We visited Cheetah Plains in January after 3 days of self-drive safari in Kruger. We had a bit of a nightmare drive in getting there, this was our fault for not checking directions from Kruger beforehand. Our map showed a gate into Sabi sands next to Paul Kruger gate, however you cannot use this gate and you must drive to Gowrie gate, which is a good 3 hour drive away. This unexpected additional mileage (combined with getting lost en route and stopped by the police!) meant that we arrived very stressed and late for the evening game drive. Luckily the lodge more than made up for our stressful journey, they even arranged for us to join the game drive that had already departed. We had a fantastic couple of nights; our room was beautiful, all the staff were delightful and the meals were delicious.
We stayed 2 nights in total and had 4 game drives on which we saw some incredible up-close wildlife. We hadn't managed to see any leopards or cheetah on our self-drive trip, so I was thrilled that our brilliant guide Ephraim was able to find us 2 leopard brothers and a cheetah! It is a very different experience from self-drive in Kruger, where you are in a closed vehicle on roads to being in an open sided vehicle and being able to go off road to track the animals. I loved the stop on each game drive for coffee and biscuits or a glass of wine and snacks.
If I was being very picky, I would say that afternoon tea was a little disappointing - just a couple of mini quiche bites and a couple of mini cake bites, but maybe this was due to the fact that there was only us and one other couple in the lodge. Also, I had emailed several days prior to our trip to let the lodge know where we were travelling from and so some prior advice on the best route from Kruger would also have been appreciated, as the directions on the website are not that clear.
However, I would not hesitate to recommend this lodge and I hope we will be able to return some day!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cheetah Plains is a small, authentic bush camp in the world renowned Sabi Sand Game Reserve, with 500 hectares of privately owned land & another 8000 hectares of additional traversing - you can be assured of exceptional game viewing - especially leopard and the rest of the "big 5". Cheetah Plains has only 8 traditionally thatched rooms - set amongst indigenous gardens - creating a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere.We focus on freshly produced meals in wonderful surroundings - complimenting the friendly and attentive service from all at Cheetah Plains. We look forward to welcoming you to our special bush home. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cheetah Plains South Africa/Sabi Sand Game Reserve