Sable Alley overlooks a pretty lagoon on the game lively Khwai Private Reserve, in the east of the Okavango. This is a smart and sophisticated tented camp, stylish yet always with a lovely sense of place. Thoughtful service, great food and top guiding combined with good and varied concentrations of wildlife deliver a fantastic all round safari experience. The private reserve ensures this is an exclusive and flexibility safari experience.
Sable Alley lies in the Khwai Concession within a 200,000 hectare private wildlife reserve bordering the Moremi Game Reserve. This large reserve is shared by only a handful of camps all owned by the same operator so sightings are carefully managed and the safari experience remains exclusive.
The camp has stunning views overlooking a lagoon and onward over vast flood plains, and comprises of a beautifully designed main area with a lounge, bar, fire pit and swimming pool. The style is light and airy and offers plenty of space to hide away and enjoy some privacy or areas to socials with friends and other guests. Meals are taken privately.
The ten twin and two family tents are raised on wooden decks to provide lovely views over the floodplains. The décor is light and airy, with gentle tones in keeping with the surroundings. The rooms are well lit and thoughtfully designed and feature large beds, an indoor and outdoor sitting area, a writing desk and en-suite bathroom featuring both indoor and outdoor showers. All tents are solar powered.
Game activities include both morning and afternoon game drives, within the concession as well as along the Khwai River, mokoro rides when water levels permit, and walking safaris. Night drives provide a glimpse into the lives of nocturnal species such as leopards, porcupines and honey badgers. The camp’s outfitter, Natural Selections operate innovative Khwai Skybeds overlooking a waterhole which can be combined with Sable Alley for a night under the stars. Boating is offered when water levels permit.
The Khwai private reserve in which Sable Alley is located lies in the north east of the Okavango Delta. Khwai is 200,000 hectares of floodplains, winding channels, lily lit lagoons and riverine forests with the Khwai river as the main artery through the reserve’s varied landscapes and the main attraction for its wildlife. Such a diverse habitat, including wetlands, flood plains, riparian woodlands and mopane woodland, supports healthy populations of plains game as well as predators including lion, leopard and wild dog. Elephants occur in abundance and there are sighting of the sable antelope for which camp is named.
Large herds of plains game such as Giraffe, Antelope and Zebra inhabit the floodplains and concentrations of predators are some of the best in the area: Leopard, Cheetah, Lion and even Wild Dog are known to frequent the area surrounding Sable Alley.
To the north east lies Chobe National Park and the Moremi Game Reserve borders Khawi to the south. The concession is operated as a joint venture partnership with the Khwai Community Trust ensuring that local people benefit from tourism whilst protecting this sensitive environment.
Sable Alley offers good game viewing all year round. In Botswana’s winter from June to October, which is dry and cooler (except in October, which is very hot), the Okavango Delta floods and so animals flock to the permanent water channels delivering some great game viewing, and water-based activities are at their best. Summer brings rain, returning migrant birds and the calving season for many animals.
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