Cheetah Plains is situated in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, world renowned for its Big 5 game viewing. There are no game fences between it and the vast ecosystem that is the Kruger National Park, where African wildlife reigns supreme and man is a temporary visitor. The lodge offers intimacy and exclusivity accompanied by superb service and luxury accommodation, and exudes a distinct warmth and comfort, allowing one to feel right at home.
An early morning wake up call will awaken you to the magic of an African sunrise. A tracker and qualified ranger will take you out on a private open game viewing vehicle (some of the fleet are state-of-the-art electric vehicles so totally environmentally and wildlife friendly) and do their utmost to give you the finest game viewing opportunities. Return to the lodge for a hearty breakfast, and then enjoy a bush walk, which offers you the opportunity to take a closer look at the natural surroundings. Discover unexpected surprises like a chameleon perched on a tree branch or view the thousands of birds to be seen in the Cheetah Plains skies.
Setting out into the bushveld as the breathtaking African sun starts to set is the perfect time to spot the predators that prowl the Cheetah Plains. And stopping for a sundowner, you will have the opportunity to take in the dramatic African sunset view.
Cheetah Plains features 3 exclusive-use, contemporary, designer bush homes. Named after 2 of Sabi Sand’s legendary leopards, and a dominant lion coalition, the 3 bush houses are named “Mvula”, “Karula” and “Mapogo”.
Each bush home consists of 4 luxurious private suites, so can sleep up to 8 people in total. These suites feature kingsize beds, private decks, dressing rooms and lounges, double rain showers and baths overlooking the splendid African bushveld. Each bush home also has 2 lounges, dining areas, an outdoor boma, wine cellars and a heated swimming pool, and comes with it's own private vehicle and ranger/tracking team.
Special offers for longer stays or when booked as part of a longer itinerary may apply - details on request.
In addition to the room rate, guests will also be charged the Sabi Sand Guest Contribution (pppn)
1 January 2019 to 31 December 2020
GBP 7 USD 8 ZAR 138 EUR 8
per person per night
1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021
GBP 7 USD 9 ZAR 152 EUR 8
per person per night
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Morning/afternoon shared game drives; 3 meals daily; local beverages; the Guest Conservation Contribution; and tea/coffee are included. PLEASE NOTE: All other drinks are NOT included (including sundowner drinks). Lunch on day of arrival is included however needs to be pre-ordered (served between 12:30 - 2:00pm) - this has to be pre-booked at an additional cost (rates on request) and will be served between 12:00 and 14:00.
IN ADDITION: For self-drive visitors, there is a R140 per person and a R310 per vehicle entrance fee, payable in cash at the entrance gate (subject to change).
Children of any age are welcome. Rates available on request. Children aged 6 and under are not permitted on game drives. Babysitting services are available.
Guest Rating: 4.8 / 5.0 based on 5 ratings
Cheetah Plains - excellent all round and good value for money. Staff excellent and made us feel very welcome. Loved the lodge and saw some amazing game.
Cheetah Plains Location.
Directions For Drivers
From Hazyview: Take the R40 from Hazyview towards Bushbuckridge. Continue on this road for approximately 68 km from Hazyview (passing Bushbuckridge and Acornhoek), then turn right onto the Orpen Road/R531 then follow the directions as below once on the R531. Please call the lodge on +27 (0) 79 694 8430/60 at this point, and advise your estimated arrival time.
From Eastgate Airport/Hoedspruit: Take the R40 towards Bushbuckridge, and continue along this road for 2 km until you get to the Orpen Road/R531 then follow the directions as below once on the R531. Please call the lodge on +27 (0) 79 694 8430/60 at this point, and advise your estimated arrival time.
From Johannesburg/Pretoria: Take the N12 or N4 highway to Witbank/eMalahleni (from Johannesburg Airport, follow signs to Boksburg to find the N12). Follow the N4 highway past Middleburg (Toll Plaza), Belfast/eMakhazeni and Machadodorp (Toll Plaza). Follow the Schoemanskloof option on the N4 and then take the R36 to Lydenburg/Mashishing. Follow the R36 to Ohrigstad, go through the Strydom Tunnel and take the R527 to Hoedspruit. Turn right onto the R40 towards Klaserie, and continue along this road until you get to the Orpen Road/R531 on your left, then follow the directions as below once on the R531. Please call the lodge on +27 (0) 79 694 8430/60 at this point, and advise your estimated arrival time.
