About Sable Sands

Owner Managed Safari Lodge

Owner Managed Safari Home Sable Sands; the owners actually live the safari lifestyle!

This ‘off the grid’ eco friendly safari lodge is owner and family managed and has steadily established a great reputation for their personalised and bespoke experience complete with a passionate team, homely food and exceptional elephant encounters.

Sable Sands Lodge overlooks the ancient riverbed of the famous “Dete Vlei” and is located within a private Forestry Concession on the outskirts of the unfenced and world-famous Hwange National Park. Conveniently located 12 km from the Hwange National Park and 200 km from Victoria Falls, Sable Sands offers easy access to these African gems.

16 rooms Comprising of sixteen spacious and open-plan thatched ‘rondavels’, simply yet elegantly furnished to create a blend of traditional culture, nature and modern convenience, this African Forest “home-away-from-home” welcomes guests to an exquisite safari setting in unspoilt surroundings. The main area holds the restaurant, lounge, library and bar with full views of the ‘Dete Vlei’ and the Sable Sands solar pumped “wildlife water- hole”. In addition, a quaint tree house and solar powered pool allow for guest to cool off during the heat of the day.

The Dete Vlei is frequented by herds of sable antelope, elephant, buffalo and other plains’ game species. Lucky sightings include lions, cheetah, painted dog, jackal and on the rare occasion leopard. Add to this the incredible selection of an estimated 350 bird species and you have one the most beautiful wildlife havens on earth.
In the evenings, guests can either enjoy a delicious three course dinner inside the main dining area or a cosy dinner under a blanket of the starry African night sky while the flames of the nightly camp-fire flicker in the wind.
Sable Sands harvests dead wood for cooking and heating up the traditional wood boilers. The lodge operates on generator power in the evenings and guests can charge their gadgets, each room has solar lamps for later in the night once the generator is switched off to allow guests to enjoy the natural sounds of the African wilderness.
At Sable Sands you will not experience the ultimate luxury, but you will be immersed by the enchanting teak forest and seduced by its peaceful and enchanting charm, where every new day holds the promise of a new adventure, unique discoveries, and a complete appreciation of the Natural World in which it is nestled.

The Owner Managers 

Brian is a true Zimbabwean and Marleen of Dutch origin. They live on site with their  two young children and are passionate about their home Sable Sands and all the lovely friends projects they fully support in surrounding villages.

Together with their warm welcoming team that has been employed since they took over this majestic safari dame, their motto is to make you feel as part of this family.

Safaris are offered on either the private and neighbouring concessions and inside the Hwange National Park (12 kms/30 mins game drive to the entrance of the Park). During the safari, coffee/tea/water or water and soft drinks/beers are provided and included.

Unfortunately we do not offer credit card facilities yet, therefore we kindly ask you to settle your extra’s such as bar bill and/or activities in cash upon departure.

  ‘a Safari Home with the Earth, People, Conservation & Wildlife @ Heart’

We look forward to sharing the Sable Sands experience with you!