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“Wonderful Safari Lodge and Excellent Service!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Chitwa Chitwa Private Game Reserve
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Singapore
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40 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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“Wonderful Safari Lodge and Excellent Service!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2013

We booked our South African safari through Kanyezi Africa Safari company and this included five nights at the Chitwa Chitwa lodge in the Sabi Sands game reserve. The excellent service started on our arrival to the lodge with the greeting from the staff and the management team. Claudia and Leon (the general managers) would meet our game safari each evening with a surprise African cocktail. We had lunch everyday on our deck overlooking the lake and the hippos, impala and waterbuck would keep us entertained. We also arranged for a private dinner in our lodge by the fireplace to celebrate our anniversary and every request was met with 5 star service. From the breakfast with cappuccino's to the afternoon tea with excellent desserts all aspects of the food was wonderful. The only improvement is that the menu repeats itself after four days (I guess most visitors only stay three days) and the private plunge pool is not heated in the winter. We loved our stay at Chitwa Chitwa!

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2013

This private game lodge is so good that one runs out of superlatives when describing the setting, the facilities, the accommodation, the dining, the game drives and the staff and management. Chitwa sets the benchmark of excellence which few others can hope to achieve. Chitwa Chitwa definitely needs to be included in your bucket list!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2013

Our recent 3 nights at Chitwa Chitwa were magical. From the time we arrived till the moment we left, our every need was taken care of with service that exceeded all expectations. Great attention to detail were given to every aspect of our stay, from the rooms, to the game drives and not forgetting the food. Our room was spacious, tastefully fitted and had a private deck. Each dinner setting was different and we enjoyed the breathtaking décor, both indoors and outdoors.

Gratitude to the managers, Claudia, Leon and Stefan for their warmth and hospitality. We truly appreciated them going out of their way to accommodate us for our last morning game drive and making special arrangements for us to catch our flight that same morning! We saw the Big 5 and many more games, thanks to Hali, our very knowledgeable and entertaining ranger with an uncanny ability to spot and identify the smallest game from a distance. The additional insights Hali provided on the wildlife and plants added to the excitement of each sighting.

We highly recommend Chitwa Chitwa to those seeking a luxurious safari holiday. We found it very, very hard to say goodbye.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2013

Our family and friends (9 in total including a10 and 13 year old and a 70+ grandmother) spent the most wonderful 4 night stay at Chitwa none of us wanted it to end. Our guide Rexon and tracker Andraus ( sorry boys if wrong spelling ) were fantastic so good at getting us in the right place every day to see the best animals. Rexon was so passionate about conservation, his family and village. Our host Leon and Claudia were great very helpful and informative. They were there to greet us morning, noon and night. Victory and all the staff were fantastic excellent food and service. We stayed in Chitwa House which was beautiful comfortable and with a fantastic view. I would go back tomorrow.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2013

I've just returned from a 5 night stay at Chitwa Chitwa. Unbelievable. The setting, the rooms, the staff, the service, the food and last but by no means least the game drives were all amazing and surpassed expectations. It was a truly special experience.

Thank you to Claudia and Leon who made us feel so welcome and at home and were terrific hosts. It was great to meet you guys. A special thank you to Hali, our ranger, whose encyclopaedic knowledge of the wildlife was exceptional and left me in awe. His anecdotes were always interesting and entertaining and there did not seem to be anything he did not know! Also a thank you to Victory for her superb attention to detail in dealing with our beverage needs!

I could go on.... but seeing is believing and I would strongly recommend this place and experience to anyone considering a Safari holiday and who wants some comfort and luxury as well as spectacular game sightings.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Chard
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2013

Our recent stay 5 night stay at Chitwa Chitwa in the Charlsy suite (my husband and I with our adult daughter) was exceptional. Both the location and eclectic decor make this venue pretty unique. However, what really made this trip stand out for us was the friendly professionalism all staff showed. A very warm and professional welcome from Claudia and Leon, the General Managers was reflected in all the staff we encountered. Of particular note was Hali, our game drive guide whose knowledge of the Sabi Sands area and its wildlife was truly exceptional. He also showed a wonderful warm personality and great sense of humour. Also worthy of a special mention was Victory our sommelier and waitress who turned her hand to massages when the spa therapist had a few days off. The food was also varied, fresh, well cooked and presented. We have been to many private game reserves, including Singita and would rate Chitwa as better value for money. We were very sad to leave and would like to go again soon!

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2013 via mobile

We went here on our honeymoon it was the best part of our trip. After a day of traveling by plane we had our guide waiting to take us on our safari for that afternoon. All the rangers, especially Stefan, know a great amount about the land make it an amazing safari experience. Claudia, Leon, and the staff were so accommodating as well. There are 10+ suites but they still manage to make it very intimate.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Additional Information about Chitwa Chitwa Private Game Reserve

Property: Chitwa Chitwa Private Game Reserve
Address: P O Box 781854 | Steiltes, Kruger National Park 1213, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 42 Specialty Lodging in Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Chitwa Chitwa Private Game Reserve 5*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Originally a private retreat of the Brink family, Chitwa Chitwa was transformed by Charl into an oasis of conservation and harmony. His dedicated holistic approach and wise land management are aimed at the handing of an uncontaminated African paradise to the future generations. In 1991 Charl and Maria Brink created Chitwa Chitwa Private Game Lodge, today a jewel of South African hospitality and an emblem of the savannas most authentic and refined luxury. ... more   less 
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