Sable Alley and Khwai Private Reserve

Sable Alley

Sable AlleySable Alley

stamp3Why photographers love Sable Alley

  • Sable Alley is in the outstanding Okavango Delta
  • Very good year round game viewing
  • Good combination of wet and dry activities
  • Excellent predators
  • Night drives, walks, off-road driving and mekoro all possible
  • Good wild dog, leopard, lion and other predators
  • Diverse habitats with baobabs and impressive stands of palms
  • Good value

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How we rate Sable Alley

Wildlife  starstarstarstar
Wilderness  starstarstarstar
Lodge  starstarstarstar
Dining starstarstarstar
Vehicles  starstarstarstar
Guides  starstarstar

Sable Alley at a glance

The accommodation at Sable Alley is just what you would expect from a great Botswana safari lodge. Light, bright interiors and extremely spacious tents all on stilts. The camp has 12 tents including 9 twins, one honeymoon and 2 family tents with a total of 28 people in camp. Seating is separate and meals were generally served buffet style and were fresh and excellent. There is a swimming pool and spacious dining and boma areas. Wifi is in the main reception. There is charging in the rooms. The sister camp the Jackal and Hide and Hyena Pan have 8 tents with a maximum of 16 people in camp.

Khwai Private Reserve

Sable Alley is the flagship lodge in the 200 000 Khwai Private Reserve. This is not to be confused with Khwai Community Reserve which has several camps and is also visited by self-drive guests and has become quite busy of late. Previously called NG18 and run as a hunting area, Khwai Private Reserve  is now 100% photographic and is the exclusive traversing of Sable Alley and its sister camps  Hyena Pan (which is in an excellent area for elephant and has a great hide) and The Hide and Seek (previously Pangolin Khwai Camp and designed around the needs of photographers), which is close to Sable Alley on the Khwai floodplain. 

Sable Alley area has diverse habitats within support giraffe, buffalo, red lechwe, tsessebe, impala and elephant, which in turn support the larger predators: lion, leopard, spotted hyena, cheetah and wild dog. The area around Hyena Pan is largely mopane thicket.

The seasons

  • Game viewing season is from May to October and November.
  • The floodwaters usually arrive towards July offering excellent game viewing.
  • Out of season the game viewing is still great and you can enjoy better rates.

Photographers need to know

You will always be spoiled for choice with sightings in the immediate area. Close proximity to good game means that you do not need to travel too far. The  staff were wonderful especially Mrs P.

The good news

The camp, like most in Botswana, is run in conjunction with the local community who profit directly from your visit. It is part of Natural Selections Collection.