Jongomero: The Lowdown

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If you’re on safari in the Ruaha, Jongomero is definitely one of the more luxurious options in the park. It’s by no means inappropriately fancy, just delightfully comfortable within one of Africa’s more remote National Parks. Plus, Jongo has a rather lovely location, tucked away from all the other camps (in prime wild dog territory no less), so you rarely share your adventures with anyone else.

What’s Jongomero really like?

The tents at Jongomero are rather delightful. Beds we could easily have slept a hippo or two in, beautiful ensuite bathrooms (tip from us: give the managers a few drinks and ask them if anyone’s ever tried to steal the sinks- an excellent story….) Over in the main mess area, tea-time cake is scrumptious, drinks are fun, and the plunge pool comes with the occasional ellie for company- what more can you ask for.?

What can I do at Jongomero?

Activities at Jongomero focus on game drives, after all, it’s what Jongo does best.  We were lucky enough to see wild dogs denning and ellies digging for water in the sand river when we visited, but whatever you see, it’s bound to be special. If you visit during the dry season (June- October) walking safaris are also a possibility, but please let us know if you’re keen- we need to pre-book! You will also notice Jongomero’s innovative solution to Ruaha’s occasional tse tse flies- elephant dung burners on the back of the vehicle in case your game viewing takes you into a tse tse area. Don’t worry we’ve experienced these personally and no unpleasant smells, but  it’s a great deterrent to make sure you avoid bites!.

Giving back at Jongomero…

The owners of Jongomero have been committed to responsible tourism for a fair old while. Safari camps aim to be solar powered, staff are often local and supplies are bought from the local community. We’re continually impressed by what they do (ask the managers when you’re there, it makes for a fascinating evening) but efforts local to your safari the Ruaha include supporting Makifu School.

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