Originally a private family retreat, Chitwa Chitwa earned its name as an affectionate ode to the aging giraffe bull who shared the lakeside home as an extended member of the Brink family. According to the owner, Charl Brink, the majestic arrival of this regal relative was always signaled by the creaking of his old joints - and still today, his watchful essence is felt presiding over the lodge. The private game lodge is magnificent and graceful in appearance, yet humble enough to evaporate into the surrounding beauty of the unspoiled bush of the Sabi Sand.
YOUR UNIQUELY AFRICAN HOME FROM HOME
Nestled in the unspoiled bush of the Sabi Sand lies a stylishly intimate game lodge – Chitwa Chitwa. Originally a private family retreat, Chitwa enjoys a place of pride on the banks of one of the largest lakes in the exclusive Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve. Allow your senses to be lured into a passionate balance of African chic and environmental harmony.
Relax in a haven of natural colours and beautiful textures that replicate the beauty of nature’s paintbrush and the serenity of the African bush. Each of the eight individually decorated retreats boasts a private plunge pool framed by a spacious timber deck overlooking the nearby lake – a popular drinking hole for our wealth of wildlife.
CHITWA HOUSE: This private sanctuary offers the very best of Chitwa Chitwa’s distinctive personalised service: a bush experience tailored to your every whim with the assistance of an experienced house butler and the enthusiasm of a dedicated ranger. Chitwa House alludes to an element of familiarity as you set the pace in your own private piece of Africa.
AFRICA UP CLOSE Indulge in one of Africa’s most impressive wildlife encounters absorbing the sights and sounds of the wild. Be at home with the Big Five and a number of endangered species including the Wild Dog, Bat, Honey Badger, Oxpecker and the Ground Hornbill. Witness and experience the ultimate splendour of nature.
Retreat into the privacy of our cosy library and explore the treasures of our unique wine cellar. Outside, a rim-flow swimming pool further enhances the splendour whilst creating the perfect setting to unwind and absorb the sights, sounds and scents of Africa.
The most thrilling part of any stay with us is undoubtedly the Chitwa Chitwa safari experience. Our qualified guides and expert trackers ensure an unforgettable safari, enriching the experience with their profound knowledge of this animal kingdom and its complex habitat. Chitwa’s holistic approach to hospitality with specific emphasis on wildlife conservation distinguishes spell-binding sightings of the abundant wildlife. Leave enriched with a new perspective and affectionate memories of the very best of the African bush.
A classic blend of European and African tastes and cultures, Chitwa Chitwa Private Game Lodge sits smack in the middle of the most fantastic South African bushveld, in the 63 000 hectare Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, forming part of the famous Kruger National Park and the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park. Named after a creaky old giraffe who lived at the homestead with the Brink family, the lodge is a reliable relic from the past yet has a modern appeal. Think unmatched luxury, hands-on service and an authentic conservation and environmental ethic. Game drives into the Sabi Sand Game Reserve are a special experience, traversing an area of 5500 hectares where the Big Five and many other animals and birds roam. This is a world class eco-tourism destination where people and nature survive together – Chitwa Chitwa has been designed with this ethic in mind. Settled on the shores of a huge lake, Chitwa Chitwa offers six elegant suites with their own private views and plunge pools. The space in each suite allows room for extra beds for children if needed – the lodge is very child-friendly, welcoming children from age 6 upwards. All suites boast baths, indoor and outdoor showers, minibars, fireplaces, fans, hair dryers, and tea and coffee making facilities. The Charlsy Suite is the best option for families or groups of friends – two inter-leading en-suite rooms share a comfortable living area and the spacious deck with swimming pool overlooks the lake. In addition, Chitwa House is for those requiring romance and solitude – a personal butler and game ranger serves guests in this place of privacy and luxury. Think two stylish en-suite rooms with outside showers, lovely lounge and dining area and lake-view deck with swimming pool. Allow the lodge chef to cook up a storm in Chitwa House while sipping sundowners on the deck or watching TV in the lounge. The main areas at Chitwa Chitwa Private Game Lodge include a cosy library; a boutique curio shoppe; a well-equipped gym and a healing spa for complete indulgence. At Chitwa Chitwa Lodge guests can enjoy constant game sightings from the main lounge and dining areas as well as the Sunset Deck, peering out from under old Knobthorn Trees.