Jongomero Sand River, Ruaha
Permanent tented camp
Luxury in unadulterated wilderness. The remote location of this small, supremely comfortable camp means you feel you have this part of Africa to yourself, while the gorgeous riverside setting attracts a wealth of wildlife and birdlife even when the riverbed is dry. Guiding, service and attention to detail are all impeccable. This is a real treat!
Journey deep into the wilderness, taking in the beauty and biodiversity of Ruaha. When the beautiful tented camp of Jongomero with its stunning high-roofed lounge comes into view, you know this is something out of the ordinary. A feeling that is reinforced as you’re welcomed with a song by the wonderfully friendly staff and shown to your spacious tent, with its polished wood floor and furniture made from reclaimed dhow wood, and you look out to see elephants digging holes in the dry riverbed. Then you take a cooling dip in the swimming pool – all the time gazing out at the animals just a short distance away.
Game drives from this luxurious camp are superb – it’s big cat country and also has large populations of elephant, while the remote location means you’re highly unlikely to see any other safari vehicles. There are only about 9 camps in this vast park. Birdlife is also incredible, and the camp’s expert guides help you get great sightings of some of the 500+ species. Game walks are a speciality here, and if you want to get even closer to nature, head out into the reserve fly camping – available from August to November, it’s a unique way to get even closer to nature.
Times to Go
Tracking and walking are great during the dry season (June to early November), as animals search for water sources. If you want to experience fly camping, that’s offered from August to November. When the rainy season starts in December plants burst into life and migratory birds return to the park. After the rains, the park is vivid green. Game is harder to spot in the lush vegetation, but it’s still a stunning time to visit.
Tanzania Specialists review
“Ruaha is remote, but if you want remote within remote, choose to come to Jongomero. There are no other camps around here currently (2018) so the only other people you will see are people from the camp, and that only takes a maximum of 20 guests. It’s friendly, very comfortable indeed, with great food, and it even has a pool (and WiFi for 4 hour’s a day, if that is important to you). I loved the bush scenery backed by mountains, the wildlife viewing was great (though to be fair, other areas of the park can be easier for wildlife spotting if you don’t mind more people), and I felt quickly at home. I recommend it without reservation – well, only one, you need to be prepared to accept some tsetse flies in this region (not in camp), though they really didn’t spoil my stay.”
Read Amanda’s blog: Jongomero (with Essence of Elephant poo!
Jongomero Camp highlights
- Exclusive luxury camp in remote wilderness
- Fantastic birding
- Spectacular river and riverbed views
- Elephants wander through camp
- Game watch from the swimming pool!
Jongomero Camp location
- 8 spacious tented suites
- Open June to mid-March
- Children aged 6 and over are welcome (limit of two children aged 6-11 in camp at any one time)
- Swimming pool
- Internet access
- Curio shop
- Laundry service
- Game drives
- Game walks
- Bird watching
- Fly camping and walking mobile safaris August-November (optional)
- Private safari vehicle and guide (optional)
Jongomero Camp rooms
Each of the 8 large tented suites has wooden floors, with colourful rugs and handsome furniture made from reclaimed dhow wood giving a slightly colonial feel. The beds are 8’ wide and very comfortable. The tents stand on raised decks and have makuti (thatch) roofs, and private verandahs overlooking the riverbed. The en-suite bathrooms are well appointed, with twin hand basins and large, solar heated showers, and each tent has a dressing room.
Twiga the giraffe likes this because…
“Jongomero has solar heated showers and hot water, and features furniture made from reclaimed dhow wood and other local dead woods.”
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.