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Sable Valley Lodge

Situated just outside the Hwange National Park on its own private concession, this lodge is easily accessible from Victoria Falls and is a perfect place from which you can explore the area

Guest Chalet Large buffalo herds Tree platform and underground hide Safari together Underground hide

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Sable Valley Lodge (former Sable Sands Lodge), is situated on the magical Dete Vlei just outside Hwange National Park Main Camp, is a great safari getaway within a close range of Victoria Falls only 180 km away on the main road to Bulawayo.

The Dete vlei (pronounced "flay") is a dried up river with multiple waterholes of which a 7 km stretch belongs to the lodge's concession, which allows them private game viewing in this area. Although it is positioned outside the boundary of Hwange National Park, it is essentially the same area as game wanders freely through this concession and the park, there is no difference. Safaris can be taken into the Park but quite honestly that is not necessary.

The lodge now falls under the Amalinda Collection's portfolio, with Ivory Lodge and Khulu Lodge in Hwange, and Amalinda Lodge in Matopos. It was made famous in 1991 when her majesty, Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness Prince Philip chose it for their Safari adventure.

Sable Valley has a partnership with the Forestry Commission of Zimbabwe and The Amalinda Safari Collection's Mother Africa Trust anti poaching unit.

The lodge is located just within the shady tree line, with the main lodge building, a stunning thatched structure, overlooking the vlei and waterhole where the patient observer is rewarded by large herds of elephant, buffalo, zebra and various antelope species as well as being regularly frequented by lion, cheetah and occasionally leopard, as well as hyena, wild dog and other predators. The region has a wealth of birdlife with over 400 species recorded.

The eleven forest chalets, or 'rondavels', generously spaced around the central swimming pool, have been designed with flexibility in mind and have the options of twin, double or family rooms, with en-suite bathrooms and shower and complete with small private terrace areas.

Amalinda is a private, family run operation, and includes some of the most professional and knowledgeable guides. Sable Valley Lodge is a splendid place to base your safari activities, relax around camp and enjoy the views of the vlei from the comfort of the main lodge, or enjoy the peace and quiet in a tree slung hammock under the shade of the trees. A tree-house is located within the forest section - great for enjoying the surrounding scenery, and game viewing too.

Safari options include professionally guided walking safaris on their private concession and into Hwange National Park. Sable Valley has an underground hide where guests can safely sit and watch the action at the nearby waterhole. If you do not wish to go underground, you can get another perspective from the comfort of the treehouse platform. Game drives are done on their private concession, which extends across the vlei and includes a variety of habitats.

The varying seasons in Hwange will have a huge impact on your wallet and Safari experience.

The Green season (rainy season) will see incredible bird and insect life but reduced animal sightings. However lodge prices in most cases are dramatically reduced offering really good value.

The High season (dry season) is when animals congregate in vast numbers around the waterholes and National Geographic type scenes are commonplace. This is peak season and lodge prices escalate substantially.

Please feel free to contact us with details of your preferences and allow us the opportunity to discuss which time of year is going to suit you best.

**NB** Hwange Lodges in the peak season get over booked, it is advisable to plan and book well in advance to ensure you get what you want.

Our Opinion

Sable Valley is positioned in an area with fantastic game viewing. It no longer falls under the mid-range safari lodge, though.


• Positioned on a private concession on the Dete Vlei just outside the Hwange National Park
• Excellent game viewing area
• Safari activities on their private concession
• 180 km from Victoria Falls and 260 km from Bulawayo
• Transfers easily be arranged from Victoria Falls
• Refurbished in 2022

PRICE before special offers
Approximate price per person sharing per night

US$ 420  January to April & November to December
US$ 500  May to October

Accommodation at Sable Valley Lodge

• 11 spacious rondavel (round) cottages with thatched roofs and private terraces
• Twin and double bed arrangements and extra beds can be added for family rooms

All rooms have:
• En-suite bathrooms with shower and wash hand basins, toilet, towel and luxurious bathroom amenities
• Large mosquito nets
• Safe
• WiFi
• Hair dryer


• Communal dining at the Captain's Table
• Buffet and cooked breakfast, 2-course lunches and 3-course dinners
• Dining under the stars

Facilities and Services

• Indoor public dining area, lounge and bar area with library and loft
• Outdoor terrace with fire pits and relaxing seating under the shady trees and starry sky
• Swimming pool
• Treehouse platform
• Underground hide
• Beautiful view of Dete Vlei
• Actvities: Game drives, Walking safaris, Hide Sits

How to Get to Sable Valley Lodge

• 2 hour drive from Victoria Falls (180km) 3 hour drive from Bulawayo (260km)
Road transfer easily arranged but can be costly
• Hwange airport is very close by for private air charters.

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