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Jongomero
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Reviewed 10 December 2015 via mobile

This camp was the eight in our month long safari. I guess it was "Save the best to last " From the moment we arrived, we felt a different more intimate feeling in this remote camp in Ruaha compared to the northern Tanzanian circuit. Other reviewers have described the excellent accommodation, dining etc. --with which we totally agree. For us the highlight was the game walk with Chris the camp manager. He has a long experienced career and is very knowledgeable which became apparent when he heard tick birds and suspected a hippo, or buffalo in the bush. Sure enough there was an unsuspecting hippo ahead and he took swift precautionary measures to avoid an ugly situation. Kim our guide on the game drives was also excellent . We would love to return some day.

Stayed: November 2015, travelled as a couple
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Lyndsey F, Public Relations Manager at Jongomero, responded to this reviewResponded 23 February 2016

Please do return soon! We are delighted you saved the best for last - as you say the southern circuit has a very different feeling from the north - more remote, less well-travelled path and more intimate - karibu tena!
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Reviewed 29 November 2015

We spent three nights in the Jongomero camp during November. This place is located in one of the remotest place of Ruaha. The huge tents are very well equipped; a woody and palm roof helps to keep the very hot temperatures of the late dry season acceptable; the food is very good: probably one of the best we had in Africa. With the guide Theophile, we spent very nice moments along the river Ruaha to watch the birds - Birdlife is very well-diversified here at he beginning of the green season. The manager Chris is guiding walking safaris. We spent with him a very nice morning to discover tracks of the animals and an herd of elephants on the way ! The tsetse flies are very agressive and a notable nuisance in some places; the density of mammals is lower than in other places as well. Anyway, Jongomero is an outstanding camp and offers a good balance between outdoor activities and relaxing time in this stunning location !

  • Stayed: November 2015, travelled as a couple
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Lyndsey F, Public Relations Manager at Jongomero, responded to this reviewResponded 23 February 2016

Thank you so much for your review of our camp and we are delighted your enjoyed your stay with us.
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Reviewed 29 October 2015

We have visited Africa several times on safari and this camp is certainly one of the best we have stayed in. Landing at the airstrip in October the area looks unpromising – a sea of dried up bushes. In fact the local landscape is fantastic, with some really beautiful areas around the small rivers and sweet smelling acacia forest.
The camp sits above a dry river bed with elephants and baboons regularly visiting. Highlights include
• Location. This camp is miles from any other. On the very rare occasions you see another vehicle it will be one from the camp
• The central building is very nice and the spacious tents superb, with 24 hour hot water from the solar heated shower.
• A lovely pool overlooking the river bed
• Good food and wines. Unusually this camp does not include drinks in the price (though those on offer were not overpriced)
• Abundance of wildlife and superb birdlife. We started joking that we would not take any more pictures unless they contained at least three species. Many lions and elephants. We also saw cheetah. The animals here are notably more relaxed than in Selous where we had just come from
• Fantastic guiding from Theo – many thanks for making our stay
• A great game walk led by Emiel, the relief camp manager. He was a fount of information and a real character.
Yes there are a few tsetse flies. These were only really an issue when driving near wildlife and not in the camp itself. They laugh at DEET. On the guide’s advice we changed to Mosi-guard and were rarely bitten thereafter. Please don’t let this put you off going. They were a minor inconvenience in an otherwise superb stay. Mosquitos were all but absent.
Overall this camp was the highlight of a great holiday. I would go back in an instant

  • Stayed: October 2015, travelled with friends
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Lyndsey F, Public Relations Manager at Jongomero, responded to this reviewResponded 23 February 2016

Thank you so much DaveRyall for your lovely review - we are thrilled you enjoyed your stay with us and we look forward to welcoming you back in an instant!
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Reviewed 26 October 2015

My husband and me spent 4 days at Jongomero during a 2 week- southern Tanzania-trip in October 2015 - and even if we have already travelled extensively in Africa, Jongomero was special.
We especially liked
- the welcome with the team singing
- the very nice tents with an amazing number of animals right up front (almost every day a large herd of elephants spent their "lunch break" on the other side of the dry river, noisily shaking the palm trees to get to their beloved palm nuts; furthermore we saw jackals, loads of Impala, monkeys and baboons, heard a bushbaby :-))
- interesting game drives in beautiful landscape and good game sightings
- our very knowledgeable and easygoing guide (thx Leonard!)
- long talks about life and everything with relief manager Emiel, who was simply a delight to meet
- a very serene and interesting game walk with Emiel (and a beautiful breakfast in the bush)
The only thing we could have done without were the really annoying tsetse flies, even though the burning elephant dung helps at least a bit.

