My wife has never been to the Kruger Park, so we decided to go in at one of the southern gates
and come out at Orpen Gate. We chose the Cheetah Inn due to its proximity to the gate which would allow us more time in the park. Thankfully we only booked one night. Our room was shocking - a wall of stink hit us when the door was opened by the owner (which he couldn't smell). The bed linen had not been changed, just the bed re-made, my wife was horrified to see
the brown stains on the sheet and slept fully clothed that night. The aircon didn't work, the toilet
came apart after one flush and we had to operate the mechanism by hand. termites had pushed a mound of sand up through the shower tiles and it covered the floor. The overhead fan on a baking hot night had to be turned off as it clattered and banged on the only speed it had left.
Our room was set on a cracked piece of concrete behind the kitchen area with views of the wiring, plumbing and the window of the next door unit.The 25 point rules page strictly prohibits
moving furniture, but we took a chair outside to avoid the stench inside ! We took a walk through the "grounds" and found other chalets occupied by dogs and what was once a conference centre
occupied by a pack of cats and kittens...the porte cochere has a thatch roof covering the entire
entrance which is home to hundreds of fruit bats, the floor is covered in bat faeces and ammonia
scented urine, The pool toilets are not only out of order, but broken. The whole place has an air of desolation about it, barred up reception area, shabby blackboards announcing "features" and an unkempt and forlorn atmosphere well reflected in the owners, who enjoyed a cup of morning coffee on their broken lounge furniture but forgot to offer us any. The cold breakfast advertised
actually was better than expected.
The owners might argue that they are a budget hotel, and our expectations were too high. Our view is that if the place was even remotely decently managed, they wouldn't have to try to be cheap to get away with the low price. They may also suggest that what we experienced didn't happen - we have photos !
If faced with a choice of sleeping in your car at a filling station or staying at the cheetah inn -
choose your car !!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated near Hoedspruit in the heart of the Limpopo Lowveld, we are the nearest hotel to the Kruger National Park’s Orpen Gate, a mere 50km via a tar road on a secure gated property. We are also surrounded by Big Five Game Reserves such as Kapama, Thornybush and Timbavati.Our 21 airy rooms and thatched rondawels are fully en-suite (bath, shower, basin and toilet) and are surrounded by lush gardens with beautiful indigenous bushveld trees. The Cheetah Inn main hotel has seven rooms and a suite consisting of two 2-bedded rooms. There are 13 rondawels (African thatched chalets). All our rooms are fitted with aircon and overhead fans and insect-proof screens.During the heat of the day, our large sparkling swimming pool, set against the backdrop of the Drakensberg Mountain Range, provides the ideal refuge to laze away the hours. The Cheetah Inn boasts its very own airstrip (co-ordinates 24 29 52 South ; 31 05 14 East) - you can be at our doorstep within an hour of Gauteng's airports. Game-viewing activities include game drives on open Gameviewers; Bush Walks and Night Drives at nearby game reserves. Dawn flights on hot air balloons sometimes depart from the Cheetah Inn depending on wind conditions. And we can also accommodate functions for that special occasion you want to celebrate. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Cheetah Inn South Africa/Hoedspruit