Jongomero Camp (Ruaha National Park) Tanzania
Superbly isolated right in the heart of the Ruaha
National Park lies Jongomero camp on the banks of a seasonal
sand river which bears the same name.
Blending in beautifully with its surroundings the camp is tucked away among some shady riverine vegetation not far from permanent water therefore attracting a large amount of animals into the camp area.
Being the only camp situated in this area of the park ensures unmatched privacy and a true wilderness experience.
Accommodation / Facilities:
Superbly isolated right in the heart of the Ruaha National Park lies Jongomero camp on the banks of a seasonal sand river which bears the same name. Blending in beautifully with its surroundings the camp is tucked away among some shady riverine vegetation not far from permanent water therefore attracting a large amount of animals into the camp area. Being the only camp situated in this area of the park ensures unmatched privacy and a true wilderness experience.
Accommodation at Jongomero comprises eight large and well-appointed tented suites, all built on raised wooden platforms and under enormous thatched roofs that also encompass a spacious private veranda. All tents are spread out, situated on the edge of the sand river which is often used by a multitude of different animals to make their way to the river system for water. The dining and living areas are both original and very comfortable offering a great vantage to take in the sights and sounds of the African bush that surrounds the camp, as does the natural "hippo friendly" swimming pool for those hot days.
The camp itself is not fenced and animals are free to pass through as they please. Elephants are daily and nightly visitors to the camp, vast herds of buffalo come within close proximity to the camp itself.
Lion occasionally pass through and once every so often the tracks of a leopard can be seen winding down the main pathway as they make their way through the camp.
The tents are perfectly secure and guests are frequently subjected to the wonderful feeling of huddling in a tent silently, trying to guess the identity of the enormous pachyderm which may wander by in the continuous quest for herbage.
Game Viewing / Activities:
The activity options available at Jongomero are as diverse as the park itself. Aside from the normal game drives available in all parks, there are plenty of other exiting things to do. The normal game drives go out twice per day, in the morning and afternoon. All game drives are driven by qualified guides in an open 4X4 Landrover with a canopy for shade and no more than six guests per vehicle.
Game drive is the best way to get up close and personal with some of Africa's mightiest animals and to see some of the parks superb scenery. At Jongomero we aim to show you the full variety of scenery, flora, fauna, and the different wildlife they support that make Ruaha so diverse and interesting.
From open plains to thick inhospitable bush, from the tranquil river scenes to great herds of buffaloes enveloped in clouds of dust as they make their way through the acacia woodlands, Ruaha never disappoints. For the specialist there are afternoon specialist bird and photography drives on offer, as Ruaha is one of the great birding paradises of Africa (equipment and guides permitting). A game walk through this magnificent park is a must if you want to get as close to nature as possible.
There are daily bush walks through this great wilderness accompanied by an armed guide and a park ranger. Tread in the footsteps of those early explorers as you carefully work your way through Africa's wildest area and get a glimpse of animals as they go about their daily routine from ground level, without the luxury of a vehicle. Immerse yourself in nature and learn about the skill of tracking, survival, dung identification and the various mammals, insects and plants very often neglected from vehicles. For those with a truly wild heart, perhaps have a go at fly-camping; a one or two day expedition on foot through the reserve sleeping in a small fly-camp or satellite camp (see more under Jongomero Walking Safari).
If a break from a hectic schedule is called for then relax and take advantage of the amenities within the camp itself. Very often a large variety of life can be seen without leaving your tent. Birds constantly flutter through the camps trees and the early morning chorus is an auditory overload as the birds wake and get ready to go about their day.
Elephant frequently enter the camp and can be viewed without even getting out of the swimming pool. Elephant shrews make their home throughout the camp and dik-diks, jackals, impala and mongoose can often be seen scuttling about in the daytime. For those interested in the stars, the camp has its own high powered telescope to view planets, nebulae, stars and other heavenly delights.
With over 530 species of bird, a huge population of buffalo, elephant and lion, plus a unique combination of both lesser and greater kudu, roan antelope and African wild dog, Ruaha offers as definitive a cross-section of wildlife as any park on the continent.
Accommodation Rates:- From $725 per person per night sharing. Please contact us for a quote and suggested itinerary.