Chitwa Chitwa Private Game Lodge

Chitwa Chitwa Private Game Lodge is situated in the northern Sabi Sands Reserve, adjacent to Kruger National Park in South Africa

It’s comprised of six bush suites, and a separate, exclusive-use house. Originally a private retreat of the Brink family, Chitwa Chitwa has been in the Brink family for over 40 years and retains that homey charm, mixed with “European style and African chic.”

These intimate luxury accommodations are built on a large dam with scenic views that encompass the diverse wildlife that come to the water to drink. Chitwa Chitwa’s clean contemporary style is given character and warmth with interesting, often quirky, art and artifacts liberally scattered throughout the lodge. Owner Maria Brink is an artist and you’ll find her original and bold contemporary art pieces throughout.

The six suites are sumptuous, private expanses inviting complete relaxation after a day spent on eventful game drives through the Big Five reserve both morning and afternoon. Take time out on your sprawling private deck with its outdoor shower and plunge pool between activities, or soak in the bathtub to enjoy the views. When there, be sure to select a fine wine from the funky underground wine cellar before enjoying a meal on the deck, or in front of the camp fire in the boma. It’s not all about the big names, though. You’re also apt to find a number of endangered species including wild dog, honey badger, oxpecker, and the ground hornbill.

As well suited as Chitwa Chitwa is to honeymooners and couples looking for a getaway, it’s also a family-friendly property with great value for money in a remote part of the exclusive Sabi Sands. The private two-bedroom Chitwa House is designed for just four guests who want to maximize privacy and fully tailor each day to their own wishes with the aid of an experienced house butler, knowledgeable guide, and Shangaan tracker all to yourself. Enjoy private game drives in your own vehicle, plus Chitwa’s array of other safari activities – including guided walking safaris, on-site massages, or a visit to the local Dixie/ Shangaan village to slip into daily life here. Rather than follow the usual routine, however, you get to choose what you want exactly when you want it without working around anyone else’s schedule.

Whether staying in the bush suites of a private house, Chitwa Chitwa is five-star service and quality all the way. Plus, guests can also hire state-of-the-art camera equipment; we loved the access to the photo lab and editing with an expert photographer!