Jabali Ridge, Ruaha National Park

Set high on a rocky kopje overlooking a landscape dotted with spiky palms and bulbous baobabs, Jabali Ridge is a sophisticated base from which to explore Ruaha National Park, and will welcome its first guests in September 2017. The remarkable beauty of Ruaha is not only in the landscape and its diversity of flora and fauna, or the impressive big game, but in the feeling of having the wilderness all to yourself. With only a handful of visitors at any one time in an area the size of New Jersey, this is an exceptional safari experience.

Jabali Ridge’s 8 suites are hidden amongst the rocky boulders that cocoon the property. An infinity pool, spa and plenty of places to laze ensure that time off is as memorable as time out in the bush. Expert guides lead walking safaris, game drives and night drives.

Snapshot of Jabali Ridge
  • Elegant and sophisticated accommodation in a spectacular site in the heart of Ruaha
  • Located close to the core game viewing area of the Mwagusi River
  • High densities of lion, leopard, elephant and buffalo 
close to camp
Perfect for
  • Private use accommodation & guiding
  • Romantic Safari
  • Active Safari
Standard price per person per night:

$714 - $914i

Accommodation & Amenities

  • .   8 suites & 1 private house

  • En suite bathrooms with full ensuite facilities including hot running water showers and flushing toilets

  • .   Children: above 5 years (please note that Jabali Ridge is not specifically recommended for children)

  • Private outdoor lounges

  • Swimming pool

  • Wifi (in room)

  • Spa

  • In room lockable box

  • In room power

Activities

  • .   Game drives

  • .   Night drives

  • Walking safaris

Camp Dates

  • Camp closed (Opening in September 2017) 16 March – 31 May

  • High season 1 – 5 January; 1 July – 31 October and 20 – 31 December

  • Low season 6 January – 15 March; 1 – 30 June and 1 November – 19 December

Closest Airstrip

  • Msembe: 50 minutes

Child Ages

  • .   Families with children aged five and over are welcomed at Jabali Ridge, but please note there are no family suites or triple rooms available.

Camp Experience

 

Inspired by the landscape which surrounds it, Jabali blends almost seamlessly with its environment. With minimal use of solid walls, the main areas are predominantly open with natural granite boulders providing privacy and shade – even when relaxing in camp you are still one with nature. An infinity pool is the perfect place to cool off on a hot afternoon and the spa will rejuvenate even the most tired limbs.

Meals

Our chefs pride themselves on ensuring that everything served in Jabali is homemade, from our fresh breads, cakes, biscuits to fresh fruit salads, sorbets and homemade ice creams. You can choose a ‘bush bonnet’ picnic breakfast to enjoy during your morning game drive, or go for a cooked brunch back in camp. Our light, buffet-style lunches served in the mess tent are popular in the heat of the day, and include plenty of salads with your main course. Delicious gourmet-style dinners are a three-course affair served outdoors under the stars.
Please let us know if you have special dietary requirements – our camp chefs will be happy to cater for your needs as far as possible.

 

Featured Wildlife

As well as Ruaha’s abundant wildlife, close to camp you will enjoy sightings of :

    • Lion
    • Leopard
    • Cheetah
    • Lesser kudu
    • Greater kudu
    • Elephant
    • Impala
    • Giraffe
    • Sable antelope (rare)
    • Roan antelope (rare)

A Typical Day on Safari

The very best time for rewarding game viewing is in the cooler early mornings and late afternoons, when the animals are at their most active. Depending on the season, your day may start slightly earlier or later, but the general pace of life in camp is focused on giving you the very best possible game-viewing experience. If you have booked a private game-viewing vehicle do discuss personal schedule preferences with your guide.

05:30–06:00 Wake-up call with hot tea & coffee
06:30–07:00 Following breakfast, depart for a morning game drive or walk, or take a picnic breakfast with you and leave slightly earlier
09:30–11:30 Arrive back in camp after game viewing, followed by breakfast (if you wish!)
12:30 Lunch
13:30–16:00 Siesta time: read a book or just relax
16:00 Afternoon tea
16:30 Depart for afternoon/evening game drive or walk with sundowners
18:30 Arrive back in camp
19:30 Drinks at the bar followed by dinner under the stars

Family Safaris

FAMILY SUITABILITY LEVEL
✓GOOD
☐ BETTER
☐ BEST

Families with children aged five and older are welcomed at Jabali. Exceptions to the age limit can be made depending on camp occupancy – please chat to us. We do not, however, offer specific activities for children or personal guides. Note that children below 12 should always share a tent with an adult.

