The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Sable Dam, Kruger National Park

Afrikaans name: Sabledam

Sable Dam with low water levels

Sable Dam in Kruger National Park

Photo © Steven Herbert


Sable Dam is located near Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. You enter the park on the H9 tar road and then take the S51 gravel road which leads past the dam. When done at the dam you can continue of the S51 which will take you back to the H-9 tar road.

The dam is surrounded by Mopane and Bushwillow trees which can limit the variety of wildlife seen, but species such as Elephant, Cape Buffalo, Hippo, Lion, Eland, Burchell's Zebra and Warthog are recorded regularly.

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Sable Dam was built in September 1972 and, when full, has a capacity of 221 mega litres and a maximum depth of over 6 metres.

One of the most interesting features of the dam is the Sable Dam Overnight Hide which allows you to stay overnight in the hide. Bookings can only be made through the office at Phalaborwa Gate which can be contacted on 013-735 6509. Sable Dam is about 45 km away from Letaba Camp.

Dry river bed

Mashangani River bed - dry at the time of this photo being taken

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