Little Sable
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Little Sable

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An intimate tented retreat amongst the shimmering grasslands of Khwai Private Reserve in the Okavango Delta. A plethora of activities await, including game drives, mokoro excursions, and boat safaris. Keep your eyes peeled, because there are species such as lions, leopards, hippos, elephants, zebras and even pangolins to be found. Accommodation is in Meru style tents with en suite bathrooms.
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Khwai Private Reserve, Khwai Botswana
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charles y wrote a review Jun 2022
Chicago, Illinois111 contributions49 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
The first stop on our 3 camp photo safari to Bots. 4 nights here. This is our third African safari and we thought this was a really good camp in comparison to all the others we have been to.

Excellent service, clean well organized rooms. Not extravagant but well done and had what we needed for a good stay. A desk with proper power for the photographers to work at between game drives and for charging. While the room was a simple layout it was well organized/planned so for the two of us it was a very comfortable stay. The common building has wonderful views and is a pleasure to relax at.

The food was excellent. Kudos to the chef that prepared terrific meals. Some of the best we have had in camps in Africa. Super friendly and attentive staff and the staff sing at dinner one night was really awesome.

Had a hyena check us out during dinner one night. Very cool.

Wildlife was excellent and varied. They are affiliated with a property about an hour and a half away that has a blind at a water hole just above the lake level. Worth the trip if you are there for 3-4 days. Great views and a constant stream of wildlife.

Had a great time here and would recommend LS highly to others.
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Room Tip: all rooms face the plains so I would say they are equivalent.
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Response from Natural Selection, Marketing at Little Sable
Responded 22 Jul 2022
Thank you for taking the time to leave us this lovely review - we really do appreciate it. It's great to hear that you enjoyed your stay and we hope to be able to welcome you back before too long.
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Kathy wrote a review Mar 2024
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania30 contributions4 helpful votes
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Little Sable, run by Mrs P and her excellent team, made his feel right at home. We so enjoyed our tent with the indoor/outdoor shower and the breezes in the common area and the pool.

Our guide, Chris, was very good and made sure that we had everything that we needed at all times. The team quickly learned our names and preferences and made sure that we had everything that we needed or wanted at all times.

We sat around the campfire with Junior and talked about families and stars. Chris joined us for dinner and shared stories of his childhood.

We felt that this was a very personal experience and that we had experienced something very special. Of course, the animals all did their part and showed up on cue including the hippo in the camp. We never dreamt that we would have the opportunity to watch 3 leopards for over an hour as they had their "snack" and we had our sundowners. Truly magical.

Thank you!
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Date of stay: March 2024
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: There is a ceiling fan in the tent which helped and no mosquitos while we were there.
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Response from Natural Selection, Marketing at Little Sable
Responded 24 Mar 2024
Thank you for taking the time to leave us this review. We're so pleased that you enjoyed your stay and hope to welcome you back before too long. Warm regards, Little Sable Team
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Jackie B wrote a review Nov 2023
Newport Pagnell46 contributions22 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a wonderful stay at the camp and an amazing wildlife experience.
The tented chalets were clean, comfortable, and free of bugs/nasties, with lovely cosy beds and large mosquito nets but unfortunately no aircon, just a ceiling fan. There was a lovely view over a small watering hole and from our patio, we were lucky enough to watch elephants rolling in it.
The staff were all exceptional friendly and helpful and did everything to make our stay memorable. The food and service was very good and the staff sang and danced for us on one of our evenings.
Our guide Ness was brilliant. He had extensive knowledge of the ecosystem and the history of the Okavango and was brilliant at spotting wildlife and sharing his knowledge. We enjoyed a great wildlife viewing boat trip during which Ness also gave us a very interesting, informative geography/history lesson.
We saw an amazing amount of wildlife. Herds of elephants, impala & kudu, giraffes, hippos, crocs, buffalos, lions and numerous leopards to name just a few. We were also fortunate enough to see a pack of wild dogs. Our expectation was that we might be lucky enough to view just some of these animals (especially leopards and lions) at a distance so, we were amazed to get up really close to so many of these,
The guides shared information, but the land cruisers never congregated in more than 3 at a time and we only had 4 people and our assigned guide on each.
Mid September was a great time to visit as it made it easier to spot wildlife due to the lack of greenery. It was however very hot during the day and only cooled down to low 20s at night. The land cruisers have covered tops and as they were constantly moving the temperature on board remained comfortable but be prepared for the 'African massage' as you do get bounced around. Also be prepared for early, 5am, wake up calls to ensure the best game viewing.
Unfortunately, Little Sable had recently had baboons breaking into tents. We were therefore advised to keep everything, especially medication and nice smelling toiletries etc in the safe. As there was only open storage this also meant we had to virtually pack everything away securely in our suitcases each day, even clothes, which was a bit of a nuisance. They were trying to find an effective way to address the problem.
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Travel light, laundry service is great & no need to dress up. Take plenty of sun cream & lip...
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Response from Natural Selection, Marketing at Little Sable
Responded 8 Dec 2023
Thank you for taking the time to leave us this lovely review, we really do appreciate it. It's great to hear that you enjoyed your stay despite the pesky baboons! We hope to welcome you back before too long. Warm regards, Little Sable Team
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DS14640 wrote a review Aug 2022
Cockeysville Hunt Valley, Maryland116 contributions31 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We loved our three nights at Little Sable in the Khwai Private Reserve. Our guide Johnson was fantastic and was dedicated to making sure we experienced special wildlife sightings like lion cubs and wild dogs. The bird life here is also spectacular. If you enjoy night drives, you are able to experience them at Little Sable because it is a private concession. Johnson took us out at night and we were able to see elusive rarely seen nocturnal animals like the African wild cat, spring hare and civet. The camp itself is the perfect size with only 8 tents while the service and food are top notch. Special shout out to Kim and Mrs. P for always making us feel special. Our trip to Little Sable was one of the highlights of our visit to Botswana.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Response from Natural Selection, Marketing at Little Sable
Responded 23 Aug 2022
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us this review. It's great to hear that you enjoyed your stay and we hope to welcome you back before too long. Kind regards
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Mone_HH wrote a review Sept 2023
Frankfurt, Germany134 contributions48 helpful votes
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We spent two magical nights at Little Sable and it was the highlight during our Botswana safari. We were truly lucky to have the whole lodge to ourselves and it was a magical experience.

