Chitwa Chitwa | Northern Sabi Sands
This lodge is located in the northern section of the Sabi Sands, a 10-minute flight from Leopard Hills/Singita area but with different topography that features more large trees, larger watering areas and only a few commercial lodges.
This is a true ultra-luxury property on the scale of Singita and Lion Sands. The lodge has a HUGE lake and all the rooms have a view of the lake that is frequented by hippos who entertain you with their antics during the day.
Camp Location and Game Viewing
There is shared traversing between many different land owners creating a nice area for finding game. Many of the lodges in this area are private rather than commercial so the number of safari vehicles is less than would be experienced in other areas of the Sabi Sands reserve. This allows vehicles to stay longer at key sightings without having to leave or go on standby for a chance to view the sighting. During a two day stay at Chitwa Chitwa property we saw giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, hippo, a large herd of Cape Buffalo, rhino, elephant, a lion and 2 small cubs, two cheetahs, and lots of leopard. Cheetah is encountered along with wild dog but these sightings are not frequent. We counted four different leopards during our stay including a mother and two cubs. Animal pictures taken in this area of Northern Sabi Sands.
It has a WOW affect from the moment you enter the lodge. The suites have been completely refurbished due to a fire in the main lodge in January 2009; it was completely rebuilt and opened in May 2009. It is stunning! On entry, there is a large reception room and directly across a large curio shop. A deck walkway with a spectacular view of a lake leads you to the main lodge which is furnished in a contemporary African style and a huge space to accommodate just 16 people. The massive lounge area offers multiple seating arrangements, large bar, dining area and fireplace. There is a large library to peruse books on African animals and information. An expansive outside deck with lots of seating along with Bali type lounge furniture looking out on to the large lake.
Eight individual air conditioned VERY large chalet rooms that are well designed and all quite unique. Each suite is named and although all about the same size the exquisite decor is totally different. Two of these rooms are in the Charlsy Suite and this suite has two bedrooms with an adjoining lounge area - perfect for a family or two couples travelling together. This is reminiscent of properties like Birkenhead House or La Residence but on a more contemporary styling. All the rooms have fire places, massive bathrooms, and large decks with big plunge pools. Every room we saw created a WOW affect.
The Chitwa House — There is a separate house that offers two bedrooms and an adjoining lounge area. This is a beautiful villa and although more expensive it is worth the extra cost.
Dining and Wines
The manager Shannon, is a delightful young woman who is enthusiastic, experienced as a manager of a safari camp and very helpful. The service was good and the boma was absolutely sensational totally lit by candlelight. One beef filet dinner was the best we have eaten in a safari camp. Breakfasts and lunches they fell down a bit with lunch not up to the standards of their dinners. Breakfast and lunch are served in a totally covered area that offers everyone total shade overlooking the huge lake. They have four red and four white house wines to choose from and local spirits are also included in the rates.
A well-equipped IT center where you can burn CD’s of your safari pictures and use computers and wireless internet. There are no wireless facilities in the rooms.
Gym and Spa
There is a small work out facility and spa facility.
Website: Chitwa Chitwa