Chitwa Chitwa Lodge • Sabi Sand Game Reserve

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Chitwa Chitwa Private Safari Game Lodge

Chitwa Chitwa welcomes you to experience Africa in luxury

  • Grading: World Luxury Hotel Awards, 2010, 2011, 2102

Address: Sabi Sand Game reserve, Mpumalanga Province, South Africa.


Chitwa Chitwa is a luxury private safari game lodge, sitting on the banks of one of the largest dams (lakes) of the exclusive 63,000 hectare Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, which forms part of the greater Kruger National Park.

The Reserve

Located in the Sabi Sand, the birthplace of sustainable wildlife tourism in southern Africa, Chitwa Chitwa is highly acclaimed for its excellent game viewing. Animals have grown accustomed to the presence of safari vehicles in their territory and we offer some of the best opportunities to meet Africa's Big Five.

Lodge Features

Chitwa offers an experience which starts at sunrise and ends at sunset, capturing the essence of the magnificent wildlife heritage and natural landscape of Africa.

From the luxurious cotton sheets you will sleep on to the delicious dishes you will indulge in, a sense of caring and passion touches everything you experience with us.

Enjoy drinks under the African stars, meals in the traditional boma, cooling dips in the lodge swimming pool or your private plunge pool, or soothing massages and treatments in the Spa.

Our meals designed to create a relaxed atmosphere for sharing in the day's excitement. Lunch and breakfast are served next to the pool in the thatched lapa overlooking the lake. Dinners are served in the open-air boma around a roaring fire or in our elegant and stylish dining room.

We are one off the few luxury lodges in Sabi Sand to accept children of all ages. Whilst catering for the most discerning traveller Chitwa retains a homely atmosphere, a place where you can be you.

Lodge Facilities


You might want to spend time training in our gym, which comes fully equipped with treadmill, spinning bike, pilates ball, dumbbells, aerobic mats and the all-in-one weight gym.


The benefits of massage such as stimulating circulation, removing toxins and relieving the stress and tension of everyday living can be experienced at Chitwa Chitwa with our resident masseuse. A variety of other treatments are offered.

Main Central Area

Chitwa is built around the largest lake in the reserve and is seamlessly integration into the surrounding African bush through its ideal location and design. You can be assured of superb game viewing from the main lounge and dining areas as wild animals congregate at the water's edge.

Sunset Deck

Shaded by old Knobthorn trees, our large wooden lounging deck affords amazing wildlife sightings of the Big Five (leopard, lion, buffalo, elephant and rhinoceros). The deck and rim-flow swimming pool offers the perfect environment to relax, unwind and enjoy the sights, sounds and scents of Africa.


    Accommodation is offered in:
  • six luxury en-suite suites, each with a private lake-view deck and its own private plunge pool
  • the Charlsy Suite with two inter-leading en-suite rooms joined by a comfortable living area and spacious common lake-view deck and swimming pool
  • the Chitwa House with 2 en-suite rooms, a spacious common lounge and dining area and a lake-view deck with swimming pool

The Rooms and Suites

Great care has been taken to balance unpretentious style with complete comfort when it comes to all of the Chitwa Suites.

Each of the six individually decorated suites open onto a private lake-view deck with its own private plunge pool, framed by a spacious timber deck that overlooks the nearby lake - a popular drinking hole for our wealth of wildlife. The luxury suites are spacious and can accommodate up to 2 extra beds for children under the age of 12 years only.

The Charlsy Suite in particular is a superb solution for families or friends travelling together. It consists of two splendidly appointed inter-leading en-suite rooms joined by a comfortable living area. A spacious common lake view deck with a swimming pool completes this special unit.

All the Chitwa Chitwa Suites include a bath-tub, indoor and outdoor shower, fireplace, minibar, fan, hairdryer, tea coffee making facility and an iPod docking station.

