The emphasis on your stay at Kichaka will be the superb guiding and the experience out on foot exploring Ruaha. The camp itself is a back to basics base for your explorations, but has enough creature comforts to offer you a relaxing stay.
This camp has a luxurious yet authentic feel, and is an excellent option for those wanting to go on safari and stay somewhere with excellent food, service and a higher level of comfort. The main boma is situated under ancient riverine trees, offering uninterrupted views of the Jongomero River and bush beyond. Food is superb, featuring fresh mangoes, papayas, bread and Tanzanian coffee for breakfast, as well as light tasty lunches and three course dinners at night.
After dinner, you can either retire to the comfy armchairs in the small bar or to the roaring campfire, where you can exchange safari tales. The hosts, Chis and Sam, are passionate about the bush and will often come down to the bar to have a drink with you before dinner. They can also organise for you to do one of the fantastic walking safaris with Chris the next morning. A real advantage of staying here is that there are no other camps nearby, so you have the wildlife all to yourself.
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There are eight luxurious tents on raised platforms overlooking the sandy river bed. Situated beneath tall trees, they are cool inside and have lovely shady verandas on which you can relax and observe passing wildlife. The interiors are stylish, with polished wooden floors, carved dhow-wood beds, Maasai fabrics and polished taps in the en suite bathrooms. Fluffy towels are provided for both the bathroom and swimming pool.
The camp is located on the banks of the seasonal Jongomero River in the southwestern part of Ruaha National Park.
Food and drink
Dinners at Jongomero are mostly eaten in a special, private setting that differs each night. The food here is delicious, with three courses served in the evening. Breakfast at Jongomero includes a continental buffet, with the option of ordering hot food to be brought to your table.
Children over the age of ten are welcome at Jongomero, but only two children can be booked to stay at the camp at any time so it depends on availability.
Facilities and activities
There's a swimming pool in the camp's main area, which is great for cooling off in the heat of the day between game drives. Activities from Jongomero focus on half and full day game drives in open 4x4s. As Jongomero is located in a far corner of the park, you rarely see other vehicles. Jongomero also offers a walking safari, which leaves early in the morning and is an excellent opportunity to see some of the smaller things that you miss in the vehicle. A qualified guide and ranger will take you out on a walk down to the river, pointing out tracks, bones and trees. You'll also get to see lots of birdlife down by the river, as well as hippo and crocodiles. It's an excellent experience that shouldn't be missed when staying here.
Jongomero is a superb camp that's ideal for those who want luxury in pristine wilderness. Far away from the other camps, you’ll enjoy superb game viewing without seeing another soul.
Places & hotels on the map
Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Set in the heart of wild Ruaha National Park, Kwihala is an intimate tented camp that offers exceptional service and guiding. Simple but extremely comfortable, it makes a fantastic base from which to explore the park.
This small, simple and very authentic safari camp allows for excellent game viewing opportunities, with a variety of wildlife regularly passing through the camp. Situated in the west of Ruaha National Park, a stay here will allow you to immerse yourself in the bush lifestyle.
Mwagusi is an excellent camp for photographers and real wildlife enthusiasts. The emphasis is put firmly on the wildlife, not luxury frills, although the camp is superbly comfortable none the less.
Ruaha River Lodge is pretty, friendly and has a superb location. It is an ideal base from which to explore the Ruaha.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
The emphasis on your safari with your host and guide, Moli, is on the walking safaris which really unveil the magic of Ruaha National Park. You can also incorporate bushcraft into a walk.