The service and food were wonderful - thank you to the whole team! You would not expect high dining in the middle of nowhere but the dining was out of this world!

The tents are well equipped but not too spacious. The charging for our devices worked well. We had wifi in the main area to connect with the world.

The true highlight was our guide Johnson who not only found lots of leopard and lions but also wild dogs and who made our trip truly special! It can highly recommend this lodge for your Okavango Delta safari.
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Natural Selection, Marketing at Little Sable
Responded 13 Oct 2023
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us this lovely review. We're so pleased that you enjoyed your time here. Kind regards, Little Sable Team
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Boon S wrote a review Aug 2023
New York City, New York35 contributions56 helpful votes
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Great little safari camp with very professional staff. Game drives led by guides Waz and Johnson were excellent. We saw a successful Wild Dogs hunt, and lots of leopards and lions on all 3 days we were there. This is our second safari, and by far this one of the best camps. We highly recommend Little Stable to anyone looking for great hospitality and amazing game drives.
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Responded 14 Sept 2023
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us this review. We're so pleased that you enjoyed your stay and hope to welcome you back before too long. Warm regards, Little Sable Team
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ZebideeAustralia wrote a review Jul 2019
Australia71 contributions57 helpful votes
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We spent three brilliant nights here as part of a Pangolin Photo Safari (camp is now/soon to be in the Natural Selection stable).
Welcoming staff, comfortable accommodation (with enough luxury - including en-suite bathroom and hot water bottles in your bed at night - to remind you you’re not camping!), great food, super-knowledgeable guides and photo guides, and a good range of animals and birds.
The camp is in the Khwai Private Reserve, an area on the edge of the Okavango delta which is semi-arid yet punctuated by enough flowing streams to support extensive wildlife. We saw leopard, lion, elephants, hippos, crocodiles, zebra, ostrich, giraffe, wildebeest and a great variety of birds. A highlight of our stay was seeing an elusive honey badger as we headed to the airstrip on our last day.
We did two three-hour safaris a day - one early morning and another in the mid afternoon, in Landcruiser 4WDs with four guests, a driver/guide/tracker and photo guide.
Our guide, Steez, was excellent - and his ability to track animals impressive. We had the services of two photo guides over our visit, Danny (a Canon guy) and Barbara (Nikon specialist), and both were excellent.
A highlight of each Safari was being welcomed back into camp by manager Thomas, who was waiting with a smile and hot towels to wipe the safari dust off our faces.
Food was terrific, a good variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks were included in the package, and gin and tonic sundowners in the bush were a nice way to finish the day.
Jackal&Hide was a brilliant experience and highly recommended.

Camera tips

Our package included the use of Canon D80 digital cameras and 150-600 lenses.
If you’re taking your own gear (I did) and search the web for safari lens recommendations you’ll see lots of references to the 80-400 as being ideal for safaris. It may be in other parts of Africa, but my feeling is 400mm would have been a bit short in Khwai. I used my Nikon 200-500 at 500mm for most shots on a crop sensor D500 (equivalent field of view 750mm). A lot of sites also recommend a second camera body and lens (I used a full-frame Nikon D810 and Tamron 70-200G2) for closer work (eg: group shots of elephants or hippos) and that was useful. Khwai is very dusty so don’t change lenses if you’re on a game drive or you’ll end up with dirt on your camera sensor.
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Date of stay: June 2019
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Response from NS-Marketing, Public Relations Manager at Little Sable
Responded 15 Jul 2019
Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us this review. We really do appreciate it. It's so great to hear that you enjoyed your stay and we hope to be able to welcome you back into camp before too long. Kind regards, Pru - The Jackal & Hide marketing team
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iammars wrote a review Jul 2019
Singapore, Singapore167 contributions119 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This camp - known as Pangolin Khwai when I booked it - was the first stop on my 40th birthday African adventure. It did not disappoint.

