• Cheetah Plains Private Game Reserve

Cheetah Plains Private Game Reserve

At Cheetah Plains, you’ll be blown away by the abundant wildlife and unparalleled game viewing. The famous 65 000ha Sabi Sand reserve is world renowned for the Big Five; leopard, elephant, black & white rhinoceros, cape buffalo, and lion – but at Cheetah Plains you’ll see so much more.

Cheetah Plains Private Reserve lies adjacent to the Kruger National Park, in the northwest corner of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. There are no fences between the two reserves, allowing game to move freely between the two areas. The intimate Cheetah Plains lodge offers friendly service with comfortable safari style lodge accommodation, along with our hospitality and welcoming staff, we strive to ensure a safari experience to be remembered.

Rates inclusive of 14% V.A.T. • South African Rands • Subject to Availability

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 Applicable 14 days prior to arrival in high season only
  1 Jan 2017 to 18 Dec 2017
  Single Double
Standard 4 120,00 2 695,00
Luxury 4 450,00 2 895,00
Luxury Bush Cottage (Min 3 guests)   2 895,00
Children 0 - 12   Not permitted at the lodge

*Last minute rate is applicable 14 days prior to arrival

*ONLY applicable during high season

Rates are quoted per person per night

All rates quoted are subject to change without prior notice, however rates quoted for confirmed bookings will be honored.

Eight chalets comprise of bedroom, bathroom, air conditioning, overhead fan, mosquito net and a safe. Cheetah Plains strives to embrace a contemporary ethnic design, with 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 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.


  • 2 x Standard Chalets with double beds, en suite bathroom (shower only), aircon, overhead fan & mosquito net.
  • 4 x Standard Chalets with twin beds, bathroom (shower only), aircon, overhead fan & mosquito net.


2 x Luxury Chalets with queen beds, bathroom (bath & outside shower), aircon, overhead fan & mosquito net.


1 x Luxury Bush Cottage with 2 x bedrooms (1 x king bed 1 x twin), inside bath & shower, Lounge, aircon, overhead fan, mosquito nets,outside bath, longe/dining area


  • Includes a swimming pool, bar & lounge area, viewing deck & boma
  • Limited Internet access
  • Well stocked curio shop

Other facilities available include a swimming pool, bar and lounge area, viewing deck, boma and well stocked curio shop.

Shortly after your arrival at Cheetah Plains, after snacks and drinks, you’ll be taken on the first of your exhilarating twice-daily game drives. Go on a personalised journey with your professional field guide to learn and see things you never thought possible. Setting out into the bushveld in the late afternoon is the ideal time to spot the predators that prowl the Sabi Sands. Leopard & lion emerge in the early evening to drink water or rest before the night’s hunt.

As part of the concession rights, only two safari vehicles are allowed in the shared areas of the reserve at any given time. You're guaranteed exclusivity as you go on safari through Cheetah Plains and the surrounding area, giving you the added privilege of peace, quiet and relatively undisturbed wildlife. Halfway through the drive you’ll disembark for a sundowner against the dramatic, inspiring African sunset. The next day an early morning wake-up call is followed by a journey through the magic of the African sunrise. Bushveld inhabitants will also be waking up for the day, or settling down to laze in the shade after a hard night’s hunting. An experienced field guide will take you through the reserve in specially equipped game drive vehicles to make the most of the finest game viewing opportunities. Lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant, antelope and more will be spotted among the gorgeous thorn and marula trees.

Rates are quoted per person per night
All rates quoted are subject to change without prior notice, however rates quoted for confirmed bookings will be honored

*Check-in is at 14h00. Should guests arrive earlier & require lunch, please note that this has to be pre-booked,lunch is served between 12h00 - 14h00

Luxury Bush Cottage: A minimum of 3 guests is required
Sleeps a maximum of 4 guests, additional guest will be charged the applicable adult sharing rate

A minimum stay of 3 nights is recommended to get the full benefit of the safari experience
LONG WEEKENDS - Minimum 3 night stay is applicable


  • All meals, local & speciality teas & fabulous filter coffee
  • Lunch on day of arrival must be pre-booked
  • Game drives - including sunset stop and night drive with astronomy
  • All drinks including a specially selected selection of fabulous South African house wines (red/white & sparkling),local beers, non-alcoholic beverages as well as selected house premium spirits
  • Transfers to and from Arathusa airstrip when flying with FedAir / Unique Air / FlexeFlyer
  • Emergency medical assistance within the Cheetah Plains traversing (excluding evacuation)
  • VAT at 14%


  • Sabi Sand Reserve entrance fees & conservation fees which will be charged (in cash) at Gowrie Gate
  • Transfers to and from the lodge other than the Arathusa airstrip
  • Curio shop purchases
  • Laundry
  • Gratuities
  • Telephone calls
  • All other incidental costs
  • Emergency medical evacuation
  • Travel insurance / travel cancellation refunds
  • All premium spirits, wines (sparkling & champagne), mineral water

ROAD TRANSFERS / SCHEDULED All scheduled flights are handled by Federal Air / FlexeFlyer / Charter to
FLIGHTS / PRIVATE CHARTERS: Arathusa Airstrip, Sabi Sand
All road transfers, scheduled flights & private charters can be arranged with our reservations office upon request for guests booking directly at an additional cost
Travel Trade to book all road transfers, scheduled flights & private charters directly with the transfer company. Details can be obtained from reservations
Scheduled flights are now available from Sabi Sand to Madikwe & vice versa

GATE TIMES: Gowrie Gate opens at 06h00
Gowrie Gate closes at 19h00

NB: SELF-DRIVE GUESTS, it is not possible to cross directly from the Kruger National Park to the Sabi Sand Reserve.
Guests will have to exit the applicable gate & enter the Sabi Sands at the Gowrie Gate. Cheetah Plains is only accessible via the Gowrie Gate. Please do not direct your guests via Newington or Shaws gate, as they will have to exit & drive around to the Gowrie Gate. Once guests reach Acornhoek, the estimated travel time to Gowrie Gate is approximately 1h30 depending on the condition of the road which is fairly poor at the moment. We thus advise that guests reach the lodge prior to sunset. Afternoon game drives depart between 15h00 - 16h00


All tariffs quoted are subject to change, without prior notice, however rates quoted for confirmed bookings will be honoured
Rates quoted are per person sharing per night
Singles subject to an additional 50% single supplement
In order to qualify for the SA/SADC rates a copy of a valid South African or SADC drivers licence will be required at time of reservation.
For foreign residents in SADC countries a copy of the valid residency permit will be required at time of reservation
Rates quoted are per person sharing per night


NB: It is the traveller's responsibility to ensure that they have adequate travel insurance for unforeseen cancellations, medical emergencies, etc.

  • Only written cancellations will be accepted
  • Ensure to receive an acknowledgment of cancellation from the reservations office
  • 25% cancellation fee incurred if the booking is cancelled after written confirmation
  • 50% cancellation fee incured if booking is cancelled 31 - 45 days prior to arrival
  • 100% cancellation fee incured if booking is cancelled 30 days / less prior to arrival

CHILDREN: Regret no children 12 years and under accepted
Only children 13 years & over are allowed at Cheetah Plains & will be charged the applicable adult rate

INSURANCE: We highly recommend that all guests have travel insurance & medical insurance cover for all unexpected incidents & to insure cancellation fees are covered


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