Location & Directions

Whether you fly directly to Cheetah Plains on one of the daily scheduled flights from Johannesburg or Nelspruit, a flight from Madikwe to Sabi Sand or decide to do a self-drive, Cheetah Plains is easily accessible by both road and air.

Transfers from Nelspruit are available on request. To request private chartered flights, please contact our reservations office.

The reserve entrance fee is approximately R250* per vehicle and R110* per person. Airstrip passenger taxes apply for passengers on all flights.

*Subject to change without notice – please check with reservation office at time of making a booking.

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Road Travel:

Recommended self-drive route from Johannesburg

Depart Johannesburg via the N12 highway and continue to Witbank which then becomes the N4 highway, continue straight, through Middelburg and on towards Belfast. Switch to the R540 to Dullstroom, continue on through Lydenburg, Origstad and through the Strydom tunnel. On approaching Hoedspruit take the R531 to Klaserie, Acornhoek and then follow the signs for Sabi Sand to Gowrie gate. Please note that the last section of the road is on gravel and guests will have to drive slower, (do allow for extra travel time especially if it has been raining) Follow directional signs to the camp. Cheetah Plains is approximately 12 kilometres from Gowrie Gate. Please note the drive includes gravel road, the condition of which is dependant on the season and when last it was graded by the local municipality. Please call the Lodge directly on + 27 (0)79 694 8430 to update them on your estimated time of arrival when you pass through Bushbuck Ridge or Hluvakani.

Recommended self-drive route from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport

Take the R40 to White River, Hazyview, Bushbuck Ridge and Acornhoek. Then follow the signs for Sabi Sand to Gowrie Gate. Follow directional signs to the camp. Cheetah Plains is approximately 12 kilometres from Gowrie Gate. Please call the Lodge directly on + 27 (0)79 694 8430 to update them on your estimated time of arrival when you pass through Bushbuck Ridge or Hluvakani.
Please note the drive includes gravel road, the condition of which is dependant on the season and when last it was graded by the local municipality.

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*Please do not use a GPS – you will be taken on a scenic tour of south African as a result! Download and follow the map and if coming from the Kruger Park you have to exit Kruger and drive round to the Gowrie Gate – you cannot enter the Sabi Sand from Kruger!

Air Travel:

Daily flights are available on SA Airlink, Federal Air and General Air. (If flying with Federal Air storage facilities for extra or large luggage is available, should you require this service at their O R Tambo departure lounge)

Weekly flights Sabi Sand – Madikwe every Monday, Wednesday & Friday (Based on a minimum of 4 Guests)

Airports are located within easy driving distance to Cheetah Plains, Arathusa approximately a 20 minute drive, Hoedspruit a 1.5 hour drive and Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport 3 hour drive.

Road transfers from Hoedspruit Airport or Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport can be booked directly through Cheetah Plains.

Please note that it is advisable to carry a small duffel bag or soft case (20 kg limit) in your main suitcase for your time at the lodge. The airlines don’t accept rigid cases, but will store them while you are at the lodge, so you will have to pack your soft bag with your clothing and other equipment for your safari, and then leave the hardbox suitcase at the airline offices, where they will take care of it.

Charter flights can be arranged any other day of the week (min 4 pax) – for more information or to make a booking email us.

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Distances:

Johannesburg to Cheetah Plains approximately 6 hours (plus-minus 500km). Hoedspruit to Cheetah Plains approximately 1 and a half hours (plus-minus 160 km)Nelspruit to Cheetah Plains approximately 3 hours (plus-minus 250km).

Please note: the drive includes gravel road, the condition of which is dependant on the season and when last it was graded by the local municipality.

All guests are requested to please phone the lodge on +27 (0)79 694 8430/60 when passing Acornhoek or Hlukuvani to advise of arrival time.

IMPORTANT FOR SELF-DRIVE GUESTS: It is not possible to cross directly from the Kruger National Park to the Sabi Sand Reserve. Guests will have to exit the applicable gate and enter the Sabi Sand at Gowrie Gate. Cheetah Plains is only accessible via the Gowrie Gate. Please do not travel via Newington or Shaws gate, as you will have to exit and drive around to Gowrie Gate. Once you reach Acornhoek, the estimated travel time to Gowrie Gate is approximately 1½ hours depending on the condition of the road. We recommend that you attempt to reach the lodge prior to sunset.

PLEASE NOTE: THAT GPS CO-ORDINATES ARE FOR ORIENTATION PURPOSES ONLY, FOLLOW THE MAP PROVIDED. YOUR GPS WILL TAKE YOU ON THE INCORRECT ROUTE.