Reviews of Jongomero Camp
Wildlife sightings and reviews
44 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Jongomero Camp and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
"Jongomero Camp review"
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." See all these reviews: 12n in Tanzania
"Jongomero Camp review"
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." See all these reviews: 8n in Tanzania
"Amazing safari at Jongomero"
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." See all these reviews: 8n in Tanzania; 5n in Zanzibar
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." See all these reviews: 13n in Tanzania
"Fantastic experience at Jongomero Camp"
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." See all these reviews: 6n in Tanzania; 6n in Zanzibar; 1n in Kenya
"Lovely remote camp."
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." See all these reviews: 16n in Tanzania
"Jongomero Camp review"
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" See all these reviews: 14n in Tanzania
"Professional but 'corporate' stay"
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'." See all these reviews: 8n in Tanzania
"Best 60th birthday"
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." See all these reviews: 12n in Tanzania; 2n in Zanzibar
"Beautiful camp, amazing food!"
The food was quite exceptional, we were seriously impressed with it, the chef is a genius!
Lovely pool where we were able to watch elephants and baboons on the opposite bank!
The guiding was good, but not excellent, our guide was very knowledgeable but sometimes seemed reluctant to give us more information about something we had seen. That said, we had some fantastic game drives, it is extraordinarily beautiful around Jongomero and the feeling that you are so far from anyone else and not seeing a single other car was really special.
We were very well looked after here." See all these reviews: 16n in Tanzania
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