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“Cheetah Plains Game Lodge”
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Cheetah Plains
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Reviewed 16 January 2013

I have just returned from 4 days in the Sabi Sands , staying at the Cheetah Plains lodge . The staff , accomodation , meals and game drives were excellent . The only difference from previous experiences at other "famous" lodges in the area , was the price which was 50 % cheaper .
I must make a special compliment to Andrew , the Game Ranger , and Michael the Chef .

Room Tip: Room no 8 is bigger , but all the rooms are great .
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  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank andycluver
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Amanda V, Public Relations Manager at Cheetah Plains, responded to this reviewResponded 21 January 2013

Dear Andy,

thank you for your review, we are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us at Cheetah Plains.
We are looking forward to welcoming you back again soon,

Wild wishes,
Amanda Vermeulen
Marketing Manager

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Reviewed 12 January 2013

The accommodation is very small and basic (yes I know we are there to see game but compared to other places and the price you pay it was disappointing). The greeting we received on arrival was tired and unwelcoming. The whole place felt like it needed to be managed more effectively. Our driver "Doctor" was the worst we had in our 5 lodges we stayed at. Constantly reversing and attempting to follow tracks which never seemed to bear fruit. He is quite arrogant also. The other terrible (and I mean terrible) thing about this place are the game viewing trucks. Everyone is seated a long way back from the driver so you can't hear what is being said. All the seats are on the same level too which means the back two rows get views of the back of the heads of the front row(s). The swimming pool was uninviting as you couldn't see the bottom due to much cloudiness. At least the drivers could go offroad but still glad we only spent 2 days there.

Room Tip: No room to unfold suitcases
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  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with family
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Amanda V, Public Relations Manager at Cheetah Plains, responded to this reviewResponded 21 January 2013

Dear Bruce,

Thank you for taking the time to post a review on Trip Advisor, we appreciate your feedback. We are very sorry to hear that Cheetah Plains did not live up to your expectations. We are proudly a traditional bush camp, with standard, comfortable rooms and very competitive rates.

Our staff are warm and friendly, all our guides are qualified and experienced. Your feedback on Doctor, comes as a great surprise to us, as guests who have driven with him in the past, have been complimentary about his communication skills and level of experience, as well as the game viewing opportunities he found for them. In order to find animals it is often necessary to stop and reverse to check tracks, especially if you are looking for a specific animal. Often the tracks are old, in which case you have to abandon them and look for new ones. It is all part of the game drive experience.

We have noted your comments about our game drive vehicles. All our game drive vehicles are new and in a pristine condition.

In summer, when we have rain often, it is unfortunately not always within our control to have a sparkling blue pool all the time, please be assured however, that our groundsmen, clean the pool twice a day, and tests the water regularly to ensure that imbalances are restored as quickly as possible.

Trust this will assist you,
Wild Wishes
Amanda Vermeulen
Marketing Manager

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Reviewed 5 January 2013

This was an amazing experience with , great staff who loved to share their love of the game park. We were made to feel very welcome and would certainly love to go again, and we recommend if you want to go to a game park in South Africa to go to Cheetah Plains..

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled with family
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Willemdutoitgm, General Manager at Cheetah Plains, responded to this reviewResponded 7 January 2013

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“Game Reserve Experience”
Dear Maureen,
Thank you for your kind review. I are very glad that you enjoyed your stay with us, and we also hope to have you back for another visit sometime in the near future.
Wild wishes,
Willem du Toit
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Reviewed 18 December 2012

I don't know where to start.
The food? Outstanding. i'm an adventuresome eater; I'll try almost anything at least once and everything I tried at Cheetah plains was simply outstanding. What was more remarkable was that I was travelling in the company of 3 more conservative eaters and everyone agreed that each menu item from the Ostrich and some antelope (which I tried and loved) to the omelettes adnpizza (which tempted our teen-aged sons to have second and third helpings ) were better-then-delightful.

The rooms were more comfortable than luxurious but I loved the ambiance. I was a tad nervous about the semi-outdoor bathrooms but by the second day, I appreciated the cleaver design which assured privacy while giving the impression of being out in the open.

Internet access Totally flaky but what ware you expecting in the middle of a game reserve in the middle of the African bush?

Game drives? Outstanding. Just unbelievably good. In our first game drive, barely 2 hours after we arrived, we'd been thrilled by the presence of a coalition of four cheetah brothers. Within the first 24 hours, we`d seen all the `big 5`. Up close and personal. Thanks to our amazing guide and tracker - Abel and Ranson. By the end of the second day, we`d see it all several times over, Giraffes, buffalo, impala, birds of every stripe, hyenas, you name it.
I got a special thrill from going on the nature walk where we saw ans smelled and touched all the smaller things that most safari visitors simply drive by.

I would definitely stay at this camp again. I understand that it`s been renovated since our stay. I didn't find it deficient in 2010 and I would imagine that the recent improvements only make it a more desirable location.`

There might be more luxurious or more well-know camps and lodges in the area but for hospitality, food and game-viewing, I think Cheetah Plains matches any location and probably beats most..

