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#4 of 14 Specialty lodging in Ruaha National Park
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For anyone seeking a true African wilderness experience, a visit to Ruaha National Park is essential. One of Tanzania's wildest parks, Ruaha can only be described as a true unspoiled natural wilderness. Superbly isolated right in the heart of the Ruaha National Park lies Jongomero 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. The camp is made up of 8 stunning suites, spaced out along the Jongomero sandriver.
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patriziap941 wrote a review Jul 2022
Milan, Italy6 contributions3 helpful votes
The camp is located on the banks of Jongomero River, which is seasonal and was sandy at the time of our visit. Elephants can dig water under the sand, so they come and visit and we could see them from the veranda of our room. The room was luxurious and very comfortable, with a great view of the sand river. The food was excellent, the staff were very warm, professional and attentive to our needs. The bush is quite thick, our guide Vincent was extraordinary in tracking the animals and showing a deep knowledge of wildlife, making the game drives exciting and very rewarding. We spent 3 nights at Jongomero Camp and we really enjoyed our time there. The landscapes and wildlife of Ruaha National Park are beautiful. I'm really grateful to the Jongomero team for making our stay unforgettable.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Dear Patriziap941, Thank you for taking the time out to leave us a detailed 5-Star review. We will share your positive feedback with Vincent and the rest of the Jongomero team too as they will be so proud to receive your comments. Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you again at Jongomero!
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KimBocaRaton_Florida wrote a review Jul 2022
Boca Raton, Florida121 contributions73 helpful votes
We spent four days recently on safari at this camp. It seems strange to call it a "camp" when it is so comfortable, chic and luxurious. Each lunch and dinner blew us away - the cuisine is stylishly presented and utterly delicious, consistently! All the staff were so attentive and kind. There was even a tall, quiet Maasai who patrolled the pathways so we knew we were always safe - as the camp is remote and unfenced. Lambert was our guide and he was incredibly knowledgeable. The location on the banks of the river is stunning, even though the river was dry, as expected, in June. Elephants come down to dig in it for water. This was a wonderful start to our safari in Ruaha.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Room Tip: This camp is intimate and the cabins are VERY private. We couldn't even see another cabin...
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Response from Tania Steyn, Marketing at Jongomero
Responded 3 weeks ago
Thank you for your lovely feedback, we hope to see you back in Jongomero one day again! Thanks so much for your support.
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Mamil C wrote a review Jun 2022
St Peter Port, United Kingdom28 contributions7 helpful votes
An absolutely awesome experience - feels so genuine and respectful of the environment this has been my favourite safari trip. You need to be patient and you won’t see everything in a day or two but the payoff when you meet the animals is so worth it. Food is incredible and setting stunning. Would highly recommend this place to those looking for a genuine wilderness experience. There are only 8 tents and this feels very personal.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: Suggest a four day minimum stay to ensure you see all the amiable you want
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Response from Tania Steyn, Marketing at Jongomero
Responded Jul 1, 2022
Thank you so much for your positive review and support. We hope to see you back in Jongomero one day soon!
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Tex T wrote a review Feb 2022
York, United Kingdom43 contributions33 helpful votes
We enjoyed 2 nights at Jongomero during a safari in East Africa. It's a great camp, with luxurious accommodation, wonderful food and great people on the banks of the river - which was fast flowing during our visit. Winston and Lambert were great company and hugely helpful throughout. Game viewing was difficult at the time of our visit, because of the wet weather and the thick bush but we did see elephants, hippos, antelope and some beautiful birds. Well worth a visit if you are planning a trip to Ruaha.
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Date of stay: February 2022
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Responded Mar 8, 2022
Thank you for sharing your feedback and thanks so much for your support! We hope to see you back visiting our camps again one day.
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Peggy S wrote a review Nov 2021
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This was our 2nd safari camp and just as exciting as the first, yet different. Even more remote, smaller but the same big safari experience. Twice daily safari rides with Lambert. Wilson, Claud and team were so accommodating and couldn't do enough. Food was specially prepared for us. An added bonus was resident Victor the elephant.
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Room Tip: Any room is a great room with a view
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Response from Tania Steyn, Marketing at Jongomero
Responded Nov 25, 2021
Thank you for the lovely review, we appreciate that you have chosen to spend your safari with us at Jongomero. It was such a pleasure to have you. We hope to welcome you back again one day soon!
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single0nsafari wrote a review Jan 2021
England, United Kingdom15 contributions2 helpful votes
A gorgeous river lodge on the banks of the Jongomero river, with the omnipresence soundtrack of gently flowing water. My riverfront tent had a private deck and I lounged on the daybed sipping a good coffee at sunrise, right by the tranquillity of the river. It had rained in the night and walking back to the main relaxation areas, there were very clear leopard paw prints right by my tent! The guides, Apollo and Lambert are very skilled at finding game and it was awesome to see roaring lion up close you can feel his roar reverberating right through you, being mocked charged by young male elephant, adorable bat-eared foxed and black backed jakkal pairs, hammerheads fishing by the river crossings and the gorgeous resident Kudu. Not to mention the spectrum of birdlife. Jongomero had a couple of surprises up it’s sleeve. You can do the ultimate adrenaline rush, a walking safari on foot in terrain where elephant, lion, leopard and buffalo roam. The whole team is great, from the manager Emiel to Mashaka, the head chef, warm genuine hospitality and an eagerness to ensure all guests have a wonderful safari of a lifetime. The lodge is 5 min from an airstrip but literally 40km from any other lodge, guaranteeing exclusive game drives, it felt like having a wild and remote corner of Africa, all to myself.
