Little Sable Camp
Khwai Private Reserve, Okavango Delta, Botswana
With wide-open views out your tent door that make you feel truly one with nature, this camp in the heart of the game-rich Khwai Private Reserve has been completely revamped to upgrade the interiors and service level while maintaining its intimate and relaxed simplicity. Eight traditional tents on raised wooden platforms have a king-size bed (which can be converted to two twins), writing desk, en suite bathroom with indoor and outdoor showers, and private viewing deck surveying the shimmering grasslands, including a popular elephant and zebra grazing area. Design and decor blend a touch of old-world English heritage with African-inspired artistry. The broader redesign includes the extension of the outside deck to create a larger lounge and dining space, sheltered under thatch. The firepit area has been enhanced to provide an even more inviting opportunity to sit around the crackling logs, gin and tonic in hand, surrounded by the sounds of the night and spray of stars overhead. The pool area has also been enlarged, improving this unexpected game-viewing platform.
The private Khwai concession, an expanse of nearly half a million acres, teems with Botswana’s most famous wildlife. Offering an experience of the Okavango Delta that’s second to none, Little Sable is surrounded by vast floodplains, sprawling savannas and patches of forest laced with a maze of channels and lily-filled waterways. Gain varied perspectives from classic game drives (including night drives to view nocturnal species) to mokoro (poled canoe) trips and boat safaris when seasonal water levels allow. Ground-level hides offer breathtaking close-up wildlife encounters. Regardless of your safari mode, you are assured a true wilderness experience, as guests at Little Sable are mostly alone among the wildlife in a region where visitors are few. From the camp’s exceptional location, look for lion, leopard, giraffe, roan, kudu and the namesake sable antelope, among many other species. The wetlands and rivers host impressive quantities of hippo and crocodile. Khwai also has an excellent reputation for the rarer species of the African savanna including wild dog, serval, honey badger and the elusive pangolin. Birdlife is outstanding, and guests can expect everything from giant eagle owls to lilac-breasted rollers.