Room Tip: This is not y our location if you`re seeking a completely sybaritic experience. If you want to eat w...
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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with family
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Thank Deji O
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Willemdutoitgm, General Manager at Cheetah Plains, responded to this reviewResponded 7 January 2013

“Best. Trip Ever.”
Dear Deji,
Thank you for your great review and for sharing your beautiful pictures with us. We were pleasantly surprised by your review, as you’ve stayed with us a while ago already, but you will be very pleased to know, that everything you commented on is still exactly the same as when you visited us last, so you might as well have stayed with us yesterday.
The lodge was renovated in August 2012 to give it a fresh look, but the style is still an authentic, traditional bush camp, where you can enjoy superb food, in the company of great, friendly staff, with accommodation, which is more comfortable than luxurious. Cheetah Plains is 100% a lodge where the emphasis is on offering an outstanding game viewing experience at an affordable rate.
I hope that you will be able to come visit us again soon.
Wild wishes
Willem du Toit
General Manager

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Reviewed 6 December 2012

This was so much better than I could have hoped for.

Obviously when you are dealing with nature there are no guarantees, but I was lucky enough to see everything X 2. Leopards, cheetahs, wild dogs, elephants, buffalo, rhino, lions, giraffe, black mumba, tortoise, zebra, baboons, crocs, hippos, countless antelope and birds.

On top of all of this our guide, Justin, was incredibly knowledgeable on all things bush. While we were driving hoping to see something he was constantly showing us birds, plants, animal tracks and other interesting things. And they work well with other drivers and lodges to share sightings to make sure you have the best experience possible.

Granted I haven't done Kruger, but in my humble opinion Sabi Sands was a better option. In Kruger you can't go off the tracks to get a good view of the animals, here you can. Not in a way that bothers them, they certainly didn't care that we were there. And because you are with a guide they know the limits by still being respectful of the animals.

The staff were great, food was great, the only difficult thing was the lack of phone reception and the wireless was down. But I find it is nice to get off the grid while you are on holiday :)

I stayed here 5 nights, as it turned out this was more than enough but I recommend not cutting it to short as if you come all this way and have an unlucky day finding animals you might leave disappointed.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled with friends
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1  Thank FiFiNewZealand
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Willemdutoitgm, General Manager at Cheetah Plains, responded to this reviewResponded 14 December 2012

Thank you for your great review, we really appreciate it and are glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. Staying in the Sabi Sands definitely has its benefits as you described, it is a more exclusive game viewing experience, and with great guides who work together, one do have a much better chance of having quality sightings and learning interesting facts about them. It is also a good opportunity to learn a bit more about the grasses, trees and birds, which all together really enhance ones overall enjoyment of the bush.

We look forward to seeing you back again sometime.

Wild Wishes,
Willem du Toit

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Reviewed 12 November 2012

Where do I start! We spent two nights here in October towards the end of our two week trip to South Africa. We were blown away by the level of attention we recieved. The lodge itself is beautiful..the safari drives were fantastic but nothing compares to the staff...in a league of their own! Thanks to Jonathan for a great safari experience and to all the guys and girls for the hilarious singing and dancing..best place we have ever stayed in..thanks for the wonderful memories..you are fantastic!

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Amanda V, Manager at Cheetah Plains, responded to this reviewResponded 21 November 2012

Thank you for your great review, our staff were very pleased with the feedback. We always try to do better and it is wonderful for us if guests appreciate our efforts. On your next visit you will have to sing and dance with the guys and girls.

Hope to see you again soon, please post some of your pictures on our Cheetah Plains Facebook page, we would love to see them.

Wild wishes
Amanda Vermeulen

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Reviewed 3 November 2012

Well, if you are looking for a luxurious lodge, this is not the place. But if you are after wonderful game viewing your are on the right spot. "Doctor" the ranger is exceptional. He is doing an amazing job. Four game drives with him was best ones we have ever had. With Justin, they are a good team.
We stayed at a standart room, which is some small, but the bed was comfortable. The food was very good. The staff was friendly.
As a bush lodge it was comfortable and good value for money.
During our trip we stayed at four different lodges, and being not the most luxurious one, Cheetah Plains was the best and memorable place.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled on business
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Thank cantay
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Amanda V, Manager at Cheetah Plains, responded to this reviewResponded 21 November 2012

You hit it on the head, we are definitely not a luxurious lodge, in terms of luxurious accommodation, but what makes Cheetah Plains so special and the experience unforgettable is our exellent game viewing experience and our great staff.

Thank you very much for your review, we are sure other will find it helpful.

Doctor was very pleased with the leopard pic you sent him and enjoyed being called an exceptional ranger. We hope to welcome you to Cheetah Plains again sometime in the future.

Wild wishes
Amanda Vermeulen

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Address: Sabi Sand Game Reserve | Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Mpumalanga, South Africa, Kruger National Park 1383, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Sabi Sand Game Reserve
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Ranked #26 of 42 Speciality Lodging in Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Price Range: £93 - £1,288 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cheetah Plains is a small, authentic bush camp in the world renowned Sabi Sand Game Reserve, with 500 hectares of privately owned land & another 8000 hectares of additional traversing - you can be assured of exceptional game viewing - especially leopard and the rest of the "big 5". Cheetah Plains has only 8 traditionally thatched rooms - set amongst indigenous gardens - creating a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere.We focus on freshly produced meals in wonderful surroundings - complementing the friendly and attentive service from all at Cheetah Plains. We look forward to welcoming you to our special bush home. ... more   less 
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