Chitwa Chitwa, Sabi Sands: The Lowdown

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If ever we had a fail safe safari lodge, Chitwa Chitwa would be it- we’d happily recommend Chitwa to almost anyone.  In fact, this review comes off the back of a text message from an ecstatic honeymooner, which read “OMG! You did good kid! Nothing could have prepared us for the spectacle that is… Chitwa Chitwa.” It’s the sort of lodge that breathes romance: if you’re not engaged when you go here, you might well be by the time you come back…

Why Chitwa Chitwa?

Chitwa Chitwa has just six vast suites (including the two-roomed Charlsey Suite) arranged on either side of the main lodge. They have thatched roofs and thick whitewashed walls covered in African art in hazy hues of black, umber and khaki. The tiny plunge pools and outdoor showers got our vote- the former’s bliss on a baking afternoon, the latter, the most romantic end to a day we could imagine. On one side there Chitwa House, with two rooms and totally private with its own pool and game drive vehicle. Over in the main lodge, there’s a central bar and dining area as well as an outside deck with a swimming pool, all overlook a well-frequented waterhole- hippos before breakfast anyone?

What can I do at Chitwa Chitwa?

Located in the quieter northern sector of the Sabi Sands, you won’t see quite as much game at Chitwa Chitwa as you might further south, but when you’re seeing hundreds of animals every day, spotting one less giraffe or two is a small price to play for the glorious privilege of having wildlife sightings largely to yourself. Each day you’ll head out on morning and afternoon game drives, normally for a few hours at a time, but as you can’t predict nature, it’s best just sit back and fall into the adventures.

Giving back at Chitwa Chitwa: Chitwa takes its responsibilities to the community and the wildlife seriously: the Chitwa Trust works to improve education and unemployment in rural areas, and the lodge also works with Pack for a Purpose, so if you’d like to bring a donation, please visit the Pack for a Purpose website to see what’s needed most.  On the eco-front water is solar heated, and there’s an effort to re-use grey water throughout the lodge. Chitwa has also made a concerted attempt to reduce electricity use throughout the lodge, with better insulation and more environmentally friendly systems.

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