Sable Mountain Lodge

Tanzania

  • Lovely location in the Beho Beho hills
  • Take game drives, boat trips and guided walks
  • Cool off the covered pool
  • Rooms set well apart
  • Enjoy a drink the Landrover's Return bar

Open: Sable Mountain Lodge is open from the beginning of June till the end of March.

Location: The lodge is situated over several hills in the far north west corner of Selous, the boundary running right through the camp. The lodge is on land owned by Kisaki village. It is 9km from Matambwe Gate. It is set in deciduous woodland and is very overgrown with lush high grass and plants in the green season, becoming drier as the dry season continues. There is an airstrip a 30 minute drive away and the flying time from Dar es Salaam is 50 minutes. You can also travel by train from Dar. The train runs twice a week, Tuesday at 3.50pm arriving 8pm and Friday departing 2pm and arriving 7pm. Staff from the lodge will collect you and drive you the 30 minutes to the lodge.

Rooms: There are 8 stone cottages and 5 tented bandas, including 2 honeymoon tents, all en-suite. The bathrooms in the tented bandas are slightly larger. There is also a villa with 1 twin and 1 double room and a shared bathroom, good for families or groups of friends. Atop the villa is the Rooftop, a double room with great views of the surrounding landscape. 

Activities: Game drives and boating safaris in Selous Game Reserve. You can take full and halfday game drives. The full day often includes a boat ride on Lake Tagalala. You can go on a 2-hour guided walk from the lodge, take a tour of Kisaki village and the nearby Maasai village.

Facilities: The lodge has 2 restaurants a bar, the Landrover's Return. There is a small library and sitting area. There is a covered freshwater swimming pool overlooking the waterhole. You can use the safe in the manager's office for valuables. Batteries can be charged in the bar area, restaurant or office.

Dining: Meals are served in either of the dining areas, weather dependent. Breakfast includes cooked dishes, lunch is usually 2 courses and dinner a 3-course meal. 

Children: Children aged 6 years and over are welcome, and younger children will be considered at the discretion of the manager. 

Health: This is a malarial area.

Communication: There is a limited mobile reception, no direct phone or fax and no internet.

Notes: Due to the uneven, sometimes steep paths and number of steps, Sable Mountain is not suitable for those of limited mobility.

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Client Rating for Tanzania 5/5 from 217 reviews

The tented banda accomodation was great, with a good view across the treetops to the mountains in the distance. The bathroom is very basic, but perfectly adequate, the large double bed very comfy. We had one evening visitor - a bat, but he was easily persuaded to go back outside. We loved the 'Landrover's Return' - the bar area made from the first landrover the camp used. The food was very good - though mostly quite European. We would have liked to perhaps try something different (though if you weren't careful the mantis landed on your plate!) All the trips were well organised, everything seemed to run like clockwork, until we had a tremendous thunderstorm just as we were to sit down to dinner. The staff were amazingly efficient at moving all the things off the dining table whilst the wind and rain howled through the verandah, then it was replaced as if nothing had happened within minutes of the storm abating. Brilliant. The picnic on the boat surrounded by crocodiles and hippos is quite an experience too.

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