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
"Superb camp in remote Ruaha"
The food was excellent; I especially enjoyed lunches, which always featured lots of fresh salads. A real highlight are the people: not just Noelle and Molly, the camp's exuberant managers, and Kim, my delightful guide, but every single person providing exceptional service - there is a real sense of commitment and continuity there. Do go on a walking safari with Molly if you can (I never thought I would say this about a safari holiday, but learning about termite mounds was a highlight).
Overall, one of the best safari lodges I have stayed at in Africa." See all these reviews: 6n in Tanzania
"Luxury wilderness at Jongomero"
But paradise isn't just about the place, it's about the people and Molly, Noel and their team offer all the easy company and charm you could want to bring the experience alive. Indeed their infectious enthusiasm for Jongomero and the surrounding bush is exactly that - infectious. And they work tirelessly to ensure every aspect of your time with them builds towards an experience you'll never forget. I wont go into the little details and surprises, suffice to say that you wont ever want to leave.
A couple of specifics worthy of note though. Firstly, the menus that Noel works with the catering team to develop are inspired. We loved every meal and left wishing we could take the recipes with us (not that we'd have the expertise to deliver them with anything like the panache of the outstanding chefs). Secondly, Molly is a font of knowledge and, at the risk of repeating every review on Trip Advisor and probably Expert Africa too, a walking safari with him is a must - he'll unearth a whole world of detail, richness and colour in the bush that you otherwise wouldn't know existed.
My wife and I have travelled pretty extensively over the last decade and in just two and half days, Jongomero acquired a very special place among our travelling memories. The place can't help but get under your skin and you can't help but be delighted when it has." See all these reviews: 9n in Zanzibar; 7n in Tanzania
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Our guides (Kim and Modest) were very good and the games drives well organised and well driven. The drives started at 8.00 am. We appreciated the anti tsetse fly device. Amongst other animals we saw a honey badger, lion cubs on a kill, kudu, ostriches, hippo, jackal, a little owl, and many elephants digging in the sand river. There were lions, elephant and hyenas in the camp at night.
Molly and Noelle were very good and informative hosts, and we enjoyed the 'showing of the book'." See all these reviews: 16n in Tanzania
"Great place for safari away from crowds"
The camp was really nice especially the decor of the main lodge and the staff were great in terms of service, but also very interesting and fun people who made the experience all the more enjoyable. There was a lovely feel to the place.
The nights were quite cold, but the extra touch of hot water bottles in the beds meant it was fine to get a good nights sleep." See all these reviews: 7n in Tanzania; 5n in Zanzibar
Guiding was OK but we did repeat the route twice and heard the same information several times." See all these reviews: 9n in Tanzania
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The view over the river bed from the reception area was breathtaking and I'm sure we will find it hard to ever see anything like it elsewhere.
The rooms were very comfortable, clean and tidy with spectacular views over the river and surrounding bush. There is nothing nicer than watching monkey's playing in the trees from bed with an early morning cuppa.
The food here really was something special. It was very much appreciated that efforts were made to provide an alternative choice after having an upset stomch over one night. Molly was an excellent host which gave this camp a generally more relaxed feel compared to Selous.
Sadly we were unable to do a walking safari with Molly due to the bush being very dense after the rains, however the jeep safaris were fantastic. It was nice to do a long day trip to see the slightly different landscape of the plains were it was generally easier to spot the wildlife than closer to the camp.
We felt that the animals here were less skittish than at Selous and we were able to have some close encounters with lion and elephant. The river scenery was lovely and a change to what we saw at Selous. Tetse flies were around, but burinng elephant poo on the back of the jeep appeared to help to keep them at bay.
A highlight was finding a leopard sleeping in the bough of a Baobab tree, thanks to the keen eyes of our guide Kim. Kim made our jeep drives something to treasure with his extensive knowledge and experience with the wildlife!
Overall this camp was extremely relaxing a nothing was too much trouble for the staff. We really felt the sense of being away from the outside world and it was well worth making the journey from Selous! Congratulations to Molly and the team!" See all these reviews: 12n in Tanzania
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The extra touches at this camp made for a special ending to our trip to Tanzania - the hot water bottles in bed at night, the welcome notes left on pillows and the Swahili proverb of the day were a delightful touch. We had a great guide/driver in Modest whose knowledge was exceptional as was his communication in English and we had a lot of fun. Watching a family of elephants bathe in the river was a fabulous experience as was hearing lions roaring in the camp at night!
Perhaps the best moment was walking for four hours in the bush with Molly, the camp manager and having our eyes opened to a whole new world completely free from man's influence." See all these reviews: 11n in Tanzania
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Molly and Noelle, run it like 'a family', and clearly command affection and respect from their staff, which is lovely to see and we experienced the benefits.
There are so many nice little touches from all the staff - you are being looked after by people passionate about their work (they even sing you a welcome in Swahili) As a guide Molly is just amazing, so knowledgeable, informative and friendly - he is inspirational! If you could only recommend one lodge, it should be this one!" See all these reviews: 10n in Zanzibar; 6n in Tanzania
"Absolutely brilliant stay at Jongomero"
The camp Manager Molly was absolutely brilliant, as was his partner Noelle.
Molly had the greatest knowledge of wildlife that we have ever met, and this was our sixth safari." See all these reviews: 10n in Zanzibar; 6n in Tanzania
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