I'd like to add a couple of points here. First, Tap said "I'm just hoping sable are as difficult as the grey ghost". Lots of people have way more experience than me, but in my experience, sable are a far more aggressive animal than kudu. As a result, they tend to look at you before running off, and often stop before they get too far to look back. I recall one very nice sable who stared at me from about 100 yards, snorting and stamping his foot. Great show, and it lasted about 5 minutes! Kudu though tend to be in thicker stuff, and to run without looking back if disturbed. Secondly, I'd add my vote for the Matetsi area of Zimbabwe as a great place to hunt sable. I've seen large herds - up to 25 or so animals, and a reasonable number of large males, on a number of hunts. In fact, I was lucky enough to get one there two years ago - 44 1/2 per side - good enough for an SCI gold. Daily rates are quite a bit higher than in South Africa (though lower than Zambia), and trophy fees, while high by Zim standards, tend to be very reasonable by South African standards (I think around $4000 is about average). And there are no fences. Just lots of wild game. Here's a picture of mine.