Jongomero Camp Reviews

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Client Score: 5
Jongomero Camp

Alex & Eva


We stayed at Jongomero Camp for three nights after spending four at the sister Selous Safari Camp in the Selous Game Reserve. We thought that the Selous would be really difficult to beat, but from the moment we arrived at Jongomero we realised that it was going to be an amazing experience of the wild African bush. It all started when, on our arrival at the camp, we were greeted by a female elephant, 'Mother' and her two 'little' ones, ?Theresa? and ?Benedict? as they passed through on their way to the river bed, and the magic continued throughout our three-day stay. The camp is beautifully-designed, with a huge cathedral-sized reception area that includes an atmospheric bar and restaurant, filled with local artworks. A pool that overlooks the river bed and spacious tented rooms with thatched roofs built on raised wooden decking. The bed was huge and very comfortable, built out of massive chunks of wood that originated from old dhows in Dar es Salaam, and the bathroom area is huge, with a shower designed for two. The tented accommodation really allows you to experience the wildlife at all hours ? watching elephants strolling majestically along the dry river bed from the decked terrace or listening to the lions roaring at night. I am not an accomplished enough writer to put into words how fantastic this is... all I can suggest is that you experience it for yourself! What really makes Jongomero special though, is the people who run it. Between them, Molly and Noelle ensure that all of the guests are looked after in every possible way. On our arrival, Molly provided us with a very detailed and entertaining introduction to the camp, the activities and the local wildlife, and he continued to captivate us with his stories from the bush throughout our stay, during mealtimes, at the bar and during the walking safaris. He has a wealth of knowledge about the African bush, and his ability to pass on this information in an entertaining and interesting way, without ?dumbing-down? is a rare skill. Noelle also does a great job of looking after all the guests and she is obviously very good at organising the staff. Molly and Noelle are a great team and their departure from Jongomero at the end of this season will no doubt be a sad loss for the camp. They will be a tough act to follow. As for the activities, both the game drives and the walking safaris were amazing experiences. We were lucky enough to have Molly as our driving guide as well as the walking safari guide, and his tracking skills led us to the most incredible sighting we could have imagined: a pride of 11 lions perched on a felled tree out over the river, taking it in turns to feed on a dead hippo and playing tug of war with huge crocodiles that were busily feeding at the other end. At the height of the action, the male lion pulled one of the crocs clean out of the water and tossed it like a rag doll! Molly confidently stated that it was the best lion sighting he had ever experienced, so we truly felt very privileged, particularly as it was only our little group at Jongomero who were there. This is the real benefit of this location: it is so remote that you never see another vehicle, and any sightings you make feel like genuine discoveries. The walking safaris were also fantastic ? getting close-up and personal with elephants on foot was a memorable experience, if a little nerve-wracking! But the real enjoyment on the walk was to hear Molly explain how the wildlife interact with their habitat in the bush. His detailed explanation of what goes on inside a termite mound was genuinely absorbing, and his demonstration of how elephants re-structure the forest and increase plant diversity was equally fascinating. When we would return to the camp we would always be met by smiling staff with refreshing cold towels and a drink. The service throughout all of the meals was excellent, and I should also mention the food, which was excellent, with a different theme each day. Particularly considering how remote the location is, this was really impressive. I also found that the food was very healthy, with lots of fresh fruit and salads. The chef clearly made a real effort to please the guests. At the end of our stay we were very sad to be leaving, but happy to have had such an incredible experience of the ?real Tanzania?.

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