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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Hotel highlights

  • Homely atmosphere and stylish decor
  • Suites have private plunge pools and sun decks overlooking the lake

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
622 Reviews 98% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 581
  • Very Good 25
  • Average 10
  • Poor 3
  • Terrible 3

What to Expect

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Sep 21, 2019

Amazing first safari experience

Las Vegas, Nevada

My husband and I had a wonderful stay at Chitwa Chitwa. All of the staff were friendly and inviting. Our guide, Stevan, and tracker, Beth, were amazing. We saw all of the Big 5 during our 4 night stay and it was thrilling how close you can get to the animals (while in the vehicle, of course). The accommodations were extremely spacious and comfortable. We spent afternoons in between game drives on our private deck watching all sorts of animals coming and going from the watering hole in front of the lodge. Waking up to the sounds of hippos every day was so fun! The food is tasty and they spend all day feeding you a variety of meals – if anything it may be too much food! It was a great place to kick off our very first safari experience and we’re already planning our return trip.
Sep 20, 2019

Amazing experience at Chitwa Chitwa

We had a wonderful experience at Chitwa Chitwa. The grounds are beautiful, and the room was luxuriously large with a huge bathroom and private deck with a dipping pool. We were able to watch elephants walk right past our room. The common space over looks a watering hole that two pods of hippos use as their daily lounging grounds, so we were able to watch them as well as other animals during the day between game drives. We were very pleased with the food (and if anything our waistlines would have been better off if it wasn't so tasty). The staff was very helpful and personable, and they mixed up our daily dinners by alternating locations around the grounds and in the bush. They had a memorable mix of options. Our animal sighting were amazing including the famous sabi sands leopards. Our guide, Stevan, was excellent. It was an overall magical 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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