Jongomero - Activities
The activity options available at Jongomero are as diverse as the park itself. Aside from the normal game drives available in all parks, there are plenty of other exiting things to do. The normal game drives go out twice per day, in the morning and afternoon. All game drives are driven by qualified guides in an open 4X4 landrover with a canopy for shade and no more than six guests per vehicle. Game drive is the best way to get up close and personal with some of Africas mightiest animals and to see some of the parks superb scenery. At Jongomero we aim to show you the full variety of scenery, flora, fauna, and the different wildlife they support that make Ruaha so diverse and interesting. From open plains to thick inhospitable bush, from the tranquil river scenes to great herds of buffaloes enveloped in clouds of dust as they make their way through the acacia woodlands, Ruaha never dissapoints. For the specialist there are afternoon specialist bird and photography drives on offer, as Ruaha is one of the great birding paradises of Africa (equipment and guides permitting).
A game walk through this magnificent park is a must if you want to get as close to nature as possible. There are daily bush walks through this great wilderness accompanied by an armed guide and a park ranger. Tread in the footsteps of those early explorers as you carefully work your way through Africas wildest area and get a glimpse of animals as they go about their daily routine from ground level, without the luxury of a vehicle. Immerse yourself in nature and learn about the skill of tracking, survival, dung identification and the various mammals, insects and plants very often neglected from vehicles.
For those with a truly wild heart, perhaps have a go at walking safari; a one or two day expedition on foot through the reserve sleeping in a small fly-camp or satellite camp (see more under Jongomero Walking Safari).
If a break from a hectic schedule is called for then relax and take advantage of the amenities within the camp itself. Very often a large variety of life can be seen without leaving your tent. Birds constantly flutter through the camps trees and the early morning chorus is an auditory overload as the birds wake and get ready to go about their day. Elephant frequently enter the camp and can be viewed without even getting out of the swimming pool. Elephant shrews make thier home throughout the camp and dik-diks, jackals, impala and mongoose can often be seen scuttling about in the daytime. For those interested in the stars, the camp has its own high powered telescope to view planets, nebulae, stars and other heavenly delights.
With over 530 species of bird, a huge population of buffalo, elephant and lion, plus a unique combination of both lesser and greater kudu, roan antelope and African wild dog, Ruaha offers as definitive a cross-section of wildlife as any park on the continent.