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An eco-friendly luxury villa for a sustainable safari experience in South Africa

Mvula Villa is part of the Cheetah Plains estate in the stunning plains of South Africa’s Sabi Sand Nature Reserve. Set amidst a grove of cathedral Tamboti trees, this villa offers an unforgettable luxury safari experience.

Named after one of the region’s most famous male leopards – known for his hunting prowess and siring many cubs – the villa offers guests the chance to enjoy a sustainable safari experience without compromising on luxury.

Powered entirely by solar energy and implementing sustainable water and waste management practices, the villa allows guests to explore the wilderness with minimal environmental impact. Twice-daily game drives in state-of-the-art electric vehicle ensure an eco-friendly safari experience.

Award-winning architecture and natural materials seamlessly blend modern design with the surrounding landscape, whilst indigenous gardens envelop the property. The expansive terrace boasts a stunning infinity pool lined with inviting daybeds and sun loungers, while a shaded outdoor lounge offers a cool respite and the perfect place to soak up the views after an exhilarating safari.

Guests can savour al fresco meals prepared by a private chef, served in the traditional boma – featuring a crackling fireplace and a braai for authentic South African barbecue – or further afield in captivating bush settings.

Floor-to-ceiling windows seamlessly blur the lines between the exterior and interior living spaces. Custom furniture and soft furnishings in earthy tones create a connection with nature, while designer lighting and cosy fireplaces add warmth and ambiance. A curated collection of modern South African art and exquisite bronze sculptures adorn the interiors.

The open-plan living area invites relaxation. Guests can curl up by the fireplace in the spacious lounge, or gather around the grand carved wooden dining table illuminated by a statement lighting piece.

A second cosy lounge with plush seating and a large flat-screen TV provides the perfect setting for movie nights. Adjoining the living spaces are a well-stocked wine gallery, a bar, and a fully-equipped chef’s kitchen.

Four luxurious guest suites, spread across two wings, sleep up to eight guests. Each suite embodies unparalleled comfort, featuring a king-sized bed (convertible to twins), a private lounge area with a fireplace, a coffee station, a minibar, a spacious dressing room, an en-suite bathroom and a private deck. Ideal for families, two suites interconnect, while the other two offer complete privacy.

A dedicated villa team ensures an unparalleled safari experience. An attentive yet discreet villa host, private chef, sommelier, spa therapist, private guide, and tracker cater to guests every need, making a stay at Mvula Villa an unforgettable luxury safari experience in beautiful South Africa.

NB: For larger groups travelling together, Mvula can be booked with the adjacent Mapogo Villa and/or Karula Villa.

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Highlights:

  • Swimming Pool Swimming Pool
  • Bush Views Bush Views
  • Daily Game Drives Daily Game Drives

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Bedrooms

WING A
Bedroom 1 – king-size bed (converted to twins on request), lounge area with fireplace, minibar & coffee station, dressing room, en-suite bathroom with double vanity, bathtub & separate double shower, private deck with day bed, and waterhole & bush views (interconnects with Bedroom 2)
Bedroom 2 – king-size bed (converted to twins on request), lounge area with fireplace, minibar & coffee station, dressing room, en-suite bathroom with double vanity, bathtub & separate double shower, private deck with day bed, and waterhole & bush views (interconnects with Bedroom 1)

WING B
Bedroom 3 – king-size bed (converted to twins on request), lounge area with fireplace, minibar & coffee station, dressing room, en-suite bathroom with double vanity, bathtub & separate double shower, private deck with day bed, and bush views
Bedroom 4 – king-size bed (converted to twins on request), lounge area with fireplace, minibar & coffee station, dressing room, en-suite bathroom with double vanity, bathtub & separate double shower, private deck with day bed, and bush views

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Rates

1 Mar 2024 - 31 May 2024ZAR 295,000 per night
1 Jun 2024 - 31 Aug 2024ZAR 325,000 per night
1 Sep 2024 - 9 Dec 2024ZAR 295,000 per night
10 Dec 2024 - 10 Jan 2025ZAR 360,000 per night
11 Jan 2025 - 28 Feb 2025ZAR 295,000 per night
1 Mar 2025 - 31 May 2025ZAR 357,000 per night
1 Jun 2025 - 31 Aug 2025ZAR 405,000 per night
1 Sep 2025 - 10 Dec 2025ZAR 357,000 per night
11 Dec 2025 - 10 Jan 2026ZAR 438,000 per night

Price per night based on 8 adults. Price for 6 guests only, or 6 adults + 2 children available on request. Conservation and Reserve entrance fees excluded.

Indoor Features

  • Fully-equipped kitchen
  • Bar
  • Wine gallery
  • Minibars
  • Coffee machines
  • Fireplaces
  • TVs
  • Netflix
  • Board games
  • Original artworks
  • In-room safes
  • Baby cots & high chairs (on request)
  • Solar power
  • Ceiling fans
  • Air conditioning
  • Wi-Fi
  • Fully-equipped gym (shared)

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Outdoor Features

  • Waterhole & bush views
  • Swimming pool
  • Landscaped gardens
  • Terraces
  • Outdoor fireplace
  • Outdoor lounge areas
  • Outdoor dining
  • Barbecue
  • Day beds
  • Sun loungers
  • Outdoor shower
  • Parking
  • Gated entrance
  • Helipad (shared)

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Services

  • Full staff
  • Villa host
  • Private chef
  • Sommelier
  • Spa therapist
  • Private guide & tracker
  • Night watchmen
  • Childcare service
  • Full board
  • Selection of fine wines, beers & spirits
  • Selected spa treatments
  • Electric safari vehicles
  • Twice-daily game drives
  • Guided bush walks
  • Children’s activities
  • Wine, whisky or gin tastings
  • Selected activities & excursions
  • Use of 2 x iPhones pre-loaded with safari apps
  • Use of Use of a Nikon D500 camera & lenses
  • Laundry service (excluding dry cleaning)
  • Luxury toiletries

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Extra Services

  • Mandatory Conservation Levy & Reserve entrances fees
  • Airport transfers
  • Sabi Sand Reserve entrance fees
  • Helicopter flights
  • Private charter flights
  • Additional activities & excursions

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Location

Mvula Villa is part of the Cheetah Plains lodge in South Africa’s Sabi Sand Nature Reserve. It is located in the northeast corner of the reserve, bordering the world-renowned Kruger National Park and Mala Mala Game Reserve, making it perfect for game spotting.

The reserve is best known as home to the “Big Five”—African elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard, lion, and rhinoceros. However, it is also home to various endangered species, including honey badgers, ground hornbills, and African wild dogs.

Guests can embark on twice-daily safari drives with their private guide and tracker, and enjoy guided bush walks with certified, experienced field guides.

In addition, guests can also enjoy wine, whiskey or gin tastings, savour destination dining, immerse themselves in the local culture through visits to the village and school, and explore sustainable energy at the on-site solar plant that powers the property.

Younger guests will delight in the child-friendly game drives and conservation activities, bush walks, scavenger hunts, cooking and baking classes, and arts & crafts.

Cheetah Plains is 20 minutes from Aruthsa Airstrip, which can be reached via a 1.5-hour flight from either Johannesburg or Tambo International Airport.

Distances (approx.):
Arathusa Airstrip – 20 minutes’ drive

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Disclaimer: the location on the map may be approximate due to privacy reasons.


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