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 opens onto a private lake-view deck with its own private plunge pool, framed by a spacious timber deck that overlooks the nearby water – 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 1 extra bed for children under the age of 12 yrs only.
All the Chitwa Chitwa Suites include a bathtub, indoor and outdoor shower, fireplace, minibar, fan, hairdryer, tea-coffee making facility, and an iPod docking station.
Originally a private retreat of the Brink family, Chitwa Chitwa has been in the Brink family for over 40 years and in 1991 was transformed into the private game lodge it is today. It now stands as a jewel of South African hospitality, an emblem of the savanna’s most authentic and refined luxury. Charl is dedicated to wise land management, aiming at preserving an African paradise for future generations.
Chitwa Chitwa earned its name as an affectionate ode to the aging giraffe bull who shared the lakeside home as an extended member of the Brink family. According to Charl, the majestic arrival of this regal relative was always signaled by the creaking of his old joints. Still today, his watchful essence is felt presiding over the lodge. Much like this giraffe, the lodge is magnificent and graceful in appearance, yet humble enough to evaporate into the surrounding beauty of the unspoiled bush of the Sabi Sand.
After its classic transformation into an eclectic blend of European style with African chic, Chitwa Chitwa has emerged as an exquisite balance between unbridled luxury and environmental harmony, an oasis of conservation. Chitwa Chitwa is more than just a luxury private game lodge in the bush. It's a holistic and sensorial experience that starts at sunrise and captures the very essence of the magnificent wildlife heritage and natural landscape of Africa before sunset. The luxury lodge basks in the sun on the banks of one of the largest dams of the exclusive 63,000 hectare Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, which forms part of the greater Kruger National Park.
A Spectacular Big 5 Experience
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 on game drives and bush walks and have left with affectionate memories of the very best of the African bush. 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.
Original Art Pieces and Sculptures
An impelling aspect of the Chitwa experience is the display of the original contemporary art pieces by owner Maria Brink. Chitwa Chitwa comes alive with Maria’s personal choice of bold art pieces and sculptures. The African wilderness never looked so stylish! Chitwa’s art exudes both a masculine and feminine feel and combines an eclectic blend of European style with traditional African chic. With a lifelong career in international fashion, luxury jewelry, and art, Maria’s precursor creations have attracted interest and acknowledgment globally. Her work has been also inspired by her love of Francis Bacon’s works and life.
Meet the Dixie Community
When you’re not embarking on wild game drives and bush walks, you can try something more cultural and go on a guided village tour at the nearby Dixie Community. Dixie is a small village situated close to the Gowrie Gate entrance of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. Through our close associations with our neighbours and our love of the area in general, we have cultivated a unique partnership with the Dixie Community in order to contribute to their general upliftment. The Cultural Village Excursion affords the opportunity to slip unnoticed into a day in the life of the locals while tapping into the inspiring optimism and energy that is so much part of this little village’s charm. The transfer will be in a Chitwa Chitwa open vehicle and takes about two hours from the time of departure from the lodge.