Cheetah Plains Private Game Reserve

Mpumalanga

Rooms: 9: 6 standard rooms all en-suite with shower only; 2 luxury rooms both en-suite with bath & outdoor shower; 2-bedroom cottage, max 4 pax with shared bathroom (shr & bath).

Prices: R4,295 – R4,995 per person sharing. Single supplement 50% per night.
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Meals: Rates include afternoon tea, dinner, brunch, game drives. Lunch on request at an additional charge. Rates exclude all drinks (including sundowners).

Directions: Enter at Gowry Gate of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. See website for detailed directions. Allow plenty of time, the road from Acornhoek to the gate is badly pot-holed so take it slow!

Japie van Niekerk
Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Mpumalanga

Tel: (0)83-419-1334 or 082-700-2071 (reservations); 079-694-8430 or 079-694-8460 (lodge)
Fax: (0)86-613-9299
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Wow. I'd love to tell you about the incredible sightings I had during my stay at Cheetah Plains, but you'd be too envious so you'll just have to go and see for yourself. Of course, Sabi Sands is a world-class reserve, but thanks to the skill, knowledge and humour of our legendary guide and tracker Ephraim, game drives were just out of this world. The lodge itself has a wonderfully unpretentious, homely feel (perfect for socialising and swapping stories with other guests), while the thatched rooms are cosy and colourful. I wasn't the only guest to comment on the brilliant team there, whose obvious passion and enthusiasm for their work shines through in every aspect of your stay. Dinner around the fire overlooking the waterhole was a sociable and laid-back affair, like having a dinner party with your best friends; the only thing that interrupted the merry conversation was a hyena popping by for a drink. The following day two of the guests opted to go on a trip to the local villages of Utah and Dixie, to meet with the elders and experience rural South African community life. I couldn't resist going for another game drive with Ephraim, yielding yet more incredible sightings, including a honeymooning lion couple who were happy to put on a show for us, and my leopard-spotting skills were rewarded with an amarula coffee at the dam. Sorry, in the end I couldn't resist a little bit of gloating! Private photographic safaris on uniquely adapted vehicles are also available; ask for details.Township tours can be arranged.

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Cheetah Plains Private Game Reserve