Chitwa Chitwa Private Game Lodge

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Chitwa Chitwa Private Game Lodge Kruger

Deep in the throbbing wilderness of the Sabi Sands Game Reserve lies one of those dream luxury lodges called Chitwa Chitwa that is making a big name for itself in Kruger safari camp circles. In fact, Chitwa Chitwa offers an unrivalled bespoke safari experience in the heart of Sabi Sands Reserve where visitors are exposed to some of the best big five game viewing in Kruger.

It’s a lavish safari lodge providing exclusive accommodation with an African-contemporary European theme. Find online package deals for your family in this Kruger National Park concession where endangered species hide in safety.

We love the intimacy of this safari camp, once a private family retreat but today a popular game lodge, since 1991. A splendid safari destination boasting prime location on the banks of one of the largest lakes in the exclusive Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve. Look out for endangered species including African Wild Dog, Honey Badgers, Oxpeckers and Ground Hornbills. The owners are passionate about all life and want to preserve the wilderness, its fauna and flora, for future generations. 

The story goes that there was an old giraffe bull that hung out at the lake, and he could be heard coming thanks to his creaking joints in his long legs. So, Chitwa Chitwa got his name, and then the lodge was named after him and is committed to being just like such a regal animal. Elegant, graceful, miraculous, and so humble as to simply disappear into the surrounds, blending into nature! Guests agree that Chitwa Chitwa is a premiere game lodge in the best part of the Kruger National Park.

It’s a sensory experience of sights, sounds, tastes, smells and textures when you are staying in the luxury accommodation that is Chitwa Chitwa. A haven of natural colours and beautiful textures that replicate the beauty of nature’s paintbrush and the serenity of the African bush. 

Luxury Organic Safari Accommodation at Chitwa Chitwa in the Sabi Sands

Eight scintillating safari retreats are individually decorated and boast private plunge pools set into superb spacious timber decks with dazzling lake views – the drinking hole for diverse and magical creatures. 

Chitwa Suites

Made for couples, but with the option of a child on the sleeper couch, these exquisite rooms have endless lake and bush views promoting a sense of calm and wonder. So much space and comfort the mind boggles – dep bathtubs, two showers, enormous soft beds, fans, tea and coffee facilities, mini bars, decks with plunge pools and lounge chairs, plush linens and so much more for the eye to behold and the body to remember.

Chitwa House

This exclusive private sanctuary offers the very best of Chitwa’s distinctive personalised service: a bush experience tailored to your every whim with an experienced house butler and enthusiastic game ranger. Chitwa House feels so familiar in your section of a tranquil Africa – it was created specifically to provide a distinct hotel-in-the-bush experience for those who want something more lavish and customised than usual. It is a large house with huge decks and outside showers and it’s about hosting a group of your friends or family away from the madding crowds. 

Charlsy Suite

What a way to travel with family or friends who want to bond in the lap of luxury! A fabulously lavish lounge links two elegant bedrooms decorated in neutral shades and bold splashes of rainbow colours. Soft luxury sofas, designer artefacts and collectable paintings, eye-catching light fittings and huge ensuite bathtubs with lake views. What more could privileged guests want when it comes to extravagance and privacy in nature? Come together for drinks and meals on the large deck with its swimming pool, and enjoy roomy canopied beds, iPod docking stations, tea and coffee facilities, mini bars, fans and showers outdoors.

Thrilling Safari Activities in the Sabi Sands near Kruger National Park

Indulge in a safari vacation that you will never forget and be part of one of Africa’s most impressive wildlife destinations. Yes, at Chitwa Chitwa you can be part of the Big 5 adventure while game rangers show you the holistic magic of all things wild. Get out on mesmerising game drives in the riveting Sabi Sands Game Reserve, adjacent to the famous Kruger National Park. 

Make time to absorb the sights and sounds of the wild as you learn more from your game rangers and trackers about the endangered species protected in Chitwa Chitwa. Grab a book from the library to follow up on your sightings and become a part of sustainable tourism in South Africa.

Wander around the comprehensive wine cellar and choose a wine for dinner then, outside, plunge into the inviting rim-flow swimming pool while you tune into nature’s sights, sounds and scents.

A brilliant Chitwa safari experience happens daily and every game drive or walking event throws in a new surprise. Talented guides and trackers know everything about biodiversity and share their love for the wilderness.  Award-winning Chitwa Chitwa was recognised as ‘Africa’s Most Sustainable Hotel’ in the 2018 Boutique Hotel Awards because they are committed to reducing their eco footprint and assisting the communities in their region as part of their ecotourism and sustainable tourism ethos. 

