Mdonya Old River Camp

In Ruaha National Park, the second largest in Tanzania and a few kilometres from the Mdonya Falls. A two hour exciting game drive from the airstrip, this camp, in its simplicity lets you feel absorbed in forest life. The tents are located on the banks of Old Mdonya, now a sand river and which wildlife likes to use as a corridor in the wilderness. Best way of getting here? By aircraft from Dar es Salaam or Zanzibar, or by road via Iringa.

Scattered under the shade of large sycamore figs and Acacia Albida, there are only 8 twin bedded tents, each with its own toilette and shower. The tents are simple but comfortable, furnished with twin beds veiled by mosquito net and with a large verandah where you can relax on a chaise lounge to observe the wildlife around you.

In keeping with the environment and the size of the camp, there is a small central dining area in the shade of the trees. Completely open, dining “al fresco” in Africa on the banks of a sandy river seems bizarre. Experience it once, and especially here, and you will be in love with it forever. Faire is simple and wholesomely adequate. A fully stocked bar services is available.

This is a camp located in the middle of a large wilderness area so all activities here are designed to optimise the wildlife experience. Sitting in camp with a book and a pair of binoculars may be quite rewarding. However game drives are flexible, not limited by schedule and obviously cover more ground. Guest get to see and experience a breathtaking mosaic of ecosystems, from the river pools to the dry African savannah, grasses crossed with Baobab valleys and enormous granite monoliths.


Jongomero Camp

Located on the banks of the Jongomero River (seasonal) in the remote South Western part of Ruaha National Park. Jongomero Camp is the furthest west of any of the camps in Ruaha National
Park. It lies on the Jongomero Sand River a short distance away from the confluence with the Great Ruaha River and some 70 km from Msembe headquarters. The camp has it’s own airstrip which is a short flight (15 minutes) further on from the main Ruaha strip, so although it’s a significant distance from all other camps by road it’s easily accessible by air from Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar.

Jongomero Camp comprises of 8 large luxurious tents on raised wooden platforms offering double, twin and single accommodation. Other features include bedside tables and bedside lights; bathroom area with large shower, contained in the tent; solar heated running hot water; spacious private verandah; 24 hours electricity

The public area including bar and restaurant, is beautifully located in the deep shade of an ancient reverie tree with an uninterrupted view of the Jongomero River and bush beyond.

Game viewing at Jongomero normally takes the whole day, game drives with picnics to get you to the further reaches of the park. You probably have to work a little harder than you would say at Mwagusi to find the game, but this is partly because game here has yet to get fully used to people. The area in the immediate vicinity has some good game, particularly along the sand river and the main Ruaha River. Walks can be arranged from Jongomero, accompanied by a park ranger.