South African Lodges

Cheetah Plains Private Game Reserve

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Cheetah Plains Private Game Reserve
Sabi Sands
Gowrie Gate
Mpumalanga
South Africa
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Spa

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Cheetah Plains Lodge is currently closed for complete refurbishment. Construction is expected to be completed in 2019. Feel free to contact us for alternative accommodation.

 

The Cheetah Plains Private Game Reserve offers a unique Big Five game viewing experience in the heart of the Sabi Sands Reserve in South Africa. Lying adjacent to the game rich Kruger National Park and the Mala Mala Reserve, game roams freely through the sizeable 8510-hectare reserve.

Central to the accommodation at this Game Reserve lies the beautiful lodge, where guests may enjoy refreshments, catch up on their web-based activities, read and relax while enjoying the sounds of the African bush. A natural outdoor swimming pool awaits for those hot summer days and overlooks the dam, which offers a perfect view of animals coming down for their refreshment. A curio shop provides an opportunity to stock up on gifts made by local artists, as well as items of bush apparel you may have forgotten.

Eight beautifully thatched chalets surround the main lodge are designed to blend into the surrounding flora. Each cottage sleeps two and features its air-conditioning, mosquito net, and a private verandah, from which guests can view the roaming bushbuck which comes into the camp. The lodge's two Luxury Chalets offer full en-suite bathrooms and a unique outdoor shower while the Standard Cottages offer en-suite bathrooms with baths.

Standard Chalet features:

  • Double or single beds
  • En-suite bathroom with shower
  • Air conditioning
  • Mosquito net
  • Verandah
  • Beautiful views

Game Drives

Early mornings and late afternoons are the best times to spot game and the game drives, which are exclusive to the Game Reserve, depart at these times. Only two commercial safari vehicles are permitted in the shared area of the reserve at any one time and so the chances of viewing leopards and lions coming down for an early evening drink are excellent.

Professional game rangers point out what the untrained eye may miss and ensure that guests' experience is comfortable and enjoyable. Sundowners during the evening drive herald the African sunset and prepare visitors for an evening of feasting back at the Cheetah Plains game lodge.

Specialised birding safaris, led by the local ornithologist, Martin Benadie are also on offer and guests will have the opportunity to try out select models of Swarovski Optik scopes and binoculars. Photographic safaris are another unique offering with specially designed seats and control arms been custom built into the safari vehicle. Professional photographers are available to provide pre-and post-game drive tips and guidance to ensure you return home with the perfect shot!

Dining

Back at camp, after the late afternoon/evening game drive, the emphasis at this lodge is on the local South African fare, and fresh ingredients are collected daily and prepared by the resident chefs. Delectable dishes are enhanced by the superb outdoor setting at the boma, where one is entranced by the flames of the fire and the calls of the African wild, including lion, hyena, and wild dog.

Activities

Should you be having, difficulty in adjusting to the slower pace of the local spa with qualified therapists is on hand to provide treatments, including luxurious body massage. Tailored wedding packages are also available, should you wish to host a highly unique African ceremony. Should you want to venture a little further, Cheetah Plains also offers you the opportunity to pay a visit to the local rural villages of Utah and Dixie. A qualified guide takes you on a four-hour tour of the area and provides insight into the local way of life.

Distances to

  • Johannesburg approximately 6 hours ( 500km )
  • Hoedspruit nearly 1 and a half hours ( 160 km )
  • Nelspruit about 3 hours ( 250km ).

Please note that the drive to the Reserve includes gravel road, the condition of which depends on the season and when last it was graded by the local municipality. All guests are requested to please contact the Lodge direct when passing Acornhoek or Hlukuvani to advise of arrival time.

Flight access

Daily flights can be booked on SA Airline, Federal Air, and General Air. The airports are situated within close driving distance to the Cheetah Plains Lodge, is approximately a 20-minute drive, Hoedspruit a 1.5-hour drive and the Kruger Mpumalanga Airport (KMIA) a 2.5-hour drive. The road transfers: Hoedspruit Airport or Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) to the lodge can be booked.

Below detailed information about the Cheetah Plains Private Game Reserve is available.
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Balconies
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Double bed
  • Ensuite / Private bathroom
  • Housekeeping
  • Mosquito net
  • Outside Shower
  • Single beds
  • Viewing Deck

Restaurants

Dining at the Cheetah Plains Private Game Reserve

The meals at the Cheetah Plains Private Game Reserve are freshly prepared for guests and served in the most breathtaking settings.  The smell of an open fire and newly baked bread combined with the clear night sky dotted with stars make for an unforgettable dining experience at Cheetah Plains. 

Spa Facilities

Spa treatments are available to guests staying at the Cheetah Plains Game Lodge in Sabi Sands who wish to unwind and relax in a tranquil setting to de-stress their mind and body. 

Visitors may choose from a selection of therapeutic spa treatments which are available, including a full body massage.

Swimming

The Cheetah Plains Game Lodge in Sabi Sands features an excellent outdoor swimming pool set amongst the bushveld trees overlooking the dam where wildlife comes to quench their thirst.

Game drives

Two game drives are available on a daily basis namely the early morning game drives and the late afternoon/evening game drives.

Afternoon/evening game drives

Once guests have checked in at the Cheetah Plains Game Lodge and after some snacks and refreshments, they are taken on the first exhilarating game drive.  Being in the bushveld in the late afternoon/evening is an ideal time to observe the predators which are home in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve.

Lions and leopards get active in the early evenings to drink water at the waterholes. Visitors are guaranteed exclusivity during their safari through Cheetah Plains based on the concession rights.  Halfway through the exciting safari guests may enjoy a sundowner in a magnificent setting while admiring the African sunset.

