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 that often sees wildlife activity. This recently upgraded, luxury safari lodge accommodates guests in gracious, modern African style suites with stunning view overlooking the waterhole.

Highlights
  • 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 look out onto the watering hole, which attracts plenty of wildlife. The chances of seeing elephants walking past your room are not excluded!

Chitwa House

Chitwa House provides the ultimate in privacy and exclusivity for small groups. Two African chic appointed en-suite bedrooms, each with its own private deck and outdoor shower, are joined by a sprawling shared lounge and dining area that walk onto a covered, waterhole-facing entertainment deck and swimming pool. Meals are served by Chitwa Chitwa Game Lodge or prepared on the premises by a private chef in Chitwa House's fully-equipped kitchen. Chitwa House guests are provided with a private safari vehicle and a dedicated guide and tracker for their Big Five game drives.

Chitwa Suites

All six individually styled Chitwa Suites open onto private waterhole-facing decks with plunge pools. The spacious suites boast a fireplace and the en-suite bathrooms have a bathtub, indoor and outdoor shower. Each suite can accommodate one extra bed for a child (must be younger than 12 years old). Families or small groups of friends can book the Charlsy Suite whose two interleading en-suite rooms are joined by a cosy common lounge area with a waterhole view and private swimming pool.

Main area

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 of the waterhole 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. Chitwa is the 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.

Game viewing activities

There is plenty to do at Chitwa Chitwa Game Lodge. 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 bushwalks 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.

Getting there

By road - Transport to the lodge is possible by road. It's a 6-hour trip from Johannesburg.

By air - Guests have the choice of flying directly to the lodge's airstrip or flying from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit. The road transfer from Hoedspruit to Chitwa takes 1 to 2 hours.

Our take on Chitwa Chitwa

Chitwa Chitwa Game Lodge 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.

Includes
  • All meals
  • Soft drinks, bottled water, teas and coffees
  • Two scheduled game drives daily in an open 4 x 4 safari vehicle, accompanied by an experienced ranger and tracker (about three hours each)
  • Interactive bushwalk with an experienced armed ranger
  • Laundry service
  • Return transfer from Chitwa airstrip to lodge
Excludes
  • Air and road transfers to and from Chitwa Chitwa Game Lodge
  • Sabi Sands entry fee (if you drive yourself)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Telephone calls
  • Purchases from the boutique
  • Spa treatments
  • Gratuities
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