Don’t get the name wrong. The Cheetah Plains Game Lodge puts relaxation front and center. Set in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve in the Kruger National Park in South Africa, the lodge turns traditional safari-style architecture on its head. All this to create a new kind of safari experience that feels authentic. But also as soft-blowed an experience as possible.

Employing state-of-the-art sustainable architecture that incorporates an afro-minimalist aesthetic, the Cheetah Plains Game Lodge pits many different forms against each other, challenging our notions of landscape. The result? A beautiful contrast between things that usually don’t go together but find, here, a thread of harmony amid differences. Here’s lead architect Stefan Antoni on the design:

“The architecture exists to enhance the experience of the outdoors — not to mimic it, but to complement it so that guests may experience the bush more directly, more immediately.”

You’ll find three private houses, comprised of a central building that houses a formal lounge, living room, dining area, and gourmet kitchen. Individually housed bedrooms make up the bulk of this space. They come arranged around the main structure and complete with their own outdoor bathrooms.

The interiors of the Cheetah Plains Game Lodge loosen into an expansive sun terrace and heated swimming pool. Moreover, you’ll find the African greenery enveloping this calm and serene unwinding spot. To protect this slice of paradise, the resort runs mostly on off-grid energy through solar power. What’s more, their grey-water is recycled to lower consumption. Plus, game drives are taken on electric Land Cruiser safari vehicles for least pollution footprint.

Oh, and did we mention each house comes with its own hospitality team? Check it out by hitting the link below.

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Photos courtesy of Cheetah Plains