Early morning game drives

The early morning wake-up call is followed by an unforgettable journey through the African bushveld during sunrise.  Accompanied by professional game rangers, guests enjoy a thrilling morning safari through the reserve in safari vehicles. Lions, leopards, buffaloes, elephants, antelopes and many more animals can be encountered.

Bird watching safaris

The Cheetah Plains Game Lodge in Sabi Sands offers specialized birding safaris where birds are identified by sound, habitat and sight. The tours are led by passionate and professional specialist birding guides.

Bird watching Safaris

  • guided by a specialist African birder and ornithologist
  • try out Swarovski binoculars and scopes in the field
  • Sabi Sands affords bird watching enthusiasts access to over 400 bird species
  • offered during the best months for birding (selected dates of the year)
  • participants are given a bird and mammal species checklist.
Spa treatments

Spa treatments are available to guests staying at the Cheetah Plains Game Lodge in Sabi Sands who wish to unwind and relax in a tranquil setting to de-stress their mind and body. Visitors may choose from a selection of therapeutic spa treatments which are available, including a full body massage.

Village trips

The Cheetah Plains Private Game Reserve in South Africa is actively involved in the communities Utah and Dixie, which are located close to the Lodge.  A visit to one of these neighboring villages provides travelers with an insight into the rural South African way of life whereby guests can meet the village elders.

During a stay at Cheetah Plains, one can visit the Manyeleti community accompanied by a qualified guide to gain an inside perspective of the life here. The four-hour excursion is very informative and inspiring.

  • Boma
  • Curio Shop
  • Hotel Bar
  • Lounge
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Terrace
  • Viewing deck

Check in and Check Out Times
  • Check in: 14:00
  • Check out: 10:00
General Services
  • Airport transfers
  • Concierge services
  • Game drive safaris
  • Housekeeping service
  • Internet connection
  • Laundry services
  • Massage treatments
  • Wake-up call
  • Wellness & Beauty treatments
Malaria Status and Animals
  • South Africa's Cheetah Plains Private Game Reserve is located in a malaria area, and the risk is highest from September to March.  Malaria prophylaxis should be taken, and mosquito repellent used at all times.

    The reserve in Sabi Sands offers one of the best game viewing opportunities in South Africa. This region is home to Africa's "Big Five" which include lions, leopards, buffaloes, elephants and rhinos.

Children Policy
  • Children are welcome at the Cheetah Plains Private Game Reserve in South Africa if they are six years and older, but should be supervised at all times as the reserve is not fenced.

Available Rooms

Luxury Suite

# Rooms:
2

Each Luxury Chalet at the Cheetah Plains Game Lodge in Sabi Sands offers an en-suite bathroom, which features a bath as well as a beautiful outdoor shower.

Luxury Chalet features:

  • Double or single beds
  • En-suite bathroom with bath and shower
  • Outdoor shower
  • Air conditioning
  • Mosquito net
  • Verandah
  • Beautiful views.

Cheetah Plains Private Game Reserve Specials

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GPS Co-Ordinates

Latitude: -24.738820

Longitude: 31.575685

Directions

Directions to the Cheetah Plains Private Game Reserve from Johannesburg:

Depart Johannesburg via the N12 highway and continue to Witbank, which then becomes the N4 highway, continue straight, through Middelburg and on towards Belfast.
Switch to the R540 to Dullstroom, continue through Lydenburg, Origstad, and the Strydom tunnel.
On approaching Hoedspruit take the R531 to Klaserie, Acornhoek and then follow the signs for Sabi Sand to Gowrie gate.
Please note that the last section of the road is on gravel and guests will have to drive slower, (do allow for extra travel time especially if it has been raining).
Follow signs to the camp.
Cheetah Plains is approximately 12 kilometers from Gowrie Gate.
Please note the drive includes gravel road, the condition of which is dependent on the season and when last it was graded by the local municipality.
Please call the Lodge direct to update them on your estimated time of arrival when you pass through Bushbuck Ridge or Hluvakani.


Directions to the Cheetah Plains Private Game Reserve from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) in Nelspruit:

Take the R40 to White River, Hazyview, Bushbuck Ridge, and Acornhoek.
Then follow the signs for Sabi Sand to Gowrie Gate.
Follow signs to the camp.
Cheetah Plains is approximately 12 kilometers from Gowrie Gate.
Please call the Lodge direct to update them on your estimated time of arrival when you pass through Bushbuck Ridge or Hluvakani.

Please note the drive includes gravel road, the condition of which is dependent on the season and when last it was graded by the local municipality.

Distances to the Cheetah Plains Private Game Reserve in Sabi Sands

Johannesburg approximately 6 hours ( about 500km)
Hoedspruit nearly 1 and a half hours ( 160 km)
Nelspruit approximately 3 hours ( 250km).

Please note the drive includes gravel road, the condition of which is dependent on the season and when last it was graded by the local municipality.

All guests are requested to please contact the Cheetah Plains Lodge when passing Acornhoek or Hlukuvani to advise of arrival time.


Flight access to the Cheetah Plains Game Lodge

Daily flights can be booked on SA Airlink, Federal Air, and General Air.
The airports are situated within close driving distance to the Cheetah Plains Game Lodge, with Arathusa being approximately a 20-minute drive, Hoedspruit a 1.5-hour drive and the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) a 2.5-hour drive.
The road transfers from Hoedspruit Airport or Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) to the Cheetah Plains Lodge can be booked.

Parking

On site parking facilities are provided for guests.

Star Rating

4 Star

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