We spent 3 nights at Cheetah Plains and had one of our best safari experiences ever.
The food, accommodation and service were all excellent. Each night we had dinner at a different venue – the dining room, boma and around the pool. (The pool overlooks a dam that has crocs and hippos in it). On the game drives we didn’t have the normal boring peanuts and biltong snacks – we also had fresh fruit, Snacker chocolate bars and Amarula coffees!
Anyway, back to the important stuff – the reason why most people come on an African safari – the animals. Our first sighting on our first game drive was a cheetah mother with three cubs (most appropriate for a stay at cheetah plains!)
Thereafter the sightings came fast and furious on the remaining 5 game drives. We had a pride of lions, four leopards, an African wild cat (very rare sighting), two male waterbuck having a huge fight, a white rhino mother with calf and numerous buffalo and elephant sightings.
Our field guide, Justin, was great – he knew his animals and he knew how to please his guests. Normally the requests from guests are to see the big-five animals but he had a few unusual requests such a giraffe (may sound like an easy request but we had not seen any for the first two days), a bark spider plus hippos and he found them all.
On our last game drive Justin got a call to return to the lodge as a leopard had killed a warthog right in front of the lodge and was in the process of dragging it to a suitable bush. We arrived in time to find the leopard with the warthog still kicking! (Yes, Justin was ‘just-in’ time for all these great sightings!)
What else made our stay special? Well the Sabi Sand game reserve basically has three parts, the southern, western and northern areas. Cheetah Plains is situated in the less crowded north so we had nearly all the sightings to ourselves! In addition the field guides worked together – at the lion pride sighting, which was at night, the other field guide (Doctor) positioned his vehicle behind the male lion and shone his spotlight so that we could get some backlit photos – that’s teamwork.
We returned home with many quality images, so for photo safaris this lodge has to be one of the top destinations.
Cheetah Plains is definitely a lodge that we would visit again – one stay isn’t enough!
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Cheetah Plains South Africa/Sabi Sand Game Reserve