Sable Mountain Lodge
(12 rooms) 022 211 0507, 0741 323318; firstname.lastname@example.org;
Situated 1km outside the park's western park boundary near the Matembwe Gate,
Sable Mountain Lodge stands on some small hills, offering views into the surrounding dense brachystegia forest. It consists of 8 fairly simple stone bandas, and 4 more luxurious tented bandas. Two of the tents are honeymoon suites; these have the better views and each has a small, private plunge pool. All the rooms have en-suite hot shower and toilet, mosquito nets over the beds and 24hr electricity. Sable Mountain's dining area is open with good views, and there's a swimming pool nearby.
Activities include 4x4 safaris in the park, walks and boat trips – whilst the tireless can go on all-day trips, with a picnic lunch and a boat trip on Lake Tagalala. The surrounding woodland is very thick, and guided walks offer the opportunity to see forest-associated species such as blue monkey, black-and-white colobus and the amazing chequered elephant shrew, as well as a host of forest birds inc the
exquisite Livingstone's turaco, a variety of hornbills and the vociferous forest weaver. Between Dec and May, sable antelope move into the area. Game drives concentrate on the plains north of the main cluster of lodges, which can be very worthwhile seasonally, with very few other vehicles around. Fly-camping is also available, as are river trips during the wet season on the lushly forested Mbega River.
Sable Mountain is very close to the train station at Kisaki, on the TAZARA line between Dar and Zambia. In the past there have been attempts to start a luxury train service; when successful, Sable Mountain will be an obvious first-stop for visitors to the reserve. It is one of very few camps which can be arranged on a FB basis, without activities – so is ideal for those on a tighter budget who just want to do nothing for a few days! US$160/230 sgl/dbl for FB (or US$260/430 inc activities)