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#12 of 29 Specialty lodging in Hwange National Park
Certificate of Excellence
The eco friendly Sable Sands has 16 traditionally thatched 'rondavels' with en suite bathroom, making your lodge the perfect blend of ancient culture, nature and modern convenience. The lodge is owner managed and has built up a great reputation for the enthusiastic team and hospitality. Sable Sands is situated on a forestry concession and the lodge harvests dead wood for cooking and heating up the hot water through wood boilers. A generator is ran in the early morning hours and evening for guests to charge their cameras and batteries, and lighting is provided through solar lights after the generator has made place for the sounds of nature at night. Laundry service is provided and limited wifi is available in the evening before and after dinner. This African forest home also has a tree house and a refreshing solar powered swimming pool. The main building composes of a dining area, lounge, library and bar and just in front there is a large outdoor fire pit where guests can have dinner under the stars instead of inside. From here you overlook the Dete Vlei, which frequently hosts wildlife visitors at the solar pumped water hole. Here you have a chance of seeing sable antelope, zebra and thirsty herds of elephant, buffalo, and if you are lucky you might spot lion, cheetah, painted dog, jackal and more. The Vlei is also renowned for its incredible bird population: no less than 350 different species in all. Safaris are conducted on the private and neighboring concessions or through pre booking inside the Hwange National Park (18 kms - 40 mins game drive to the entrance of the park). During the safari, coffee/tea/water or water and soft drink/beers are provided and included. Sable Sands does not offer any credit card facilities yet, and guests are asked to settle their extra's (eg. laundry, bar bill, extra safari) in cash upon departure.
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Hwange Dete Vlei, Hwange National Park Zimbabwe
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Victoria Falls Airport87 mi
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John and Dee (Australia) had the most incredible stay with Brian and Marleen at Sable Sands. Accommodation & catering great, full marks for staff and service and so enjoyed our game drives with Patrick. Highly recommended and thank you for making it so memorable.
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The huts met more than the basic needs. The service and food were good. But: the hosts at Sable Sands Lodge were particularly insensitive to clients’ needs. Although the accommodations and service were fine, the hosts – supposedly in an effort to be eco-friendly – turned off
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Imagine a very very big heard of buffaloes right outside your roundovel early in the morning before sunrise and the noice from that heard. Imagine a heard of elephants taking a mud bath about 75 meters from your roundovel. Imagine a heard of sables approaching you when sitting
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Had a whole week with family friends the most memorable event was game drive with our hero guide Munya indeed he is very professional and strives to make us see the big 5 though we missed some we enjoyed our times in the wild forest Munya took us to the Lions 2 different days
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We were made so welcome here. Brian was an excellent host, always making time to talk to us. His wife was away. The staff were excellent, obviously well trained but also genuinely charming people. Munya (spelling?) the safari guide was so knowledgeable and always wanting to
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ZimbabweMatabeleland North ProvinceHwange National Park
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