Chitwa Chitwa Private Game Reserve

Chitwa Chitwa Private Game Reserve

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575 Reviews
Guide Price £3,359 per person
Based on 05 March 19, staying for 4 nights all inclusive in a Suite (2 adults sharing). Flights not included.
Our guide price gives you an idea of how much to budget for a stay at this hotel. The price will vary based on exchange rates, and your choice of room type, departure date, airline and cabin class, and any additional extras you’d like to add to your holiday.

A deluxe waterside haven in the beautiful wilderness

Having been a family retreat for more than 40 years, Chitwa Chitwa was transformed into a private game lodge in 1991 yet it still retains a lovely homely atmosphere. The lodge takes its name – Chitwa Chitwa – from the ode of endearment to an aging giraffe bull who visited the house with such frequency that he was considered a member of the extended family.

Chitwa Chitwa is now a stylish and luxurious safari lodge with the most unique of settings, overlooking the largest perennial lake in the 63,000 hectare Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, part of the greater Kruger National Park.

Chitwa House and the ten stylish and spacious suites are individually decorated and offer ultimate seclusion, making them ideal for honeymooners and couples. However, Chitwa Chitwa is also one of the few luxury lodges in the Sabi Sands Reserve to accept children of all ages and the Charlsy Suite – consisting of two interlinking dwellings – is ideal for families.

After a thrilling day of dusty game drives and bush walks, retreat to the Sunset Deck where you'll lounge in the shade of established Knobthorn trees to spot yet more amazing wildlife – from hippo, leopard and lion to buffalo, elephant and rhinoceros. Cool down in the enticing infinity pool and reflect on your awe-inspiring surroundings – it's the perfect place to unwind and absorb the sights of South Africa.

  • Homely atmosphere and stylish decor
  • Suites have private plunge pools and sun decks overlooking the lake
  • Gym, boutique, relaxing wellness centre and cosy library
  • Children of all ages are welcome to stay, and from six years old can join game drives

Hotel Features

Hotel Category


Location Type

National park
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  • 10 rooms
  • Transfer duration: approx 3 hours from Kruger Mpumalanga Airport
  • Floors have lift access: No

Main Facilities

  • Fitness facilities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Spa facilities
  • Wifi

Accommodation Type

  • Lodge
  • Luxury Collection

Board Basis Options

  • All Inclusive

For Families

  • Family Rooms
  • Interconnecting Rooms
Location Highlights

Chitwa Chitwa Private Game Reserve

  • National park
  • approx 3 hours from Kruger Mpumalanga Airport
575 Reviews 98% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 536
  • Very Good 24
  • Average 9
  • Poor 3
  • Terrible 3

What to Expect

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Nov 18, 2018

Trip of a Lifetime!

My husband and I spent 4 nights at Chitwa at the beginning of November 2018. In summary our stay was absolutely incredible. From the moment we arrived and were picked up at the airstrip by our guide Surprise service was top notch. Renhard and his team gave us an exceptionally warm welcome and made sure we had everything we needed for a great stay. The property is stunning, food is outstanding (extremely plentiful and an excellent variety) but what really sets this place apart is the staff. Everyone goes out of their way to make your stay memorable. Our guide Surprise and tracker Ralf absolutely made our trip. They went out of their way to make sure we saw every animal we wanted and created experiences and memories to last a lifetime. They were fun, knowledgable and always made sure we got extremely up close and personal with the wildlife for optimal photo ops. I would highly suggest requesting these two as your guide/tracker combo for a truly memorable experience. Special mention as well to Jeffrey, the exceptional bartender who would have your drink ready and waiting with a smile and great conversation as well as Johan our waiter who also made sure to remember all of our special requests and also greeted us at every meal with a smile. We already can't wait to go back!
Oct 31, 2018

Best Part of an Amazing Honeymoon!

New York City, New York

Hard to know where to start and this review is very overdue. My wife and I visited Chitwa nearly a year ago after spending the first leg of our honeymoon in wine country (also highly recommend!). From our arrival, we felt like we were already friends with everyone - the staff, guests and our guide. Before I go any further I wanted to mention how fantastic our guide Dylan was. He was not only knowledgeable but funny, hard working and a pleasure to ride with/hang out with over the course of our four days spent on the reserve. When we left, we both felt we were saying goodbye to a newfound friend. Also, I would be remiss not to mention Ranson. If you are lucky enough to have him at the front of your jeep, you will undoubtedly see every animal possible. He is the best spotter ever! The food was great every meal, service outstanding, the accomodations second to none and you cannot find a better gaming area to see every animal possible. We were lucky enough to see the big 5 and were one species (water buffalo) from encountering the BABY Big 5! (Note: if you wanted to also see a lot of babies, they recommend going in November timeframe. TONS of little ones.) In summary, if you are planning to take the safari trip of a lifetime, keep Chitwa in mind. You will NOT regret it!
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Chitwa Chitwa Private Game Reserve


Sunset Deck

A spacious wooden viewing deck with comfy daybeds where you can spot amazing sights of hippos, the Big Five and more, as they visit the lake.


The gym is fully equipped with treadmill, spinning bike, Pilates ball, dumbbells, aerobic mats and the all-in-one weight gym.


Relieve everyday stress with a massage, wrap, mask, exfoliation and a variety of other treatments offered at the Chitwa Chitwa spa.

Chitwa Chitwa Private Game Reserve

Room Types


Each of the individually decorated suites opens onto a private lake-view deck with its own plunge pool.

  • Bath
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar
  • Private Pool
  • Separate Shower

Charlsy Suite

Perfect for families or friends travelling together, the Charlsy Suite consists of two interlinking suites joined by a comfortable living area.

  • Bath
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar
  • Private Pool
  • Separate Shower

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