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Art and Aesthetics of Safari – Chitwa Chitwa Game Lodge

May 16, 2022

The world-renowned Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve in the Greater Kruger National Park is certainly a must-visit safari destination. Especially for all those passionate about wildlife! Not only does the area boast an incredibly bio-diverse wildlife population, but it's known for its leopard-rich land and lavish, luxurious lodges. Here, sightings of the Big 5 are just about a given. However, the biggest highlight, hands down, is a stay at an extravagant lodge in the middle of the bush. In particular, one I recently had the pleasure of visiting, Chitwa Chitwa. Read more about their unique approach to art and the aesthetics of safari.

Chitwa Chitwa is a feast for the eyes from start to finish

Chitwa Chitwa is a feast for the eyes from start to finish, Image Credit: Chitwa Chitwa

What Makes a Lodge Superbly Spectacular?

All Sabi Sand lodges and camps are spectacular in their own right. But what makes them truly special is how different they are from each other. From service, cuisine, activities, and facilities – each lodge strives to provide a unique and unparalleled experience. However, for me, the most distinguishing and delightful characteristic that sets them apart is the individual aesthetic they exude.

Art and Aesthetics of Safari at Chitwa Chitwa

Artworks of all sorts can be found throughout the lodge, Image Credit: Chitwa Chitwa

Chitwa Chitwa’s Main Area – Outdoors

Chitwa Chitwa's main focal point is, without a doubt, its extensive wooden deck that stretches far and wide to take full advantage of the spectacular (and large) lakeside views. The dark wood of the deck and charcoal-coloured exterior walls ensures that the landscape remains the primary focus. This dark contrast is also cleverly used to bring other elements to life. And boy-oh-boy are these other elements splendidly striking!

Art and Aesthetics of Safari – Charcoal-coloured walls enhance the artwork and finishings

Charcoal-coloured walls enhance the artwork and finishings, Image Credit: Chitwa Chitwa

Something to See on Every Surface

The main deck facilitates an array of seating areas where you can relax and enjoy the surroundings. The soft couches and cushions in pastel shades and muted tones beckon for chill sessions and post-safari catch-up conversations. You will also find an interesting display of doodads sitting atop the coffee and side tables, ranging from ceramic crocodile skulls, bronze bowls, candles, intriguing literature and carved wooden board games.

Chitwa Chitwa Game Lodge: Curious objects to be found on every surface

Curious objects to be found on every surface, Image Credit Chitwa Chitwa

Chitwa Chitwa’s Main Area – Indoors

The inky-tinted exterior gives way to a lighter ivory-coloured surface as you make your way indoors to the generously-spaced bar, dining and lounge area. Wooden beams support a vast thatch roof, with grand leather-string chandeliers hanging from it. The blend of earthy textures and natural materials with metallic and glass finishings offers a sense of nobility while still maintaining that traditional safari feel.

Chitwa's décor combines an eclectic blend of European style with traditional African chic

The décor combines an eclectic blend of European style with traditional African chic, Image Credit: Chitwa Chitwa

Chitwa Chitwa's Art and Aesthetics of Safari

Every design aspect is captivating, and, as the eye wanders, you can't help but notice some arresting art pieces. Many of which are original contemporary works created by Chitwa's owner Maria Brink. Bold, colourful and expressive, Chitwa's art exudes both a masculine and feminine feel and combines an eclectic blend of European style with traditional African chic.

Art and Aesthetics of Safari: Original works created by Chitwa’s owner Maria Brink

Original works created by Chitwa’s owner Maria Brink, Image Credit: Chitwa Chitwa

Lead the Way, Marvellous Walkways

Wooden walkways meander from the main area, leading to the lodge's six luxury suites, the Charlsy suite and Chitwa House. The walkways are surrounded by fountains, lush vegetation and sausage trees. Therefore, it makes you feel like you're strolling through a fairytale forest.

Wooden walkways and fairytale forests at Chitwa Chitwa Game Lodge

Wooden walkways and fairytale forests, Image Credit: Michelle Welvering

Chitwa Chitwa Suites

The suites are wonderfully spacious, with softer undertones mirroring the main area's style. An air of elegance still flows throughout the design and décor, and you can see that great care has gone into balancing unpretentious style with complete comfort. It's a welcoming, luxurious space with natural materials combined with glass and metallic finishings and fabrics in soft and delicate pastel shades.

The Charlsy Suite exuding an air of elegance- Art and Aesthetics of Safari

The Charlsy Suite exuding an air of elegance, Image Credit Chitwa Chitwa

Each suite is individually decorated with unique artwork and opens up onto a spacious timber deck with its own private plunge pool and sun loungers. A bonus is your private view of the lake…Oh, and the outdoor shower, of course!

Art and Aesthetics of Safari: Each suite enjoys their own lake-view, private deck and plunge pool

Each suite enjoys their own lake-view, private deck and plunge pool, Image Credit: Chitwa Chitwa

An Artistic Achievement

Stylish and innovative, Chitwa Chitwa Game Lodge certainly checks all the boxes when it comes to originality. Every nook and cranny has been given careful thought in terms of its aesthetic potential – bringing to life every space while still adhering to "feng shui" and remaining one with the natural environment. 

If you're looking for a safari experience that is not only captivating while on game drives – Chitwa Chitwa is a feast for the eyes from beginning to end. 

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About the author 

Michelle Welvering

Growing up, Michelle always wanted to become a world-renowned artist, a kickboxing-champion and an eccentric explorer – aka a Kickboxing Exploring Artist! After pursuing an education in Fine Arts and opening her own Kickboxing gym in Pretoria, an unexpected twist led her to a six-year stint as a travel consultant in South African tourism. She believes that all things happen for a reason and, driven by adventure, she was eager to find a more “wild” and cultural space to call home. This led her to wander the Western Cape coastline, fall in love with the city of Cape Town and, of course, her workplace, Rhino Africa.

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