A luxurious safari lodge situated in the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, Chitwa Chitwa is quite simply one of the most beautiful properties I have ever seen.
Nestling unobtrusively within the South African Bush, this stylish lodge overlooks the largest perennial lake within the game reserve, and if you are looking for a truly unique safari experience, you will struggle to find anywhere more perfect than this.
It is all about the attention to detail in Chitwa Chitwa. Upon arrival, you are greeted by friendly staff with a cool towel and a refreshing drink, before being guided onto the most spectacular veranda overlooking a lake filled with hippos and crocodiles and surrounded by antelope of every shape and size.
After a briefing of the daily activities and game drives on offer, you get the first opportunity to see your lodge – and you will not be disappointed. King size four-poster beds, luxurious furnishings, huge bathrooms and a private deck with swimming pool all comes as standard at Chitwa, and yet, it is done is such a way that you still feel completely at one with nature.
Meal times are a celebration of local and international cuisine, with lunch and dinner served with a fine choice of South African wines. Breakfast is a feast, and if you do start to feel peckish late afternoon (which is very doubtful!), you can indulge in afternoon tea before heading off on your evening game drive.
Game viewing in Sabi Sand is fantastic, and if you do not manage to see the Big 5 (Lion, Elephant, Rhino, Water Buffalo and Leopard) during your stay, I would be most surprised. We witnessed no less than five leopards during our 2-night stay, a whole herd of elephants, and most surprising of all, a pack of 17 African Wild Dogs finishing off their early morning prey.
As the sun begins to set over the bush, sundowners are served, and I can guarantee that the G&T you sip, while watching the beautiful blue-sky turn from orange to red before finally dimming into midnight blue, will be the best you ever tasted!
Whether it is your first safari holiday or your 100th trip into the South African bush, we think Chitwa Chitwa is the perfect destination for a unique safari experience – so good, in fact, they named it twice!