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Jabali Ridge
Jabali Ridge
Jabali Ridge
Jabali Ridge

Reviews of Jabali Ridge

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1 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Jabali Ridge and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa

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Mr & Mrs BH
W Sussex

"Utterly unique, brilliant concept!"

3 nights Arrived 24 Sep 2017
"This place has a real wow factor about it coupled with plenty of 'oohs' and only a couple of 'errs'! Set into a boulder-strewn outcrop the wow factor of how they managed to build it in the first place hits you straight away as you pull up to the drop off point. The reception, restaurant, bar, pool and individual accommodations have been built into the hillside and supported on stilts. Although the site was not finished this did not detract from our experience, partly because the ongoing work was managed while the guests were out on safari and the fact that there were few guests (4-6 of us versus a capacity of circa 28 on completion).

The lodge rooms are built on stilts and have slatted wall panels on all sides. This in itself gives a wonderful airy feeling of being out in the open but at the same time makes you feel rather exposed! If the accommodation had been sited with the same focus on privacy as Selous it would have been utterly perfect but unfortunately we stayed in room 4 which was between 2 others and overlooked from above by another and the pool area. Fortunately, as we only had residents on our right the privacy aspect was not too bad however if the other lodges had been occupied my opinion of the whole place would have been different. Apparently additional screening is planned but we did not see those plans. With judicious movement of the slats on all sides you can ensure you are not overlooked while in your lodge however it is a bit time consuming to work out. At night a calico canopy is lowered around the bed. A great shame that this is all dense cloth rather than having a net, transparent front panel. Having a spectacular view that you wake up to but cannot see clearly is a great shame. These two areas do need to be addressed. Hopefully, the constructive criticism concerning privacy will result in an effective solution in the very near future (in anticipation of this, I have given top marks to the room). As this is clearly a cleverly designed, unique camp at the upper end of the market, it would be a great shame if it suffered from style over substance in the long run.

Enough of the negatives...the views were wonderful. The food was wonderful. The infinity pool is breathtaking. The staff were wonderful. The game drives and our guide Moinga were sublime. The experience far, far exceeded my expectations. Hopefully that gives you a feel for the place! I have never said that about anywhere - ever!

We stayed in late Sep and the accommodation area only had a few flying ants in the evening and some moths attracted to our lights. No real biting insects noted although some tsetse flies on the longer distance safari drives. Surprisingly, the British horsefly has a far nastier bite!

We did not share any game drives with any other guests. You soon build up quite a close relationship with your guide as he takes you from one unique personal experience to another. We were so fortunate with Moinga as his background knowledge is exceptional and far exceeds tracking and animal identification. To be the first to discover lion cubs less than a week old, see a fresh hippo kill and sit underneath a tree looking up at a dozing leopard a few feet above were special moments indeed. And not forgetting the resident 'Jabali leopard' that has a habit of drinking from the swimming pool during the night!" See all these reviews: 6n in Tanzania; 4n in Zanzibar
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Excellent

Location:
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Facilities:
Excellent
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