Cheetah Plains is a pioneer in its class and the undisputed home of the definitive upscale eco-safari in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. In conjunction with owner Japie van Niekerk’s singular approach to sustainability within our footprint on the Sabi Sands, our guiding teams and hospitality staff are committed to delivering an exceptional eco-safari experience of the highest standards.

We have partnered with some of the world’s most pre-eminent minds in the renewable energy field to provide clean energy solutions that drive both our hospitality and safari experiences. All of our guest accommodation (Plains House villas and Private Guest Suites) is entirely off grid, harnessing only the power of solar to provide a reliable, renewable energy source.

Use of grey-water recycling systems ensures our water consumption on the property remains as frugal as possible with further carbon footprint-reducing innovations including the use of single-glazed, clear, low-E glass throughout the Plains House villas and adjacent suites. This innovative energy saving glass reduces heat transfer through windows, keeping interiors cooler in summer and effectively retaining heat in winter.

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.



Miss Gabaza Angelina Mabuza purchased a piece of land from the Utah Village Chief and started her own crèche many years ago, without any government funding. Today she proudly and passionately still runs the crèche, caring for approximately 60 children aged between 6 months and 5 years.

Cheetah Plains is committed to community upliftment and embraced the opportunity to become involved with this very special place of care, safety, education and fun. We are humbled and proud to have constructed and furnished the new buildings as well as flushing ablutions.

Central to the construction and development of the crèche, was the inclusion of a borehole and septic tank. As a result, clean water for drinking, cooking, washing and cleaning is now available at the crèche and accessible to the Utah community as a whole. The borehole is 141 meters deep and delivers 960 liters of water an hour. The septic tank facilitates the crèche’s flushable facilities in the ablution block.

Cheetah Plains has also implemented weekly food and grocery deliveries (including hygiene and cleaning supplies) to the Crèche. Each of the children now receive two meals daily as well as a snack before home time.

For more information on our partnership and commitment to the Lezagwa Utah Crèche initiative, as well as donations, please feel free to contact us directly.

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