Activities at Cheetah Plains

Cheetah Plains facilitates a personal journey of discovery amid an inspired bushveld landscape. Each Plains House has a dedicated hospitality team comprising host, wellness therapist, ranger and tracker.  What awaits you is an unforgettable experience, made possible by our unique collective of highly skilled individuals.

Land Cruiser Electric Game Viewers

The best time of day to explore the bush is early morning and late afternoon.  Our twice-daily game drives are led by our best-in-class safari guides and trackers and taken in our prototype Land Cruiser Electric safari vehicles, a game-changing innovation pioneered by Japie van Niekerk, owner of Cheetah Plains.  This bold advance toward zero-emission game drives is what drives our sustainability safari experience at Cheetah Plains.

An onboard bird book, binoculars and a professional level Nikon D850 camera fitted with a 200-500mm telephoto lens plus memory card are provided for guests’ enjoyment.

The almost silent, smooth gait of our zero-emission Land Cruiser Electric vehicles deliver the highest quality wildlife sightings.  Their unobtrusive nature facilitates the most silent approach by vehicle, resulting in an unparalleled safari experience.

Each Land Cruiser Electric vehicle that ranges our vast, prolific traverse has a maximum of 8 comfortable bucket seats, individually set at the optimal recline level of 11 degrees, tried and tested by owner, Japie van Niekerk.  Working closely with the prototype agents, Japie has personally ensured the vehicles’ specialist design and powerful torque rival that of its fossil-fueled counterparts, delivering an elevated safari experience bar none.

Our 4×4 game viewers do not require cumbersome gear changes, thus ensuring a smooth, quiet driving experience, getting you closer to sightings in the most unobtrusive way. Top speed (up to 65 km/hour), agility and torque have all been rigorously stress-tested, leaving nothing to chance. The advanced 600mm water-resistant engine sports low range and differential lock features, leaving passé diesel models in the dust.

Cheetah Plains sets the standard in South Africa for the safest zero-emission, sustainable 4×4 luxury safari experience led by our highly skilled safari guides and trackers.

Cheetah Plains Cub Club

We love families! Children of all ages are most welcome at Cheetah Plains.

Our bespoke children’s safari program, Cheetah Cub Club, for children under 12 years old is wildly popular with our younger guests. Educational, engaging and fun, each child receives a backpack stuffed with exciting activities to enjoy on safari, with our compliments.

Our highly qualified, relatable field guides and trackers are eager to share their bush lore with young, inquisitive minds.

Bush bumbles (game drives of age appropriate duration), interpretive walks in our garden or simply chatting with our team about their way of life in the bushveld help your child to forge a deep connection with Africa’s wilderness.

Awakening them to nature’s splendour is our privilege.

Our Plains Houses have great child-friendly features such as a set of inter-leading Private Suites, a living room with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment, a games selection and Netflix.

Imaginative kiddies’ meals are the order of the day as are interactive cooking sessions with your Plains House chef.  Babysitting by our qualified, caring nannies is complimentary and always on offer.

Our Cheetah Cub Club is our bespoke children’s program, chock full of safari fun.

Our individualistic approach to family safaris is what sets us apart in the Sabi Sand. It starts with a conversation and ends with safari memories of a lifetime.


The restorative quality of your safari is enhanced by personal pampering.  We invite you to enjoy a selection of touch therapies or beauty treatments, all included in your stay.  Africology is our chosen wellness amenity brand.

The healing properties of select African botanicals within our Africology treatments offer an immersive, invigorating wellness experience.

Consult your in-room menu which offers an array of uplifting treatments including manicures, pedicures and facials.  Alternatively, tailor your personal wellness journey with the help of your highly qualified in-house therapist.

Enjoy your pampering in the privacy of your Private Suite, allowing the restorative experience to completely envelope you.

Bush Walks

For the ultimate in a connected, immersive experience embark on a guided interpretive bush walk on the plains that gave birth to its namesake, Cheetah Plains.

There is no more tangible way than this to surround yourself with nature; senses are sharpened and a profound appreciation of one’s place within the ecosystem is deeply felt.


Sporting beautiful views out over our rolling lawns and Tamboti grove beyond, our climate-controlled gym is fitted with modern equipment for your training pleasure.

Village Visits

We welcome you to visit the nearby village of Utah where many of our staff live with their families.  Experience the many ways in which Cheetah Plains is a powerful catalyst for transformation in this area.

Meet the people on your guided visit and observe local traditions of our local Shangaan culture.  Come away with a deeper understanding of South Africa as a nation and those who live out the Cheetah Plains dream on a day to day basis.