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Kirurumu Serengeti North and South Camps

Kirurumu Serengeti is a seasonal tented camp that moves between the Ndutu woodlands of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in the south, and the Sonzo area near Kogatende in the north.

Kirurumu Serengeti North and South is a traditional seasonal camp offering exceptional value for money. The tented camp has a fairly rustic, mobile feel, with comfortable and spacious en suite canvas tents. The camp does not compete on looks with some of the more lavish (and more expensive) tented camps, however the essence of what is on offer is the same – a comfortable base from which to explore the magical Serengeti plains. Camp management and staff are very friendly and the camp has a relaxed, warm atmosphere. Food is perfectly acceptable and guiding is very good. Kirurumu is not suitable for anyone seeking a luxurious experience, but it will really suit those looking for a friendly, down to earth camp which offers great value for money without compromising on the game viewing experience.


Kirurumu Serengeti caters for a maximum of 20 guests in 10 walk-in Meru style tents. One of the tents is suitable for families with a double bedroom and en suite bathroom which is connected to a twin bedroom at the back of the tent. All tents are comfortably furnished with double/twin beds, bedside tables, mosquito nets, a luggage rack, a writing table and charging facilities with a furnished verandah to the fore. To the side of the tent is the simple en suite bathroom with a flushing toilet, plumbed basin and plumbed shower. Lighting is provided by solar power.

Central Areas

At Kirurumu Serengeti meals are taken in the central mess tent to the front of which are some sofas. There is a camp fire area outside the mess tent with meals often taken ‘al fresco’.


Wi-Fi – No
Power for Charging – Yes
Swimming Pool – No

Habitat & Wildlife

With an area of some 14,000 sq. km, Serengeti is probably the best-known wildlife sanctuary in the world. The ecosystem includes the National Park itself, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Maswa Game Reserve and Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve, together forming one of the most complex and least disturbed ecosystems on earth. The landscape was originally formed by volcanic activity in the Ngorongoro highlands and it varies from the open short grass plains in the south, to savannah and scattered acacia woodlands in the centre, to extensive woodland and black clay plains in the west, to hilly wooded grassland in the north. Most of the permanent water is found towards the northern and western areas, the lack of permanent water and food in the south being the main reason for the annual migration.

The park is home to approaching 2,000,000 wildebeest, 500,000 Thomson’s gazelle and 250,000 zebra: the largest concentration of plains game in Africa. More than 30 species of herbivores are found here, as well as all the major predators and nearly 500 species of birds.

The southern reaches of the park consist of endless ‘short-grass’ open plains. In the heart of these plains on the border of the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is an area known as Ndutu, where a series of partial soda lakes and marsh areas are surrounded by woodland. Many of the camps and camp sites in the southern Serengeti are located in this area. To the west the open plains are bordered by the woodlands of the Maswa Game Reserve, and a secondary hub of camps can be found along the edge of woodland, known as the Kusini area. To the east the plains are endless, stretching south-east through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and north-east towards the Loliondo Game Controlled Area which borders the eastern Serengeti.

The hundreds of thousands of wildebeest, gazelles and zebra congregate on these southern short grass plains from December to April, usually calving around the end of January when the nutritious grass is at its best. During this time the ‘migration’ is restricted to local movements according to rainfall and grazing, though even within the southern Serengeti region the distances are vast. This southern region is exceptional for lion, cheetah and spotted hyaena sightings, all of which thrive on the open plains, whilst leopard, serval, African wild cat, elephant, buffalo, giraffe, eland, topi, jackal, ostrich and impala can also be seen. Wild dogs are making a comeback in the region and are occasionally encountered to the south of Ndutu in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Depending on grazing conditions and water supply, the start of the Serengeti annual migration begins at the end of this period, and the herds begin to march north/westwards, ‘lowing’ incessantly so that the air hums like a dynamo (zebra first, then the wildebeest and gazelles). Lion, cheetah, hyaena and wild dog follow, ensuring that only the fittest survive, while jackals trail behind and vultures circle overhead.

The northern part of Serengeti is a huge area of open plains, rolling hills and acacia woodland, intersected by numerous small streams which flow into the Mara River. The Mara River is a natural focal point, and most camps are located in the Kogatende region to the south of the river. To the north of the river is a section of the park known as Lamai, whilst to the south of Kogatende are the Wogakuria Hills where the rolling hills are interspersed with rocky granite outcrops. The plains stretch east and west to the boundaries of the park, and in the east continue into the Loliondo Game Controlled Area.

The northern Serengeti is exceptional for lion, cheetah and leopard sightings, whilst hyaena, serval, African wild cat, elephant, buffalo, hippo, crocodile, giraffe, eland, topi, jackal, ostrich and impala can also be seen. Wild dogs are making a comeback in the region and are very occasionally encountered, whilst black rhino can sometimes be seen in the north-eastern region around the Sand River.

Although this region offers a wonderful all year round safari experience, it is busiest from July to October when hundreds of thousands of wildebeest, gazelles and zebra congregate on these northern plains. The herds usually arrive in late June or early July, travelling up from the southern and western Serengeti on their annual migration. Many of the herbivores will cross into Kenya’s Masai Mara, but large numbers remain in the northern reaches of the Serengeti, where the Mara River provides permanent water. This movement of so many animals can be dramatic, especially when they cross the Mara River, which can happen at any time between July and early November. ‘River Crossings’ are a favoured highlight for wildlife enthusiasts and photographers, as hundreds of wildebeest stampede into the river whilst crocodiles lie in wait. Around October/November, as the rain clouds gather, the herds head south once more to calve on those nutritious short grass plains before starting the cycle again.


Game viewing in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation Area is almost entirely vehicle based, between the hours of sunrise and sunset. Driving off road is only permitted in certain zones, predominantly in the far south of the park. At Kirurumu Serengeti Ndutu, game drives are undertaken predominantly through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, but can also explore the southern Serengeti National Park (often by prior arrangement). Kirurumu Serengeti North offers game drives in the northern Serengeti with access to the Mara River region. At both times of year there is a natural focus on the migration herds for which the Serengeti is famous.


To tie in with migration seasons, Kirurumu Serengeti Ndutu operates from mid-December to March, whilst Kirurumu Serengeti North is open from mid-June to October each year.

Kirurumu is suitable for families looking for an affordable and authentic tented bush adventure. One of the tents is suitable for families wanting to be under one roof with a double bedroom and en suite bathroom which is connected to a twin bedroom at the back of the tent.

Hoopoe Safaris, owners of Kirurumu, have partnered with a Global non-profit organisation to support the implementation of a community health clinic that, when completed, will serve women of the Lake Manyara area who currently have to travel long distances to reach a hospital during and after pregnancy.

The Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS) operates a De-snaring programme in the Serengeti. A team is sent out in search of poaching camps and wire snares, which are then removed. To give some clout to what they have achieved, in the first eight months of operating the FZS recovered over 8500 snares. Hoopoe support their efforts by a donation $1 for each bed night at their camps.

Peter Lindstrom, owner of Hoopoe, is a conservation Support Committee member of Tanzania Association of Tour Operators (TATO) and his colleague, Vesna Glamočanin, is chair of the sub-committee. They were both very active in the Elephant Marches through Arusha and involved in public meeting events aimed at educating people on the industrial scale elephant poaching that was happening at the time.

Hoopoe support local communities by educating and employing some people from the areas in which they operate.