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Chitwa Chitwa Private Game Reserve

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.

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Guide Price

 £3,399  per person
Hotel Category
Location Type
National park
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Tripadvisor rating 641 Reviews
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Hotel highlights

  • 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

General Information

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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

Hotel Location

Location Highlights

Chitwa Chitwa Private Game Reserve

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

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 599
  • Very Good 26
  • Average 10
  • Poor 3
  • Terrible 3

What to Expect

  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness


Jan 18, 2020

The most fantastic experience we have ever had!

Vancouver, Canada

Our first trip to Africa (Zambia, Botswana, South Africa) culminated here at Chitwa, and we had truly saved the best for last. The staff were amazing, the facilities spectacular, and the efforts of the guide and spotter to maximize our viewing on game drives was unparalleled. The meals were excellent, and it was appreciated that the arrangements for dinner changed every night (individual, group, and barbecue). The rooms (villas, actually) were spacious and exceptionally comfortable (one of the best beds that we have ever enjoyed). The only criticism was that the fitness facility had no air-conditioning, which made it unusable with the heat (however, we were usually too exhausted from the game drives and eating to think about exercising!). Although we had planned this trip as a once-in-a-lifetime, based on our experience we will be making the long trip again one day, and will definitely be staying here again!
Jan 16, 2020

Simply fantastic


Wow, our first safari will be a difficult one to top. Amazing accommodation, kind and friendly staff who really looked after us, and two guides - Stevan and Beth - who were not only brilliant at finding the wildlife but also shared their love and knowledge of nature with us, they were incredible. And funny too... Five stars just isn’t enough.
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Chitwa Chitwa Private Game Reserve


a small elephant standing next to a body of water

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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