Kruger Park Lodges in South Africa

Cheetah Plains private game reserve, Sabi Sand - Luxury African Safari


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 Cheetah Plains is situated in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, world renowned for its big five game viewing. The lodge offers intimacy and exclusivity accompanied by superb service and luxury accommodation.

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Cheetah Plains strives to embrace a contemporary ethnic design, with 8 elegantly decorated chalets nestled into the indigenous gardens of the camp. The traditionally thatched accommodation blends seamlessly into the African bush, creating a harmonious flow between pampered relaxation and the raw South African bushveld.

Each of the calming en-suite rooms feature modern amenities including air conditioning, overhead fans, mosquito nets and telephones. The chalets all flow onto the indigenous gardens and their wild surroundings

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Chalets :

Chalets 1 – 6 comprise of a bedroom, en suite bathroom (shower only), air conditioning, overhead fan, mosquito net. Chalets 7 and 8 of a bedroom, en suite bathroom (bath and outside shower), air conditioning, overhead fan, mosquito net.

The Bush Cottage
The Bush Cottage at Cheetah Plains offers a “home from home” accommodation solution for up to 4 people – perfect for romantic travellers looking for extra privacy or a family planning a safari.
The cottage has 2 separate bedrooms each leading onto the outdoor veranda and into the lounge / kitchenette area inside the cottage. The shared bathroom includes a bath and shower and there is a separate WC leading off the lounge area as well. 

Main Lodge :

Includes a swimming pool, bar and lounge area, viewing deck, boma. Internet access. Well stocked curio shop. Spa facility.



Children of all ages are welcome at Cheetah Plains Private Game Reserve. Babysitters are available. A child 12 years and under sharing with parents limited to 1 extra single bed per room. Children 6 years and under are not permitted on game drives.



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The pool is in a small grove of Tamboti trees and is always delightfully cool. There are two viewing decks over the water-hole.

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Resident chef Henry de Villiers has designed an eclectic menu of traditional South African flavours for Cheetah Plains. The buffet style dining embraces the relaxed atmosphere of the lodge, and makes the most of delicious local fare, giving guests a true taste of South African cuisine.

Dinner is served around a roaring fire in traditional boma style, against the natural night sounds of the bushveld. A private dining deck offers a secluded nook for those enjoying an intimate dinner under the African night sky.

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An early morning wake up call will awaken you to the magic of an African sunrise. The bushveld surrounds will also be waking up for the day, or settling down for a laze in the shade after a hard night's hunting.

A tracker and qualified ranger will take you through the reserve in specially equipped game drive vehicles and do their utmost to give you the finest game viewing opportunities.




After a hearty breakfast, a bush walk with one of our experienced rangers 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.

A qualified guide and tracker will be on hand to find any elusive creatures. Stopping for a sundowner, you will have the opportunity to take in the dramatic African sunset view.





Should you need some time alone, without any other tourists or nature lovers, please contact our reservation team to arrange your private safari with your own private ranger


Cheetah Plains is actively involved in the surrounding local communities of Utah and Dixie. Guests are offered the opportunity to visit these neighbouring villages and gain insight into the rural South African way of life.

From meeting the village elders to seeing the schools, the exuberance and enthusiasm of the villagers is often catching.

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Comfortable walking shoes, sun hat, sunglasses, sun block, cameras and binoculars, anti-malaria precautions (please consult your doctor/pharmacist) light, neutral coloured clothing, swimwear, warm jackets are essential in winter (May - October)

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Cheetah Plains invites you to experience calm peace and relaxation in nature's serene sanctuary. The range of beauty treatments allow you to destress mind and body, shedding every layer of stress.

Our beauty treatments are based on nature's finest ingredients and will provide you with the most invigorating pampering imaginable.


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Cheetah Plains 2016 Rates


Standard Room: R6 445.00 (Single)  / R4 295.00 (Double) 


Luxury Room: R7 045.00 (Single) / R4 695.00 (Double)


Bush Cottage: R4 695.00 (Min 3 Guests / Max 4 Guests)


All rates are quoted per person per night.


Tariffs Include:

Comfortable bush chalet accommodation 

Evening & morning game drives

Afternoon tea, dinner & brunch

Tea & coffee

Road transfer from the Arathusa Airstrip to Cheetah Plains Lodge

Lunch must be pre-arranged if required on day of arrival and will be served between 12h00 and 14h00 at additional cost of R150.00 per person.


