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"Chitwa Chitwa - Sophisticated African adventure"

Chitwa Chitwa was originally a private retreat for the Brink family for over 40 years and is situated on a large lake that serves as a popular watering area for many game. In 1991 it was transformed into a private game lodge by the owners, Charl and Maria Brink. The lodge got it’s name from an ageing giraffe that resided close to the Brink family home and became an “extended family member” of the family. The lodge is decorated in a European meets African chic style. The lodge is a true marvel of luxury combined with the wilderness of the bush and provides unsurpassed quality, style and beauty. With exceptional service, amazing food and some of the best game viewing in the industry, this lodge is a fast favourite with guests from all over the world.


Chitwa Chitwa has two lodges. The first is the main lodge with its eight spacious luxury suites and the other is the ultra-luxurious private Chitwa House.

The main lodge has only eight luxury suites, providing not only one of the most luxurious experiences in the bush but also one of the most exclusive. Each suite has the following facilities:

  • Full en-suite bathroom
  • Romantic outdoor shower
  • A fireplace
  • A private spacious secluded timber deck
  • Private plunge pool
  • The spacious luxury suites are family friendly and can comfortably include up to two additional beds for children who are under the age of 12 and will be sharing with their parents

The main lodge also has another family suite named the Charlsy Suite and is perfect for families or friends who happen to be traveling together. This suite has a spacious common area and a private viewing deck with swimming pool.

Chitwa House is a spacious private villa that offers two en-suite bedrooms. The house and suites has the following features:

  • Private deck with an outdoor shower
  • En-suite bathrooms
  • A private butler
  • A private game ranger and safari vehicle
  • A private gourmet chef

From the deck of the lodge you will be treated to views of the lake’s resident hippopotamus and other various species of animals that frequent the lake as a water source, including elephant, buffalo, antelope, giraffe, lion, wild dog and various other. It is also a popular place to view water birds.

Big Five sightings, though not guaranteed, are quite common. Other game is also seen often, such as cheetah, hyena and various other animals found in the Greater Kruger National Park. The area is well known for spotting rare species such as roan antelope, Lichtenstein’s hartebeest and wild dog.

For the avid birder there are ample opportunities to find interesting specimens as the area is home to over 450 recorded species of birdlife. The area is especially known for the various raptor sighting which may include Martial, Tawny and Fish Eagles as well as Steppe Buzzards. The endangered Southern Ground Hornbills have nesting sites close to the lodge. This is truly a birder’s paradise

  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wellness & Spa
  • Game Drives
  • Child-Friendly
  • Shop
  • Wheelchair Friendly
  • Birding
  • Day tours
  • Game drives
  • Local village visits
  • Walking safaris
Child Policy
  • Children that are younger than three years old will stay free of charge
  • Children that are older than three and younger than six will be charged 25%
  • Children older than five and younger than twelve will be charged 50% >Children older than twelve years old and older will be charged full adult rate
  • No children under the age of six years of age will be allowed on a game drive
Specials at Chitwa Chitwa

Chitwa Chitwa offers specials from time to time. Please visit our specials page for more information.

Rates, inclusions & exclusions - Chitwa Chitwamp

Due to the frequency of rates changing, we do not publish official rates on this website. Luxury Safaris range in a variety of prices and, as an indication of what to expect, one can pay anywhere from R2 000 to R20 000 per person per night sharing and more, depending on the choice of accommodation, season, specials and other determining factors. For the most up to date rates, please contact us.


Main Lodge and Chitwa House

  • Accommodation
  • Local drinks (a drinks excluded price may be requested)
  • All meals
  • 2 Game drives daily
  • Optional game walk

Chitwa House Only

  • Private Game Vehicle and Game Ranger
  • Private Gourmet Chef
  • Private Butler
    • Curio shop purchases
    • Premium drinks
    • Park entrance fees and levies
    • Gratuities
    • All levies
    • Additional extras will be for the guest's account
    • All items of a personal nature
Enquiries at Chitwa Chitwa

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Skype: pietsmiles  •  Office: +27 (0)12 345 6438  •  Cell: +27 (0)71 687 2782

After hours: please send an email message to welcome@smilestravels.co.za and we will reply soonest

Note: There are no camping or self-catering facilities at this lodge.

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