Directions once on the R531: Continue straight for 30 km. Once you have passed the South African Wildlife College (on your left), after 100m turn right onto a gravel road. Follow this road for 3 km, then turn left (the turn is 50m past a soccer field on your right). Drive down a narrow road for 400m, turn right on to a wide sand road, and continue for another 7.8 km. Continue on this gravel road until you reach a T-junction. At the T-junction you will see the Hluvukani Viva petrol station in front of you. Turn left onto the tar road to Gottenberg/Manyeleti and follow the tar road for 6.1 km. Turn right onto a dirt road, and follow this for 6.4 km until you see the Uthar Clinic on your left. Turn left onto the gravel road (Utha Store will be on the right) – and travel 7.3 km to the Gowrie Gate.
From Kruger National Park/Orpen Gate: Exit the Park via the Orpen Gate and travel along the R531 towards the R40. About 10 km on the tar road, before the South African Wildlife College, you will see a gravel road to your left. Turn left (helpful hint – if you pass the South African Wildlife College, you have gone too far). Follow this road for 3 km, then turn left (the turn is 50m past a soccer field on your right). Drive down a narrow road for 400m, turn right on to a wide sand road, and continue for another 7.8 km. Continue on this gravel road until you reach a T-junction. At the T-junction you will see the Hluvukani Viva petrol station in front of you. Turn left onto the tar road to Gottenberg/Manyeleti and follow the tar road for 6.1 km. Turn right onto a dirt road, and follow this for 6.4 km until you see the Uthar Clinic on your left. Turn left onto the gravel road (Utha Store will be on the right) – and travel 7.3 km to the Gowrie Gate.
ONCE AT THE GOWRIE GATE: For self-drive visitors, there is a R140 per person and a R310 per vehicle entrance fee, payable in cash at the entrance gate (subject to change and please note that the gate opens at 06:00 and closes at 19:00). Please retain your receipt as proof of entrance and have it stamped at your destination when you are leaving, which acts as your Exit Permit.
Once inside the gate, follow the signs to the lodge.
Do not get out of your car until you reach the lodge. You may see some wildlife on your way - if you do, slow down and maintain a good distance. Do not drive off-road in any circumstances.
ADDITIONAL NOTE: Please DO NOT follow your GPS 'quickest route' co-ordinates for the lodge. This route inevitably leads guests through the incorrect entry gates (Kruger National Park and into the Sabi Sand Reserve) which do not service the lodge. Furthermore, many of the prescribed roads are not navigable in a normal vehicle. Following GPS co-ordinates can result in getting lost in the middle of the bush, or un-necessary delays of up to 3 hours.
General Information For Guests
The private suites feature double rain showers and a bath overlooking the bushveld. They also have a lounge, dressing room, private deck with a daybed, a private mini bar and coffee station.
The house features 2 lounges, a dining area, outdoor boma, wine cellar, heated swimming pool, private deck area and day-bed and gardens with views into the surrounding area. The interlinking suite at Karula is disabled- friendly.
A Guest Conservation Contribution has been included in your rate. The proceeds go towards the Sabi Sand Wildtuin anti-poaching efforts, the community and ecology.
Cheetah Plains Private Game Reserve is situated in a natural wildlife Big 5 game reserve and as such, animals move freely through the camp during the day as well as night. Do not walk outside the demarcated perimeter of the camp without the assistance of a guide, or anywhere in camp at night unless accompanied by a night-watchman, guide or manager. Please be aware at all times.
Cheetah Plains is actively involved in the surrounding local communities of Utah and Dixie. A visit to these neighbouring villages will give you insight into the rural South African way of life, allowing you to meet the village elders and share in the exuberance and enthusiasm of the villagers.
If you are arriving/departing via FedAir, the lodge is a 30 minute drive away from the airstrip.
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