We stayed at Jongomero after a few days at their sister camp in Selous. We were not disappointed.
As in Selous, the accommodation is superb, very nice tents in a perfect setting, often overlooking areas frequented by the local wildlife. The locally produced furniture, made from reclaimed river boats, was beautiful and gave a very authentic African feel. I was especially impressed with the day bed on the veranda, which was incredibly comfortable. Ruaha is cooler than a lot of Tanzania, which made sleeping a lot easier. In fact, hot water bottles were provided in case we found it chilly! The pool area was stunning, with an impressive view over the dry river bed.
The service was impeccable, the management, game drivers/guides, waiters and "askari" guards were all exceptionally friendly and professional.
The game drivers/walkers were very knowledgeable and incredibly skilled at spotting animals which we could barely see even through binoculars. Our game driver, Kim, was one of the highlights of our trip. Such a nice guy, truly passionate about his job and very good at it too. I also would highly recommend the walking safari. There are not many places you can do this, and it was a fascinating experience. Whilst you are less likely to encounter game than on a game drive, we actually found ourselves almost surrounded by four herds of elephant, totaling almost 50 of them. They look a lot larger when you are on foot! Due to the varied local terrain, there was a much more diverse population of animals here than in Selous.
The food was fantastic, with local ingredients used in a twist on global recipes. The lunchtime arrangements were very fun, a great social feel, accelerated by the enthusiastic hosts, Molly and Noelle. And eating under the stars on the dry sandy riverbed made every dinner time an experience.
Most of all, what made our stay so special was the little surprises arranged by the staff. I won't go into detail as this will spoil it for other potential travelers!
So, if you're planning a luxury safari holiday, make sure you include a few days at Jongomero Camp.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Jongomero Camp Hotel Ruaha National Park