Lodges

Jongomero Camp

An epitome of wild Africa

Jongomero Camp

This intimate tented camp is tucked in the shadows of a riverine grove on the banks of the seasonal Jongomero Sand River. It's one of Ruaha's National Park's more luxurious camps – an hour's drive from its nearest neighbour, so you're ensured intimate wildlife viewing. Known for elephants and high predator numbers, particularly the African wild dog, the wilderness is sure to provide you with some action-packed bush adventures.

At the lodge

The hotel

Built on polished, raised wooden platforms with a thatched roof, Jongomero’s central area incorporates classic luxury that does not detract from the beautiful surrounds. The lounge is divided into two sections with sumptuous sofas and African artworks; the dining space offers large and smaller private tables, enabling guests to mingle or enjoy their privacy, depending on their holiday preference. Beyond the dining area is a swimming pool surrounded by deck chairs and an outdoor dining area adjacent to a seasonal river.

The rooms

Jongomero’s raised tents offer both intimacy and luxury. With polished wooden floors and thatched roofs, these hybrid tent structures take camping to another level. Each is tastefully furnished with an eight-foot-wide (2.5-metre) emperor bed, mosquito nets and touches of leather and reclaimed dhow wood. The en-suite bathrooms come with hot running water for the showers and stylish basins. Topping it all off is the private deck overlooking the riverbed.

On safari

Experiences

A master of both the game drive and walking safari, Jongomero provides a thrilling encounter with high predator numbers and its famous wild dog. Walking safaris need to be prebooked and are best combined with a night spent fly camping in the wilderness – a sensational experience, not to be missed. Bush walks focus on the smaller things often missed from the vehicle, including birds, reptiles and insects.

When to go

Ruaha by month

January

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures are relatively high, with peak rainfall for the year occurring.
  • The green season is in full swing, with vegetation lush and in bloom, signalling a time of plenty for all.
  • Wildlife is spread across the park during this time, making game viewing a little more challenging but that much more rewarding.
  • The birthing season is always a highlight, with plenty of delicate newborns and high predator excitement.
  • With such a low density of accommodation, you are guaranteed an intimate safari at Ruaha.
  • The migratory birds have returned in full breeding plumage, providing the best birding in Tanzania.

February

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures have cooled, but are still quite high with rainfall expected over this period.
  • The green season is in full swing, with vegetation lush and in bloom, signalling a time of plenty for all.
  • Wildlife is spread across the park during this time, making game viewing a little more challenging but that much more rewarding.
  • The birthing season is always a highlight, with plenty of delicate newborns and high predator excitement.
  • With such a low density of accommodation, you are guaranteed an intimate safari at Ruaha.
  • The migratory birds have returned in full breeding plumage, providing the best birding in Tanzania.

March

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures have cooled, but are still relatively high, with rainfall expected over this period.
  • The green season is in full swing, with vegetation lush and in bloom, signalling a time of plenty for all.
  • Wildlife is spread across the park during this time of plenty, making game viewing a little more challenging but that much more rewarding.
  • The migratory birds have returned in full breeding plumage, providing the best birding in Tanzania.
  • With such a low density of accommodation, you are guaranteed an intimate safari at Ruaha.
  • Towards the end of the rainy season some of the roads might become impassable.

April

Season: Wet
  • Although still warm, the lowest temperatures are experienced in April, with rainfall dropping to just a handful of days across the month.
  • Wildlife is spread across the park during this time of plenty, making game viewing a little more challenging but that much more rewarding.
  • Migratory birds begin their journey North in April.
  • With such a low density of accommodation, you are guaranteed an intimate safari at Ruaha.
  • Be aware, many accommodations close down during this month, more to have a break than lack of desirability.

May

Season: Dry
  • Although still warm, the lower temperatures are experienced with rainfall dropping to just a handful of days across the month.
  • The end of the green season has arrived, signalling birds to migrate, vegetation to thin and wildlife to cluster around the water sources once more.
  • Dwindling water sources cause animals to congregate along the Ruaha River, improving your chances of spotting wildlife.
  • Tourist numbers in the park rise slightly but at no point does Ruaha ever feel crowded.

