A sophisticated, innovative eco-luxe safari experience for the modern age, the private Plains Houses provide a sensual backdrop to your private safari experience. The imaginative, honest architecture is complemented by restful interiors that invite the outside in.  The muted palette of the interior design imbued with warm, natural elements is enhanced with handpicked decor pieces by notable African artisans.
Perfect for an exclusive family safari or a party of friends the luxurious, private Plains Houses accommodate a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 8 guests per house.

The location and unique appointment of each Plains House is a beautiful rendering of its environment.

Each house essentially takes the same form comprising two parts: the shared space and the accommodation.  Here, your exclusive safari hideaway provides you and your party a private bush retreat unlike any other.

The shared space houses an expansive formal lounge, living room, sun deck, lap pool, loggia, fine wine gallery and dining room.

Adjacent, the accommodation comprises four graciously appointed free-standing Private Suites, two of which inter-lead.

A dedicated hospitality team consists of your intuitive, accomplished host, private chef, field guide and tracker.

They are allocated to your Plains House for the duration of your stay.

Together, they deliver a safari experience tailored to you and your party’s individual preferences. 

Delicious meals and snacks made to exacting standards are prepared by your talented private chef.

Personal wellness is in the hands of your dedicated wellness therapist.

An immersive connection with nature is facilitated by the expert field guide and tracker team at your service.

Plains House Features

  • Two lounges (a formal lounge & an entertainment lounge)
  • Dining area
  • Outdoor boma for fire-side dining
  • Temperature controlled wine cellar
  • Heated swimming pool
  • Day-bed and private deck area
  • Indigenous gardens & spectacular views into the surrounding natural bushveld
  • Private game viewing electric vehicle as well as designated professional field guide & tracker
  • Private host and chef for the duration of your stay
  • Each of the exclusive-use luxurious bushveld homes accommodates a minimum of one, and a maximum of eight guests
  • Two iPhone 10s per suite are preloaded with the Roberts’ bird app, Stuart’s mammal app, an astronomy app and Cheetah Plains host’s contact number

Private Suite Features

  • King-bedded bedroom
  • Private minibar & coffee station
  • Lounge
  • Private deck with day-bed
  • Dressing room
  • Double rain shower
  • Bath overlooking the bushveld
  • Accommodates a maximum of 2 guests per suite. Especially for families with young children, 2 of the suites interlink so parents are close by, but not in the same bedroom

Wine & Dine

Each Plains House hosts a fine wine gallery comprising a purely South African wine selection curated to reflect Japie’s favourite estates and varietals.  Only wines of the most discerning quality are stocked in your wine gallery.

Peruse our wine book to get a taste for the treasures within. Your host will readily recommend a wine to pair with your beautiful meal. Explore the wonders of our new world wines by embarking on a wine tasting hosted by our on-property Sommelier (available upon request).

Our accomplished culinary team delivers imaginative, soulful meals that, when paired with our characteristic wines, resulting in an elevated dining experience you will savour. Your dining expectations and requirements are an important element of your stay.

We have an ‘open kitchen’ policy; you’re always welcome to pop in and see what is cooking!  If you like, join in the culinary action or just observe while having a relaxed chat with your chef.  Dining al fresco, preferably out in the bush, is always a highlight.  Fresh, locally sourced produce is our preference and supports our farm-to-table vision at Cheetah Plains.


Your Plains House, not unlike a contemporary gallery space, is designed to offer you an interpretive journey through some of Africa’s most celebrated artistic talent.  Curated by Cheetah Plains owner, Japie van Niekerk, pieces by acclaimed masters are often thoughtfully placed alongside ascendant talent.

The result is a heady mix set to leave an indelible impression on you.

Featured artists include Lionel Smit, Arend Eloff, Emilio Eftychis, Conor McCreedy, Loyiso Mkhize, Greatjoy Ndlovu and Gail Catlin.

You are welcome to ask your host to take you on a guided, interpretive art walk through your Plains House.