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Chitwa Chitwa Private Game Reserve
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visitors from Britain, this was our eleventh safari trip over the years and our fifth in Sabi Sands. All the private lodges are high quality and the game viewing usually very productive, so comparisons are best based on the setting and the service. Chitwa Chitwa is outstanding in both regards. The view over the water is spectacular with a wide variety of visitors coming to drink throughout the day. The rooms are huge and very well appointed. The staff are attentive without being obtrusive and always very welcoming. Special thanks to Harley and Moses, very adventurous guides who found all there was to see during our four nights stay. Thanks also to Leah for looking after us so well on the food front! A great stay and one we hope to repeat.

Stayed: April 2018, travelled as a couple
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ChitwaGM, General Manager at Chitwa Chitwa Private Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Dear Guest

Thank you for the lovely review.

We hope to have you back in the near future.

Kind regards

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Reviewed 15 April 2018

We visited Chitwa Chitwa for four nights as part of a trip for my 30th birthday. I had given a few preferences to our travel agent, and I am so grateful she chose Chitwa Chitwa; it fit our desires perfectly. We felt as if our trip was completely customized to us, with Dylan asking every morning what we wanted to see that day (we saw everything we asked for and then some!), and making sure that our dietary preferences were satisfied when we stopped for drinks at sunrise and sunset (get a chocolate muffin!). We tend to over-index on the ability to learn as much as possible, and Dylan and Ranson indulged our multitude of questions, bush walk inquiries, and requests to see rare animals. I couldn't have asked for a better first trip to South Africa, and look forward to returning to Chitwa. Thank you Dylan, Ranson, Johan, and the entire Chitwa team.

  • Stayed: March 2018, travelled as a couple
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ChitwaGM, General Manager at Chitwa Chitwa Private Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Dear Guest

What a lovely review.

We are delighted that you had such a great time with us.

We will be on the lookout for your next visit.

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Reviewed 13 April 2018

We stayed at Chitwa Chitwa for five nights. It was our first (but definitely not last) visit to Africa and we had an exceptional time. Chitwa’s location on a large dam makes game viewing a nonstop activity. Herds of elephant were a daily afternoon enjoyment, the resident hippos were so much fun to watch and listen to day and night, general game everywhere, a herd of buffalo...it creates a magical environment. The game drives are great with lots of wildlife viewing (even in rain!). Our ranger Dylan, and tracker, Ranson put us in great sightings - we saw wild dogs twice and even watched a leopard successfully hunt. Special surprises planned by the amazing Chitwa staff Were spectacular. Johann (butler) was a joy to be with, Dinho (asst mgr) was always accessible and always ready with a wine recommendation or story from his tenure at Chitwa.

We were in suite 11 which was furthest from the lodge, private and perfect for us. The bed was beyond comfortable, the bathroom perfect, amenities exceptional. A few minor issues were communicated...nothing worth mentioning other than to say if you have an issue, the team there looks to resolve it quickly and fully which speaks volumes. The deck walkway was being redone while we were there and great pains were made to make sure guests were not impacted in any way.

Chitwa is missing some of the polish and refinement of the finest of the Sabi Sands properties but this is also what gives Chitwa it’s charm. There is room for Chitwa to grow into 5 stars and under the caring, watchful eye of their new GM I suspect it will get there quickly. I would highly recommend Chitwa Chitwa to anyone wanting a northern Sabi Sands experience.

Room Tip: Suite 11 is private and furthest from lodge; with drought the dam view is limited (a benefit in that many game moved through this area)
Stayed: March 2018, travelled as a couple
Thank L-in-CLT
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ChitwaGM, General Manager at Chitwa Chitwa Private Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Dear Guest

Thank you for your wonderful comments. We appreciate the feedback and will continue to become better and better.

Hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed 5 April 2018

Chitwa chitwa is beyond you can ever imagine! Everything there, the bedrooms, the areas where we eat, the bar ecc is was so beautiful and tasteful decorated. The staff very friendly and kind. Our ranger a walking encyclopedia and tracker a magician ( he sspotted animals , even in the dark). The food was superb! I just don’t know how to describe this place in words. The only thing i can say “ go there and see for yourself”!
It was a paradise , a magical place, it was amazing and spectacular! To all the staff, our ranger and our tracker, thank you all!!!

Stayed: March 2018, travelled with family
Thank Ivonne D
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ChitwaGM, General Manager at Chitwa Chitwa Private Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 7 April 2018

Dear Ivonne

Thank you so much for the kind words.
It was our absolute pleasure to have you at Chitwa.
We hope to see you again soon.

Kind regards

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Reviewed 22 March 2018 via mobile

We had the most amazing, luxurious experience we have ever had at Chitwa as part of our honeymoon. Every single aspect exceeded our expectations and made us wish we could skip the rest of our trip to stay for several more days. I have never written a review on Trip Advisor before but we were so blown away that I was compelled to create an account.

All of the staff we encountered were spectacular. Friendly, personable, and helpful. We are especially appreciative of our amazing butler, Johan, who remembered all of our likes and dislikes in terms of food preferences and arranged for many special honeymoon surprises. We loved our ranger (Dylan) and tracker (Ranson) who ensured that each game drive was memorable.

The food was incredible and unlike anything we had ever eaten before.

The grounds were luxurious and beautiful.

We can’t wait to come back!!!!!!

Stayed: March 2018, travelled as a couple
Thank Leslie L
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ChitwaGM, General Manager at Chitwa Chitwa Private Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Dear Leslie L

We are so glad that you took the time to create a tripadvisor account to write us your review.

I am so glad that we could exceed your expectations. That means a lot to the team here at Chitwa.

Hope to see you back for your first anniversary!!!

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