1. Asilia Jabali 2018 6.1
Camps & Lodges

Jabali Private House

Ruaha National Park, Tanzania

Enquire

An intimate, exclusive-use property surrounded by lofty, ancient baobab trees, Jabali Private House is perfect for families and friends. It has three bedrooms, a lounge and a dining area, plus a private pool, looking out over the dense forest that fringes the bordering Ikuka escarpment.

About JABALI Private House

A dedicated team — including a private chef, guide and vehicle — means you can choose to spend all day out on a game drive or enjoy more time at the house relaxing around the pool or savouring a long lunch. 

Ruaha National Park is known for its healthy herds of elephants and buffalo and its bold lions, which are known to take down giraffes and even elephants. Night drives allow you to spot often-elusive nocturnal creatures, while walking safaris are a great way to catch sight of smaller animals and plants or learn how to track.  

  • Calendar

    Open: June to Mid March
    Closed: Mid-March to end May

  • Airplane

    Closest airstrip: Msembe, 50 minutes drive from camp

  • 1 Families

    Families: children of all ages

13. Jabali Walking Safari, Guests Learning About The Vegetation In The Area
7. Jabali PVT House Private Dining Area, Deck And Pool

Accommodation AT JABALI Private House

Take a look around

  • 1. Asilia Jabali 2018 6.1

    Jabali Private House exterior

  • 2. Jabali PVT House Left Wing Double Bedroom En Suite

    Jabali Private House left-wing double bedroom

  • 3. Asilia Jabali 2018 2.1

    Jabali Private House - indoor/outdoor living

  • 4. Jabali PVT House Left Wing Double Bedroom En Suite Shower With View Onto The Baobab Forest

    Shower with a view onto the baobab forest at Jabali Private House

  • 5. Jabali Private House Lounge Area

    Jabali Private House lounge area

  • 6. Jabali PVT House Open Plan Kitchen Louge Area, Leading Onto The Private Deck With Swimming Pool

    Jabali Private House open plan kitchen/lounge area, leading onto the private deck with swimming pool

  • 6A) Dusk At Jabali Infinity Pool

    Dusk at Jabali's infinity pool

  • 7. Jabali PVT House Private Dining Area, Deck And Pool

    Jabali Private House private dining area, deck and pool

  • 8. Jabali PVT House Private Chef Cooking Breakfast For Guest After An Early Morning Game Drive

    8. Jabali Private House chef cooks breakfast for guests after an early morning game drive

  • 9. Jabali PVT House Exterior View Pool Side

    Jabali Private House exterior view pool side

  • 19. Jabali Ridge Gin Bar, Head Waiter Mixing Cocktails For A Guest

    Jabali Ridge gin bar, head waiter mixing cocktails for a guest

  • 10. Jabali PVT House Private Swimming Pool

    Jabali Private House private swimming pool

  • 11. Jabali Ridge Library

    Jabali Ridge library

  • 12. Asilia Jabali 2018 95.1

    Gift shop at Jabali

  • 13. Jabali Walking Safari, Guests Learning About The Vegetation In The Area

    Jabali walking safari, guests learning about the vegetation in the area

  • 13. Jabali Buffalo
    Game drives with Asilia Youtube Video Play

    Game drives with Asilia

  • 14. Jabali Leopard

    Jabali leopard

  • 15. Jabali Ridge Lioness Yawning

    Jabali Ridge lioness yawning

  • 16. Jabali Elephant Scenic

    Jabali elephant scenic

  • 17. Jabali Scenic 4

    Jabali's scenery

  • 18. Jabali Private Walking And Head Guide Moinga

    Jabali Private walking and head guide, Moinga

Previous
Next

Accommodation

Accommodation & Amenities

The most sophisticated safari bolt-hole in southern Tanzania, offering total privacy and complete flexibility in your safari itinerary in Ruaha National Park.

The house has two master bedrooms and an additional twin bedroom, suitable for families with kids or adults travelling together. Enjoy your meals outside on the deck and cool off in your own private pool, or head over to neighbouring Jabali Ridge to enjoy the pool, bar, library and spa.

