Cheetah Plains has eight thatched air-conditioned and en-suite chalets are nestled in the indigenous garden at the camp, each one contemporary ethnic in design and blending into the bush. They were refurbished extensively in January 2009. The main part of the Cheetah Plains lodge is an A-frame, open thatch-and-timber structure with a lounge, curio shop and bar area leading onto a magnificent timber deck with views of the surrounding African bushveld – ever changing and always with new sightings. Kids at Cheetah Plains spend hours in the pool which is surrounded by a grove of Tamboti or ‘jumping bean’ trees. They can watch the seeds ‘jump’ into the air when they become infested with the larvae of small grey moths! Children over six are allowed on game drives which are tailored to suit families and rangers are skilled at sharing their love of the bush with kids.
After sundowners, dinner is served in the boma by resident chef, Henry de Villiers. His menu is best described as eclectic, and with a host of delicious traditional South African flavours to sample on the buffet, his meals are always enjoyed by families. Cheetah Plains has a knowledgeable team of staff who will tell you that their distinct advantage is that they have exclusive traversing rights over 7000 hectares, unlike the southern area of Sabi Sand where several lodges share the same area. What this means is that there are very few vehicles out on drives with you, which makes an enormous difference to the game viewing experience.
Cheetah Plains is accessible by road or air and is Fair Trade accredited because of its community work. Special arrangements can be made for keen birders, aspirant photographers or honeymooners at Cheetah Plains who would like to enjoy their African safari in private game viewing vehicles