Cheetah Plains Private Reserve comprises an exclusive traverse area set aside for our Cheetah Plains guests. We do, however, explore the greater area which extends many thousands of hectares beyond our location in the pristine north-west corner of the vast Sabi Sand Game Reserve. Our particular area is revered for its prime game viewing, most especially the iconic species known as the ‘Big Five’.
We share our fenceless border to the east with the vast, world famous Kruger National Park and our southern border with the esteemed Mala Mala Game Reserve. Cheetah Plains’ prime location within the inimitable Sabi Sands delivers a prolific, sustainable safari experience facilitated by the natural movement of wildlife over this vast land, fiercely protected under conservation.
The Sabi Private Game Reserve was formed in 1934, and was the forerunner of the Sabi Sand Wildtuin, which was established in 1948. It is the oldest private game reserve in South Africa and the birthplace of sustainable wildlife tourism in Southern Africa.
A formal association of landowners, many operating commercial safaris, Sabi Sand Game Reserve’s goal is to promote and conserve the fauna and flora in the area and preserve the area as a wildlife sanctuary.
All lodges in the greater Sabi Sand area are involved in environmental management such as alien plant control, combating erosion, monitoring wildlife, anti-poaching and fire control.
Two rivers cross Sabi Sand: the Sabi River on its boundary in the south and the Sand River that flows from northwest to southeast. This has resulted in an abundance of leopard, lion, rhino, elephant, buffalo, cheetah, zebra, giraffe, hyena and a wide variety of antelope and other species. To date 330 tree, 45 fish, 30 amphibian, 110 reptile, 500 bird and 145 mammal species have been noted in Sabi Sand.
A number of endangered species have also made the reserve their home, and visitors to the area are often given a rare glimpse of Honey Badgers, Ground Hornbills and Wild Dogs.