"A private luxury game lodge, situated within the rolling savanna of Kruger National Park."

Need to know

    • Six suites and one private villa
    • Kruger National Park, South Africa
    • Lake viewing deck and swimming pool with spectacular natural views
    • Check-in is 2pm, checkout is 11am

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  • Six suites and one private villa
  • Kruger National Park, South Africa
  • Lake viewing deck and swimming pool with spectacular natural views
  • Check-in is 2pm, checkout is 11am

Top Secret

Chitwa Chitwa is onomatopoeically-named in honour of an old bull giraffe who the hotel’s Brink family saw as an extended member. A regally beloved figure, he was always recognised by the creaking of his joints as he strode over to say hello.

Origins

The lodge has been in the Brink family for over 40 years, and was originally their own personal retreat. A private game lodge since 1991, it still feels like a home – with owner Charl Brink and his family still on hand to share all their historical knowledge and local wisdom with guests.

The Review

Kruger National Park is a true natural wonder – a vast and ever-changing expanse of 7,500 square miles, incorporating mountains and tropical forests, bush plains and riversides. Chitwa Chitwa sits on the sun-drenched banks of one of the largest waters of the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, on the park’s eastern side. A family-run operation, the lodge offers a warm and luxuriously comfortable welcome all year round. Dotted with artworks collected by owner Maria Brink, it is decorated in an opulent style that pays homage to the magnificent surroundings. Facilities include a spa, gym, library, sunset deck, and an inconceivably scenic outdoor swimming pool – meaning that boredom is simply not an option here.

 

The real star of any trip to this region is the game drive – an exhilarating vehicular journey through the South African savanna, with a guide and tracker on-hand to maximise your chances of spotting each one of the elusive and dangerous Big Five (lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant and buffalo). Organised at dawn and dusk, the trips provide a powerful bookend for each day spent in this awe-inspiring setting.

 

After a long day’s adventures, you’ll be ready to feast – luckily, the Chitwa Chiwa lodge has you covered. One particular highlight is the boma dinner – taken from the word for enclosure in the Shangaan language, this traditional-style communal meal is typically served al fresco under a great galaxy of stars. Make sure to visit the lodge’s striking underground wine cellar too – built into the granite rock, it is home to a fine stock of international and regional South African wines.

Location

Chitwa Chitwa Private Game Lodge

  • Address: Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, Kruger National Park, South Africa.
  • Travel info: Chitwa Chitwa is reachable by daily direct flight from Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town to Nelspruit Kruger. From here you can take a 20-minute airside transfer to Arathusa airstrip, and then a short vehicle transfer to the lodge. Alternatively, the lod

Key Features

  • Airport Transfer

  • Pool

  • Stunning Views

  • Fitness Center/Gym

  • Bar

  • Restaurant

  • Spa