Main House at Cheetah Plains

Luxury redefined at Cheetah Plains

Setting the standard for zero-emission sustainable 4×4 safari

Private & Sustainable Safari Experiences in Sabi Sand Game Reserve.

Cheetah Plains is home to the exclusive-use luxury villa and sustainable safari experience nestled in South Africa’s most celebrated wildlife area, the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. A sophisticated, innovative eco-luxe safari run entirely on solar power, Cheetah Plains provides guests with a personalised, and flexible experience giving you the option to plan your safari on your terms.

Perfect for an exclusive family vacation or a luxurious safari sojourn with friends, Cheetah Plains’ three private villas each accommodate a maximum of eight guests and boast award-winning architectural design and interiors that redefine convention by sensitively translating urban sophistication in the bush. The villas, Mapogo, Karula, and Mvula, are named after famous wild cats that have been a significant part of the history of the area and blend respectfully into the surrounding environment through their modern design and use of natural materials. The location and unique appointment of each is a respectful homage to their secluded, tranquil environment and each safari hideaway provides groups with a unique bushveld retreat. Each villa boasts four stand-alone private guest suites and a shared living space that houses an entertaining lounge, living and dining room areas, an expansive swimming pool with deck, outdoor boma for fireside dining, a fine wine gallery, and fully equipped chef’s kitchen.

Outdoor boma at Cheetah Plains

During a stay at Cheetah Plains, each villa is provided with a dedicated hospitality team including an accomplished host, culinary team, lodge sommelier, spa therapist, and even childcare for their stay. Together, this talented group of professionals and your own dedicated guide and tracker, with a private safari vehicle deliver a luxury experience of the highest standard and can create a tailored stay to accommodate individual preferences. Wine tastings from the 300 bottle wine cellar in each villa, and meals are carefully prepared and offered fireside and under the stars, as well as, in the comfort of each villa.

Each villa provides a platform to showcase Africa’s artistic talent, not unlike a contemporary gallery space, and has been personally and passionately curated by Cheetah Plains owner, Japie van Niekerk. Pieces by acclaimed masters are thoughtfully placed alongside current and emerging talent. After a morning game drive, brunch in the bush includes fresh locally sourced produce. 

Contemporary art at Cheetah Plains

A Commitment to Sustainability:

Cheetah Plains sets the standard in South Africa for a zero-emission, sustainable 4×4 luxury safari experience traversing over 20,200+ acres, led by a highly skilled guiding team. Taking a singular approach to sustainability, within their footprint on the Sabi Sand, Cheetah Plains delivers a next-level eco-safari. They have partnered with some of the world’s pre-eminent minds in the renewable energy field to provide clean energy solutions that drive their hospitality and safari experiences.

The Cheetah Plains experience is ‘off the grid’, harnessing the power of solar to provide a reliable, renewable energy source. Meanwhile, their twice-daily game drives are taken in innovative Toyota Land Cruiser Electric Safari Vehicles powered by Tesla batteries. This bold advance toward zero-emission game viewing is what drives the sustainable safari experience at Cheetah Plains. The quiet, smooth gait of the Land Cruiser Electric Vehicles delivers the highest quality wildlife sightings. It includes eight comfortable bucket seats, individually set at the optimal recline of 11 degrees, USB ports, and heated seats. Their unobtrusive nature facilitates the most silent approach by vehicle, resulting in an unparalleled safari experience. Onboard, bird books, binoculars, and a professional-level camera fitted with a telephoto lens are provided for guests’ enjoyment while on a game drive.


The restorative quality of your safari is luxuriously enhanced by personal pampering. Guests are invited to enjoy a selection of massage therapies and beauty treatments in the privacy and comfort of your private guest suite. With Africology as the wellness amenity brand partner, a spa therapist expertly imparts the healing, restorative properties of select African botanicals, offering guests a remedying, calming wellness experience.

Sporting beautiful views out over our rolling lawns and the Tamboti grove beyond, the climate-controlled gym is outfitted with various high-quality, professional fitness equipment in partnership with Technogym. A short stroll from your villa and private suite, the communal-use gym facility at Cheetah Plains is a tranquil environment for weight training sessions, cardio workouts or yoga, stretching, and core training.

Cheetah Plains is conveniently accessible by a 1.5-hour flight from Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport on a commercial or private charter with a 20-minute private vehicle transfer from the Arathusa airstrip to your villa. 

A visit to Cheetah Plains will leave you with an indomitable yearning to return.

For more information visit their website or contact the reservations team.

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