From: USD 762 pps

Chitwa Chitwa

Overlooking a teeming waterhole at the heart of Big 5 country, super-exclusive Chitwa Chitwa has only 6 suites on offer plus a fully staffed 4-sleeper private villa.

With only six sumptuous suites available, Chitwa Chitwa is one of the Kruger’s most intimate and romantic accommodations. Set in the Sabi Sands Private Reserve, Chitwa Chitwa not only sits at the heart of Big 5 country but it lies next to a huge waterhole, crowded with animals in the long dry winter.

Game drives with expert guides take you in search of big cats and big game but there are also opportunities to visit a nearby Shangaan village and go on nature walks with your guide. The bird watching is excellent at Chitwa Chitwa and families will be pleased to hear that Chitwa Chitwa welcomes children of all ages. Depending on their age, they are looked after and entertained at the lodge or will accompany you on private game drives.

Chitwa Chitwa offers a long list of facilities: choose between a workout in the gym, a leisurely read in the library – perhaps a massage or beauty treatment. However, with a private plunge pool and a shaded veranda on hand, you may prefer to relax in the comfort of your air-conditioned suite. For families and groups, the Charlsy Suite features two inter-leading suites, a comfortable lounge, large outdoor deck and pool. For even greater privacy and exclusivity, Chitwa House is a spacious four-sleeper home complete with butler, chef and private game ranger.

Lodge Highlights:

  • Set in prime Big 5 country
  • Private & exclusive Sabi Sands experience
  • Gym, spa, private pools & kids safari club
  • Family, honeymoon & private villa accommodation

About Chitwa Chitwa

Luxury Chalets

  • Air-Conditioned Luxury Suites
  • Veranda & Private Plunge Pool
  • Fireplace, Mini Bar & Tea & Coffee Station
  • Four-Sleeper Chalet & Deluxe Staffed Villa Available

There are only six suites at Chitwa Chitwa, each an individually decorated master class in safari style. Guests enjoy the comforts of a fully en suite bathroom as well as an outdoor shower. You’ll also sit down to views over Chitwa Chitwa’s famous lake from the vantage of your veranda, complete with a private plunge pool for hot afternoons. Suites are air conditioned and feature a fan, netted double bed, fireplace, mini bar, hairdryer, tea and coffee station and an iPod docking station.

The lodge’s 2-bedroom Charlsy Suite is a great choice for groups of friends or families while Chitwa House is the perfect solution for safari travellers seeking unbridled privacy and flexibility. Complete with its own chef, butler, guide and vehicle, this two-suite villa delivers a completely personalised safari experience.

Lodge Facilities

  • Gym, Swimming Pool & Private Plunge Pools
  • Massages, Spa & Beauty Treatments
  • Dining Room, Lounge & Bar
  • Viewing Deck & Waterhole
  • Kids Club & Baby Sitters
  • Library & Internet Access

Guests at Chitwa Chitwa can look forward to a wide range of facilities. The lodge’s main building is home to the communal lounge, bar and dining room and you’ll find diversions in the form of a library, boutique/curio shop and views of the waterhole in front of camp. Massages and beauty treatments can be enjoyed on lazy afternoons, and although you have a plunge pool at your suite, the rim-flow pool on the main deck has peerless views.

If you feel like a workout, Chitwa Chitwa even has a well equipped gym. You can catch up on emails at the lodge’s internet access station and if you’re bringing young children, you can rest assured that the lodge’s dedicated child minders and guides will keep them safe and entertained while you’re on safari.

Activities at Chitwa Chitwa

  • Morning & Afternoon/Evening Game Drives
  • Guided Nature Walks
  • Village Visit & Cultural Encounter
  • Bird watching

Lying in the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve puts Chitwa Chitwa in the front row for some of the best game viewing in the region. Guests are treated to sightings of the Big 5 – lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo – on an almost daily basis. Wild dogs range through Chitwa’s concession, and you can expect to see a wealth of other wildlife – antelope, giraffe, hyena and zebra. The Kruger’s long dry winter is usually best for unrestricted game viewing but the rainy summer months have an inescapable charm. The landscape is lush and green, many antelope give birth and the bird watching goes from great to incredible.

Morning game drives are followed by nature walks with armed guides and good old fashioned armchair game viewing from the comfort of the lodge’s viewing deck. Afternoon drives return to camp in the evening with the aid of a spotlight, picking out unusual nocturnal animals on the prowl. Visits to a local village on the other hand provide an opportunity to interact with the region’s Shangaan people, famous for their animal-tracking skills.

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Lodge Rates

These rates are purely for informational purposes and do not reflect the actual cost in those currencies.


