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Hwange Dete Vlei, Hwange National Park Zimbabwe
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#11 of 34 Specialty lodging in Hwange National Park
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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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morganeTegus wrote a review Nov 3
Tegucigalpa, Honduras23 contributions9 helpful votes
We had an unforgettable experience in Sable Sands Loge ! Animals were everywhere, it was safe thanks to Brian, Munyaradzi, Milian and everyone. We made a great great game drive, Munya, looked for the lions and found them ! We saw hundred of elephants, Koudou, wharfdog etc. it was magic. Food was delicious, rooms pretty and comfortable, I wish we go back there.
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Date of stay: November 2020
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Lauren Lynch wrote a review Feb 2020
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It was a wonderful experience! Every aspect of the two night stay was an enjoyable treat, from the gourmet food, All the staff who seem to love their jobs, my room and amenities, and safari transportation and gear. They have equipment for any situation like an umbrella for rain showers at camp or a hooded, lined poncho for rain during a safari drive. The entire staff went the extra mile by presenting me with a birthday cake after a day in the bush and an amazing dinner. Highly recommended!
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Responded Oct 8, 2020
Dear Lauren, thank you so much for your kind words and I am so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us. We look forward to hosting you again in the future. Keep well and stay safe Warmest regards Chenai ...on behalf of the Sable Sands Team
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Griffinontour wrote a review Jan 2020
Berkhamsted, United Kingdom11 contributions1 helpful vote
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Had a wonderful 2 days at Sable Sands. The lodges are very comfortable. Food excellent. We saw lots of game even though we went in the wet season - all thanks to Munya. Loved it all. Thank you. It’s an amazing place with a real feel of wild Africa but always in safe hands A great Bush experience!
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Chenai Dodzo, Marketing at Sable Sands
Responded Oct 8, 2020
Thank you so much for your taking the time to post a review, I am pleased you enjoyed your stay with us. :) We look forward to hosting you again in the future. Keep well and stay safe Warmest regards Chenai ...on behalf of the Sable Sands Team
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Richard T wrote a review Jan 2020
Oslo, Norway21 contributions7 helpful votes
A smallish camp with no fence to keep the wildlife out. When we were there elephant continually entered the camp which we thought was great. The closeness to wildlife was the key feature. We felt safe whilst getting an authentic bush experience. We had an amazing guide in Kennedy, saw a lot of game including cheetah, lion and painted dog, and learned a lot about the whole Hwange environment. The food was excellent. The host, MC, was charming and efficient. Brian, the co-owner is both an excellent cook and manager.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Traveled with family
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Responded Oct 8, 2020
Thank you so much for your taking the time to post a review, I am pleased you enjoyed your stay with us. :) We look forward to hosting you again in the future. Keep well and stay safe Warmest regards Chenai ...on behalf of the Sable Sands Team
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kenjmuir wrote a review Oct 2019
Sydney, Australia58 contributions7 helpful votes
. A great camp location and accommodation. Meals were excellent and the ambient was incredible. On the arrival afternoon game drive we saw tsessebe, silverback jackals, warthogs, elephants the sunset visit by a herd of elephants and a fantastic dinner made the day. Our hosts were thoughtful enough to provide guests with polar fleece ponchos to cut down the chill factor when on game drives. Not much luck in Hwange the next day due to the cold but this was rectified by another herd at dusk and again a superb dinner. Great hosts. I hope to revisit in 2020 I would use Batoka services again and have recommended them to friends who are contemplating visiting.
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Date of stay: July 2019
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Responded Oct 8, 2020
Thank you so much for your taking the time to post a review, I am pleased you enjoyed your stay with us. :) We look forward to hosting you again soon, we are open and have some great specials running so please give us a shout. Keep well and stay safe Warmest regards Chenai ...on behalf of the Sable Sands Team
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ZimbabweMatabeleland North ProvinceHwange National Park
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Frequently Asked Questions about Sable Sands
Which popular attractions are close to Sable Sands?
Nearby attractions include Wild Walks (2.9 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Sable Sands?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Sable Sands?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Sable Sands?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Sable Sands?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, German, and Dutch.