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Date of stay: January 2021
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Responded Jan 25, 2021
It was such a pleasure to have you stay at Jongomero. We are looking forward to seeing you back again one day soon.
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Mani B wrote a review Jan 2021
Engadin St. Moritz, Switzerland2 contributions
We came to Jongomero after staying at Selous and we loved the difference in experiences. The camp is in a stunning location overlooking the river and both food and staff were superb. The guides were friendly and knowledgeable and we managed to also go for a walking trip that we would recommend. It is definitely the best place to stay in Ruaha. What we particularly loved is the seclusion and the fact that we never met any other car/tourist which is becoming a rarity even more remote parks like Ruaha. All in all a great experience.
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Tania Steyn, Marketing at Jongomero
Responded Jan 14, 2021
Thank you for your kind review. We hope you can visit us in Tanzania again one day soon!
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Ricky & Shaton wrote a review Apr 2020
Stuttgart, Germany134 contributions30 helpful votes
We have been to many safari camps and lodges and can claim that Jongomero is among the Top Five on our list. First of all let us start with the location. Ruaha National Park in Southern Tanzania is already quite unknown in comparison to Serengeti or Ngorongoro in the North and therefore fewer tourists find their way to Ruaha. On top of that Jongomero Camp lies in the most remote corner of the national park, all alone with no other camp or civilisation around. The luxurious tents all lie lined up along the dry riverbed and gave us amazing views. After arrival we were picked up by our driver in an open vehicle and after about 5 minutes drive we were greeted by the amazing amazing staff with a song, wet towels and a fresh welcome drink. Every day we were taken o a morning and afternoon game drive through the beautiful National Park and felt alone in the nature with no-one around but the African wildlife! Our highlights definitely were the early morning coffee brought into our tent and the private buch breakfast during the game drive together with our driver. We will also never forget the first night where dinner was served in the dry river bed surrounded by fire torches and the sound of lions and hyenas. If you are curious about our experience visit our website where we have several videos.
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Date of stay: June 2019
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Room Tip: We stayed in tent 8 which is the very last one in the line, very wild bush experience
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Responded Sep 23, 2020
Hi Ricky & Shaton, Thank you so much for your positive review about your experience at Jongomero! We have enjoyed watching your videos and seeing our camp through your eyes. We do hope that you will be back for a visit sometime in the near future. All the best there, The Jongomero Team
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Kristina Tischler wrote a review Feb 2020
Leonding, Austria12 contributions3 helpful votes
We have stayed in Jongomero for 3 nights during our honeymoon trip and we loved it a lot! Jongomero offers an amazing landscape and nature combined with hospitality. We had a private romantic candle light dinner - what a great surprise! Chef David is a master of his profession, he creates great meals better than many restaurants at home. Because of the location of Jongomero, we never met any cars from other camps and experienced the contact to the animals in a very intimate way. Meeting the elephants was beyond description! Furthermore we had quite much fun with our guide Lambert who is a real expert in reading tracks and finding animals in the thick green bush. Everyone of the staff was very attentive and we heard so many interesting and funny stories. All in all: we felt as a part of a big family!
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Response from SelousSafariCompany1, Manager at Jongomero
Responded Feb 29, 2020
Thank you for such a wonderful review Kriseee. It was a pleasure having you both stay with us on your honeymoon. So happy that you enjoyed your time with us. Will pass the review onto the team I am sure David and Lambert would love to see it. We hope to see you one day for an anniversary. Kind Regards The Jongomero Family
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Leigh R wrote a review Feb 2020
9 contributions4 helpful votes
We loved everything about Jongomero. The location, the accommodation, the food, the safaris, the guides (Joseph and Vincent) the staff, the pool, everything! Michael and his team were so welcoming and friendly and all aspects of the camp are run to an extremely high standard. The chef (David) cooked delicious safe meals for our son who is extremely allergic to a number of foods. On the safaris it was just our family and guides in the land rover so it felt far more personal. Just wonderful. Thank you to all for a fantastic four days that we'll never forget.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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Responded Feb 29, 2020
Hello Leigh, Thanks for such a great review. I will pass it onto Joseph and the rest of the team. It was a pleasure having you and your family stay with us and we hope we will see you all again one day. Kind Regards Mike and the Jongo Team
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Frequently Asked Questions about Jongomero
What are some of the property amenities at Jongomero?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Jongomero?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Jongomero?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Jongomero have airport transportation?
Yes, Jongomero offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Jongomero have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the river view available here.