Kirurumu Migration Camp: Our full report
Kirurumu Migration Camp is a mobile tented camp which moves twice a year in order to follow the wildebeest migration.Set up by the conservationist Peter Lindstrom, the camp aims to provide comfortable accommodation with an emphasis on great guiding and seeking out quieter areas in the Serengeti.
Kirurumu Migration Camp is a simple camp at heart, designed to be easily packed up and moved to a new location. Between June and October it occupies a site in the northern Serengeti, around 90 minutes’ drive from the Mara River. This a good location for seeing the wildebeest migration and possible river crossings, however as the site is set further back from the main river it can be much quieter here and you are likely to see relatively few vehicles in the vicinity of the camp. Between December and March the camp relocates to the Ndutu region in the southern Serengeti, which is where you are likely to see the wildebeest calving.
The seven safari tents are simple in design but provide a good level of comfort. They are pared down and unfussy, yet feel warm and cosy (important at night) and also a good size. By day, they feel fresh and bright, with cream fabric draped from the ceiling and rustic wooden furniture and reed mats on the floor. Each tent can be arranged as either a double or a twin, with four-poster metal bed frames covered by a mosquito net. One wall of the tents is constructed from insect screen, and when the tent flaps are rolled up this lets in plenty of light. Outside, a small veranda has a couple of directors’ chairs from where you can watch the passing wildlife.
To the side of each tent is an en-suite bathroom, with a single basin and mirror. To one side is curtained-off toilet, while to the other there is a plumbed shower with hot water from a solar heater. Complimentary shampoo and conditioner are provided.
In addition to seven standard tents Kirurumu Migration Camp has one family tent. This has two bedrooms, one set up as a double and another as a twin, sharing a central bathroom.
In the central areas of the camp, there’s a lounge tent featuring some impressive wildlife photography and an eclectic collection of sofas, a number of which have been hand crafted by the Kirurumu team. While the furnishings feel a little disjointed, it is a relaxing spot where guests gather in the evenings to chat about the experiences of the day. Next door is a dining tent where tasty buffet meals are served to individual guests’ tables.
The activities at Kirurumu Migration Camp focus around game drives in one of two closed-sided pop-top 4x4 vehicles. When you’re in the northern Serengeti there’s a good chance of seeing the wildebeest migration, and this a major attraction for many guests. When we stayed here in 2019 we were impressed with the guiding, and found the guides to be both highly knowledgeable and conscientious. This shone through particularly while watching a river crossing when our guide positioned the vehicle so as to ensure a clear path for the charging wildebeest, while still providing us and people in other vehicles an excellent view.
We really like Kirurumu Migration Camp. It is a simple and unpretentious camp, with friendly staff, hearty home cooking and game drives on the fringes of the wildebeest migration area. This is one of most economical camps in the Serengeti and we think it represents excellent value for money.
- Serengeti Migration Area, Tanzania
- Ideal length of stay
- Kirurumu Migration Camp is in the northern Serengeti between June and October and in the Ndutu region between December and March.
- When in the north the Kirurumu Migration Camp is located around a 90-minute drive from Kogatende Airstrip. When the camp is in the south it is around a 45-minute drive from Ndutu airstrip.
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Food & drink
- Usual board basis
- Full Board
- Food quality
- The meals at Kirurumu Migration Camp are hearty home cooking, which is fresh, plentiful and surprisingly tasty. Meals are typically served as a buffet in the dining tent, although bush breakfasts and picnic lunches can easily be arranged.
Breakfast consists of a platter of fresh fruit followed by bacon, sausage, tomatoes and eggs cooked to order. Unusually they also serve sweat potato wedges, which makes a nice addition.
When we stayed here in 2019 we took a picnic lunch on an all-day game drive. This included a variety of dishes: quiche, vegetable samosas, chapatti wraps and chickpea salad.
For dinner we started with a spiced pumpkin soup, followed by baked aubergine accompanied by rice, fresh vegetables, potatoes and a savoury banana stew which is a local speciality. Dessert was a sticky chocolate cake.
- Attitude towards children
- Kirurumu Migration Camp welcomes children of all ages
- Property’s age restrictions
- Special activities & services
- Child-friendly activities such as short guided walks and animal tracking around the camp can be arranged.
- Cots are available on request.
- Generally recommended for children
- Kirurumu Migration Camp is relaxed and unpretentious and we liked the family tent. We feel that it would suit families with older children.
- The camp is unfenced and wild animals regularly wonder through. Children will require supervision at all times.
- Power supply notes
- There is a backup generator
- There is no Wi-Fi or phone signal at Kirurumu Migration Camp.
- TV & radio
- There is no TV at the camp.
- Water supply
- Transported in
- Water supply notes
- Shower water and drinking water is trucked into camp. Both showers and toilets are plumbed, with solar water heaters providing hot water for the showers.
Health & safety
- Malarial protection recommended
- Medical care
- Staff are first aid-trained and the camp has links with medical evacuation services.
- Dangerous animals
- High Risk
- Security measures
- There are guards on duty 24 hours a day. Guests are escorted to and from their tents after dark.
- Fire safety
- There is a firebreak around the camp and fire extinguishers in the tents.
Hot air ballooning
- Disabled access
- Not Possible
- Laundry facilities
- Laundry is included at Kirurumu Migration Camp. Items are hand-washed and line-dried. For cultural reasons ladies’ underwear is not accepted.
- The manager can store valuables in the office. Small amounts of cash can sometimes be exchanged, but this cannot be relied upon.
- Accepted payment on location
- There are no credit card facilities at Kirurumu Migration Camp. All tips and extra payments need to be made in cash.
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