  • Cottages

    One private-use house

  • Complimentary Laundry Service

    Private chef and butler

  • 3 En Suite Bathrooms

    En-suite bathrooms

  • Outdoor Shower

    Hot-water showers

  • 24 Flushing Toilets

    Flushing toilets

  • In Room Power

    In-room power

  • Private Plunge Pool

    Private plunge pool

  • Private Outdoor Lounges

    Private outdoor lounges

  • 7 Wifi 2

    WiFi

  • 59 Spa

    Spa

  • 6 In Room Safe

    In-room lockable box

accommodation

Rooms

Jabali Private House has two master suites with king-sized beds and en suite bathrooms with showers. The wooden shutters slide open if you want to let the breeze flow into your room during the day. A third en suite bedroom has twin beds. All the rooms have Wi-Fi connectivity.  

3. Asilia Jabali 2018 2.1
5. Jabali Private House Lounge Area

LOCATION

Location of Jabali Private House

Jabali Private House is set beneath the rocky kopje, home to sister property Jabali Ridge. It is built around three ancient baobab trees, where weaver birds make their nests.

Ruaha National Park is one of the largest national parks in Tanzania, located in the centre of the country. It forms a transitional point between the landscapes of East and Southern Africa, with its golden plains of sun-bleached grass and ancient baobab trees. 

The greater Ruaha area is thought to be home to one-tenth of the entire world’s wild lion population, with large prides roaming the plains. Cheetahs, leopards and packs of wild dogs are seen hunting here, too. You might also spot greater and lesser kudu, sable and roan antelope, elephants, giraffes, bat-eared foxes and some of the 570 bird species. 

17. Jabali Ridge Baobab Tree And Lion
16. Jabali Elephant Scenic

Experiences

Private house, pristine setting

Jabali Private House is an exclusive retreat for family and friends. The place is yours to enjoy, regardless of whether you prefer your getaway quiet and relaxed or lively and fun-filled.

 

16. Jabali Elephant Scenic
15. Jabali Sundowners

Experiences

A typical day on safari at Jabali Private House

We usually head out for a game drive first thing in the morning and again late in the afternoon, when it’s cooler and the animals are active. However, as you have a private guide and vehicle, guests are free to set the pace of your stay if you prefer a later start. A typical day starts off with an early wake-up call and tea or coffee. You can head off on your first game drive of the day after breakfast, or have it packed to take with you as a picnic. You’ll be back at camp in time to freshen up before sitting down to lunch. 

Mid-afternoon is time for a rest. Read a book, take a dip in the pool or visit the spa at Jabali Ridge. Afterward, enjoy afternoon tea and an evening game drive or walk with sundowners. End the day with a drink at the bar and a leisurely dinner under the stars. 

13. Jabali Buffalo
10A Jabali Pancake And Ice Cream Bush Stop

Experiences

Game drives

The best times to depart on a game drive are early morning and late afternoon to avoid the heat of the day, when animals are less active. It alsoallows us to find predators such as lions either setting off hunting at dusk or wrapping up after a busy night. Our vehicles are open-sided, six-seaters with removable canvas roofs and sides that offer unobstructed views. Vehicles are also equipped with charging points and coolers to keep your batteries full and drinks chilled. 

ruahabushlunch.jpg
18. Jabali Private Walking And Head Guide Moinga

Experiences

Walking safaris

Feel a part of the Ruaha landscape by taking a walking safari with one of our experienced guides and local trackers. This is a completely different way to experience the bush. Your senses are much more engaged as you spot tiny but fascinating creatures you’d never see from the vehicle, such as dung beetles, ants and butterflies. Get a thrilling close up view of kudus and elephants, or spot hyena dens amid the kopjes. 

19. Kwihala Camp Walking Safari Ruaha National Park Escarpment Elephants Walking Safari Paul Joynson Hicks MR
Ruaha National Park - Walking Safari

Experiences

Night drives

See a different side of Ruaha with a night drive. It’s a special opportunity to spot shy, nocturnal animals and the those that prey on them. With the aid of a knowledgeable guide, keep your eyes out for leopard, genet, serval, honey badger, civet and African wildcats on the hunt; as well as bush babies, nightjars and owls going about their business. Take a moment to a gaze up at the breathtaking night sky. 

Ruaha-sunset-scenery.jpg (2)
Night Drive

Experiences

Photographic safari

Neighbouring Jabali Ridge is home to one of our specially modified photographic vehicles. The open vehicle allows keen amateurs and professional photographers alike to shoot at eye level with wildlife. It is equipped with all the gear to ensure award-winning shots — from beanbags and camera rests to 360° swivel seats. You can read more about the vehicle here. Please enquire to ensure availability of the vehicle and confirm any additional fees. 

