Home of the definitive private, sustainable safari in South Africa’s most celebrated wildlife area, Cheetah Plains Lodge multiple award-winning exclusive-use villas epitomise the ultimate luxury safari experience.
Each exquisitely appointed Plains House villa accommodates up to eight guests and boasts a formal lounge, living and dining room areas, expansive swimming pool deck, entertainment lounge, wine gallery, curated art collection, chef’s kitchen and four sumptuous Private Guest Suites.
A complete hospitality team consisting of an intuitive, accomplished host, private chef, spa therapist as well as best-in-class field guide and tracker team are dedicated to your Plains House villa for the duration of your stay. Together, this talented group of professionals deliver a luxury safari experience of the highest standard, tailored to your individual preferences.
Cheetah Plains Private Reserve comprises an exclusive traverse area as well as enjoying access to the greater reserve area which extends many thousands of hectares beyond our location in the pristine north-west corner of the vast Sabi Sand Game Reserve. Our particular location is revered for its prime game viewing, and is especially well known for iconic Big Five sightings.
The Sabi Sand Game Reserve shares a fenceless border to the east with the world famous Kruger National Park and a southern border with the esteemed Mala Mala Game Reserve. Cheetah Plains Lodge prime location delivers a prolific safari experience facilitated by the natural movement of wildlife over this vast land, fiercely protected under conservation.
Perfect for an exclusive family vacation or a luxurious safari sojourn with friends, the private Plains House villas each accommodate a maximum of eight guests per house. The location and unique appointment of each, is a respectful homage to their secluded, tranquil environment. Here, your exclusive safari hideaway provides you and your party a private bushveld retreat unlike any other.
Each Plains House villa essentially takes the same form, comprising two parts: A shared living space and private guest accommodation. Your shared space houses both a formal and entertainment lounge, living and dining room areas, swimming pool deck, outdoor boma for fireside dining, fine wine gallery and fully equipped chef’s kitchen. Adjacent to the main Plains House, the accommodation comprises four graciously appointed double-occupancy Private Guest Suites, two of which are interleading.
Our Plains House villas are each named after notable feline characters that, in their lifetime, left an indelible impression upon the Cheetah Plains Private Reserve. By dedicating each Plains House to their memory, we honour their rich legacy. Mapogo House is named after a legendary, fierce coalition of lion brothers, while Karula House honours a lone leopard of queenly stature. A dominant male leopard with a regal quality, the likes of which have not since been encountered, is the Mvula House namesake.
The best time of day to explore the bush is in the early morning and late afternoon. Our twice-daily game drives are led by best-in-class safari guide and tracker teams and taken in our innovative Land Cruiser Electric Safari Vehicles. This bold advance toward zero-emission game viewing is what drives our sustainable safari experience at Cheetah Plains.
For the most immersive safari experience, we invite our guests to embark on guided, interpretive bush walks. Accompanied by your certified and experienced walking-trails field guide, the opportunity to explore certain parts of The Sabi Sand Game Reserve on foot, is one not to be missed. The duration of walks are easily customised to your requirements, taking number of guests, fitness levels, ages, weather conditions and your preferred game drive schedules into account. There is no more tangible way than this to surround yourself with nature.
Dining al fresco, out in the wide-open peace and tranquility of the prolific bushveld expanse, is one of our most popular safari experiences at Cheetah Plains and we love to treat our guests to this special dining experience during their stay with us. Brunch in the bush after your morning game drive is our version of fine dining, with fresh locally sourced produce as our preference.
The restorative quality of your safari is luxuriously enhanced by personal pampering. We invite you to enjoy a selection of our touch therapies and beauty treatments, in the privacy and comfort of your Private Guest Suite. With Africology as our wellness amenity brand partner, your private spa therapist expertly imparts the healing, restorative properties of select African botanicals, offering guests an immersive, calming wellness experience.