The camp is accessible by light aircraft from Dar es Salam (travel time of approximately 1h50) and is located on the seasonal Jongomero River, a tributary of the Great Ruaha River. It is the most isolated camp, but your safety is one of our top priorities. Enjoy the peace and quiet, safe in the knowledge that assistance is on hand.
An authentic taste of Tanzania The Jongomero camp provides an incredible African adventure. Step back in time to walk side by side with the first explorers.
The Ruaha River flows all year round, contributing to a rich fauna. The landscape is of incomparable beauty, including several species of trees such as millennial baobabs. Just a few minutes walk from the lodge, you will find forests of large acacia trees. The months of June and July are a veritable African Eden, where multiple species of wildlife rub shoulders, from grandiose elephants to dwarf mongooses.
There is no bad moment to enjoy a safari adventure in Jongomero. Yes, really! During the brief rainy season between December and March, you can spot an explosion of green vegetation that is not to be missed.
(The lodge is closed between March and May due to heavy rainfall).
"In addition to the quality and friendliness of the welcome, support and facilities, both in terms of accommodation, transfers and safaris, we really enjoyed the setting of the Ruaha, the Jongomero River, the camp and the bush, with its magnificent variety of landscapes and inhabitants.
Like last time, but this time in the Ruaha, we had chosen the short rainy season to tackle this new environment for us, quite different from the northern parks. Even if the presence of the baobabs reminded us of Tarangire, even if the "little Serengeti" in the heart of the Ruaha is aptly named, as it is very reminiscent of the great Serengeti....
During the short rainy season, the many waterholes and bushy vegetation, a magnificent green that smells of freshness and chlorophyll, make it seem, at first sight, more difficult to discover wildlife.
However, in the experience of this trip - and we were very well accompanied and guided by Jessie, whose knowledge of French also helped us a lot - the beauty and multitude of the fauna was well and truly present during our explorations from morning to sunset.
We found this wildlife wilder, more defiant of human presence than in the parks of northern Tanzania. They don't wait to be photographed! But we can't manage it very well either! Perhaps the Covid period has unaccustomed the wildlife to our presence. If only they had, they'd have forgotten about humans. But this impression of the end of the world, with its runway airport of beautiful red earth, which you have to watch out for during take-offs and landings, for the ever-present possibility of a troop of Impala, or even Wild Dogs on the prowl, was also for us, as on our previous trip, and even more so, the impression of a great familiarity with the landscape.
At the same time, we were completely disoriented, at every turn of the trail, and at the same time discovering a landscape whose beauty we knew deep down inside. Waterfront clearings, inhabited by giraffes and elephants, tranquil impalas. A hippopotamus grazes past in the late afternoon.
A landscape of magnificent colors and skies, always harmonious, evoking the enchantment of our childhood, with its wolves (wild dogs) and lions of course ... Its black mambas too in some bushes. At all hours, the landscapes of our origins. We often get the impression, given the Ruaha's perfect and complete balance of flora and fauna in its food chain, that the landscape has been designed and created by artists and experienced landscape architects.
This is not the case: nature is free and harmonious, in all its splendour.
Where does this come from?
We know that this beautiful Africa is the setting of our origins (...).
We have wondered whether this common origin, fundamentally shared by all humanity, is not deeply rooted in each one of us....
A "in common", now globalized, for better or worse, where the sense of beauty and harmony would have originated, like all of us, in the heart of this original Africa, which we still have the chance to explore and feel, in such exceptional places as the Ruah River Park.
It's a chance made possible by the dedication of all these people, who work to protect and preserve these places, to provide a hospitable and fantastic welcome (like the Jongomero River camp) for visitors, and to accompany and guide them as they discover these beauties.
Thank you and bravo to them, and to all those who safeguard such jewels in this ever-changing world...
In any case, it made us really want to go back. As soon as possible. Probably in another season, to admire other settings and colors.
And to share our admirations.