Chitwa Chitwa Game Lodge, South Africa

from price £199 pp / per night
Full Board

020 8774 7298

Overview


Originally a private family retreat, 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 the owner, Charl Brink, the majestic arrival of this regal relative was always signalled by the creaking of his old joints - and still today, his watchful essence is felt presiding over the lodge.

Much like the giraffe around which this charming tale of Chitwa Chitwa is centred, the private game 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. It continues to achieve this through its ongoing efforts to maintain a holistic approach as a guest in the home of the African bush, thus ensuring the continued splendour and beauty of Chitwa Chitwa and its surrounds for generations to come.

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 optimise benefits for the sustainable economic development of local communities and biodiversity conservation.



Great care has been taken to balance unpretentious style with complete comfort in the beautiful chalets. Each individually decorated suite has its own private plunge pool, framed by a spacious timber deck that overlooks the nearby lake – a popular drinking hole for the wealth of wildlife. Each spacious suite, varying from 130 to 180 square metres, can accommodate two extra beds for children under the age of 12 years. All suites have both air-conditioning and ceiling fans, en-suite bathrooms with large showers (indoor & outdoor) and separate bathtubs, and pure cotton bed linen and mosquito nets to guarantee a comfortable and restful sleep after an eventful day out in the bush. Additional amenities include romantic fireplace, mini-bar, tea/coffee-making facilities and iPod docking station.
Amenities:
Hair Dryer
MiniBar
For friends and family who wish to stay together, there is the Charlsy Suite which consists of two spacious inter-leading suites. The Suite has a common deck connecting the two suites, with a private swimming pool. Charlsy Suite has both air-conditioning and ceiling fans, en-suite bathrooms with large showers (indoor & outdoor) and separate bathtubs, and pure cotton bed linen and mosquito nets to guarantee a comfortable and restful sleep after an eventful day out in the bush. Additional amenities include romantic fireplace, mini-bar, tea/coffee-making facilities and iPod docking station.
Amenities:
Hair Dryer
MiniBar
For greater privacy and exclusivity Chitwa House is a 470 square metre home with two en-suite rooms with private decks and outdoor showers, pure cotton bed linen and mosquito nets to guarantee a comfortable and restful sleep after an eventful day out in the bush, and spacious living areas which provide a uniquely personal safari experience. Here your dedicated butler and game ranger provide 24-hour assistance and will cater to your every desire. Chitwa House features a fully equipped kitchen, exclusive personal chef for in-house dining, television in the lounge, fully-stocked mini-bar, tea/coffee-making facilities, private safari vehicle with guide and tracker, and spacious common lake-view deck with swimming pool for relaxation after an exciting day on safari.
Amenities:
Butler
Kitchenette
Separate Living Room

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Activities & Facilities


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Sunset Deck

Shaded by old Knobthorn trees, the large wooden lounging deck affords unrivalled wildlife sightings of the Big Five (leopard, lion, buffalo, elephant and rhinoceros), who share the rugged bushveld with cheetah, giraffe, hippo, zebra and antelope.Spacious viewing areas strewn with comfy daybeds and a rim-flow swimming pool further enhance the feeling of being a part of the beautiful scenery, whilst creating the perfect environment to relax, unwind and absorb the sights, sounds and scents of Africa.

Main Central Area

Nestling into obscurity around the largest lake in the reserve, one of Chitwa Chitwa's most endearing features is its seamless integration into the surrounding African bush through its ideal location and design. Guests can be assured of superlative game viewing from the main lounge and dining areas as they are rendered invisible to the various groups of wild animals that congregate at the water's edge in the mornings and early evenings.

Game Viewing

The most thrilling and eagerly-anticipated part of any stay is undoubtedly the Chitwa Chitwa safari experience. For over a decade, guests have been treated to spell-binding sightings of the abundant wildlife and have left with affectionate memories of the very best of the African bush.The experience is further enhanced by the desire to protect and sustain the local environment and improve the well-being of the resident communities.

Located in the Sabi Sand, which is the birthplace of sustainable wildlife tourism in southern Africa, Chitwa Chitwa is highly acclaimed for its excellent game viewing, as all hunting in the area has been abolished for decades. As a result, the animals have grown accustomed to the presence of safari vehicles in their territory and Chitwa Chitwa 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.The 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.

Wellness Centre

Nothing typifies the ultimate in relaxation more than one of the oldest healing arts in the world: massage. The far-reaching benefits of massage such as stimulating circulation, removing toxins and relieving the stress and tension of everyday living can be experienced at Chitwa Chitwa with the resident masseuse. The gymnasium comes fully equipped with treadmill, spinning bike, pilates ball, dumbbells, aerobic mats and the all-in-one weight gym.

Chitwa Chitwa Dining

At Chitwa Chitwa, meals are as much a social feast as a culinary one, designed to create a relaxed atmosphere for sharing in the day's excitement. Lunch is served next to the pool in the thatched lapa, while the themed dinners are relished in the open-air boma, or in the elegant dining room.

The Boma

A typical day in the African bush is often concluded by a sumptuous feast in the 'boma', which is the word for 'enclosure' in Shangaan. Dine under the stars by the enchanting glimmer of fire and candlelight and share in an integral part of traditional African culture. The elaborate, authentic boma dinners are accompanied by a sought after wine-list to complete a unique Chitwa Chitwa culinary experience.


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