FAQ’S

It’s almost 500km, a very scenic seven hour drive.
Visitors should take prophylaxis all year round but the risk of malaria is higher in spring/summer from September to March, when it rains. The lodge provides mosquito repellent and there are mosquito nets over the beds. Consult your local GP for up to date advise.
Included are all meals, local & speciality tea & fabulous filter coffee, game drives – including a sundowner stop and night drive with astronomy, all drinks – a special selection of fabulous South African wines (red / white & sparkling), craft & local beers, non-alcoholic beverages as well as selected premium spirits, transfers to and from Arathusa airstrip when flying with FedAir / Unique Air / Flexi Flyer, emergency medical assistance (excluding evacuation) and VAT at 14%.

Excluded are Sabi Sand reserve entrance fees & conservation fees which will be charged (in cash) at Gowrie Gate, transfers to and from the lodge other than the Arathusa airstrip, curio shop purchases, gratuities, laundry, telephone calls, all other incidental costs, emergency medical evacuation and travel insurance / travel cancellation refunds.

Only children 6 years and older are welcome and allowed on the game drives. NOTE the lodge is not fenced and this is a malaria area.
From 2016 no children 12 yrs and under will be accepted at Cheetah Plains
Winter is the dry season, when days are warm but nights and early mornings are chilly. In winter the days generally warm up considerably. Summer is the rainy season. In all the game vehicles there are waterproof fleece ponchos.
You do not need a four-wheel drive. There is some gravel road just before the Sabi Sand gate and, while it is not in the best condition, it is perfectly manageable for a two-wheel drive vehicle. From the Sabi Sand gate to the lodge the gravel road is generally in passable condition.
Cheetah are endangered, shy creatures difficult to spot, and while there are cheetah in the Sabi Sand reserve, sightings are limited. The lodge is so named after the days when cheetah were plentiful in the area, and could always be spotted on a stretch of flat land near the lodge.
Yes, in summer the snakes wake up from their winter hibernation and set out in search of food, but they stick to the open bush. The staff is always on the lookout for the odd stray creature – this is a wilderness area so you need to be aware at all times and watch where you are walking.
Water at the lodge is drinkable there is always a jug of iced water in your room. Bottled sparkling and still water is available on order from the bar.
There are two very comfortable 10-seater landrovers. Each guest is given a warm, waterproof poncho, and there is plenty of space for camera bags and binoculars – and the large cool-boxes of snacks and pre ordered sundowner drinks.
There are two very comfortable 10-seater landrovers. Each guest is given a warm, waterproof poncho, and there is plenty of space for camera bags and binoculars – and the large cool-boxes of snacks and pre ordered sundowner drinks.
Yes. There is a single strand electric fence around the perimeter and a watchman on duty all night, every night. Rangers or the night watchman will walk with you to and from your chalet to the lounge/dining area after dark.
It would be rare if you didn’t, even in summer when the lush growth makes game harder to spot. Sabi Sand is renowned as an area of prolific game, and most visitors see the Big Five more than once in a matter of days.
Yes the power is on 24-hours a day. in case of a power interruption there is a back up generator. 220 volt three pin round plugs or round 2 pin are std in South Africa – should youneed an adaptor we have them for sale in our curio shop
The Sabi Sand is a bird paradise, particularly in summer during the rain. To date 500 bird species have been recorded in the reserve.
There are two alternatives: the closest is the Hoedspruit airport, a 1 and a half hours drive away and other is the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport in Nelspruit – three hours drive from the lodge. Rental cars can be arranged if you fly in, or we can arrange a road transfer from both airports to the lodge.
No, Cheetah Plains has an agreement between three other landowners in the Sabi Sand to allow traversing rights, and the field guides are able to traverse on these properties, a total of 8500 hectares. This is strictly monitored so that no more than two vehicles are ever on one property at the same time.