Reviews of Jongomero Camp
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A wonderful safari camp
Loved Jongomero! Staff and guides were friendly, helpful and the service was excellent. The safari drives were fantastic and very educational. I learnt a lot as well as seeing so many fantastic animals, birds, trees and plants.
Excellent food and relaxed atmosphere.
From the moment of our arrival, when we were greeted by Brian and all the staff singing what we presume was an African greeting, and having cool face towels and an drink to wash away the dust, was a great start.
Our "tent" was exceptional, with the veranda overlooking the dry river bed, exceeded our expectations.
Kim, who was our guide and driver during our stay was excellent, gentle, with a deep knowledge of birds animals and plants.
Everything about the camp was great, including the unexpected presentation of a cake to celebrate our golden wedding.
Amazing location with excellent facilities in camp and on the drives.
Outstanding guide, Frank, who made every effort to interact with us and respond accordingly.
Brian was an excellent host very aware of the characteristics and demands of his guests.
He also clearly had a very good knowledge of the wildlife, not simply the 'big' mammals.
Jongomero Camp review
We very much enjoyed our stay here. Brian and his staff were particularly welcoming and all the staff were excellent. The game seen was less in number (other than elephant) and in variety than all the other camps, but we saw very few other tourists while there and on two days, nobody else. We chose Selous and Ruaha rather than, say, Kenya, particularly for this reason.
Our guide Kim was pleasant, humorous and very informative.
The tent was the largest of all we had on the holiday, well laid out and to a high standard.
The food was very good, as was the service generally.
Very comfortable camp in quiet part of ruaha
The camp is ideal for a few nights straight off the plane. It is very comfortable, friendly and low pressure. The food is excellent as was our guide. There is plenty of game but the bush is fairly thick so you need good eyes.
It was an ideal start to the trip for us and if you are going on to another part of the park it is very different and sets the scene nicely.
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Good location, though Jongomero River dried up at this time of year so no boat safaris, only drives
Loved the welcome song from the camp choir
Manager very attentive and helpful
Liked the sundowners on the afternoon trips
Excellent food served at tables in the riverbed, underneath the Milky Way
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This was our second year in Jongomero which had a new manager Brian. However everything seemed as lovely as ever with very few changes and very good staff. Our tent No 4 was beautiful with some of the most comfortable beds we have experienced on safari. The food was as excellent as ever, we all sat together for the lunches and at separate tables(sometimes in the sand river) for dinner.
We did game drives twice a day sometimes alone or sometimes with one other couple, with our excellent driver Frank. Although it is harder to find game here, Frank made sure we saw almost as much game as in our first camp in the Selous, and a good variety of birds (the birdsong in camp is lovely). The thing that stands out are the Elephants, the large numbers of them in the beautiful woodland and drinking in the sand river. We missed the resident elephant family, Mother, Teresa and Benedict but the male elephant Bob still travelled through camp, drinking at the pool, causing some excitement.
We also saw quite a number of lions, and we could tell from the roars and footprints that there had been a lion visit during our last night in camp. The only drawback is the camp's sand paths which make walking in sandals uncomfortable - we should have had better walking shoes.
Jongomero Camp review
Perched overlooking the Jongomero river, the camp is in an idyllic spot where elephants freely roam throughout the camp and where a Masai guide with a gun is non-negotiable to get to your room -- here you are really truly in the heart of the bush. Although lacking the Siwandu lake and the water ecosystem that it nurtures, Jongomero does have the Ruaha river which teams with hippos, crocs, baboons, elephants, and giraffe.
Bryan and his team also run a tight ship -- the camp also logistically and chronologically works very well. The service and commitment to guest happiness was impeccable -- for example, when they realized they did not stock my favorite Irish Whiskey (Jameson) -- they literally got a shipment flown in from Dar expecially for me the next day: WOW!!
The hot water under the duvet in your bed waiting for you upon arrival at your tent was FANTASTIC....as it gets chilly in evening and morning during the dry season. The caliber of the guides at Jongo was superior than Siwandu: better Englsih and more engaging/knowledgable.
The food at Jongomero was the opposite of Siwandu: these guys got it right: grilled meats, salads, whole grains....definitely healthy eating: very impressive.
Beautiful and spacious rooms with fantastic furnishings made from old dhow wood.. New manager, Bryan, is working very hard to ensure that guests have a wonderful experience.
Game viewing was average, and way more skittish than what we experienced at the other end of Ruaha (Mwagusi River area). Roads available for game viewing were a bit limited, hence routes were often repeated. Elephants very vehicle-shy as were impala.
Very well run.
Delightful staff providing outstanding service. The food is of a high standard and drinks prices are fair and reasonable.
The room and the changing area/bathroom are both very spacious (Put many a 5* hotel to shame) and the tent walls are all a mosquito-proof netting so the entire area is bug free overnight. There is a spacious veranda overlooking the seasonal river where you get a wide variety of visiting animals if you keep your eyes open.
Guiding good quality. There is a big difference between the habitat close to the camp and further away so well worth doing the all-day safari to see the difference.
Ruaha has lots of flies that instinctively follow moving objects so the technique of burning elephant dung in containers on the rear of vehicles really helps minimise the nuisance - you really notice if it goes out!
One item to note is that we understand the manager and deputy may be leaving in April to start their own walking safari venture - their successors will have a high standard to aim for.