Season & Year
Per person sharing
01 January 2020 - 31 December 2020
USD 823
01 January 2021 - 31 December 2021
USD 890

Charlsy Suite

Season & Year
Per person sharing
01 January 2020 - 31 December 2020
USD 848
01 January 2021 - 31 December 2021
USD 916

The Chitwa House

Season & Year
Per villa
01 January 2020 - 31 December 2020 (4 guests)
USD 4431
01 January 2021 - 31 December 2021 (4 guests)
USD 4785
Included in your stay
    • Luxury accommodation
    • All meals
    • Teas & coffees
    • Bottled water, soft drinks, local beer and spirits
    • Chitwa House Wine Selection
    • Two open vehicle safaris a day
    • Daily walking safaris
    • Laundry service
    • Return transfers from the Chitwa airstrip to the lodge
Excluded in your stay
  • Purchases from the boutique
  • Spa treatments
  • Telephone calls
  • Air and road transfers to/from the lodge
  • All premium label alcoholic beverages
  • Conservation levy
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Hands-on Expertise

  • We’re based in Africa
  • Visit our destinations regularly
  • Exceptionally knowledgeable team
  • Expect unrivaled customer service

Accredited & Bonded

  • SATSA – Bonded Membership (2061)
  • ATTA Membership (204387)
  • Fully Independent & Owner Run
  • 24/7 Travel Support


Trip of a lifetime: Five countries, six camps, Vic Falls, Big Five plus more game

In June/July 2016 we undertook a trip to Southern Africa to fulfill a lifelong intention. We stayed at six camps, safari style, and had a great time. All of our expectations were met or even exceeded. For example, we never expected to see honey badgers or sitatunga, given the secretive nature of those species, but we did! All travel arrangements and connections worked smoothly, which is astonishing since we had several dozen transfers and meeting points; all of the connecting personnel were prompt, professional, and welcoming.

Michael (USA)
Exceptional service ensuring a wonderful holiday. Highly recommended

Attention to detail & service provided was first class, from our very first email to the last day of our trip. Walter went above and beyond to ensure that we were notified of any changes, even up to our last day with a change to our flight time, at short notice. The safari was so much more than expected, from the rustic to the exceptional, every camp was different in it’s own way and our highlights are hard to single out just one as each camp was great.

Cyndi and Dave (AU)
Best experience ever!!

They provide us the most taylored and customized honeymoon possible! everything was much better than we expected. We loved the feeling of being in the middle of nowhere and everyone made us feeling so incredibly special and gave us a unique insight. Over our game drives we managed to see all the big five plus some!!

Salvatore (IT)
Outstanding experience!

We have booked at the Elephant Plains Lodge. We stayed there for a few nights and went on safaris. The lodge, the guide, the food and all the animals we have seen were fantastic. Really an outstanding experience. We can recommend Elephant Plains to everybody. Maybe you will not be as lucky as we were, becaucse we have seen the Big 5! But however you will not forget your stay at Elephant Plains.

Silvio (CH)
Karina was absolutely instrumental to our safari success.

Our experience with Safari Online was excellent. After becoming very frustrated trying to search for a safari destination on our own, we turned to Karina for help and she was a lifesaver. She responded to our requests promptly and gave us several options with links to each option; we ultimately chose Lukimbi. She then coordinated our flights to and from the property, arranged the drivers necessary to get us from the airport to the lodge and back again, and sent the appropriate paperwork to each of us to verify each step of the process. We had an amazing safari adventure at the lodge–the experience of a lifetime–and are so grateful for her help. We literally couldn’t have done it without her!

Chris (USA)
Experience of a lifetime and wonderful service!!

Our extended family (16 travellers, including 8 children under ten years of age!) went on a wonderful safari adventure curated and organised by Walter Kohrs of Safari Online. It could not have been any better than we experienced. From our time in Cape Town, to visiting Victoria Falls, all the way through Zimbabwe and finally wrapping up at the amazing Chobe Safari Lodge, all the locations chosen by Walter were amazing.

His attention to detail, willingness to fine-tune and excellent responsiveness (over a period of several months!) could not have been better. He took time to visit us personally upon our arrival in South Africa, with lovely gift-packs and shared a wealth of advice, recommendations and tips. I cannot recommend Safari Online (and Walter Kohrs in particular) any higher. Absolutely amazing.

Oisin (AU)
Absolutely Perfect

I was already last year in South Africa and Zambia organized by Safari Online. It was a absolutely gorgeous trip. Everything was perfect. This was the reason I booked this year in May and June an new trip to South Africa, Namibia and Botswana. I got everything I expected. It was a dream again. I know I´m coming back.

Bernard (DE)
Faultless service, attention to detail and quality of accomodations.

The communications and service from Walter was excellent, and we were continuously fully informed. The information package and book received on arrival were excellent. We felt that we had been allocated carefully selected lodges at each camp and every detail met or exceeded our expectations.
The safari tour was wonderful, and a particular feature was the variety offered at each location which combined perfectly

Carolyn (AU)
The trip was sensational and tailored to our needs. Simply fantastic!

The care by Walter was great from planning to leaving Johannesburg. The accommodations were perfectly chosen. If after a few days you thought it could not be better, you were told otherwise. It was an increase every day, with the 3 days safari in the Kruger, including overnight in tree house, the grand finale.
I would book a trip anytime again at Safari Online.

Ulrike (DE)
We had a wonderful holiday with no hitches, perfectly planned for us and so professional.

Though we live in Australia, Safari online made planning for our family holiday so easy. Walter understood our requirements and nothing was too much trouble. The holiday was everything we wanted it to be and so much more. Every camp was ideally suited for our family and we loved each day, every early morning and evening game drive. Thank you to Walter for his attention to detail and his friendly, professional and caring manner. It was a trip of a lifetime and one that we will talk about forever.

Mary (AU)