After a successful and exciting reconnection at We Are Africa, what brought it home for us is being part of a global “tribe” of people:  individuals and business who share significant affinity and connectedness to nature, wildlife and the environment that is Africa.


Japie van Niekerk, the owner of Cheetah Plains, and his family have spent the past 4 years actively involved in fine-tuning this property to meet the requirements of an elite clientele that appreciates luxury working seamlessly in tandem with the timelessness of nature.  In so many ways Cheetah Plains is a direct reflection of who he is as a person, his deep-rooted love for the bush and how he believes a safari experience should be enjoyed.

“It is our responsibility to ensure that we conserve the bounty the bush has bestowed on us and that is why we have been so involved in the creation of this lodge on every level.” – says Japie.

Cheetah Plains is on a prime stretch of property in the Sabi Sand, South Africa that envelopes and embraces conservation on every level. From the unique and carefully designed architecture to the operations that ensure the lodge is not only self-sustainable, but that it leaves no footprint on the surrounding environment.

Quote-Japie van Niekerk

The vision for Cheetah Plains is born of passion.

It began with the idea of sharing the privilege of being alone in the wild.

The idea took hold in the minds of the architects, echoing their belief that any impression on this unique landscape should enhance the existing experience of being in the bush. Avoiding unnecessary filters, complimenting nature without interference.

It led to a re-envisaging of traditional bush architecture and a fundamental departure from communal spaces. A new notion of luxury that informed three fully self-contained, exclusive-use Plains Houses. Including every conceivable comfort, all for a single family or group of friends.

Ultra contemporary. Totally autonomous.

It inspired a design aesthetic rooted in integration. That brings the outdoors in, creating a memorable presence through a series of elegantly simplified edifices that are at one with the landscape. Understated yet powerful.

It culminated in a vision of something exceptional. And, with that bold stroke of genius, owner Japie and his collaborative visionaries lifted the bar once again. So, began a unique journey of creativity.

Cheetah Plains is an iconic wildlife destination set in the heart of the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve. As the only luxury guest property in the area, traversing roves a vast 8200 hectare expanse.

The built forms picks up on the natural beauty. Enhances and frames views. Opens to the experience of the wild. Coming here is all about being immersed in nature and every aspect is curated to enhance that experience. Ethics and professionalism are pivotal in the property’s philosophy. It is well managed, maintained and run. And, exceptionally well protected.