Sabi Sands Game Reserve, Greater Kruger, South Africa
At a Glance
Watch hippo from the lodges deck
Rise at dawn for some enthralling game drives
Quirky African inspired décor
Have a siesta by your private plunge pool
Delicious canapés accompany your sundowners
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
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There is no bad time to go on safari in the Kruger National Park. The experience does, however, change from month to month. In the summer months (October to March), it gets very hot. The verdant vistas are all the more spectacular because of the rains, but this means that the foliage is denser, water is more abundant and game is therefore trickier to see. There are lots of beautiful migratory birds during the summer months. While the daytime temperature in the winter months (May to September) is ideal, it does get a little chilly at night and in the early morning.
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Following extensive refurbishment, Chitwa Chitwa has recently re-opened in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. With just eight suites and a private house, it is in a fabulous position within the reserve for excellent game viewing.
Hidden on the shores of one of the largest lakes in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve, Chitwa Chitwa has recently been refurbished by its Italian designer owner and is now ultra stylish.
Each of the eight suites are individually designed and have their own plunge pool and private timber sun deck looking over the lake, a prime game viewing spot. There is also Chitwa Private House, for the ultimate exclusive experience, where you’ll be treated to great hospitality, fine food and are able to tailor your bush experience to the last detail with your dedicated ranger.
There's a library with a decent selection of books, gym, gorgeous swimming pool and a spa offering a range of holistic treatments to relax and unwind the mind, body and soul. The curio shop at the entrance sells a selection of hand-made African memorabilia created by skilled local craftsmen, together with various traditional ornaments and bush-wear.
Chitwa Chitwa’s excellent location in the Sabi Sands along with its top guides and Shangaan trackers make catching a glimpse of the ‘big five’ a safari experience like no other. You can also enjoy cultural excursions to experience local life in the small village of Dixie, situated close to the Gowrie Gate entrance of the Sabi Sands.
Chitwa Chitwa offers eight suites and one private house. Each of the eight suites are individually designed and have their own plunge pool and private timber sun deck looking over the lake, a prime game viewing spot. Chitwa Private House caters for the ultimate exclusive experience where you will be treated to great hospitality, fine food and are able to tailor your bush experience to the last detail with your dedicated ranger.
Children are welcome at Chitwa but there are no specific facilities except babysitting. There is a Chitwa Children's Eco-Experience which offers activities such as a daily bush walk within the enclosed camp area, walks are guided by an educator who will offer the children the opportunity to learn about and identify the beautiful fauna and flora in the area. Basic bush skills are taught such as how to survive in the bush, what plants to eat and how to build a basic shelter. Others include face painting session and evenings spent roasting marshmallows and sipping hot chocolate whilst listening to the enchanting folk-tales as told by an "intokoto" (the Shangaan term used to describe a person with lots of life experience).
Facilities at the lodge include private plunge pools, wellness centre, sunset deck, library, curio shop, central lounge area and dining area all of which blend seamlessly into the natural surroundings, providing excellent game viewing opportunities from the comfort of the lodge.
Game drives, family game drives, children’s programmes and cultural excursions to the local village of Dixie are all included in the room rates. Spa treatments are charged additionally. You will get a chance to go on bush walks with passionate and very experienced guides during game drives and the evening safaris end with a sundowner, the perfect time to reflect on a great day's game viewing.
Anna Coplon (Staff)
Chitwa Chitwa fully embraces the allure and luxury that one often associates with the Sabi Sand. With a massive lodge area and sweeping deck, equipped with a full plunge pool, overlooking the largest body of water in the Sabi Sand, you are almost guaranteed incredible wildlife sittings before even going on a game drive. Enjoy breakfast in the beautiful outdoor restaurant or from the deck of your room as you watch hippos splash in the water below you and dont be surprised if you see the Big Five before your first day is through.
Jules Maury (Staff)
A lovely little game lodge with some charming rooms with large decks and pools looking over a fantastic watering hole for the elephants and lions. Stylish architecture, a great team of staff and some lovely game opportunities are twinned with super food, a very cool bar and small Spa which make your stay here both comfortable and fun. There is a family suite which is wonderful with two bedrooms for families travelling with friends or children. The rooms are beautifully designed with some eclectic and great bathroom and bedroom features. The main deck and pool are fantastic for sitting looking out over the water hole at the game.
Chitwa Chitwa, South Africa - Stay 5, Pay 4Book a five night stay at Chitwa Chitwa, South Africa and receive your fifth night on a complimentary basis.
|Book from||14 June 2019 to 15 December 2021|
15 January 2021 to 15 December 2021
Chitwa Chitwa - HoneymoonSpouse receives 50% discount on nightly rates when celebrating their honeymoon on safari at Chitwa Chitwa, South Africa. Terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability
|Book from||30 December 2019 to 30 December 2020|
01 January 2020 to 31 December 2020
Chitwa Chitwa, South Africa - Stay 4, Pay 3Book a four night stay at Chitwa Chitwa, South Africa and receive your fourth night free, saving up to £800 per person based on two adults sharing.
|Book from||14 June 2019 to 15 December 2020|
15 January 2020 to 15 December 2020
Chitwa Chitwa, South Africa - Complimentary UpgradeBenefit from a complimentary upgrade to a Private House when you book a Charlsy Suite at Chitwa Chitwa, South Africa during 2019 and 2020.
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07 August 2019 to 31 December 2020
4WD Game Drives
Go on private or shared game drives in the world famous Greater Kruger Area, South Africa to see the Big 5 - lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo and rhino - and a host of other animals. The Kruger is also a brilliant spot for birders so pack some binoculars.
Search for leopard in the Sabi Sands
The Sabi Sands is widely regarded as one of the most rewarding regions for spotting leopard in Africa. With good populations and the ability to go on night game-drives which coincides when these big cats are most active, all you need is good timing!
Location & directions
Sabi Sands Game Reserve, Greater Kruger, South Africa
Nestled in a pristine golden triangle of African fauna, the luxury lodge basks in the sun on the banks of one of the largest lakes of the exclusive 63,000 hectare Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, which forms part of the greater Kruger National Park. This area, in turn, is incorporated into the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park - a world-class eco-tourism destination managed to optimize benefits for the sustainable economic development of local communities and biodiversity conservation.
How to get there
11-hour international flight to Johannesburg. The lodge is comfortably accessible by air directly from OR Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg) with a flying time of approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. Transfers from the Airstrip at Chitwa can be arranged. Alternatively, the road transfer from Johannesburg to Chitwa Chitwa takes approximately 5 hours.
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