Is Cheetah Plains The Best-Designed Safari Lodge in Africa?

Cape Town furniture designer OKHA played a huge role in the stunning aesthetic you see before you.

Set in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa, Cheetah Plains’ surrounds offer some of the most life-affirming wildlife encounters on the planet. But those who value interior splendour as much as the riches of the wild will look forward to getting back each day to their digs, thanks to a recent overhaul carried out by architect Stefan Antoni of SAOTA in close collaboration with architects and interior designers ARRCC and OKHA – the latter having already taken its signature furniture designs from Cape Town to London, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami and New York.

The project consists of three independent bush houses – Mapogo, Mvula and Karula – each made up of several individual structures which include a central lounge, dining room with bar area, family media and entertainment room, covered terrace, open boma courtyard and separate freestanding bedroom suites.

“No matter how good architecture is, it can only succeed when the interior upholds that level of sophistication,” says Antoni, adding that OKHA is able to “design furniture that upholds and mirrors the beauty of architecture”.

Meanwhile ARRCC Director Jon Case – Lead Designer for the project – speaks of OKHA’s “distinct ability to connect to a deeper narrative. They are rooted in Africa but always have their eye on an international aesthetic that is unique, and they’re connected to artists and craftsmen which help to give the furniture a handcrafted feel which was so important to the overall language of Cheetah Plains.”

See below for more pictures of Cheetah Plains, plus a few of OKHA’s statement pieces created especially for the project.