They use solar water heating, eco lighting, grey water recycling, biodegradable cleaning agents, thatched roofs to control temperatures, energy saving aircon and more. Simply by booking your special deal at Chitwa, you are doing a favour to the people and environment. 

What’s more this Kruger safari accommodation is child-friendly and welcomes families to enjoy their time in Africa. Game rangers make special time for kids to see the animals and teach them all about the connections in nature in their own special language. There are games, cooking skills, fun outings, arts and crafts and more. Many couples celebrate weddings and honeymoons at this romantic bush lodge and staff are pro at organising those milestone birthday parties too!


A classic blend of European and African tastes and cultures, Chitwa Chitwa award winning safari lodge sits smack in the middle of the most fantastic South African bushveld. Find it ensconced in the 63, 000-hectare Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, forming part of the famous Kruger National Park and the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park. 

This enviable location makes a bush holiday at Chitwa Chitwa a rare and authentic experience in nature.  In the days of hunting, this was a private family retreat, but today, it is a splendid and stylishly intimate game lodge standing proud at the edge of one of the largest lakes in the exclusive Sabi Sands. 

Game drives take guests into the thick bush to find the Big 5 and other elusive endangered animals including African Wild Dog, Honey Badgers, Oxpeckers and Ground Hornbills. The words ‘Chitwa Chitwa’ are reminiscent of the sound that the creaking joints of an old resident giraffe made years ago when the owners first lived here!

Only six elegant suites on the lake shores boats private views and plunge pools – with extra space for children if needed – the lodge is very child-friendly, welcoming children from age 6 upwards. All suites feature baths, indoor and outdoor showers, minibars, fireplaces, fans, hairdryers, and tea and coffee making facilities. 

The Charlsy Suite is an additional larger villa for families or groups of friends – two inter-leading bedrooms share a comfortable living area and spacious deck with a private swimming pool with lake and bushveld views. And then there is Chitwa House for those requiring romance and solitude – a personal butler and game ranger serves guests in this place of privacy and luxury. Think two stylish en-suite rooms with outside showers, lovely lounge and dining area and lake-view deck complete with swimming pool, and think, wow! 

Guests like to gather in the main areas at Chitwa Chitwa Private Game Lodge for meals or chats over tea and coffee. There is the cosy library, a boutique curio shop a well-equipped gym and a healing spa for complete indulgence. Sit on the deck, swim and sip a cold beer while elephants wander by.

The most thrilling part of any stay is undoubtedly the Chitwa safari experience when guests are treated to incredible game viewing in 4×4 vehicles or no foot.  Qualified guides and expert trackers ensure an unforgettable safari into the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, traversing an area of 55 000 hectares where the Big Five and many other animals and birds roam. 

This is a world class eco-tourism destination where people and nature survive together and everyone who makes Chitwa Chitwa the success it is, is part of this ethic.



  • Position, Position, Position – set in the exclusive Sabi Sand Game Reserve, a scenic 3 hour self-drive from Nelspruit, or a short flip in a charter plane from OR Tambo in Johannesburg
  • One-of-a-kind location on the largest lake in the Sabi Sands, where the Big 5 and all wild animals jostle to drink at dawn and dusk
  • Choose 6 stylish and spacious suites, or a large house and royal suite for families and friends who arrive together and want ultimate deluxe privacy
  • Intimate and luxurious with flawless service, friendly staff and top-notch game ranging and tracking, the bottom line
  • Innovative cuisine created in the African tradition and served around a roaring log fire in the boma at night – home-cooked venison and fresh fish dishes!

From $1238



  • Game drives
  • Bush walks
  • Village tour
  • Hot-air ballooning
  • Helicopter rides
  • Art, boutique
  • Spa, gym


  • Luxury accommodation
  • All meals
  • Drinks – teas & coffees, bottled water, soft drinks, local beer and spirits, Chitwa House Wine Selection
  • Two open vehicle safaris a day
  • Daily walking safaris
  • Laundry service
  • Return transfers from the Chitwa airstrip to the lodge

Chitwa Chitwa Private Game Lodge
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  • 6 x Chitwa Suites, 1 x Charlsy Suite, 1 x Chitwa House
  • Bathtubs
  • Indoor and outdoor showers
  • Fireplaces
  • Minibars
  • Fans & Hairdryers
  • Tea coffee making facilities
  • iPod docking stations
  • Private decks with plunge pools
  • Lounging areas

Main Lodge:

  • Library
  • Boutique
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • Lounge and dining area
  • Sunset deck

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