Head of Digital Operations, Jenieen van den Heever, shares why her two night stay at Sable Alley in the pristine Khwai Concession turned out to be one of the highlights of her Botswana safari.
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Sable Alley is located in a private concession in Botswana’s Khwai Reserve – bordering wildlife meccas Chobe National Park and Moremi Game Reserve. One of Botswana’s best kept secrets, the reserve boasts 200,000 hectares of pristine wilderness and is home to over 50 wildlife species including lion, wild dog, leopard and cheetah, as well as big herds of buffalo, elephant, giraffe, sable, roan and Lechwe.
This is an action-packed safari destination! During my stay, I witnessed 3 male lions take down a buffalo on an evening game drive.
Sable Alley is accessible by a light aircraft flight from Maun or Kasane Airport to the Khwai Airstrip. The flight takes approximately 45 minutes from Maun and 60 minute from Kasane Airport and gives you a glimpse of the Okavango Delta from above. If you travel during the wet season, from June to September, you can enjoy breath-taking views of the flood plains below. Alternatively, traveling over the drier months gives you a completely different contrast of the Delta. I would recommend visiting Botswana twice just to experience this phenomenon.
Located on the banks of a lily-covered lagoon, Sable Alley is the ultimate ‘arm-chair’ safari camp. In fact, a hippo family has taken residency in the lagoon and has become a favorite drinking spot for elephant and buffalo.
The intimate camp features 12 spacious canvas tents – 9 twins, 1 honeymoon and 2 family tents. Each tent boasts uninterrupted views of the lagoon and are fitted with a private deck where you can soak up the surrounding wilderness. The main lodge features a communal swimming pool, lounge, bar and boma area where you can sit back and watch the happening of the lagoon – G&T in hand.
There are a number of activities on offer at the camp. During your stay you can discover the winding waterways on a mokoro and boat safari, search for wildlife on morning, afternoon and evening game drives and get active on a guided walking safari through the African bush. If you feel like staying at Camp, you can do so in the comfort of your tent or your private veranda while overlooking the lagoon. It is absolutely peaceful here!
The team are world-class and were attentive and friendly during my stay. At night, dinner is served either in the indoor dining area or on the deck under the stars. Guests will love the authentic home-cooked style meals and the team are able to cater to all dietary requirements.
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