For guests seeking an authentic African adventure, a visit to Ruaha National Park is essential. Remembered for the rapids of the Great Ruaha River and its rugged landscape of undulating hills, rocky outcrops, and a horizon studded with the imposing silhouettes of the iconic baobab; no other park in Tanzania epitomises the definition of "wild Africa" quite like Ruaha
Accommodation at Jongomero comprises 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 the riverbed. Snuggle under warming quilts in an eight-foot wide dhow wood emperor bed and fall asleep to the hum of Africa beyond the canvas and wake up to the morning tea tray and animals ambling past your mosquito net windows. The quintessence of luxury in the wilds.
Blending in beautifully with its surroundings, the camp is tucked below a dappled riverine canopy on the banks of the Jongomero sand river, a natural pathway for animals in search of water. Positioned on one of the meanders with sweeping views of the bank beyond lies the camp bar, lounge and restaurant; an open wooden terrace shaded by a high thatched roof and filled with sumptuous sofas and striking furniture made of reclaimed dhow wood. It is an inviting spot to relax with a cup of tea while leafing through one of the camp library’s reference books or socialise with camp managers and fellow guests around the bar with an ice cold drink in hand. Alternatively, on warm days, laze around the pool and enjoy the sights and sounds of being so close to nature.
The camp’s location is perfect for game viewing because of the proximity of the Jongomero seasonal river and the Great Ruaha River, it allows guests to wake and enjoy a leisurely breakfast in camp before driving off into the Park for the rest of the morning.
If guests prefer to capture the first streaks of sunrise, early drives can be arranged in camp by talking to the camp manager.
However, to get the benefit of the cool of the day and the beauty of the morning light, game walks leave at dawn. After a lunchtime rest, the afternoon activity leaves after tea and cake and returns for drinks and safari stories in the mess after sunset.
Whilst being the largest National Park in Tanzania, Ruaha also holds a special significance as it covers a unique transition zone where the Eastern and Southern biomes intersect offering an extraordinary diversity of animals, plants and birds. There are upwards of 560 species of birds; half of all Tanzania’s birds may be glimpsed in this park making it one of the continents premier birding destinations.
Ruaha also holds one of the greatest populations of elephant in any African park, buffalo gather in large herds as well as giraffe, zebra, impala, eland, hippo, crocodile, lion and leopard. The rarer, less-seen creatures can also be found including sable and roan antelope, dikdik, greater and lesser kudus, Grants gazelle, honey badgers and is second to only Selous Game Reserve for the largest population of wild dog. Let our experienced guides show you the wealth of biodiversity Ruaha has to offer with game drives, game walks and walking safaris.