Beautiful Khwai Private Reserve is situated to the northeast of the Okavango Delta, adjacent to the famed Moremi Game Reserve. An enormous 495 000 acres, it is blessed with year-round water and masses of wildlife that congregates at the lagoon’s edge and in the grassy surrounds of the reserve.
Hippo, elephant, buffalo and birdlife galore are guaranteed, but the reserve is also well loved for its predator population of cats, African dogs and hyena that has flourished since hunting in the area was prohibited. With only three game-viewing vehicles out at any one time and a maximum of seven guests per vehicle, wildlife sightings are frequent and offer fabulous photo ops. Each and every tent (there are 12 in total) has glorious views of the lagoon, which means you really don’t have to go far to spot an animal friend.
The spacious tents are an exercise in understated Afro-chic style. Think bleached wood, a muted palette of nature-inspired tones and thoughtful details – from indoor and outside showers to a writing area for penning your safari memoirs and, of course, a veranda from which to drink in the vistas. At 55m2 each, the tents ooze luxury without losing their delightfully down-to-earth style.
This comfortable approach to decor extends to the communal areas, too. Wherever you go in the lodge, it’s the view that takes centre stage – whether you’re chilling on the comfy leather cushioned sofa, cooling off in the on-deck swimming pool, catching up with other travellers beside a roaring fire in the outdoor fire pit or enjoying dinner on the alfresco dining deck. For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, be sure to enquire about the Khwai Private Reserve Skybed, which offers you the chance to check in to a three-storey open-air bed for the night, with just a canopy of stars overhead.
As well as the prolific wildlife, the expanse of the pristine surrounds and the sheer privacy, Sable Alley offers another important draw card: their commitment to conservation and to the surrounding community. In addition to providing employment, Sable Alley channels proceeds to the local community, while the lodge has also collaborated with the Botswana Predator Conservation Trust to investigate and monitor the resident leopard population. A stay at Sable Alley is as feel good as any safari experience goes.
Things to do
• 4×4 game-viewing drives
• Guided bush walks
• Guided mokoro (canoe) excursions
• Lion tracking
• Skybed outdoor sleeping experience
• Swimming pool
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