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Reviewed August 19, 2017

From the moment we were greeted by the whole staff singing a welcome song to the moment we were dropped back at the airstrip we were treated like royalty!

We had a beautiful room with a spectacular view over the dry river bed (we went in the dry season) where we frequently watched elephants graze from the comfort of our bed.

A faultless service was provided by the duty manager, our private butler, housekeeping, the chef and his team and particularly by our game driver Theo, who was both passionate and knowledgeable about the beautiful wilderness that we were privileged enough to spend a few days in and all of it's inhabitants.

We regularly saw members of the Big 5, although sadly the Rhinos have been hunted almost to extinction, even the guides who have been in the park for years and years have only had a handful of sightings, but this didn't detract from the phenomenal variety of species that we encountered and the frequency with which we saw the other big game.

Even when we both suffered side-effects fro our antimalarial drugs the staff offered to provide food different to that which was on the menu, to alter the time of our game drive and to bring us tea in our room. They even made up a re-hydration drink and replenished our immodium supplies when we ran out!

  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Emma S
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Reviewed July 12, 2017 via mobile

This safari camp is located near the Jongomero air strip, remote from other camps in a diverse surroundings of savanna, woodland and near to the gorgeous ruaha river. The couple managing the camp, Chris & Sam have created a genuinely family atmosphere, the staff took genuine delight in their jobs and offering outstanding and warm hospitality - we felt like in a family. The tents are spacious, of high standard and very tastefully decorated. Nothing is exaggerated but still luxurious. The food was the best we had during our safari trip: our big compliments to the chef and the entire Jongomero camp family. We would love to come back! This time of the year is to be recommended.

Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
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Lyndsey F, Public Relations Manager at Jongomero, responded to this reviewResponded July 27, 2017

Thank you SO much for your incredible review of Jongomero - we are thrilled you loved your stay with us and delighted you feel part of the family - which is exactly what you are now you have visited! So please come back home soon!
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Reviewed March 3, 2017

This was hands down my favourite camp on my trip and my favourite region as well. The tents are well placed and luxurious, the service was impeccable on all counts, and each and every member of staff seemed to want to ensure that the guests have the very best time possible. And they seem to be very happy, which is an indicator of a well run camp.

Chris and Sam keep a close eye on things, but clearly are confident that the staff are delivering on every front. Tents are comfortable, spacious, and have a good shower, and there is a good sized terrace at the front. The food was superb, and (relatively) locally sourced. I never got round to trying out the pool, but it looked nice and was well maintained. As there are only eight tents here, the ambience is always small and personal, and feels very special.

The game drives just made me think of every superlative going as we saw so many birds and so much wildlife, and Lambert was a very attentive and informative guide. Ok, the tsetse flies were sometimes a bit of a nuisance, but the elephant dung trick really seems to help, and the scent is actually quite pleasant! It was a negligible irritation, given what treasures Ruaha offered, and with not another camp for miles it felt like it was all ours.

The camp is patrolled day and night for game, so there is never any fear of coming to harm as you are forewarned if you have to wait a while for the animals to move on before you return to your tent. An added bit of magic.

I intend to return, probably in the dry season to see how different it is then. And I can't wait to experience the joy of Jongomero and the bush again.

Big thank you to ALL staff, and I hope you get a good break when the camp closes for the rains.

  • Stayed: February 2017, travelled solo
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Lyndsey F, Public Relations Manager at Jongomero, responded to this reviewResponded May 22, 2017

What a lovely review! Thanks so much for sharing your experiences and we are delighted we have captured your heart - it ensures you return again soon!
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Reviewed February 28, 2017

I stayed here 2 nights after Siwandu. This property is all by itself in Ruaha. The nearest lodge is 2hrs away so you won't see another vehicle. The vehicles here are absolutely wonderful.. They only hold 4 people and you don't have to climb in or out of them. Very comfortable and civilized. The staff is so nice. Chris and Sam are a pleasure as well as the lodge staff. Prosper tried his hardest to find us a leopard but the tall grass got us. Also be aware there are tsetse flies here and they do bite. Be sure to bring long sleeves and repellant and nothing blue. We had tent 1 which is in excellent location with a view of the river bed. We watched elephants digging holes for an hour from the deck one day. The pool is very refreshing on a hot day. The food was good all except one meal. I really liked this property and would definately return. Breakfast in the bush was nice in the am and the sundowner by the hippo pool was memorable. Lot's of varied landscape here also.

Stayed: February 2017
1  Thank christy2064
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Lyndsey F, Public Relations Manager at Jongomero, responded to this reviewResponded May 22, 2017

Thank you so much for taking the time to review Jongomero and we are delighted you will return again! And for future travellers the tsetses are not in the camp itself just on drives - as Christy mentioned bring lots of khaki to wear and long sleeves - deet does not effect tsetses so please bring citronella based cream and we do burn elephant dung which helps enormously so not to worry!
Thanks again and see you again soon!
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Reviewed February 26, 2017

We will never forget our time at Jongomro.

We arrived to a smiling and singing welcome and we knew that we had arrived at a special place. Jongomero feels like Africa in the raw, but with luxury!

The main Lodge and the “tented” rooms are cleverly designed for maximum comfort. In fact, to call our room a tent is a massive understatement as it was huge and so much more sumptuous than that, and it soon felt like home. Having our own Masai warrior to escort us to and from dinner was a real treat and our initial apprehension at the sound of elephants, hippos and lions wandering around just outside our room soon changed to excited curiosity, knowing that Mr Masai Sitaloo or Len would be outside watching and keeping us safe.

At Jongomero we really felt as if we were in the wilds, with a truly full-on experience. We adored our guide, Leonard, and loved being with him for the whole time. The safari experience he gave us was phenomenal - we saw so much and at really close quarters. We will never forget our encounter with the charging bull elephant Morris, nor the sneaky surveillance of the most enormous hippo, as he watched us stretch our legs just metres away from him. Nor will we forget the amazing trials and tribulations of the dung beetle as he did his best to transport his lazy wife over a mound of grass and just never gave up. Leonard had eyes like a hawk, never missing anything and he was determined that we should see as much as possible. He is a marvel.

The staff looked after us very well. The charming Elia, Shem, George, John and Cristian waited on us attentively and Cristian’s determination to teach us Swahili before we left was admirable, even though we made truly dismal pupils! David, the chef, is a magician, producing remarkably good food – he probably doesn’t realise how good he is. Matthias, always smiling and such a nice man, became an expert “barista” in no time, bringing our espresso to our room every morning at 5.30. and we were always grateful to him for that.

We were sad to leave. We enjoyed every single moment of our time at Jongomero, which exceeded all of our expectations. So, thank you all so much.

  • Stayed: February 2017, travelled with family
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Lyndsey F, Public Relations Manager at Jongomero, responded to this reviewResponded May 22, 2017

Thank you for sharing your wonderful memories and experiences of Jongomero with us - we are thrilled you had such an amazing time and we very much look forward to welcoming you in the future!
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