  • Stayed: October 2015, travelled as a couple
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Lyndsey F, Public Relations Manager at Jongomero, responded to this reviewResponded 23 February 2016

We really appreciate you taking time to post and telling us your thoughts on Jongomero - and lovely to hear you enjoyed your stay so much! Please come back and see us again soon!
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Reviewed 25 October 2015

Jongomero was everything you would want in a camp. Animals surround the tents night and day. The staff are all very friendly and efficient. There were so many elephants around the camp, and others pointed out to us in the evenings. The guides are excellent and will ensure that you get the most from the game drives. The safari walk early in the morning was definitely worth the extra dollars. A fabulous experience overall.

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  • Stayed: September 2015, travelled as a couple
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Lyndsey F, Public Relations Manager at Jongomero, responded to this reviewResponded 23 February 2016

Thank you Sabado113 for your review - sounds like you enjoyed both drives and walks in Ruaha and we would love to host you again - come abck and see us again soon!

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Reviewed 18 October 2015 via mobile

Flying in from Siwandu we had high expectations of Ruaha and Jongomero from other travellers we'd met who'd been previously.
After the relentless heat of Siwandu the somewhat cooler altitude of Ruaha was a welcome change. Like Siwandu though, the welcome from Emiel, Aidan and team was marvellous. I won't spoil it for anyone thinking of going, but suffice to say you will start with a big smile.
Special thanks and mention to Kim (our friendly, professional field guide who shared so much knowledge with us), and Joseph and Shem in the hosting team whose diligent, friendly service at the bar and table was great. We enjoyed chatting with them both greatly.
The tented rooms are enormous and very well appointed with lovely handmade furniture, lovely toiletries and have fantastic views.
We particularly appreciated the little touches each day - hot/cold towels + snifters after the drives, the lovely snacks with coffee and sundowners - which I forgot to mention for Siwandu too, but for which both are worthy of praise.
The food at Jongomero was really outstanding, every dish and bread roll made freshly and with care. You can tell the chef and kitchen team really love food as what they send out for the guests is exceptional given their remote location.
Of course the safari experience is jaw-dropping, I never thought I'd get so close to big game and thanks to Kim we saw (almost) everything we'd hoped to (those damned elusive Leopard!).
One thing I will say is beware the Tsetse flies - Mosi Guard really helps, but you do need to apply regularly and choose your clothing colour carefully. Sitting in the back of the truck is the worst location, so make sure you grab a swisher for when you're in areas that they frequent (the guides will let you know).
Don't be put off though, Ruaha is a spectacular location with amazing wildlife and Jongomero's a top class place to stay to experience it from.

Stayed: October 2015, travelled as a couple
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Lyndsey F, Public Relations Manager at Jongomero, responded to this reviewResponded 23 February 2016

Thank you so much for your terrific review of Jongomero - we appreciate you taking the time to post - we are thrilled you enjoyed your stay and enjoyed all aspects of our camp, area of Ruaha and our staff in particular

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Reviewed 15 October 2015

The nearest camp to Jongomero is over 50km away so we never saw another vehicle or person when out on game drives, The vegetation is denser here that many areas of Tanzania which means no Rhinos, no cheetahs or wildebeast. However, this just makes for a different experience with countless hippos, elephants, crocodiles, buffalo mammals and fantastic birds. Much of the wildlife was close to the river at this time of year so there are many tracks leading to stretches of river when the grass is green and spotting is excellent. One of our objectives was to see wild dog but they have not been seen here at all this year but that is nature! There was a den near the camp in 2013 when they saw them every day for 2 months but virtually nothing since. A pity but that didn't diminish the experience. If you want to try a lovely camp but in a remote area then try it (it even has its own airstrip). The tents are great (this is proper glamping) and each night we ate dinner in a different location including the middle of a dry river bed with oil lamps and candles.

  • Stayed: October 2015, travelled as a couple
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Lyndsey F, Public Relations Manager at Jongomero, responded to this reviewResponded 23 February 2016

Thank you Peter in Devon for your lovely review of the camp and of the remoteness of our wilderness - yes the endangered Wild Dog are tricky to see - with less that 7000 left in the whole world its wonderful to catch a glimpse. Jongomero's sister camp, Siwandu is the best place to see them as Selous Game Reserve has the globe's largest population of Wild Dog - visit soon!

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Address: Jongomero, Ruaha National Park, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Iringa Region > Ruaha National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 13 Speciality Lodging in Ruaha National Park
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Jongomero 4.5*
Number of rooms: 8
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 
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Jongomero Camp Hotel Ruaha National Park

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