Jongomero guests on walking safari close to herd of elephantsJongomero guests on walking safari close to herd of elephants

Jongomero – Tanzania

From: $655.00

Jongomero sits under magnificent shade trees on the banks of a seasonal river in the remote southern sector of the Ruaha National Park. The camp is gloriously isolated affording a rare safari experience in privacy.  Far from the crowds, this secluded idyll offers a chance to discover true unadulterated wilderness. No other park in Tanzania epitomises the definition of “Wild Africa” quite like Ruaha.

Description

Jongomero blends in beautifully with its surroundings. The camp is tucked below a dappled riverine canopy on the banks of the Jongomero river. The river is a natural pathway for animals in search of water ensuring a continual parade of wildlife.

Positioned on one of the meanders, with sweeping views of the bank beyond, lies the camp bar, lounge and restaurant. The main area comprises an open wooden terrace shaded by a high thatched roof and filled with sumptuous furniture.

As the largest National Park in Tanzania Ruaha is significant as it covers a unique transition zone where biomes intersect. This offers an extraordinary diversity of animals, plants and birds. There are upwards of 570 species of birds. Indeed, half of all Tanzania’s birds may be glimpsed in this park making it one of the continent’s premier birding destinations.

Because of its size Ruaha holds one of the greatest populations of elephant in any African park. Buffalo occur in huge herds ensuring good predator sightings. Guests often see giraffe, zebra, impala, eland, hippo, crocodile and leopard. The more elusive creatures can also be seen including sable and roan antelope, greater and lesser kudus, Grants gazelle and honey badgers. It is second only to Selous Game Reserve for the largest population of wild dog.  Jongomero offers game drives, game walks and walking safaris.

Accommodation at Jongomero comprises eight large and well-appointed tented suites. Each suite is built on raised wooden platform under a thatched roof that encompass a spacious private veranda overlooking the riverbed.

Snuggle under warming quilts in an eight-foot wide dhow wood emperor bed; fall asleep to the hum of Africa beyond the canvas; and wake up to the morning tea tray and animals ambling past your mosquito net windows.  The quintessence of luxury in the wilds.

 

How to Get There

Fly In

Fly into Dar Es Salaam with Turkish Airlines, KLM or Emirates. On arrival you will be met and escorted to the domestic area where you will board a light aircraft for the 80 minute flight to Jongomero.

This flight is a safari all on its own as you slowly realise the incredible size of Ruaha National Park.

On arrival you will be met and driven to the camp by your guide.

For assistance with accommodation and flights at Dar es Salaam please contact us, we will make sure you’re well looked after and your holiday is seamless.

Seasons

Weather

From June to November Ruaha has a wonderful fresh climate with cool crisp evenings and warmer days with an average of 20 Celcius. As the year unfolds the days get warmer and the water sources in the park diminish making it a wonderful time of year for walking and tracking game.

Ruaha has only one annual rain cycle that begins in December. This is an exciting time for the park as the rivers begin to flow and the park comes alive with Spring. Migratory birds return to the park to breed with their full plumage and unique calls. Ruaha yields a high rate of new species including the Red Billed Hornbill and the Ruaha Chat.

 

Activities

Jongomero is perfect for game viewing due to the proximity of the seasonal river and the Great Ruaha River. Guests can wake up early and set out on foot or in a game drive vehicle with a packed breakfast to give additional time for finding some of the elusive antelope species.

The afternoon game drive departs camp after mid afternoon tea and returns after sunset. Guests are able to freshen up before drinks around the fire before dinner is served. Each evening the guides and managers will discuss with guests what they would like to do the following day.

For your safety on game walks and walking safaris there is a camp guide as well as a Tanzania Parks Authority armed ranger. Walking safaris must be pre booked.

Private vehicles can be booked at a cost of $300  + VAT per day per vehicle. A group of 4 guests or more will automatically be allocated a private vehicle.