Cheetah Plains, Sabi Sand

Posted April 4, 2013 by in South Africa




Sleep Quality




Total Score

7.8/ 10

Price: $280 to $350 per person per night.
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The lodge is beautifully arranged, the food is excellent and the game drives around the reserve were some of the best we had in South Africa.


About the only way to get to the lodge is by rented car and through a few kilometers of unpaved road. It is part of the adventure though, as you often cross paths with some of the animals in the reserve.

Overall the lodge met our expectations and the staff and game drives were some of the best we had in South Africa.

by Alberto Molero
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Located within the Sabi Sand game reserve, directly adjacent to Kruger National Park, Cheetah Plains is one of the best spots in South Africa to kick back and enjoy an authentic Safari experience. The intimate size (only eight bungalows), proximity to the wildlife and highly qualified staff ensure an exclusive experience. During our short stay and with just a few game drives, we spotted countless animals, including all of the Big Five all within the reserve.

Although the lodge was properly fenced, some animals could still find their way into the lodging area. One morning we were in awe when we found a young bushbuck pasting right outside our door. During the night, an experienced staff escorted every guest to and from their bungalows to avoid any encounter with big cats (we were told that there have been sightings of leopards just outside our bungalow).

Every night after the usual evening game drive, we enjoyed the delicious traditional cuisine in the dining area or right outside on braai nights, while sharing our wildlife encounters with other guests. The atmosphere was relaxing, comfortable and indeed the true African safari style.

Interestingly enough, even though the lodge is located in the middle of the African bushveld, the internet connection was quite good. Not only that, the lodge has a very active website and Facebook page where you can follow the lives and development of some of the animals in the reserve.

Sitting area in main building

Sitting area in the main bungalow

Outside of our Cabin

Outside of our bungalow

The Pool Overlooking the Game Reserve

The pool overlooking the game reserve

Inside the Cabin

Inside our bungalow

Sitting area in main building

Sun beds on the main lodge

Disclaimer: Our stay in Cheetah Plains was sponsored, but all opinions expressed above are our own.

About the Author

Alberto Molero

Alberto Molero is the co-founder, photographer and designer of WildJunket. As an adventure junkie, he’s fed his adrenaline cravings with scuba-diving trips in Borneo, ice-climbing excursions in Iceland and hiking expeditions in Australia. When he’s not traveling the world, he dreams of living on the beach and going surfing all day.

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