Greater Kruger National Park » Sabi Sand Game Reserve » Cheetah Plains Game Lodge


LOCATIONSabi Sand Private Game ReservePOOLYes - at the main area only
CHILD POLICYNo children under 13yrs allowedMALARIAYes

  •   Luxury family lodge within the Sabi Sand Game Reserve.
  •   Daily sightings of the BIG 5 and many other animals.
  •   Extremely good food and fantastic service.

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For alternative accommodation options, please contact us on 0861 00 44 55 (South Africa) / +2711 468 3476 (International) or email

• Accommodation
• All meals
• Teas & Coffee
• Two game drives daily
• Drinks include: selected local house wines, beers, premium spirits and non alcoholic beverages
• Transfers to and from Arathusa airstrip when flying with FedAir, Unique Air & Flexi Flyer
• There will be a 50% supplement for single accommodation.
• Only children 13 years & over are allowed at Cheetah Plains & will be charged the applicable adult rate.
• Minimum 2 night stay required.
• Rates quoted are only applicable to South African Residents. Discounted rates for International Residents are available on request.
• A Sabi Sand Gate entrance fee of R 250 per vehicle and R 110 per person is applicable and is payable directly in cash at the Gate upon entry. Valid until further notice and subject to change.
• From 01 March 2017 a Guest Conservation Contribution Fee of R 114.00 per person per night applies and will be added to the invoice for the accommodation at the time of booking. (Subject to change)
5 hour drive from Johannesburg to the Sabi Region. Federal Air flights directly into the Sabi Sand Game Reserve (Arathusa airstrip) available on request.

6 Standard chalets
2 Luxury chalets
1 Luxury bush cottage with two bedrooms


Cheetah Plains Game Lodge is committed to bringing guests an authentic safari experience. Located adjacent to the Kruger National Park in the Sabi Sand Reserve, this gorgeous lodge offers abundant wildlife, comfortable accommodation, breath-taking panoramas and friendly hospitality. Home to the famed “Big Five” and many more animals, including hippos, buck and hyena, not to mention plentiful and lush vegetation, the reserve is one that has all the necessary ingredients for the making of a perfect and tradition safari experience. Cheetah Plains is one of the oldest bush lodges in Sabi and is the epitome of an authentic bush dwelling.

The lodge comprises of eight thatched roof chalets that have a distinctive African touch and provide all the comforts of home to ensure ultimate relaxation and enjoyment during your stay. There’s no better way to appreciate the wonders of the African wilderness than while enjoying a game drive such as that which is available twice-daily when you’re a guest at Cheetah Plains. Get up close and personal with the enchanting creatures that make this land their home and get a true sense of the unique African spirit. Budding photographers will find many an opportunity to capture beautiful shots of the open velds and amazing wildlife. After a day out in the sun, why not return to the main lodge and take a cooling dip in the crustal-clear pool? Delicious, authentic meals are prepared daily for guests, rounding out an overall traditional African safari experience.

The Bush Cottage (Min 3/Max 4 guests)
The Bush cottage has two bed rooms, comfortable lounge/kitchenette, a shower & bath with seperate toilet, mosquito nets, air conditioning as well as a verandah overlooking the surrounding bushveld.

There are two different room types and a Bush Cottage at Cheetah Plains:

6 x Standard Chalets
The standard chalet's are comfortable with an indoor shower, and no bath.

2 x Luxury Chalets
Each luxury chalet consists of an ensuite bathroom, with a bath and a beautiful outdoor shower.

Cheetah Plains Game Lodge caters for a maximum of sixteen guests. The Lodge building, of wood and thatch is unique in its construction and offers magnificent views of the surrounding African veld from the upper deck. Cheetah Plains Game Lodge (previously called Djuma Bush Lodge), a rather special safari place, with many guests returning time and again over the past decade years, has just eight thatched chalets tucked away in indigenous gardens.

The pool is in a small grove of Tamboti trees and is always delightfully cool. There are two viewing decks over the water-hole. Morning safaris start early so as not to miss the magic of the African sunrise and most animals are active at this time of day.

Breakfast at Bush Lodge is a full English buffet.

Lunch is a simple affair with hot and cold dishes, and afternoon tea includes fresh bakes. Sumptuous dinners are either served in the dining room or under the African sky, around a roaring fire in the boma.

The safari experience here is unique in that we do not only concentrate on the Big Five, but you can also learn about the history of the reserve and how the Tsongas once lived on this land alongside the animals.

A reputation over the past ten years for a relaxed, unpretentious atmosphere encourages guests to truly relax and become one of the Cheetah Plains Game Lodge families.


This reserve shares 50km of unfenced boundary with Kruger National Park and animals are at liberty to go wherever they wish - but they tend to stay right where they are! This is because the Sand River and Sabi River supply much needed water in the dry season and create an eco-system with one of the highest and most bio-diverse wildlife populations in Southern Africa. This is the reason why it is quite possible to see the 'Big Five' (lion, leopard, rhinoceros, buffalo and elephant) as well as numerous other animals and birds in a couple of days, or even a couple of hours in Sabi Sand.

Lodge Features
  • Boma
  • Two viewing decks
  • Full bar facilities
  • Library
  • Swimming pool
  • Lounge
  • Spa facilities
  • Internet access
  • Curio shop

Room Features
  • Air conditioning
  • Rooms 1 - 6 have inside showers only
  • Rooms 7 & 8 have baths and outdoor showers
  • Ceiling fans
  • Mosquito nets
  • Laundry facilitities
  • Hot water bottles
  • Telephone


Self-drive route from Johannesburg
  • Depart Johannesburg via the N12 highway and continue to Witbank which then becomes the N4 highway
  • Continue straight, through Middelburg and on towards Belfast. Switch to the R540 to Dullstroom.
  • Continue on through Lydenburg, Origstad and through the Strydom tunnel.
  • On approaching Hoedspruit take the R531 to Klaserie, Acornhoek and then follow the signs for Sabi Sand to Gowrie Gate (the reserve entrance fee is approximately R 190 per vehicle & R 50 per person)
  • Follow directional signs to the camp.
Self-drive route from Hoedspruit Airport
  • Follow the Klaserie signs, at the T-junction turn left onto the R531, then follow the signs for Acornhoek.
  • Then follow the signs for Sabi Sand to Gowrie Gate (the reserve entrance fee is approximately R 190 per vehicle &
  • R 50 per person)
  • Follow directional signs to the camp.

Self-drive route from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport
  • Take the R40 to White River, Hazyview, Bushbuckridge and Acornhoek.
  • Then follow the signs for Sabi Sand to Gowrie Gate (the reserve entrance fee is approximately R 190 per vehicle &
  • R 50 per person)
  • Follow directional signs to the camp.

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