Rubondo Island Camp – National Geographic Traveller
“Set aside as a haven for threatened chimpanzees, elephant families, and various other rare and fascinating species, Rubondo Island is a sub-tropical paradise. The island is mainly uninhabited — bar the presence of a handful of park wardens, wildlife researchers and camp staff — making it a rare privilege to set foot here.” – National Geographic Traveller
This is exactly why National Geographic Traveller decided to feature Rubondo Island Camp.
Rubondo Island Camp is made up of only eight waterfront chalets – this means that the Rubondo experience is extremely exclusive, and because of the location of the cottages, the experience is one that is full of adventure and excitement too!
The accommodations at Rubondo Island Camp have just been completely revitalized, and now are more inviting than ever before. Each of the eight chalets is blended seamlessly into the lush landscape and are shaded by the surrounding indigenous forest. These chalets are surrounded by rolling green lawns that roll further onto the beachy shores of Lake Victoria. Guests can enjoy the sounds of the forest and the view of the world’s second largest lake while relaxing on the verandah.
The We Are Africa Innovation Awards celebrate the very best in independently minded, brilliantly executed travel ideas. We are extremely proud to say that we took the top spot in 2 categories. Jabali Ridge took home the Design Award and our Chimpanzee Habituation Program on Rubondo Island won the Experience Award.
The brief : “Whether it’s a show-stopping art installation, interiors overhaul or pace-setting new build, we want to see the designs changing the look of modern Africa.”
Why we caught the judge’s eye : Jabali’s three way rim flow pool, suspended high above the savannah, is cocooned between hulking granite rocks. Elephants moving between the baobabs below are a common sight and it is the ideal spot for a sundowner.
The brief : “Imaginative itineraries that surprise, amaze and challenge traditional expectations of African travel: show us how you make your country stand out.”
Why we caught the judge’s eye: A rare chance to be a part of the primate habituation process on Africa’s most unique island, home to a very special population of chimps.
Jabali Ridge – Conde Nast Traveler, The Best New Safari Camps & Lodges
“Tanzania’s Ruaha National Park is forty percentage bigger than the Serengeti, with only a fraction of the visitors – it also has ten percent of the world’s lion population and east Africa’s highest concentration of elephants. Eight-suite Jabali is the first truly luxe lodging here, meaning you’ll have the thunderous buffalo and all the wildlife and open grasslands pretty much to yourself.” – Conde Nast Traveler
Jabali Ridge 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.