hopewell Private Game reserve is home to an abundance of flora and fauna including, hippo, giraffe, zebra, cheetah, a heard of elephant and a variety of antelope and other indigenous wild species consistent with a balanced eco-system. A visit to Hopewell will leave you relaxed, rejuvenated and ready to book your return visit.
There are four completely separate and private suites situated a short walk from the main lodge and provide a very secluded environment. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms and private swimming pool overlooking a panoramic landscape.
90 square metres in size and all situated a short walk from the main lodge, this is the ideal accommodation for those seeking absolute privacy and exclusivity. Laid out in a open plan format with concertina sliding doors to let the sights, smells and sounds of the surrounding bush in, the suites include lounge, bed and bathroom areas with separate dressing room and W/C.
Your comfort is ensured with a double sided fire place, heated towel rails, under floor heating, air conditioning and the highest quality fittings and amenities. A fully stocked mini bar and selection of teas and coffee are provided for your convenience, enjoy beautiful views of the property from your private wooden deck in front of the suite. This is truly a perfect honeymoon destination.
Lunches are served on the main deck and every effort is made to incorporate local flavours, textures and colours into the dishes, select a bottle of fine South African wine from our cellar or choose a beverage of your choice from the fully stocked bar area.
No two meals at Hopewell are the same and dinner will be no exception. Our chef prepares a variety of dishes never wandering far from true South African style and taste, ranging from a sizzling barbeque to a five course meal.
Venues range from the traditional boma dinner under the stars , fine dining in our dining room or weather permitting, a four course bush dinner under a majestic lantern lit septee tree on the reserve , a once in a lifetime experience.
For those seeking a more private and romantic dining arrangements, let our staff set a table for two at a location of your choice.
Our in-house chef will ensure that every meal you experience at Hopewell will be a memorable one. The secret to our culinary success lies in the fact that only the best, freshest and most wholesome ingredients go into the preparation of our dishes.
Either before or after a morning game drive, traditional full English and continental breakfasts are served on the main deck, this will be the perfect start to the day.
Hopewell lies at the eastern end of the famous Garden Route, providing an ideal home base from which to explore the Eastern Cape.
Activities available on the reserve range from game drives, bird watching from three hides situated around the property, sundowners in a tree house or simply relax by the pool or at the lodge where friendly staff are ready to attend to your every need. In the surrounding areas you will find an abundance of activities to enrich your stay these include the Indian ocean resorts and magnificent beaches of Kenton-on-Sea and Port Alfred.
Within a short distance, you could try your hand at horseback riding, boating, fishing, whale watching and trail hiking to name a few. For those seeking a variety of treatments, a massage therapist /beautician can be arranged with prior notice.
For the enthusiastic golfer the Royal Port Alfred and (Gary Player designed) Fish River Sun Golf Courses are within an hour's drive away. The Hopewell staff can assist in booking and transport arrangements and offer guidance to the best activity to suit individuals, groups or family.