Chitwa House

Chitwa House was created to meet a growing demand for greater privacy and exclusive hospitality — a treasured escape. Here you may enjoy a bush experience tailored to your needs with the assistance of an experienced house butler and the enthusiasm of a dedicated ranger. Set your pace in your own private piece of Africa.

The house consists of two beautifully appointed en-suite rooms with private decks and out-door showers. The common areas include a spacious common lounge and dining area and a lake-view deck with swimming pool. You can go on Big 5 safari game drives in your own private safari vehicle with a guide and tracker.

Enjoy delicious meals, either served by us or a private chef who can cook up delights in Chitwa House's fully-equipped kitchen.

A fully stocked mini-bar, coffee/tea facilities and a private television in your lounge are also provided to add to your comfort.


  • Rates are quoted in South African Rand (ZAR) and are inclusive of VAT
  • All airport taxes and applicable Sabi Sand entrance fees are for your own account
  • Rates are subject to change without prior notice

RATES 2016

Please contact us for our latest rates and availability.

Lodges offer varied rates which change from time to time. Rates depend on service levels, the type of lodge or hotel, number and age of guests, the time of year, location and any specials which may apply at time of enquiry.

Rate Inclusions & Exclusions

Included in Standard Rates

  • luxury accommodation
  • all meals
  • soft drinks & bottled water
  • teas and coffees
  • two open vehicle safaris a day
  • daily walking safaris
  • laundry service
  • return transfer from the Chitwa airstrip to the lodge

Included in Inclusive Rates

  • luxury accommodation
  • all meals
  • soft drinks & bottled water
  • teas and coffees
  • two open vehicle safaris a day
  • daily walking safaris
  • laundry service
  • return transfer from the Chitwa airstrip to the lodge
  • local beer and spirits - Chitwa House Wine Selection
  • telephone calls
  • purchases from the boutique
  • spa treatments
  • air and road transfers to/from the lodge
  • STANDARD RATE does not include any alcoholic beverages
  • INCLUSIVE RATE does not include any premium lable alcoholic beverages

Children Policy

  • who have not yet turned 3 by the date of arrival stay free of charge
  • from the age of 3 up to their 6th birthday will be charged 25%
  • from the age of 6 up to their 12th birthday will be charged 50%
  • 12 years and older sharing with adults will be charged full adult rate
  • under 6 will not be allowed on game drives unless parents have the sole use of the vehicle

Vehicle exclusivity must be pre-booked, at an extra cost.


Your safari experience at Chitwa Chitwa is filled with a combination of exciting activities out in the surrounding bush with expert rangers, cultural excursions and down time at the camp or in the privacy of your suite.

  • Two safari game drives daily - no charge
  • Walking safaris with professional game ranger and tracker - no charge
  • Shangaan Cultural Village Excursion - extra charge
  • Spa treatment - extra charge

Special Occasions

Chitwa Chitwa Private Game Lodge is the ideal location for a special occasions and celebrations. We would be delighted to assist in creating a memorable experience.

Wedding Packages

Our safari style wedding weddings are renowned for their beauty and excellent service. We promise unrivalled big game viewing, exquisite accommodation, sublime cuisine and a day you will never forget. Packages can be arranged to suit specific wishes. It can be as glamorous or as understated as you wish. We recommend that you book the lodge on exclusive use, so that we can ensure that our full attention is devoted to your function.

Chitwa Chitwa Game Lodge can accommodate 20 sharing guests in 10 rooms — 8 suites plus The Chitwa House.


Chitwa Chitwa is a fantastic romantic destination for honeymooners and your hosts will ensure that your time with us is an unforgettable experience. The honeymoon package includes special private dinners and other romantic touches.


For celebrating special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries or other milestones we would be delighted to assist in creating a memorable experience.

Special experiences like a private dinner in an African river bed, tribal dancers presenting a special treat or a hot air balloon with a champagne breakfast can be arranged.

Photo of pool and deck at Chitwa House
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