Jongomero Camp

Reviews of Jongomero Camp

Excellent(97%) From 46 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 46 of our travellers who have visited Jongomero Camp, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
M & C from London
Arrived on: 27-Dec-2019 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Jongomero Camp review

A truly wild, but luxurious experience. The managers, Theo and Mike, made every visitor feel welcome and part of lodge.

Great location on the Jongo river, which was in full flow after recent rains (late December) - and also several storms while we were in Camp. Amazing bird life, and flocks of butterflies. Other game harder to see in the high grass, but sufficient to keep us satisfied. Some river crossings were inaccessible through high water, which limited the directioins of the game drives.

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Mr D. from Maldon
Arrived on: 29-Sep-2019 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Jongomero Camp review

The camp is situated next to a partly dried up river in a very remote part of Ruaha. The visitor is always aware of the wildlife that visits throughout the day and night. The night skies are also amazing.

The service level was even better than Siwandu and the food was exceptional.

Our guide throughout was Apollo, who was knowledgeable and experienced. Again, we were fortunate to have Apollo for the entire stay. He was patient, and paced each safari trip. There was no feeling of being rushed or chasing after wildlife.

In addition to the survey we saw a family of Jackals and many Kudu.

The staff at the camp helped in the celebration of a special birthday making it memorable.

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Family G from Newbury
Arrived on: 4-Sep-2019 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Amazing safari at Jongomero

Staff were very good, but not quite as good as the staff at Siwandu.

Similarly, the food, although very good, was not quite as good as that at Siwandu.

The safari was different to Siwandu, but together made a good combination. The guides were very good, and a lot of fun.

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Mr & Mrs D from Worcs
Arrived on: 8-Aug-2019 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Wonderful location

This was a great camp. The location was great, and the wildlife sightings were numerous.

The staff were really friendly, and it was great that we had individual tables and were not forced to socialise. The camp was almost empty so we had our own private guide, which was an unexpected bonus.

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Mrs L. from London
Arrived on: 8-Aug-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Fantastic experience at Jongomero Camp

Our stay at Jongomero was brilliant.

The location is beautiful and remote. We saw no vehicles from other camps and had a genuine remote bush experience but with luxury tents.

Our guide, Giovanni, was brilliant with impressive tracking skills and was very informative. He was good humoured and fun with the kids. We saw large numbers of animals and especially elephants and enjoyed bush breakfasts by the river which was full of hippos.

A magical experience all round.

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Dr A from London
Arrived on: 19-Oct-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Jongomero Camp review

Considering the personalised service that was excellent and friendly, I think they could have been a bit more ambitious with my diet.

This is only a minor quibble!

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W Party from Chorleywood
Arrived on: 19-Oct-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Lovely remote camp.

An extremely well run camp; friendly and professional. Emiel, the manager, was extremely efficient and tailor made our safaris for us so that we set off early and came back for brunch. Our waiter, Christian couldn't have been more helpful but was never intrusive.

The location of the camp in Ruaha is fantastic: remote with beautiful scenery and plenty of water.

Our guide, Lambert, was a very good all-round naturalist, who took us to many different spots and was sensitive to when we wanted to stop for birds but managed to show us many animals as well.

The transfer to Kigelia was a great success with good viewing all the way and timed perfectly by Lambert.

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Dr & Mrs S from Northants
Arrived on: 21-Jun-2017 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Jongomero Camp review

A beautiful secluded camp situated on the banks of a sand river up which elephants roamed every afternoon.Spotlessly clean and spacious accommodation. in canvas tents under thatch with lovely hard wood floors. Food very tasty and staff very ( perhaps a little over) attentive.

The managers Chris and Sam were very friendly and approachable but we felt that they could do more to integrate the guests. We still do not like separate dining and their way of keeping everyone apart is ridiculous when there are only a few people staying. We were given very little opportunity to talk to anyone else however we did know that this was their policy before we went so were prepared for it.

We were assigned our own guide, Allen, for the whole stay. He was good company very experienced and showed and taught us a lot but it reenforced the separation of guests.

Ruaha was beautiful and we had excellent sightings of lion, leopard, lesser Kudu and many new birds

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Mr & Mrs E from UK
Arrived on: 2-Sep-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Professional but 'corporate' stay

We came to Jongomero following a fly camping experience that was second to none......so the expectation levels were high. That said, the desire for comfort, a shower and space to stretch out was higher!

We were not disappointed by the facilities on offer - a 'real' shower, a flushing toilet and space were very welcome.......the other guests (Tsetse flies) were less welcome, but I guess that's outside Jongo's control!

The rest of the stay was enjoyable with a good walking safari and game drive - the meals were good too.

Some of the elements felt a little stilted or formulaic, however - the chef announcing the dinner menu was a nice touch, but too formal for us. The focus on the 'bottom line' also felt too corporate and less relaxed than we'd have liked - we were charged for sun-downers, for example. Rather than a celebration of the day, it felt like an exercise in accounting. I don't mind paying (we consumed it after all) but don't recall every seeing a wine list or price list anywhere.........maybe I should have altered my expectations.

Jongomero had all the right components, but lacked some hard to define sense of warmth or 'family'.

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Drs from New Jersey
Arrived on: 30-Aug-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Best 60th birthday

As the elephant herd came right up to the camp dining room wall to wish me a happy birthday how could I have anything but praise for Jongomero?

Our 4 day stay was packed with sightings by our very knowledgable guide Prosper. He gets my vote as best guide of our 14 day safari. The food was excellent and beautifully presented but I would have liked it to have a bit more African tilt.

The tent was spacious and comfortable and you could view game in or across the riverbed just by sitting on our deck. The park around Jongomero had a different vegetation (larger trees, more water) than the other places we stayed so I was happy to see the difference in animal/bird viewing.

Don't worry about the tsese flies. They don't eat much and hurt less than the ones on the Jersey shore.

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