My husband and I recently stayed at Cheetah Plains lodge whilst we were on a photography course with the esteemed wildlife photographer, Greg du Toit.
The weekend we arrived was unfortunately a (very uncharacteristic) cold and wet one, which does not compliment the lodge's decor or main buildings in any way. We were cold for most of our stay, due to the openness of the decor, although the lodge did try to provide gas heaters during meal times.
The rooms themselves are extremely cramped, basic, uncomfortable and not of the standard I would have expected for the cost. The bathroom doesn't have proper closing doors and the rooms are in need of a complete revamp.
The food was extremely average and during our whole stay, we weren't introduced to any management staff and didn't know who was ultimately responsible for running the place.
The reserve itself (Sabi Sands) however is beautiful and the animal sightings were absolutely outstanding. We saw lions with cubs, a lion kill, leopard and cheetah on our first game drive, so were delighted with that.
I will definitely go back to the reserve, but would not visit Cheetah Plains again. Frankly, there are so many other lodges that offer better value and that are far more comfortable.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Cheetah Plains South Africa/Sabi Sand Game Reserve