Chitwa Chitwa is one of the top safari lodges in the northern Sabi Sand Game Reserve, part of the famous Greater Kruger National Park. It overlooks a large watering hole where there is usually some wildlife activity to look at. This recently upgraded, luxury safari lodge accommodates guests in gracious, modern African style suites, most of which have a stunning view overlooking the waterhole.

  • Sabi Sands Reserve
  • Big 5 game viewing
  • Luxury and spacious suites with private deck
  • Mosquito nets and airconconditioning
  • In-house masseuse
  • Private wine cellar
  • Ideal for weddings, honeymoons and other special functions
  • Library and internet access
  • Special activities for children
  • Two swimming pools
  • Morning and evening game drives in open vehicles
  • Daily guided bushwalks

At Chitwa you have the chance to experience a superb safari getaway while staying in spacious and private luxury suites. All suites have a large wooden deck and most suites look out onto the watering hole, which attracts plenty of wildlife. The chances of seeing elephants walking past your room are not excluded!

The lodge has a plush lounge, bar and dining room area and an open-sided relaxation area looking out over the pool. The large viewing deck has a wonderful view over the watering hole and the animals that frequent it. The lodge also has a cosy library area and internet facilities to keep visitors informed and up to date.

Meals at Chitwa are African/Mediterranean fusion and are enjoyed at lunchtimes next to the pool under the thatched Lapa, in the evenings in the open air boma (traditional African reed enclosure) or in the elegant dining room.

There is plenty to do at Chitwa. Early morning and late afternoon game drives are lead by experienced and enthusiastic guides and trackers. The evening game drive is punctuated by sundowners under shady Knobthorn trees and is continued as a night drive in search of nocturnal creatures.

Daily guided bush walks will bring you closer to the smaller wonders of the bush, or alternatively, you could always stay at the lodge for a pampering massage! Children are welcomed at Chitwa Chitwa and are offered special activities geared to educate and entertain.

The lodge is an ideal venue for an African style wedding or honeymoon and staff will meticulously take care of all the arrangements, thereby relieving you of the stress of organisation. Transport to the lodge is possible by road (6 hours from Johannesburg). By air, visitors have the choice of flying directly to the lodge's airstrip or flying from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit. (Road transfer from Hoedspruit to Chitwa takes 1-2 hours.)

Our take on Chitwa Chitwa

Chitwa Chitwa is an impressive lodge in a stunning location. It's pricey, but the size of the suites, the location of the lodge overlooking the waterhole, and the quality of game viewing in the northern Sabi Sand make this an excellent choice for a luxury safari getaway. The food was good but for us the biggest selling point is the stunning view over the waterhole, where there always seems to be something interesting to look at, from resident birds, hippos and crocs to the coming and going of elephants, herds of buffalo and lots of other wildlife, especially during the dry season (from June to October).

  • All meals including all teas and coffees
  • Local house wines, beers and soft drinks
  • Two scheduled game drives daily in an open 4 x 4 safari vehicle, accompanied by an experienced ranger and tracker (about 3 hours each)
  • Interactive bush walk with an experienced armed ranger
  • Interactive bush walk with an experienced armed ranger
  • Flights/transfers to and from Chitwa Chitwa
  • Sabi Sands entry fee (if you drive yourself)
  • Premium branded drinks and cellar wines
  • Gratuities (optional)
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