There are only a few other reviews for this lodge, mostly commenting upon whether different rooms/huts had a view of the watering hole or had outdoor showers. I'd like to say that I had a first-rate experience at Cheetah Plains, and it had little or nothing to do with the room, the shower, or the view. My single room was perfectly fine, tastefully done but by no means over the top. This is not the place for super luxury, but it is for super animal watching! The point is - the room doesn't matter all that much, if you are on the typical 2-3 night safari, you are basically in the room only from 9:00 PM until 6:30 AM. The rest of the time you are on morning or afternoon safari drives, eating at the very nice common area, or lounging around, including at the pool. The food was good and hearty, though not gourmet, and I had no extra costs for alcohol as I drank the excellent house wines offered at meals and on the afternoon safari stop. I found all the staff to be very professional and helpful, and of course, the highlight are the safari drives with the guides and trackers, who were superb, especially Andrew. In the four drives I went on we saw the Big Five consistently, and we tracked lion and leopard walking deep into the bush. The phenomenal part is how close you come to the animals - witnessing them up close devouring killed prey, defecating and marking territory, engaging in mating contests, or laying around and sleeping. If you want great animal viewing, come to Cheetah Plains. Yes, internet is accessible only on a slow, common computer (although there is a wireless network, it is not made available) and phone signal is very weak in most huts - but these are truly small inconveniences as the time flies by quickly anyway.
- 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 - complementing 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