June

Season: Dry
  • Temperatures begin to heat up with low humidity and little to no rainfall expected.
  • Perfect game viewing conditions, as the dry season sets in, vegetation will begin to dry out and recede, improving chances of spotting wildlife.
  • Dwindling water sources cause animals to congregate along the Ruaha River, improving your chances of spotting wildlife.
  • Tourist numbers in the park rise slightly but at no point does Ruaha ever feel crowded.
  • Best time of year to see the wild dogs of Ruaha, this is their denning period, meaning pups are a possibility.
  • Mosquito and insect numbers are low, providing a carefree safari.

July

Season: Dry
  • Temperatures are high with low humidity, with little to no rainfall expected.
  • Game viewing conditions are perfect by this point in the dry season, vegetation dries out and recedes, improving chances of spotting wildlife.
  • This is considered peak season, although crowding in this park is rare at any time of year.
  • Best time of year to see the wild dogs of Ruaha, this is their denning period, meaning pups are a possibility.
  • Mosquito and insect numbers are low, providing a carefree safari.
  • The lack of rain can lead to a lot of dust in the air, providing wonderful sunsets but difficult photographic conditions.

August

Season: Dry
  • Temperatures are high with low humidity, with little to no rainfall expected.
  • Game viewing conditions are perfect by this point in the dry season, vegetation dries out and recedes, improving chances of spotting wildlife.
  • The lack of rain can lead to a lot of dust in the air, providing wonderful sunsets but difficult photographic conditions.
  • With the longest sunshine hours of the year, take advantage of the ideal time to get out on foot and explore the region, should you have the opportunity.
  • This is considered peak season, although crowding in this park is rare at any time of year.
  • Best time of year to see the wild dogs of Ruaha, this is their denning period, meaning pups are a possibility.

September

Season: Dry
  • Temperatures are high, with low humidity and little to no rain expected.
  • Game viewing conditions are perfect by this point in the dry season, vegetation dries out and recedes, improving chances of spotting wildlife.
  • The lack of rain can lead to a lot of dust in the air, providing wonderful sunsets but difficult photographic conditions.
  • With the longest sunshine hours of the year, take advantage of the ideal time to get out on foot and explore the region, should you have the opportunity.
  • This is considered peak season, although crowding in this park is rare at any time of year.
  • Mosquito and insect numbers are low, providing a carefree safari.

October

Season: Dry
  • Temperatures are high with low humidity, with little to no rainfall expected.
  • Game viewing conditions are perfect by this point in the dry season, vegetation dries out and recedes, improving chances of spotting wildlife.
  • The lack of rain can lead to a lot of dust in the air, providing wonderful sunsets but difficult photographic conditions.
  • With the longest sunshine hours of the year, take advantage of the ideal time to get out on foot and explore the region, should you have the opportunity.
  • This is considered peak season, although crowding in this park is rare at any time of year.
  • Mosquito and insect numbers are low, providing a carefree safari.

November

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures are high and humid until the arrival of the first rains, ending the dry season.
  • Vegetation bursts forth with renewed life, changing from browns and khakis to a lush green, with the arrival of the seasonal rains.
  • A drop in humidity, lack of dust and high hours of sunlight, make for great photographic conditions.
  • The migratory birds have returned in full breeding plumage, providing the best birding in Tanzania.
  • With such a low density of accommodation, you are guaranteed an intimate safari at Ruaha.
  • The start of the wet season can see a spike in the number of mosquitoes, so have that insect repellent at the ready.

December

Season: Wet
  • The wet season has arrived, temperatures are still high with consistent afternoon showers.
  • Vegetation bursts forth with renewed life, changing from browns and khakis to a lush green, with the arrival of the first rains.
  • The birthing season is always a highlight, with plenty of delicate newborns and high predator excitement.
  • The migratory birds have returned in full breeding plumage, providing the best birding in Tanzania.
  • With such a low density of accommodation, you are guaranteed an intimate safari at Ruaha.
  • The start of the wet season can see a spike in the number of mosquitoes, so have that insect repellent at the ready.

Wildlife


Expect a variety of wildlife in the intimate Ruaha National Park, a region characterised by mixed acacia vegetation, rolling savannah and the skeletal baobabs that dot its countryside. Look out for species such as lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and a guest favourite: the African wild dog. Not to be forgotten is the magnificent birding of Ruaha, with over 450 species colouring the landscape.

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