Formally Djuma Bush Lodge, Cheetah Plains is one of the original safari lodges in the game-rich Sabi Sand Wildlife Reserve. It is small and intimate, and the low vehicle density means that you will enjoy game viewing in authentic bush which is on a private 12,000 hectares. Sharing unfenced boundaries with the Kruger National Park , Cheetah Plains offers superb game-viewing at a reasonable cost. Wildlife includes the 'Big Five' – lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino – and cheetah, hyena, jackal, myriad buck, giraffe, zebra, the smaller cats and the endangered wild dog. Lion and leopard sightings are excellent.
Cheetah Plains has eight thatched A-frame chalets, all with air-conditioning, overhead fans, mosquito nets and private terrace or deck in the indigenous gardens and the wild African bush. The six standard suites each have an indoor shower and the two honeymoon suites each have a bath and an outdoor shower.
Food at Cheetah Plains
A lavish hot and cold breakfast buffet is served after the morning game drive. Lunch is simpler, with a choice of hot and cold dishes. A substantial afternoon tea with fresh-baked cakes is served before the afternoon game drive and a four-course dinner under the stars awaits you on your return from the evening game viewing. Focus is on traditional hearty South African fare using local ingredients.
The main lodge building is constructed around a massive wooden A-frame. It has two viewing decks overlooking the waterhole, a library, lounge, bar and dining area. There is a pleasant swimming pool. From May 2012 there will be new modern open-plan kitchen and the dinning room will be moved to a more prominent position given wonderful views of the waterhole at meal times.
Cheetah Plains is closely involved in the local village and offers daily tours to the nearby communities of Utha and Dixie, about 10 minutes beyond Gowrie Gate. You can visit the local school and learn about the customs and traditions of the local people.
Subject to availability, Cheetah Plains can offer a private safari vehicle for honeymoon couples, families, photographers and birders.
Children of all ages are welcome at Cheetah Plains. There is no charge for children 3 and under. Children age 4-12 years pay 50% when sharing with parents - limited to one extra bed per room.