Cheetah Plains had a previous life as the Djuma Bush lodge. It was good then and it is very good now. The new owners did a lot more than just give it a new name. Everything at the lodge that can be updated, has been. All have A/C, new decor and bedding. And they are spotless. Previous owners had a small 2BR house with a large lounge that is now either a Family unit or perhaps a Honeymoon hideaway. It's a terrific option for families.
The chalets are sprinkled around the grounds, surrounded by beautiful mature vegetation that adds to the natural 'feel' at Cheetah Plains. Truth is, the chalets are so concealed that I couldn't find mine the first time I was headed back to it from the main lodge. Private? I should say so. They do have two types of the rondavel chalets - and rates are slightly higher for the two that have a larger bathroom plus an outdoor shower. I was in one of the 'regular' ones, and it was just fine.
Food service is going always to include some South African dishes. Their cooks do it very well. I had one extraordinary gameviewing experience that I will share. Ephraim, our Guide - along with William, from another of the lodge vehicles - got out on foot and disappeared into the bush, looking for traces of a pride of lions they knew had been through the area. They reappeared in 10 or 15 minutes, and we drove away, headed somewhere.. we knew not where. And then, after driving another 15 minutes to a specific place Ephraim expected the lions would be - there they were. And there was absolutely nothing distinctive about where they had settled down. Just the bush. Ordinary bush. His explanation? Experience. Nothing more complicated to tell us. Just his experience. I like the that part of Sabi Sand for wildlife, I should add. And they have a large area for their game drives that is exclusive to them.
- 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