Cheetah Plains used to be Cheetah Plains Lodge. The property is being rebuilt, and it’s due to reopen on 15th December this year (2018). As soon as we’ve had the opportunity to visit, we’ll update this page! For now, we’re relying on Cheetah Plains’ own description and the artist’s impressions they’ve kindly provided. We know that the accommodation will be booked on a full-board basis, including all meals, a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, all activities, spa treatments, and access to the property’s central gym.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
The property will occupy the same spot as the former lodge, so access will remain the same. Guests will self-drive or fly in to Arathusa, Hoedspruit, or Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, with road transfers from Hoedspruit and Mpumalanga arranged by Cheetah Plains. The site is approached through the Gowrie Gate of Sabi Sand.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES:
Accommodation here will consist of three bush homes, each booked on an exclusive basis and offering four private suites that’ll sleep two guests apiece. The homes are named ‘Mvula’, ‘Karula’, and ‘Mapogo’, after two of the reserve’s most famous leopards and a local lion pride. Designed by ARRCC, every home is being constructed using combinations of timber and metal, with the aim of merging perfectly with the bushscape. This attention to detail is in evidence throughout the interiors too, which we are told will feature elegant linens and chunky wool rugs. The overall effect will be modern and minimalist. Presently no images showing the bedroom areas are available, but we’ll update this section as soon as we can. For now, we know that there will be king-size beds, dressing rooms, double rain showers, and baths overlooking the bushveld!
The artist’s impressions of the communal areas at Cheetah Plains indicate spacious lounges and dining areas. These flow out on to verandas that provide additional spaces for relaxing and tucking in to delicious meals. The palette features neutrals, greys, and occasional blues. One dining area appears to be lit by an overhead scattering of raindrops, and we’re pleased to see a cushion pattern slightly reminiscent of zebra print. There’s a small bar and, visible in the background, a well-stocked wine cellar. Each home will have a boma too, and a lovely heated swimming pool. All meals will be prepared and served by a private chef and private butler respectively, while a private spa therapist will be on hand for treatments such as massages. And guests will have access to a central gym.
Activities will focus on exploring the Sabi Sand Game Reserve via expertly guided game drives, available in early morning and late afternoon into evening every day. The earlier drive will include a sunrise stop, while the later excursion will feature sundowners and stargazing in the wildlife-rich reserve. The Sabi Sands is located next to Kruger National Park’s south-west corner, benefiting from an unfenced boundary that allows an amazing range of game to pass through, attracted to the two rivers from which the reserve derives its name. Among the mammal species you can look out for here are all Big Five – lion, rhino, leopard, elephant, and buffalo – in addition to numerous smaller predators and herbivores such as cheetah, hyenas, jackals, serval, caracal, wild dog, giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, and ample antelopes. The reserve is home to 500 bird species too, as well as 110 reptiles and 30 amphibians! If you are interested in visiting Cheetah Plains when it reopens, please get in touch with a member of the YZ team.