Naboisho Specialist Photographic Vehicle
Photography

Experiences

Asilia Spa

Visit the spa at Jabali Ridge for a relaxing massage after a long overland journey or a hot, dusty walking safari. We can also organise treatments right in your room. 

Spa
Spa (2)

Experiences

Family safaris

Jabali Private House is perfect for families with children of any age. Because it’s booked on an exclusive basis, you can plan your days based on your family’s needs, whether you want to be out tracking lions or prefer to enjoy some quality time at the house. 

Family Safaris
Family Safari (2)

Experiences

Meals and refreshments

The house comes with a private chef who can tailor meals to suit your preferences. Everything is homemade, from fresh breads and cakes to ice creams and salads. If you prefer to stay out longer in the morning, we can prepare a picnic breakfast to enjoy in the bush. Alternatively, you can savour a leisurely brunch back at camp. Your chef will prepare a light lunch and a gourmet dinner that you can enjoy on the deck under the stars.  

We’re more than happy to cater to guests’ needs. Please let us know about any dietary requirements ahead of arrival. 

19. Jabali Ridge Gin Bar, Head Waiter Mixing Cocktails For A Guest
10. Jabali Local Fish Plate

When to go

What to expect during the year

The best time to visit Ruaha is in the dry season, from June to October. The wet season runs from November until April, transforming the landscape, making it a perfect time for photography. It’s a great time for birding too, as the migratory birds are in Ruaha. Note that Jabali Private House is closed from mid-March until June.

  • January - March

    Why travel at this time

    This period is perfect for photography, with a lush, healthy landscape and clear skies. There are fewer tourists and enough breaks in the rain to get out and explore the park. The migratory birds have arrived in Ruaha, along with large herds of elephants. 

    Climate

    January is the peak of wet season and it continues to rain consistently until April. Jabali Private House closes from mid-March, when the park’s roads become difficult to drive. It’s hot and humid; the average high is 28°C/82°F and the average low is 17°C/63°F. 

    • Min Temp Range

      Low temp: 17°C / 63°F

    • Max Temp Range

      High temp: 28°C / 82°F

    • Rainy Seasons

      Rainfall: 141mm / 5.6in

  • April - June

    Jabali Private House is closed from mid-March until the end of May. It reopens in June when the park is dry and conditions slightly cooler.

    Climate

    The dry season begins in May and average temperatures hit i26°C/79°F and with average lows around 13°C/55°F in June.

  • July - September

    Why travel at this time

    Through September is the Serengeti’s hot, dry season. It’s the easiest time to spot animals as they gather around the park’s water sources.

    Climate

    During the dry season, temperature rise from an average high of 26°C/79°C in July to 28°C/82°F in September. The average low ranges from 13°C/55°F to 15°C/59°F.

    • Min Temp Range

      Low temp: 17°C / 63°F

    • Max Temp Range

      High temp: 28°C / 82°F

    • Rainy Seasons

      Rainfall: 0mm / 0in

  • October - December

    Why travel at this time

    October is the end of the dry season. Rains that start in November flood the rivers and revive the park’s vegetation. The migratory birds begin to arrive, and large herds of elephants travel into the lush park.

    Climate

    The wet season starts in November, though most of the rainfall over this period happens in December. The average temperature peaks at 30°C/86°F in October and November, cooling off slightly to 29°C/84°F in December. The average low ranges from 17°C/63°F in October to 18°C/64°F in December.

    • Min Temp Range

      Low temp: 18°C / 64°F

    • Max Temp Range

      High temp: 30°C / 86°F

    • Rainy Seasons

      Rainfall: 39mm / 1.5in

Special offers

Special offers now available

• Special Offers •

Rates

When would you like to go?

The best game viewing in Ruaha is from June to November when it’s hot and dry. The rains that fall from November until April transform the landscape, making it perfect for photography and birding. Jabali Ridge closes from mid-March until the end of May when the park is difficult to traverse.

Below, choose your travel dates for an estimated accommodation cost per person sharing, or scroll down for a table of high and low season rates.

Dates in grey indicate ‘not available’

Estimated accommodation cost per person sharing*

US$ 0

for two adults sharing

Enquire Now

Additional information

  • Rate includes

    Full-board accommodation, house drinks, one private safari vehicle and guide, game drives, night drives, guided short bush walk, transfers to/from nearest airstrip, limited laundry

  • Rate excludes

    Park fees, cultural visits, transfers other than to/from nearest airstrip, flights & airport taxes, gratuities and items of a personal nature

  • Budget factors

    Special offers may apply. Contact us for the best available rates. Last minute offers and long-stay rates may apply.

