i went to sasan gir with my mother and younger sister on a holiday trip on a 3 day holiday trip, and decided to stay here for 2 days.
the caretaker of this place seemed very cordial initially, and that's why we decided to stay there (we hadn't done reservations as we wanted to explore all aspects of gir). Below I enumerate my views in tangible terms.
This place has a 'retro' look, and this gives a lot of novelty value. Outside the rooms, they have kept village-designed cots where we can sit and chat.
The washrooms are reasonably spacious.
Since the rooms are designed as separate cottages (2-attached together), so there is good privacy.
The food is decent, and they are flexible about the timing of the food as well.
The rooms and washrooms are not very well maintained. In our room, the washroom had a big hole towards the ceiling :( Likewise, the a/c was very inefficient and the room would simply not get cool.
Our drivers (yes, we had two of them) complained of poor service from the people who served the food.
Room service is not good... we had to actually scold the attendants (who were young lads) to make them work, and even for basic things like arranging for drinking water, etc.
Overall, this is a good place, but there is huge scope for improvement and there is potential to make this the No. 1 accommodation in Gir.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Maneland Jungle Lodge is designed to match the asthetics of the area & stylized using local material & construction techniques. The lodge nestling in small hills offers a perfect blend of the wild, exciting & even romantic experience of the forest.Gir - a proud heritage possessed by the present generation, is not merely a heaven of wildlife. It symbolizes history , that has witnessed the vicissitudes of nature, the travails of wildlife development, the gradual recognition given to this nature's bestowal, and consequent emergence of conservation ideology. Despite the onslaught of biotic disturbances and climatic hostilities, Gir - with its virginal identity, stands as a testimony of nature's intrinsic self reviving power. Gir promises to unfold before you the unexplored vistas of wilderness and the splendour of wildlife, which is tranquil yet vibrant, serene yet colourful, silent yet communicative, distracting and yet captivating. It took a royal decline to an offer of a lion hunt and then nearly a whole of a hundred years to pull the Asiatic Lion back from the brink of near extinction. Now that the species seems finally secure, the management is faced with another paradox. Unaware of the awe they continue to inspire and retaliatory risks they face, the lion tends to follow it's wild instincts and venture out of man-made boundaries and reach upto the waves of the Arabian sea. The Asian Lion is amongst the rarest animals in the world and its best to visit him in summer, where the trees are bare, the grass has withered and he's down at the watering holes to quench his thirst. As you roam the sanctuary you'ed encounter the straight probing gaze of a Nilgai, the flighty stare of a Chital and if you're lucky the stralthy menance of the Leapord or the gentle call of a Lioness to her cubs. Only if man would make an attempt to understand that! Perhaps, you would! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Maneland Jungle Hotel Sasan Gir National Park