Ruaha National Park
This incredibly stylish new lodge in a wonderful, elevated position in Ruaha National Park opened in September 2017. The views and game viewing from this sophisticated retreat are glorious, as are the contemporary-styled guest suites. Add luxuries like a cocktail bar, spa and infinity pool and brilliant food and, if you have the budget, you’re in for a treat!
Asilia’s southern Tanzania flagship property opened in September 2017 and has set new standards for contemporary design in a bush environment. It looks like something from a colour supplement but it’s certainly not a case of style over substance – the guiding and game viewing are every bit as impressive, and the location is simply stunning.
Nestled amongst rocky outcrops, and with large, split-level wooden decks with private outdoor lounge areas, the 8 guest suites and the private-use house are really striking in appearance, with pale wood louvred shutters in place of glass and curtains, and elegant use of neutral tones throughout. The flat roofs are ‘thatched’ with thick reeds and the bathrooms are sleek and beautifully. For those with the budget to take the Jabali experience to the ultimate level there’s Jabali Private House, an exclusive-use 3-bedroom house with private plunge pool, private chef, guide and vehicle.
Jabali is set on a large kopje (hill) and has views that stretch for miles, across the Mwagusi River. The lovely, rocky location is studded with baobab trees and other vegetation, providing lots of gorgeous spots for dining under the stars. Wildlife is superb here, even very close to camp – the lodge has not been here for long, but already it’s been adopted by a leopard who visits at night to drink from the beautiful infinity pool. The lodge has a spa and bar with expert mixologists. There is also a bar-side pool, though the leopard prefers the water!
All the food served here is homemade, including the ice cream, and meals are served with Asilia’s renowned flair. This is a new and exciting lodge backed by Asilia’s great reputation and experience, and we suspect it will find its way onto a lot of people’s wishlists.
Times to Go
Ruaha is a year-round game viewing destination. The dry season is called the yellow season (May to December), when animals are easy to spot in the short vegetation as they search for water. The green season (January to April) is essentially the wet season, but Ruaha has much less rain than other parks, and it looks beautifully lush at this time. Flowers and birdlife are vibrant in the green season.
Jabali Ridge highlights
- New, sophisticated, contemporary luxury retreat (opened Sept 2017)
- Spectacular, elevated position in heart of Ruaha
- Wonderful game viewing year-round
- Day and night game drives, walking safaris
- Concentrations of lion, elephant and leopard close to camp
- Stunning guest suites
- Infinity pool and spa
Tanzania Specialists review
“Jabali Ridge is frankly stunning – an architectural ‘wow’ set in and amongst huge granite boulders on a small hill. The standard of accommodation is equally high brow, with a price tag to match. If you want the most luxurious property in Ruaha, you’ve just found it. Being an Asilia Africa property, it’s also well-run, with superb cuisine. It’s also in one of the best areas of Ruaha for game viewing, so you can’t go wrong really.”
Jabali Ridge location
Arumeru River Lodge
- 8 suites
- 1 private house
- Open June to mid-March
- Children aged 5+ are welcome in guest suites, though Jabali Ridge is not really recommended for children.
- Children of all ages are welcome in Jabali Private House
- Wifi in rooms
- Laundry service
- Swimming pool
- Private safari vehicles (optional)
- Twice-daily game drives
- Night game drives
- Walking safaris
- Spa treatments (optional)
Jabali Ridge rooms
The 8 guest suites are a striking, contemporary design, and boast views over Ruaha from every corner. These are permanent, wooden framed structures, but rather than glass or curtains they have pale wood louvred shutters which can be full opened to let in the full glory of the park or shut to whatever extent the guests wish. King-sized beds are set on platforms made of railway sleepers, and the floors are wide wooden plants. It’s all very stripped back but luxurious at the same time. Electric fans are suspended over the beds, within the linen canopies from which screens roll down at night. The en-suite bathrooms are huge and as well-equipped as the highest quality boutique hotel room, with rain showers. Each suite is on a platform and has a large wooden deck with hammock and private outdoor lounge area.
Jabali Private House
Jabali Private House has all the design features and luxuries of the guest suites, with the added bonus of outdoor showers are well as indoor ones for the three en-suite bathrooms. It comprises two master suites and a third bedroom with twin beds. There is a sizeable living/dining area, and private kitchen. The large deck has sofas to relax on while taking in the views or looking at the resident wildlife as it wanders close by, and a private plunge pool. Jabali Private House comes with the services of a private chef, guide and safari vehicle.
Twiga the giraffe likes this because…
Asilia supports a number of projects in the Ruaha area, including the Ruaha Carnivore Project which works with local communities to reduce human-wildlife conflict, and Tungamalenga Primary School, for which Asilia provides books, desks, pens and pencils and teaching aids.
And don’t forget … for every booking we get, Tanzania Specialists plants trees in deforested areas of Africa through The Travel Forest, and we back The Tribes Foundation’s conservation and social projects.
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Self confessed Africa-lover, but keen on all new travel experiences, Amanda is passionate about getting to know different cultures.
Tracy was been born and spent her youth in South Africa, the draw of the animals, the people and wilds of Africa have always run through her veins.
Sinead caught the travel bug following a year out after university. She has worked in the travel industry ever since, and visited many countries including South Africa, Tanzania, Botswana and Namibia.
The African dust is firmly planted in Chris’s heart. Born in Tanzania she spent much of her childhood in and around Ruaha. Travel and safari was part of life and through into adulthood fun and travel has never left her.