Cheetah Plains Luxury Lodge
Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve
Welcome to the NEW Cheetah Plains
Featuring 3 exclusive-use, contemporary, designer bush homes each with 2 lounges, dining areas, outdoor boma, wine cellars & heated swimming pool as well as a private game viewing vehicle & designated field guide for the duration of your stay. The Cheetah Plains Luxury bush homes are named after 2 of Sabi Sand’s legendary leopards, and a dominant lion coalition the three bush houses are named “Mvula”, “Karula” and “Mapogo” respectively.
Offering guests unrivalled game viewing opportunities, combined with the ultimate in innovative architectural design by ARRCC, the finished Cheetah Plain Luxury Safari lodge promises exceptional safari luxuries, amenities and services. As a fully inclusive seductive safari experience… all meals are prepared by your private chef as well as carefully chosen wines from your own wine cellar, twice-daily game drives and a private spa therapist as well as a central gym facility, all included in our rates.
Three Exclusive-Use Bush Houses
Mvula House, Karula House, Mapogo House
- Two lounges (a formal lounge & an entertainment lounge)
- Dining area.
- Outdoor boma for fire-side dining.
- Temperature controlled wine cellar.
- Heated swimming pool.
- Day-bed & private deck area.
- Indigenous gardens & spectacular views into the surrounding natural bushveld.
- Private game viewing vehicle as well as designated professional field guide & tracker.
- Private chef & butler for the duration of your stay.
- Each of the exclusive-use bush houses accommodates a minimum of 4 & a maximum of 8 guests.
- The interlinking suite at Karula is disabled- friendly.
Private Suite Features
- King-bedded bedroom.
- Private minibar & coffee station.
- Private deck with day-bed.
- Dressing room.
- Double rain shower.
- Bath overlooking the bushveld.
- Accommodates a maximum of 2 guests per suite.
- Especially for families with young children, 2 of the suites interlink so parents are close by, but not in the same bedroom.
New Cheetah plains Luxury, Modern Architectural Design
The vision was for the interiors of the villas is to seamlessly blend in with the natural surroundings, enhancing the safari experience of the guests. A calm and distilled palette with natural materials were carefully chosen to create a minimalist interior inspired by African elements.
Combinations of raw, rich timbers and fabrics with patented metals were used to create a contrast in textures; bronze and gold accents adding subtle hints of luxury in a discreet way.
Soft and elegant linens were paired with chunky weaves, including Karakul and Mohair wool rugs. For the art and objects, ARRCC collaborated with South Africa’s leading local and up-and-coming artists as well as established craftsmen to create a completely unique and authentic experience embodying ‘African minimalism’.
The Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Renowned for Big Five game viewing, the Sabi Sand Game Reserve lies adjacent to the south-west corner of The Kruger National Park, with which it shares a 50-kilometer boundary.
There are no fences between the two reserves, allowing the game to move freely between the areas and, as a result, the reserve offers some of the most exceptional wildlife in southern Africa.
Two rivers cross Sabi Sand: The Sabi River on its boundary in the south and the Sand River that flows from northwest to southeast. This has resulted in an abundance of leopard, lion, rhino, elephant, buffalo, cheetah, zebra, giraffe, hyena and a wide variety of antelope and other species.
Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve was formed in 1934 and was the forerunner of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, which was established in 1948. As such it became the oldest private game reserve in South Africa and the birthplace of sustainable wildlife tourism in Southern Africa.
A formal association of landowners, many operating commercial safaris, Sabi Sand Game Reserve’s goal is to promote and conserve the fauna and flora in the area and preserve the area as a wildlife sanctuary.
All lodges in the greater Sabi Sand area are involved in environmental management such as alien plant control, combating erosion, monitoring wildlife, anti-poaching and fire control.
Cheetah Plains Location & Directions
Fly directly to Cheetah Plains Luxury Safari Lodge on one of the daily scheduled flights from Johannesburg or Nelspruit, a flight from Madikwe to Sabi Sand or decide to do a self-drive, Cheetah Plains is easily accessible by both road and air. To request private chartered flights, please contact.
Road Transfers from Johannesburg/ORTambo, Hoedspruit and Nelspruit are available on request.
Gate fees are payable in cash upon arrival. Airstrip passenger taxes apply for passengers on all flights into the reserve airstrip.
Daily flights are available on SA Airlink, Federal Air and General Air. (If flying with Federal Air storage facilities for extra or large luggage is available, should you require this service at their O R Tambo departure lounge)
Weekly flights Sabi Sand – Madikwe every Monday, Wednesday & Friday (Based on a minimum of 4 Guests)
Airports are located within easy driving distance to Cheetah Plains, Arathusa Airstrip approximately a 20 minute drive within the reserve, Hoedspruit Airport a 1.5 hour drive and Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport 3 hour drive.
Please note that it is advisable to carry a small duffel bag or soft case (20 kg limit) in your main suitcase for your time at the lodge. The airlines don’t accept rigid cases but will store them while you are at the lodge, so you will have to pack your soft bag with your clothing and other equipment for your safari, and then leave the hard-box suitcase at the airline offices, where they will take care of it.
Charter flights can be arranged any other day of the week (min 4 pax) – for more information or to make a booking email us.
Rates on Request. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for a quotation
Afternoon Tea, Dinner & Brunch. All meals are prepared at the house by a private chef.
Speciality teas & filter coffee.
Twice-daily game drives in your private game-viewing vehicle with your on-site field guide.
Game drives include a sunrise/sunset stop & stargazing.
All house drinks including a selection of South Africa’s most enjoyable wines (red, white & sparkling), local beers & our selection of spirits as well as non-alcoholic beverages.
Outdoor, fireside dining as often as possible.
Transfers between Arathusa airstrip & Cheetah Plains are included when flying with FedAir / Airlink / Private Charter.
A mandatory Sabi Sand Guest Conservation Contribution (charged per person per night) will be levied on all bookings.
Transfers to & from Cheetah Plains, other than from Arathusa airstrip as listed above.
Escort after dark from the reserve gates.
Premium spirits, speciality wines & champagnes.
Gratuities, laundry, telephone calls & all other incidental costs.
Emergency medical evacuation, travel insurance & travel cancellation refunds. (We highly recommend that guests have sufficient travel & medical insurance to cover any unexpected incidents)
Sabi Sand Reserve entrance fees, which will be charged (in cash) at Gowrie Gate. (Reserve entrance fees are subject to change without prior notice)
Featuring 3 exclusive-use designer bush homes each with
dining areas, o
wine cellars &
heated swimming pool as well as a
private game viewing vehicle & designated field guide
twice-daily game drives and a
private spa therapist as well as a
central gym facility
We highly recommend a minimum of 3 night’s stay at Cheetah Plains Private Game Reserve in order to get the full benefit of our spectacular South African Safari experience & hospitality.