Tariffs Exclude:


All drinks (including sundowners & mineral water)

Curio shop purchases

Lunch on day of arrival 

Telephone calls

Road transfers

Airport tax

Sabi Sand entrance fee per vehicle & the conservation fee per person which will be charged at Gowrie Gate - cash only accepted.

*Please note we are not able to offer Bush Walks at Cheetah Plains as we are waiting for our rifle licences to be processed by SAPS.




Chalets Include

6 Standard Chalets:  bedroom (twin or double), en suite bathroom (shower only), air conditioning, overhead fan, mosquito net. Tea & coffee making facilities & iced water in a jug.

2 Luxury Chalets: bedroom (double), en suite bathroom (bath & outside shower), air conditioning, overhead fan, mosquito net. Tea & coffee making facilities & iced water in a jug.

Main Lodge Includes

Swimming pool

Bar & lounge area

Viewing deck


Internet access (limited)

Reception Area

Well stocked curio shop




Children 6 years and over are welcome at Cheetah Plains Private Game Reserve

A child between 6 to 12 years, sharing with parents is limited to one on an extra single bed per room

Children under 6 years are not permitted at Cheetah Plains for safety reasons

NOTE: From 2016 no children 12 years and younger are permitted at Cheetah Plains


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Recommended self-drive route 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 on through Lydenburg, Origstad and through the Strydom tunnel. On approaching Hoedspruit take the R531 to Klaserie, Acornhoek and then follow the signs for Sabi Sand to Gowrie gate. Follow directional signs to the camp. Cheetah Plains is approximately 12 kilometres from Gowrie Gate.

Recommended self-drive route from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport:
Take the R40 to White River, Hazyview, Bushbuck Ridge and Acornhoek. Then follow the signs for Sabi Sand to Gowrie Gate. Follow directional signs to the camp. Cheetah Plains is approximately 12 kilometres from Gowrie Gate. The reserve entrance fee is approximately R110 per vehicle and R20 per person.

Johannesburg to Cheetah Plains approx. 6 hours (approx. 500 km). Nelspruit to Cheetah Plains approx.
3 hours (approx. 250 km)





At Cheetah Plains your wedding ceremony will be a magical blend of love and celebration. Each wedding is unique and individual. The ceremony can take place in the lodge or at a beautiful peaceful waterhole or under a canopy of trees in the middle of the bushveld. Defined by its personal attention to detail, service and co-ordination, Cheetah Plains will make all your wedding aspirations a beautiful reality. A wedding at Cheetah Plains is truly unforgettable.

Cheetah Plains package includes:

- Minister for the ceremony, including preparation and processing of all legal documents
- Wedding ceremony at a location of your choice in the lodge or in the bush
- Local flowers of your choice
- Sparkling wine for the bridal couple
- Single layer wedding cake with topping of your choice
- Local Shangaan dancers to perform at the ceremony or in the evening in the boma
- Wedding turndown for the bridal couple
- Traditional wedding gifts

Professional photographer, hairdresser, make-up artist and beauty treatments are available on request and are quoted accordingly.




R29 995.00


*Please note that the package price is a guideline & may change according to number of attendees.


Cheetah Plains Bush Weddings cater for the couple that seek an intimate celebration of their nuptials.  You can choose a ceremony at the lodge to include just yourself and your spouse or include a few friends and family in your special day.  Alternatively choose the option of having your wedding in the bush surrounded by the beautiful landscape of Cheetah Plains Private Game Reserve.






Photographer for 3 hours, who will provide the couple with a CD with all their pictures. If they would like a wedding album or anything extra made, they can contact the photographer directly & she will assist them.

The minister (who would like to email the Bride and Groom directly regarding necessary documentation for the ceremony)

A toast for after the ceremony

A wedding gift will be given to the bride & groom

Sparkling wine will be provided in the bride & groom’s room

Traditional Shangaan dancers

Bridal Bouquet & Groom’s Boutonniere

Single layer chocolate wedding cake with chocolate ganache & protea décor on the top

Choice of venue at either the lodge or in the bush

The bride & groom will also have a private dinner & the room will be specially made up on the wedding night.

*Please note the wedding package DOES NOT include accommodation


Contact us for the latest rates per night: 


 Wedding package, Cheetah Plains Private Reserve

From 5995 to R6495pppn sharing per person per day  

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