Cheetah Plains, luxury in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve

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A bold departure from its humble safari lodge beginnings, Cheetah Plains has undergone a complete metamorphosis. Today, it is a beacon to the eco-luxe safari set and a collaborative expression of South Africa’s rich heritage. Proud owner, Japie van Niekerk’s vision for the property is finally realised. A sophisticated, innovative, eco-luxe safari experience for the modern age, the private Plains Houses provide a sensual backdrop to your private safari experience.

Home of the definitive private, sustainable safari in South Africa’s most celebrated wildlife area, Cheetah Plains’ multiple award-winning exclusive-use villas epitomise the ultimate luxury safari experience.

Each exquisitely appointed Plains House villa accommodates up to eight guests and boasts a formal lounge, living and dining room areas, expansive swimming pool deck, entertainment lounge, wine gallery, curated art collection, chef’s kitchen and four sumptuous Private Guest Suites.

A complete hospitality team consisting of an intuitive, accomplished host, private chef, spa therapist as well as best-in-class field guide and tracker team are dedicated to your Plains House villa for the duration of your stay. Together, this talented group of professionals deliver a luxury safari experience of the highest standard, tailored to your individual preferences.

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Cheetah plains Private Villa

Perfect for an exclusive family vacation or a luxurious safari sojourn with friends, the private Plains House villas each accommodate a maximum of eight guests per house. The location and unique appointment of each, is a respectful homage to their secluded, tranquil environment. Here, your exclusive safari hideaway provides you and your party a private bushveld retreat unlike any other.

Each Plains House villa essentially takes the same form, comprising two parts: A shared living space and private guest accommodation. Your shared space houses both a formal and entertainment lounge, living and dining room areas, swimming pool deck, outdoor boma for fireside dining, fine wine gallery and fully equipped chef’s kitchen.

Adjacent to the main Plains House, the accommodation comprises four graciously appointed double-occupancy Private Guest Suites, two of which are interleading.

The Plains House villas are each named after notable feline characters that, in their lifetime, left an indelible impression upon the Cheetah Plains Private Reserve. By dedicating each Plains House to their memory, we honour their rich legacy. Mapogo House is named after a legendary, fierce coalition of lion brothers, while Karula House honours a lone leopard of queenly stature. A dominant male leopard with a regal quality, the likes of which have not since been encountered, is the Mvula House namesake.


  • A formal and entertainment lounge
  • Dining room
  • Wine gallery, bar and tasting room
  • Curated African art collection and handpicked decor pieces by notable artisans
  • Fully-equipped chef’s kitchen
  • Guest bathroom
  • Swimming pool deck area with an outdoor lounge, shower and daybed
  • Outdoor boma for fireside, starlit dining
  • Indigenous gardens and spectacular views into the surrounding natural bushveld

Each of the exclusive-use Plains House villas accommodate a maximum of eight guests per house. 


  • A King-bedded room
  • Private minibar and coffee station
  • Lounge
  • Curated African artworks and handpicked decor pieces by notable artisans
  • Private deck and daybed
  • Dressing room and dual vanity
  • Double rain shower and bath with bushveld views
  • Two iPhone 10s are preloaded with safari apps and your private host’s contact details

Each of the Private Guest Suites accommodate a maximum of two guests per suite. 

Especially for families with young children, two of the Private Guest Suites at each Plains House villa interlead, so that parents can be close-by but not in the same bedroom as their children.


  • Twice-daily game drives in a Land Cruiser Electric Game Viewing Vehicle.
  • Private field guide and tracker team
  • Sunrise / sunset drinks stops and night drives
  • Use of a Nikon D850 camera with complimentary memory card
  • Walking safaris
  • All meals prepared by private chef
  • A selection of the finest South African wines, Cap Classique, premium spirits, beers and non-alcoholic beverages
  • In-room spa treatments
  • Curated collection of artworks and sculptures by Africa’s most talented artists
  • Gym
  • Outdoor, fireside dining
  • Transfers between Arathusa airstrip & Cheetah Plains are included when flying with FedAir / Airlink / Private Charter

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