All of the staff were incredible. The managers at the camp - Thomas and Barbara - were friendly, helpful, and very accommodating. They really made us feel at home. And our guides - Matt and Daniel - were excellent. They did their best to give us a unique experience and were very knowledgeable when it came to the flora and fauna.

I would recommend this camp to anyone visiting the Delta or Botswana.
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Date of stay: May 2019
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from NS-Marketing, Public Relations Manager at Little Sable
Responded 5 Aug 2019
Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us this review. We really do appreciate it. First of all, Happy Birthday! It's wonderful to hear that you enjoyed your stay so much, particularly as it was such a momentous occasion. Thank you for your kind words about our team, they will be heartened to hear that they made such an impression. We hope to be able to welcome you back into camp before too long. Kind regards, Pru - The Jackal & Hide marketing team
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Tyler B wrote a review Jul 2019
Villa Rica, Georgia154 contributions14 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our family of four enjoyed our time at Jackal and Hide. We saw so much.. three different leopards, lions, wild dog, hyena and of course so many elephants. The Khwai Private Reserve is so nice because you have thousands upon thousands of acres to yourself and you can go off road as you chase wild dogs on the hunt or a shy leopard as she finds her cub. You won’t see massive herds of game but you will see so much variety.. seemingly a surprise around every corner.

We also enjoyed a professional photographer in camp who outfitted me and my 13 year old son with excellent camera equipment and quick instruction on how to use it. What a bonus!

The amenities are somewhat on the simple side for camps in Botswana but we enjoyed them nonetheless. My teenage sons who’ve never done safari said it was the greatest place on earth. The tents and main dining area overlook a beautiful flood plain that often held elephants, hippo, and lechwe while we were there. Distant roaring lions and whooping hyena sang us to sleep each night.

The staff were very friendly and accommodating. Our guide was informative and worked very hard to make our experience a great one. Thanks Daniel!

A few other notes.. night drives were listed as an option on their website but when we arrived they were not an option. Natural Selection is the marketing company but it was Khwai Private Reserve who operated the camp.
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Date of stay: June 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from NS-Marketing, Public Relations Manager at Little Sable
Responded 15 Jul 2019
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us this review. We really appreciate it. It's great to hear that you enjoyed your stay and got such good sightings. The Jackal & Hide was formerly a specialist photographic camp, so we do all have a soft spot for camera gear! We're so pleased you were able to take advantage of it. I've passed your notes on to the team. Thanks very much for this feedback. Kind regards, Pru - The Jackal & Hide marketing team
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Tony_Kenney wrote a review Mar 2024
Atlanta, GA410 contributions83 helpful votes
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Our stay at LS was wonderful, start to finish. I'll try to review as best I can but don't know if my words will do it justice😀 This stop was the highlight stop of our 2 weeks of safari.

Let me start by listing for you the animals we saw....
This may not sound true, but it is - elephant 🐘 - sable antelope - Buffalo 🐃 - wild boar 🐗 - warthog - giraffe 🦒 - hippopotamus - eagle - baboon - red lechwe - water buck - wild dog 🐕 - leopard tortoise 🐢 - red billed stork - impala - velvet monkey 🐒 - hyena - Reedbock - lilac breasted roller - ostrich- leopard - jackal - African wild cat. The wildlife is unreal. Every hour here was an adventure. There is lots to do but why do anything else other than go on treks considering, but....

The service is phenomenal. From your greeting at the airstrip to the minute you leave, everyone here is wonderful. Besides the one girl that had a bad cough😷 I can not say anything derogatory about this staff. We loved them all and miss our friends here. The food was excellent, the chefs phenomenal, and the cabin was so comfortable.
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: All was great....I don't know how to recommend them enough. We 💗 it here.
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Responded 11 Mar 2024
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us this super review. We're thrilled that you enjoyed your stay with us and hope to welcome you back before long. Warm regards, Little Sable Team
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Kathy wrote a tip Mar 2024
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania30 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"There is a ceiling fan in the tent which helped and no mosquitos while we were there."
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Tony_Kenney wrote a tip Mar 2024
Atlanta, GA410 contributions83 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All was great....I don't know how to recommend them enough. We 💗 it here. "
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Jackie B wrote a tip Nov 2023
Newport Pagnell46 contributions22 helpful votes
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"Travel light, laundry service is great & no need to dress up. Take plenty of sun cream & lip balm. Little humidity and very dusty. "
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vicki l wrote a tip Oct 2023
Davis, California23 contributions12 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Go with the private reserves! The guides are the best and you won't be crowded out."
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charles y wrote a tip Jun 2022
Chicago, Illinois111 contributions49 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"all rooms face the plains so I would say they are equivalent."
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PRICE RANGE
£1,534 - £2,275 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
The Jackal & Hide
LOCATION
BotswanaNorth-West DistrictKhwai
NUMBER OF ROOMS
8
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Little Sable?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Does Little Sable have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Little Sable offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
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