Sable Alley Camp (Kwai
Not only is Khwai Private Reserve one of Botswana’s best
kept secrets, it’s also home to the lovely Sable Alley.
Opened in 2017, Sable is a piece of light, bright and
beautiful luxury amid the game-rich floodplains of Khwai,
and the best news is that it’s as sustainable as it is
sophisticated. We’ve partnered with the local communities in
Khwai, and proceeds from staying at Sable Alley go straight
back into the Khwai Village community projects.
And what about the wildlife? Located right on the banks
of a lily-covered lagoon, home to harrumphing hippo and a
favourite drinking spot for elephant and buffalo, the big
game quite literally comes to you at Sable. But as tempting
as it is to stay in camp, venture out you should, for Khwai
offers one of Africa’s greatest and most exclusive safari
experiences. Have your binos at the ready for lion, leopard,
wild dog, buffalo, elephant and hundreds of dainty antelope
as you drive through the diverse landscapes.
There’s no denying that Sable is spacious, sophisticated
and really quite stylish. Each canvas-walled suite is a
whopping 600 square feet, and comes complete with
mini-indoor seating area, writing desk, double bed, and some
seriously Afro-chic décor. Slide open the screen doors at
the front for uninterrupted views of the lagoon, or take a
seat on the veranda for a closer inspection. At the back,
you’ll find two basins, and indoor shower and a flush loo.
And if you fancy washing off the dust from the day in the
great outdoors, no problem – there’s an outdoor shower with
a view too.
Just like the bedrooms, the communal areas are designed
around the spectacular vistas. Watch the happenings at the
lagoon from the bar, G&T in hand, from the outdoor fire pit,
or from a squashy sofa in the lounge. At night, dinner is
served either in the indoor dining area, or alfresco on the
deck, accompanied by twinkling stars and the rumblings and
grumblings of the wildlife. We’ve also added a swimming pool
and sun deck, both unique spots from which to watch the
hippo pods emerge from the lagoon, or simply for some
chill-out time in the heat of the day.
Why Book This Camp?
- Sable Alley is brand new and ready to rumble having
only opened in May 2017, and the 600-square foot tents
are comfortable and stylish (and enormous!), with
ensuite facilities and indoor and outdoor showers.
- Enjoy sweeping views of the wildlife-dotted lagoon
from each tent – this is world-class game viewing
without leaving camp.
- The game viewing in the area around Sable Alley is
fantastic, and you’ll find lion, leopard, elephant,
buffalo all in close proximity as well as a
multi-coloured array of birdlife.
- We allow a maximum of seven guests per vehicle and
only three vehicles are allowed at any sighting meaning
there’s not an overcrowded game drive in sight.
- There’s an exciting range of activities to get stuck
into, including day and evening game drives, mokoro
(dugout canoe) excursions (when water levels permit),
game walks, viewing hides, and more.
Formerly known as NG18, Khwai Private Reserve is 495,000
acres of pristine wilderness. That’s three times the size of
South Africa’s Sabi Sands – and 300 times more private! The
reserve itself is within Botswana’s most talked about
region, the Okavango Delta. It actually sits just to the
north east of the Delta, adjacent to Moremi Game Reserve and
Chobe National Park, and the landscape is one of the most
diverse we’ve come across. Think mopane clusters jostling
for space with riverine forest, acacia woodland, seasonal
waterholes and winding channels leading from the mighty
Khwai River. We think you might quite like it.
We’ve chosen a rather lovely spot for Sable Alley, right
on the banks of a wildlife-spotted lagoon. The water is home
to up to 35 harrumphing hippo, and is a favourite drinking
spot for elephant and buffalo. How’s that for game viewing
without even leaving your room?
It’s no secret that Khwai was formerly a hunting
concession. At Natural Selection, we’ve been working hard to
transform the area into a safari destination of note,
spending a full year tracking wildlife in the area and
habituating the animals to our vehicles. Like other
concessions in the Okavango region, we’ve witnessed how
wildlife sightings swiftly turn around within two or three
years of hunting stopping, and today you could go on a
single game drive and see more than 50 different species.
That’s how we know we’ve done a good job.
First up, the predators – and there are plenty of them in
Khwai. Keep a lookout for leopard, lion, cheetah and wild
dog, concealed from unsuspecting antelope in the grassy
bushes. Then you’ll see hundred-strong herds of buffalo
barrelling across the landscape, and enormous herds of
elephants, trunks swinging and ears flapping. Lastly, keep a
lookout for the smaller animals: impala drinking tentatively
from pools, baboons shouting from trees, and sable and roan
antelope, seemingly posing for your camera.
Accommodation Rates:- From $560 per
person per night. Please contact us for a quote and