Ruaha Safari & Fanjove Island Extended Stay
Under the magnificent shade trees, on the banks of the Jongomero sand river lies the beautiful Jongomero camp. This hidden gem is tucked away in a remote corner of the Ruaha National Park. Here you will get a chance to experience Africa’s best kept secret, with your final port of call being a privately owned Island for a week of exclusive relaxation and marine adventures in the Indian Ocean.
Included in the prices are accommodations in the Jongomero luxury bush camp & Fanjove Private Island, food, drinks in Jongomero (not Fanjove), activities on a shared basis, guides, park fees, concession fees, tourism levy, compulsory medical evacuation insurance, fanjove boat transfer, Fanjove Island village fee, Fanjove mooring & day fees, return airstrip road transfers, basic laundry, and VAT.
Not Included are flights: International or domestic. We are happy to add-on domestic flights, just ask your agent when requesting a quote.
Dar es Salaam - Jongomero, Ruaha National Park
After a 2h30 flight from Dar es Salaam you will arrive at the Jongomero airstrip, used exclusively for our guests. Greeted by your guide, you will be driven 5 minutes to Jongomero where a traditional safari lunch awaits.
Under the magnificent shade trees, on the banks of a seasonal river in the remote southern sector of the Ruaha National Park, Jongomero is gloriously isolated. Far from the madding crowds, this secluded idyll offers a chance to discover true unadulterated wilderness.
Under a dappled riverine canopy, this secluded sanctuary is positioned on the banks of a seasonal riverbed. A natural pathway for animals in search of water, the camp is the most splendid spot to experience the region’s extraordinary diversity of animals, birds and plants. Before setting off on your first activity, spend some time relaxing by Jongomero's swimming pool. Set in an elevated position overlooking the riverbed this is the perfect spot to watch the bush go by.
DAYS 2 to 4
Jongomero, Ruaha National Park
Epitomising ‘wild Africa’ in its most rugged, glorious form, you’ll explore Ruaha’s undulating landscape which is home to giant baobabs and the Park’s rich variety of elephant, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, impala, eland, hippo, crocodile, lion and leopard.
Each evening over drinks, you'll have the chance to discuss your plans for the next day with our team. Whether you chose to explore by vehicle or on foot, our expert guides will ensure you enjoy the wealth of biodiversity Ruaha has to offer.
Game drives around Jongomero are unique and cater for the safari connoisseur; our remote location situated more than 30km from the next nearest camp means we don’t share our game viewing with any other guests or vehicles.
Alternatively on offer is a dawn game walk during the dry season. With the African sun warming your back, you’ll navigate the parched riverbeds while your guide tells you fascinating, often bizarre stories, about the local flora, fauna, insects, birds and animals.
The 2nd or 3rd night will be fly camping walking safari experience: arriving at the exclusive wilderness camp either by road or by foot, you will be able to refresh with a hot bucket shower before settling in around the camp fire for a sundowner and a delicious bush dinner. You will sleep in a comfortable dome canvas tent for the night. The next morning you will return to the luxury of main camp ready to share your bush tales.
Jongomero - Fanjove Private Island, Songo Songo Archipelago
Fanjove Island is the smallest of six islands in the Songosongo Archipelago, just off the coast of Tanzania. Palm-fringed, powder-white sands; azure, shimmering waters; the call of birdsong; and the whole island to yourself...
A short 40 minute flight from Dar es Salaam takes you to Songo Songo island, where you will be greeted by a Tuk Tuk to take you on a short 5 minute transfer to the jetty. From there you will sail over to the Island. Upon arrival kick off your shoes (you won't be needing them again) and enjoy a refreshing coconut and fresh fruit. You will be welcomed by a member of our team and shown to your traditional eco-banda. Enjoy a delicious lunch of freshly caught seafood and arrange with the Activities Manager how you would like to spend the rest of the day. Choose to relax with a book or take a walk around the island. Take out a paddle board or kayak and circumnavigate the island; with no one in sight this is the perfect way to settle into the island pace.
As the sun begins to set, climb the steps of the 19th century lighthouse and take in the 360 views of the island and ocean with sundowner in hand. A candlelit dinner will be served with your feet in the sand. On a clear night the star constellations are beautiful so don't forget to look up before you climb into bed.
DAYS 6 to 10
Fanjove Private Island, Songo Songo Archipelago
Each evening the Activities Manager will discuss your options for the following day. You may want to spend all day in the water and exploring the island, or snoozing on a sun lounger with a book - it is completely up to you.
You can be woken at your chosen time with tea or coffee, presented through a secret hatch in the banda. Then at your leisure wander down the beach for breakfast. Spend your days here by walking through the island trail or at low tide walk around the outside of the island, exploring rock pools and coves filled with colourful crabs. You can snorkel straight off the main beach or head out to explore the 11km coral reef stretching around the island.
Activities managers are padi trained and can facilitate beginner or refresher dives for any ability. Sail out on a marine safari in search of spinner and bottlenose dolphins, or even humpback whales (seasonal). Be sure to take some time to relax and refresh, lay on sun loungers or take leisurely walks around the island.
With your bags packed and your trip coming to a close you will set sail back to Songo Songo to begin making your journey back home.
*All third-party costsfor government and aviation fees (for those adding domestic flights) are subject to change