Rates and Seasonality

  • High season: 01 Jul 2022 - 31 Oct 2022 Rate: US$6130

    What to expect

    • Dry season, high concentration of animals around water, great for cats

    • Plenty of elephants and big herds of buffaloes

    • Leopards become more arboreal as the grass thins

    • Min Temp Range

      Low Temp: 17°C / 63°F

    • Max Temp Range

      High Temp: 28°C / 82°F

    • Rainy Seasons

      Rainfall: none

  • Low season: 01 Nov 2022 - 19 Dec 2022 Rate: US$4375

    What to expect

    • Increased chance of afternoon showers

    • Widespread animals not bound to the rivers

    • Few cars around

    • Min Temp Range

      Low Temp: 18°C / 64°F

    • Max Temp Range

      High Temp: 30°C / 86°F

    • Rainy Seasons

      Rainfall: 39mm / 1.5in

  • High season: 20 Dec 2022 - 05 Jan 2023 Rate: US$6130

    What to expect

    • Dry conditions see high concentrations of animals around water

    • Plenty of elephants and big herds of buffaloes

    • Leopards become more arboreal as the grass disappears

    • Min Temp Range

      Low Temp: 17°C / 63°F

    • Max Temp Range

      High Temp: 28°C / 82°F

    • Rainy Seasons

      Rainfall: 155mm / 6.1in

  • Low season: 06 Jan 2023 - 14 Mar 2023 Rate: US$4375

    What to expect

    • Beautiful daily changes in the landscape, fauna and vegetation

    • Migratory bird species coming and going

    • Widespread animals not bound to the rivers and very few cars around

    • Potential for afternoon showers

    • Min Temp Range

      Low Temp: 17°C / 82°F

    • Max Temp Range

      High Temp: 28°C / 82°F

    • Rainy Seasons

      Rainfall: 141mm / 5.6in

  • Closed: 15 Mar 2023 - 31 May 2023 Rate: US$0

    Seasonal camp closure.

Awards AND RECOGNITION

Don't just take our word for it

Jabali Ridge consistently achieves top ratings on TripAdvisor. In addition, the camp has been awarded the Honeymoon Award by Brides Magazine, the Big Sleep Award by National Geographic Traveler, and the Wild at Heart Award by Tatler Travel Guide. In 2018, the camp was listed on the Conde Nast Traveler UK Hot List. 

Tripadvisor Travellers Choice Award Logo Grey
Jabali Honeymoon Award (1)
Jabali Big Sleep Award
Jabali Hot List UK (1)
Jabali Wild At Heart (1)

WILDLIFE

Ruaha National Park wildlife

The Great Ruaha River runs through Tanzania's largest national part and supports a wide variety birds and wildlife.  Waterbuck, impala and gazelle come to the river to drink and predators are never far behind. You may spot lion or leopard prowling watchfully along the banks, or cheetah lying in wait on the plains, while skulking jackal and hyena are on the lookout for an opportunity to catch their next meal.

  • Lion

    Ruaha National Park Lioness With Cub Down Eric Frank MR
  • Leopard

    George Turner Ruaha 22
  • Lesser Kudu

    Lesser Kudu
  • Greater Kudu

    Greater Kudu Shutterstock 166220447
  • Elephant

    Ruaha 24
  • Impala

    Impala 2668617 1920
  • Giraffe

    Giraffe-Ruaha-National-Park-Marius-Swart-LR-copy.jpg
  • Cheetah

    Serengeti Cheetah Project (1)

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Which is better for families with small children - Jabali Ridge or Jabali Private House?

    Jabali Privat House is ideal for families with children of any age. Because the house is booked exclusively, you can plan your days based on your family’s needs, whether you want to be out tracking lions or prefer to enjoy some quality time at the house. 

     

    Jabali Ridge accepts children 5 and over. 

close
Maa Beadwork Newsletter Signup
SIGN UP TO OUR NEWSLETTER Join our monthly newsletter. Stay in touch and travel when ready.
Conde Nast Traveller Reader's Choice Awards
Responsible Tourism Tanzania
Fair Trade Tourism
Travel + Leisure 2019
World Tourism Awards