Project Description

Built on a rich cultural and artistic legacy, and sheltered by the stunning Sikumi forest, on the edge of the world-famous Hwange National Park, on a private concession with stunning views over the Dete Vlei, stands the beautiful photographic safari ‘village’ known as Sable Sands.

Sable Sands has 11 traditionally thatched rondavels. Part of the ancient royal hunting grounds of King Lobengula, the lodge was later visited in 1991 by her Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth II, and Prince Phillip…so it’s no wonder the designed bedrooms have added luxury complete with private terrace, and en suite bathroom, making your rondavel the perfect blend of ancient culture, nature and modern convenience.

This African forest home also has a refreshing swimming pool, a stunning main building with dining area, lounge, loft, library, private gym, bar and terraced landscaping. From here you overlook the famous Dete Vlei, the long dried up river, which today frequently hosts wildlife visitors at the water holes. Here you have a chance of seeing sable antelope, giraffe, zebra and big herds of elephant and buffalo, lion, cheetah, painted dog, jackal and more. The Vlei is also renowned for its incredible bird population, believed to be no less than 350 different species in all.

At Sable Sands you may also book a massage – a combination of Swedish, deep tissue, sports and trigger point therapy massages using various aromatherapy oils is offered.

Sable Sands is a partnership between the Forestry Commission of Zimbabwe, Moivaro Lodges & Tented Camps and co owner managers Brian (Zimbabwean) and Marleen (Dutch), former managers of Sikumi Tree Lodge, which won several awards during their tenure. Passionate guides, chefs and waiters complete the team that shares with you the rich history, folklore, culture and habits of the inhabitants of this magical forest. They love to take you on an early morning bush breakfast or surprise you with a romantic drive under the starry African skies.

Live and experience the wonder of this amazing forest and vlei which keeps surprising everyone, every day, every season, each creature holding a promise of natural discovery, adventure, joy and beauty each day.

Estate safari (Dete Vlei)
Full day Hwange safari

Power & Electricity
Sable Sands is an ‘off grid’ lodge and make use of the sun, fire, gas and a generator. Therefore only a few hours of electrical power with limited use is provided each night (enough to charge camera gear and other necessities).


  • Dete Vlei, Hwange, Zimbabwe
  • 11 traditionally thatched rondavels with en-suite bathroom
  • 5 modern rooms with en-suite bathroom, overlooking the waterhole
  • Swimming pool & nice little private gym
  • TSS Tipp: Book a massage!



Further Accommodations