Project Description

This magnificent family-owned private lodge is one of Africa’s most sumptuous safari retreats. Original, stylish, innovative and personal, Chitwa Chitwa features an eclectic fusion of African chic and contemporary European design to create gorgeous, unbridled luxury – although nothing could compete with the beauty of its setting, next to one of the largest lakes in Sabi Sand and a popular watering hole for local wildlife. This means spectacular game-spotting without even leaving your seat, whether you’re on your private deck, in the chic lounge or enjoying the wonderful cuisine in the dining room or lake-side lapa. The style and atmosphere at Chitwa is endowed by Maria Brink’s original contemporary art pieces, present throughout the lodge.


From R15 441

per person per night
Rates may vary according to season. Specials may be available.
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Children 2 years and younger stay for free. Children below 6 will not be allowed on game drives unless the parents have sole use of the vehicle.

Detailed Description


Each lake-view suite is individually decorated and opens onto a large wooden deck with a private plunge pool and indoor and outdoor showers. The exclusive two-bedroomed Chitwa House allows guests to have their entire sojourn tailored to their wishes and they are designated the sole use of a butler and safari vehicle and guide.

Chitwa Suites

Great care has been taken to balance unpretentious style with complete comfort when it comes to the Chitwa Suites.
Each of the six individually decorated suites open onto a private lake-view deck with its own private plunge pool, framed by a spacious timber deck that overlooks the nearby lake – a popular drinking hole for our wealth of wildlife. The luxury suites are very spacious, varying from 130 to 180 square metres, and can accommodate up to 2 extra beds for children under the age of 12 yrs only.
The Charlsy Suite in particular is a superb solution for families or friends travelling together! It consists of two splendidly appointed inter-leading en-suite rooms joined by a comfortable living area. A fabulously spacious common lake view deck with a swimming pool completes this unique unit.

Chitwa House

In response to a growing demand for greater privacy and exclusive hospitality, we have created a treasured escape into unapologetic style in the form of the Chitwa House. Here, guests can enjoy a bush experience tailored to their every whim with the assistance of an experienced house butler and the enthusiasm of a dedicated ranger. Aside from the striking beauty of the African chic interior, the emphasis is on an element of familiarity as guests set the pace in their own private piece of Africa.
Chitwa House consists of two beautifully appointed en-suite rooms with private decks and out-door showers. The common areas include a spacious common lounge and dining area and a lake-view deck with swimming pool. You can go on exciting Big 5 game drives in your own private safari vehicle with a guide and tracker.
Enjoy delicious meals, either served by us or a private chef who can cook up delights in Chitwa House’s fully-equipped kitchen. During down time, enjoy drinks from the fully stocked mini-bar and coffee/tea facilities or watch the private television in your lounge.


Built around the largest lake in the reserve, one of Chitwa Chitwa’s most endearing features is its seamless integration into the surrounding African bush through its ideal location and design. Guests can be assured of superb game viewing from the main lounge and dining areas as they are rendered invisible to the various groups of wild animals that congregate at the water’s edge.
Shaded by old Knobthorn trees, our large wooden lounging deck affords amazing wildlife sightings of the Big Five (leopard, lion, buffalo, elephant and rhinoceros). Spacious viewing areas strewn with comfy daybeds and a rim-flow swimming pool enhance the sense of unity with the surroundings – the perfect environment to relax, unwind and absorb the sights, sounds and scents of Africa.
Relax and unwind in the lodge’s spa, or enjoy a workout at the fully-equipped gym.


At Chitwa Chitwa, meals are as much a social feast as a culinary one, designed to create a relaxed atmosphere for sharing in the day’s excitement.
Lunch and breakfast are served next to the pool in the thatched lapa overlooking the lake, while dinners are served in the open-air boma around a roaring fire or in our elegant and stylish dining room.
Dining experiences are varied according to your stay duration. You can also enjoy drinks in the lounge bar or rummage through our rather unique, underground wine cellar built around the natural granite rock floor. It stocks selected South African and imported wines, adding to the unique Mediterranean and African cross-culture cuisine that we’re famous for.
A typical day in the African bush is often concluded by a sumptuous feast in the ‘boma’, which is the word for ‘enclosure’ in Shangaan. Dine under the stars by the enchanting glimmer of fire and candle light and share in an integral part of traditional African culture. Our elaborate, authentic boma dinners are accompanied by a sought after wine-list to complete a unique Chitwa Chitwa culinary experience.


Chitwa Chitwa offers you a sensational experience starting at sunrise. Live the essence of a safari.
The most thrilling and eagerly-anticipated part of any stay with us is undoubtedly the Chitwa Chitwa safari experience. For over a decade, our guests have been treated to spell-binding sightings of our abundant wildlife and have left with affectionate memories of the very best of the African bush. The experience is further enhanced by our desire to protect and sustain the local environment and improve the well-being of our resident communities.
Located in the Sabi Sand which is the birthplace of sustainable wildlife tourism in southern Africa, Chitwa Chitwa is highly acclaimed for its excellent game viewing, as all hunting in the area has been abolished for decades. As a result, the animals have grown accustomed to the presence of safari vehicles in their territory and we can boast some of the best opportunities to meet Africa’s Big Five – being the five most dangerous animals to meet on foot: buffalo, elephant, rhino, leopard and lion. Our highly qualified guides and Shangaan trackers ensure an unforgettable African safari by enriching the experience with their profound knowledge regarding this animal kingdom and its complex habitat.