We love catering for the individual needs of families, however safety is always our top priority and the wilderness environment here is not conducive to providing a specific outdoor activity programme for children.

Families of six or more are guaranteed a private safari vehicle at no extra cost in low season. In high season, families with children under 12 are obliged to use a private game-viewing vehicle at an additional cost.

Accommodation

 

With views over Ruaha from every corner of the room, the guest suites are designed to maximise the stunning landscape beyond. Be it from the bed, the desk or the bathroom, every space is a viewpoint and open to nature. Louvered shutters can be opened completely, blurring the lines between building and nature, or closed for privacy. King sized beds are the perfect place for an afternoon siesta, or simply relax outside on your private deck. Bathrooms are fully equipped with rain showers and flushing toilets.

Location

 

Jabali Ridge is set on and around a prominent kopje stretching from east to west, with views all the way to the Mwagusi river. The location ensures that game drives start as soon as the vehicle leaves camp, taking guests straight into one of the prime wildlife areas of Ruaha National Park.

The scope of wildlife in Ruaha is extraordinary, a result of the park’s unique location straddling the transition area between Eastern and Southern Africa and two distinct vegetation zones. It is one of the largest wildlife conservation areas on the continent and incorporates multiple ecosystems that support a great and varied number of species. A tenth of the world’s lion population hunts across the savannah and prides of 20 or more are commonplace. Sightings of herds of greater and lesser kudu, sable and roan antelope are frequent, as are glimpses of the endangered African wild dog, bat-eared fox and cheetah, one of the few sustainable populations left in East Africa. And if that isn’t enough, the elusive leopard can be found lurking among the bushes, just to keep the balance right.

Activities

 

Ruaha National Park is renowned in East Africa for its excellent guides and truly wild landscape. Whether you’re tracking lions by vehicle, discovering the smaller wonders on foot or just relaxing in camp, the expert guides at Jabali Ridge will enhance your wildlife experience with their superb knowledge.

Game drives
Guided game drives are offered twice a day. Our six-seater game-viewing vehicles are open-sided with a canvas roof and the canvas sides can be rolled down in case of rain (ponchos are provided). All vehicles have power points where you can recharge your devices and all are fitted with fridges to keep your drinks deliciously frosty. A private game-viewing vehicle can be booked by prior arrangement. In the morning, maximise your game-viewing time by taking a delicious breakfast picnic with you to enjoy under the shade of a tree. In the evening, sip a cold gin & tonic in the heart of the bush as the sun sinks below the horizon.

Night drives
When the sun descends, the elusive night animals come out to play. Explore the secrets of these shy creatures on a night game drive through Ruaha National Park.

Walking safaris
A walking safari is one the most intimate ways to experience the bush and can be enjoyed with one of Jabali’s experienced armed guides and local trackers. Eye-to-eye with the wildlife, your senses are heightened and the sights, sounds and smells of the bush come alive.

Our 2017 Rates

Jabali Ridge rates include: Full board accommodation, all drinks (except champagne and cellar wines), game drives, night drives, guided walks, transfers to/from nearest airstrip and to/from Jabali Ridge, laundry service.

Rates below exclude: Any applicable park/conservancy fees, any applicable camping/concession fees, and conservation charge, totalling approximately US$ 80 per person per night. Transfers other than to/from nearest airstrip, flying doctors/medical evacuation insurance, flights & airport taxes, gratuities, items of a personal nature, additional lunch (picnic or in house) US$ 25pp. 

High Season:

1 – 5 January; 1 July – 31 October and  20 – 31 December: US$ 914 per person per night based on 2 people sharing accommodation

Low Season:

6 January – 15 March; 1 – 30 June and 1 November – 19 December: US$ 714 per person per night based on 2 people sharing accommodation

Experiences and activities to enjoy at Jabali Ridge:

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  • Romantic Experience
    Romantic Experience

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  • Active Safari
    Active Safari

    Experience a different kind of safari.

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  • Walking Safaris
    Walking Safaris

    Experience the African bush on foot.

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  • Night Drives
    Night Drives

    Spot unique nocturnal animals.

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  • Birding Safaris
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    Witness East Africa's incredible birdlife.

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    Spot game from specialised vehicles.

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