Chitwa Chitwa Private Game Reserve

Chitwa Chitwa Private Game Reserve

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594 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
594 Reviews 98% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 555
  • Very Good 25
  • Average 9
  • Poor 3
  • Terrible 3

What to Expect

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Apr 22, 2019


Melbourne, Australia

Four fabulous nights as a family of four with two teenage boys. As a relatively regular visitor to Africa, this was not my first safari - but it was for the rest of my family and hence was keen to ensure it was a great success. Our stay at Chitwa Chitwa could not have ticked that box more emphatically. We had a seamless trip there via flights from Johannesburg to Skukuza and on to a nearby airstrip (we got the sense from other guests this was a more effective use of time than driving in). Our Chitwa House was superb - providing ourselves and the boys with respective privacy bit a terrific communal gathering / eating area. The food overall was plentiful and excellent, with the kitchen doing a fabulous job adjusting to our various dietary limitations. Sheldon and Beth were superb as our guide and tracker respectively - ensuring we saw not just the big (rhino, cheetah, leopard (including cubs), lion, elephant, kudu etc etc) but the small (from mongeese to African snail, the exotic bird life to the chameleon, scorpion and on it went), and then got to understand everything in between regarding flora and fauna. It was a fabulous immersion - and do make sure to drop by and say Hi to Bubbles the Hippo ... quite the performer. It was a big investment for us ... and it proved to be worth every cent.
Apr 21, 2019

Outstanding Safari Experience!

Washington DC, District of Columbia

We had the most wonderful Safari experience at Chitwa Chitwa in April 2019. There simply aren't enough superlatives. The food was outstanding, the staff kind and attentive (but never overbearing), the setting was fantastic! Situated on a small lake the hippos bellows greeted us every morning and evening while I\impalas, kudus, waterbuck, wart Hogs and even a leopard and some lions came by to drink. And that was just from the porch! The game drives were fascinating and we saw every possible animal including a pride of lions eating a baby giraffe we had seen upright the previous day, a leopard dragging an impala, a cheetah surveying its domain and rhinos, elephants and on and on. A special shout out to our Ranger/Guide Holi, our Tracker Moses and our Butler Leah. It was a memorable four days! Most highly recommend Chitwa Chitwa for any Safari experience.
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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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