Jongomero Camp

Ruaha National Park
Birding Daydrive Walk Swimming

Star Rating
Game Viewing
Price Guide $$$

Jongomero Camp: Our View 

Set under magnificent shade trees on the banks of the seasonal Jongomero River in the remote southern sector of the Ruaha National Park, Jongomero Camp is gloriously isolated. Far from the madding crowds, this secluded luxury idyll offers a chance to discover true unadulterated wilderness.

Accommodation at Jongomero Camp comprises of eight large and well-appointed tented suites, built on raised wooden platforms under enormous thatched roofs that also encompass a spacious private veranda, which overlooks a dry riverbed. All suites have en-suite bathrooms with modern facilities. Being located next to a dry riverbed means that wildlife viewing is usually excellent, and with 60km between Jongomero and the next nearest camp, it is as wild and remote as one can get. Guests may lounge by the pool, or sip tea on the verandah between activities, all the while enjoying the African bush vistas.

Activities offered at Jongomero Camp include game drives, game walks, bird watching and Fly Camping (available 15th July - 15th Nov – and requires pre-booking). Fly-camping is a walking safari: during the day guests walk and discover the hidden depths of Ruaha while for one or two nights they sleep under a canopy of stars after sharing stories around the campfire and showering under the trees. This is the perfect idyllic adventure for a minimum of 2 to a maximum of 6 guests.

Jongomero Camp: Quick Facts

  • 8 tented suites with en-suite bathrooms and outside shower
  • Swimming pool
  • Game drives, guided walking and birding 
  • Equipped with a solar invertor system to minimise reliance on a generator
  • Water filter system to reduce plastic use
  • Access by air with daily flights from Dar Es Salaam, Arusha, Serengeti, Zanzibar, Selous and Mafia
  • Closed in April and May 

Jongomero Camp: The Details 

Ruaha epitomises the definition 'Wild Africa', with only 11 camps in this sprawling national park, Jongomero is truly remote. A wide variety of game and over 570 species of birds to view mean there is no shortage of wildlife to spot.

The camp can be accessed by air with daily flights from Dar Es Salaam, Arusha, Serengeti, Zanzibar, Selous and Mafia.

Ruaha has only one annual rain cycle, similar to Southern Africa, and that begins in December; an exciting time for the Park as the seasonal sand rivers begin to flow and the Park becomes alive with springtime as the plants bud and the insects fly, awakening the wealth of Ruaha birdlife. Migratory birds return to the park to breed with their full plumage and unique calls, with the Ruaha wilderness yielding a high rate of new species, including the Ruaha Red-billed Hornbill and the Ruaha Chat.

It is warmer than the earlier months of the season with temperatures ranging from 15?C to low 30?C. Following the rains the Park is very green and the wildlife can be more dispersed and harder to spot through the thickened bush. Nevertheless this time of year can still offer a stunning safari experience.

Jongomero Camp is closed in April and May.