Cheetah Plains Private Game Reserve

Our first sighting on our first game drive at Cheetah Plains!

Cheetah Plains advertises that they “promise an authentic experience: with plenty wildlife, comfortable safari-style accommodation, service with a smile and delicious South African style dining”..... All we can say is that they deliver on all of the above and so much more!

We spent 3 nights at Cheetah Plains and had one of our best safari experiences ever.

The Lodge is beautifully laid out and is situated on the banks of the small stream in the northern sector of the 65 000ha Sabi Sand Reserve, which borders the southwest corner of the Famous Kruger National Park.

We had no idea what to expect because it was our first time to visit the lodge. We were warmly welcomed by Kelly, Justin and Candice before being shown to our chalet.

We then had our welcome drinks in the cosy lounge area which is just a few steps up from the bar.

A wooden deck on both sides of the lounge gives you a lovely view over the dam and surrounding plains.

The communal area is under thatch which gives you that true African feel of being in the bush.

The dining room is downstairs from the lounge and this is where delicious brunches are served after returning from the morning game drive.

Then high tea is served around 15h30 just before the afternoon game drive, either in the lounge or bar area.

High tea comprises tea/coffee, fruit juice, pastries, fruit and, on this occassion, even pizza rings!

Each night we had dinner at a different venue – the dining room, boma and around the pool. The boma was most enjoyable with lanterns all around us, even in the trees above us...

The swimming pool has a nice view overlooking the large dam that often has animals drinking and hippo’s lazing around.

I also found the perfect place to relax, in the garden near the dam - a hammock; one could just fall asleep and forget the world around them.

Then on night 3 we had a lovely candle-lit dinner round the pool, it was amazing.

The three-course dinners were very good with soup for starters then a choice main course. Jenny had the lamb while I had the sole...

The desserts were tasty and ranged from cheese cakes to parfaits...

The Lodge has eight thatched chalets that blend beautifully into the indigenous gardens. The six standard chalets have double or two single beds, air-conditioning, en-suite shower, mosquito net, tea and coffee station and a veranda which looks into the gardens.

Then there are two luxury chalets that have larger rooms than the standard chalets.

In addition, the luxury suites have a bathroom with a bath and an out-door shower.

By day the bathroom and shower look quite ordinary but look how they are transformed at night…!

bath surrounded with candles and petals on the foam
The outside shower

We spent two nights in the standard room and one night in the suite – we enjoyed both but the best part was how the bed was turned down at night. At most lodges you get a chocolate on your pillow (if the employees remember) but here Kelly and the staff made up the room beautifully…

The ‘Sleep Well’ is made up of bushwillow pods and, in addition to the chocolates, there were flowers and petals scattered over the bed; it was truly a romantic setting.

The newly renovated curio shop is well stocked with a number of well-priced items, including Ultra Violet lights that make finding scorpions so much easier!. Many of the curios are hand made by the local artists.

 You can read more about our visit to the lodge on our Cheetah Plains Trip Report page.

For more information on Cheetah Plains Lodge please click here.

To book your stay please contact the booking office as follows:


Reservations: +27 (0)13 751 3270

After hours: +27 (0)79 694 8430

Fax: +27 (0)13 750 2801

You can also send an email to

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