Eco-friendly lodge
Excellent wildlife destination
Expert local guides
Zimbabwean friendliness
No booking fees


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 8km from the Hwange National Park and 200km from Victoria Falls, Sable Sands offers easy access to these African gems.


A great time to visit Zimbabwe is from May to September. But all year round is a spectacular time to visit Zimbabwe, with great rates and fewer tourists. At this time wildlife viewing is excellent as animals congregate around the rivers and waterholes. This is especially true in Hwange where the artificially pumped waterholes attract big herds of elephant.

Green Season: 1 Nov – 31 Mar
High Season: 1 Apr – 31 Oct


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.

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.


Sable Sands welcome children and encourage parents to involve children in conservation, nature and wildlife. the camp team is very happy to make this a unique experience for everyone. The camp manager/guide will take young children on safaris at their discretion, without compromising guest safety.

Child rates: 3 to 7: $40, 8 to 12: 40% of adult rate, 13 to 17: 60% of adult rate. Own room: 13 to 17: 75% of adult rate, 18 and above: 100%


Sable Sands is predominantly off-grid, with limited Wifi and opportunity for guests to disconnect from their lives and reconnect with nature. The camp therefore can only provide a few hours of electrical power (enough to charge your cameras) with limited use at night.

Sable Sands support Soft Foot Alliance that is a community-based project which has the Earth, People, Conservation & Wildlife @ Heart’. Please feel free to follow the wonderful work they do in Earth Care, People Care, Fair Share, Human Wildlife Co-existence and Anti-Poaching!

The Soft Foot Alliance:
Founding Trustee Managers: Laurie Simpson & Brent Stapelkamp


Green Season
  • per person sharing, inclusive
High Season
  • per person sharing, inclusive

Green Season: 1 Nov – 31 Mar
High Season: 1 Apr – 31 Oct


  • Accommodation
  • Three daily meals, coffees, teas, snacks, local drinks (excluding premium)
  • Two guided safari activities per day
  • Return transfer from Painted Dog Conservation Centre free of charge up to 4 pax
  • Pricing in US Dollars


  • Park fees $20 per day
  • Local flights or ground transfers from Victoria Falls to Sable Sands
  • International airfare
  • Visas and other entry costs
  • Travel insurance
  • PCR testing for your journey home (if applicable)
  • Personal expense such as extra drinks/food on transfers, phone calls, curio shop purchases
  • Gratuities for your tour driver/guide, waiters/staff at accommodations
  • Optional extensions available in Zimbabwean safari parks, Victoria Falls and neighbouring countries Botswana, South Africa and Zambia

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