INSPIRED SAFARI DRIVES

A PERSONAL JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY AMID AN IDYLLIC BUSHVELD LANDSCAPE

The best time of day to explore the bush is in the early morning and late afternoon. Our twice-daily game drives are led by best-in-class safari guide and tracker teams and taken in our innovative Land Cruiser Electric Safari Vehicles. This bold advance toward zero-emission game viewing is what drives our sustainable safari experience at Cheetah Plains.

The quiet, smooth gait of our 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 traverse has eight comfortable bucket seats, individually set at the optimal recline level of precisely 11 degrees. Working closely with the prototype agents, Cheetah Plains’ owner Japie van Niekerk, has personally ensured the vehicles’ specialist design and powerful torque rival that of its fossil-fueled counterparts, delivering an elevated safari drive bar none.

Our 4×4 electric 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, 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.

Onboard bird books, binoculars and a professional level Nikon D850 camera, fitted with a 200-500mm telephoto lens (memory card included), are provided for guests’ enjoyment while out on drive.

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

BUSH WALKS

A PROFOUND APPRECIATION OF ONE’S PLACE WITHIN THE ECOSYSTEM

For the most immersive safari experience, we invite our guests to embark on guided, interpretive bush walks. Accompanied by your certified and experienced walking-trails field guide, the opportunity to explore certain parts of The Sabi Sand Game Reserve on foot, is one not to be missed.

The duration of walks are easily customised to your requirements, taking number of guests, fitness levels, ages, weather conditions and your preferred game drive schedules into account. There is no more tangible way than this to surround yourself with nature.

BUSHVELD DINING

SAFARI-STYLE SOUL FOOD

Dining al fresco, out in the wide-open peace and tranquility of the prolific bushveld expanse, is one of our most popular safari experiences at Cheetah Plains and we love to treat our guests to this special dining experience during their stay with us.

Brunch in the bush after your morning game drive is our version of fine dining, with fresh locally sourced produce as our preference.

SPA TREATMENTS

AN INVIGORATING WELLNESS EXPERIENCE

The restorative quality of your safari is luxuriously enhanced by personal pampering. We invite you to enjoy a selection of our touch therapies and beauty treatments, in the privacy and comfort of your Private Guest Suite.

With Africology as our wellness amenity brand partner, your private spa therapist expertly imparts the healing, restorative properties of select African botanicals, offering guests an immersive, calming wellness experience.

GYM

MODERN EQUIPMENT FOR YOUR TRAINING PLEASURE

Sporting beautiful views out over our rolling lawns and Tamboti grove beyond, the climate-controlled gym is fitted with a variety of high-quality, professional fitness equipment, in partnership with Technogym.

A short stroll from your Plains House villa or Private Guest Suite, the communal-use gym facility at Cheetah Plains is a tranquil environment for weight training sessions, cardio work-outs or yoga, stretching and core training.

VILLAGE VISITS

EXPERIENCE LOCAL SHANGAAN CULTURE

Visit the nearby village of Utah, where many of our Cheetah Plains staff live with their families.  A village trip also affords guests the opportunity to experience the ways in which Cheetah Plains passionately contributes to transformation in this area, including our work with the Lezagwa Utah Creche.

Your guided visit will introduce you to some local traditions and customs, with the aim of leaving guests with a deeper understanding of South Africa as a beautifully diverse, creative and hopeful nation.

CUBS CLUB

AN INDIVIDUALISTIC APPROACH TO FAMILY SAFARIS

We love families and children of all ages are most welcome at Cheetah Plains. 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) and interpretive walks in our indigionous gardens facilitate a child’s connection with Africa’s wilderness and love of nature.

Our Plains House villas have ideal child-friendly features such as interleading Private Guest Suites and entertainment lounges with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment, a games selection and Netflix.