Cheetah Plains

South Africa

Home of the exclusive-use luxury safari experience in South Africa's most celebrated wildlife area, the Sabi Sand Nature Reserve. Indulge in a refined, personalised and private sustainable safari experience of a lifetime.

Each of the three private villas pays tribute to iconic feline characters from Cheetah Plains Private Reserve's history, honouring their enduring legacies.

Cheetah Plains sets the standard for upscale eco-safaris in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. The expert safari guides and trackers lead your journey through this remarkable conservancy.

Your villa experience is complemented by a dedicated hospitality team, including a seasoned host, butler, culinary experts, spa therapist, and a proficient field guide and tracker team, all exclusively at your service throughout your stay.

Cheetah Plains Information

Location & Getting There
There are few options for reaching Cheetah Plains. There are daily scheduled flights via Federal Air from Johannesburg to Arathusa. Additionally, Airlink offers daily scheduled flights from Johannesburg and Cape Town to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, Skukuza, and Hoedspruit. If you prefer a charter flight, Cheetah Plains can arrange one directly to Arathusa from these airports and other lodges. Once you arrive at Arathusa Airstrip, it's just a 20-minute drive from the reserve to the lodge.

Cheetah Plains features three exclusive-use villas, each accommodating a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 8 guests, providing the perfect setting for an ultimate safari experience in the stunning Sabi Sand Game Reserve.

  • Karula offers scenic bushveld views from the main villa and every guest suite.
  • Mapogo is situated beside an active waterhole, with each suite providing panoramic bushveld views.
  • Mvula is nestled within the Tamboti grove's tree line, offering vistas into the bush from each suite, immersing you in the natural beauty of the bushveld.

Encounter the Big Five, diverse antelope species, and exceptional birdlife while enjoying guided day and night game drives in Land Cruiser electric vehicles equipped with USB ports and heated seats. Immerse yourself in the wild with guided walks, sundowners, bush dining, and birdwatching. The safari experiences are suitable for children of all ages, and booster seats are available upon request to ensure the whole family enjoys the adventure.

Savour wine, whiskey, or gin tastings and pairings with our resident sommelier in the villa wine cellar, formal dining room, bar counter, or bushveld.

During your stay, explore the local community with visits to the school creche and village. Gain insight into sustainable energy at the solar plant, which powers your activities.

For the family, enjoy exciting adventures like a scavenger hunt, tracking, baking, and even target shooting with pellet guns. Plenty of creative fun with arts and crafts for children to round out your memorable experience.

Children of all ages are welcome.

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Why we recommend Cheetah Plains

Cheetah Plains offers an exclusive luxury safari in South Africa's renowned Sabi Sand wildlife area. Experience innovative eco-luxury in the heart of nature, ideal for family getaways or opulent retreats with friends. The dedicated team ensures a refined, private, and sustainable safari of a lifetime.

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