Chitwa Chitwa Game Lodge, Sabi Sands

Chitwa Chitwa is a one-off. Originally a private family retreat, this sleek hidden lodge earned its name as an affectionate ode to the ageing giraffe who was part of the extended family. Slap bang in the middle of South Africa’s bush, this unique destination is an idyllic hub of wildlife and a center of relaxation. For a safari vacation to put you back in touch with nature we reckon this is close to perfection.


Nestling in pristine African fauna, this intimate luxury lodge featuring just ten rooms, basks in the sun on the banks of one of the largest lakes of the exclusive Sabi Sands Game Reserve. This beautiful scenery means you don’t even have to leave your room to see the big 5, however, with guided safari drives lead by the lodges expert Shangaan trackers at your disposal you’re perfectly placed for very close encounters with these beautiful creatures right in your back yard. Then there’s the freedom to end your day in the wilds with a dip in the pool, or an invigorating massage. Now, what’s not to like?

Your room

Each of Chitwa Chitwa’s suites showcases an inimitable blend of unpretentious style and contemporary colonial chic infused with earthy African tones. The best bit, however, has to be that each suite comes complete with its own plunge pool for an alfresco dip against a background of interrupted wilderness. Stroll out onto your spacious private timber deck and enjoy a glass of exquisite (we don’t use that word lightly) local tipple whilst you gaze out over the lake.

Why we like it

Well if the opportunity to take time out right in the heart of the Sabi Sands game reserve doesn’t ignite your imagination, the gorgeous styling of this unique lodge will. This really is a private patch of stunning wilderness. Wake up to the sound of the local wildlife, enjoy your morning coffee in front of the visual spectacle that is African sunrise, before kick-starting your day on the plains in the company of the Big 5. Perhaps the reason we love this place so much is feeling of peace and serenity which surrounds the Chitwa Chitwa lodge.