Jongomeri Safari Camp is superbly isolated right in the heart of the Ruaha National Park and it lies 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 itself is not fenced and animals are free to pass through as they please. Elephants are daily and nightly visitors to the camp, vast herds of buffalo come within close proximity to the camp itself. Lion occasionally pass through and once every so often the tracks of a leopard can be seen winding down the main pathway as they make their way through the camp. The tents are perfectly secure and guests are frequently subjected to the wonderful feeling of huddling in a tent silently, trying to guess the identity of the enormous pachyderm which may wander by in the continuous quest for herbage.
Jongomero airstrip is the closest to the camp. There are scheduled flights from Dar es Salaam as well as Arusha, with airstrip being just 10 min from the camp.
Accommodation at Jongomero Safari Camo comprises eight large and well-appointed tented suites, all built on raised wooden platforms and under enormous thatched roofs that also encompass a spacious private verandah. All tents are spread out, situated on the edge of the sand river which is often used by a multitude of different animals to make their way to the river system for water.
Lounge & Dining
This public area is beautifully located in the deep shade of an ancient African ebony tree, offering a great vantage point to take in the sights and sounds of the African bush that surrounds the camp, as does the natural “hippo friendly” swimming pool, combined with views of the Jongomero River bed. Dining is an adventure: a combination of table d’hôte, elegant buffets, al fresco dinners under the stars, campfire cooking and classic safari picnics. It is international cuisine with a truly East African flavor.
The filtered swimming pool overlooks the seasonal Jongomero River. There are pool mattresses and towels available.
Internet facility is available at a cost of USD 5 for 15 minutes.
- Game drives in open 4-wheel drive vehicles.
- Excellent birding.
- Game walks with professional walking guide and TANAPA ranger.
- Walking safari/ mobile bush camping (fly camping) in pristine surroundings (pre-booking essential), from July to end of November, subject to weather conditions and availability TANAPA ranger.
Ruaha covers a unique transition zone- a meeting of Eastern and Southern African species of flora and fauna. In addition to lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and most of the common antelope, predators including elusive wild dogs, some of the rarer antelopes such as Sable and Roan, as well as greater and lesser kudu occur.
Birding in Ruaha is unparalleled, with some 530 species recorded.
June to October: Dry and warm days with temperatures cooling down considerably at night. Vegetation becomes sparser and animals are drawn to dwindling water sources. Nights can be cold.
November – mid March: Hotter and greener. Nights still cool. This is the season for bird and plant lovers and is the main reproductive time of year so a good time for seeing young. There’s a chance of rain, flowers are in abundance and deciduous.