Kirawira YES or NO in two weeks?





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    Default Kirawira YES or NO in two weeks?

    Hello Tanzania experts,
    hope some of you can help me out with stating your opinion regarding the following dilemma. I have vouchers to camp at Kirawira 1 for June 14 and 15. When I asked for this spot, I was assuming that the migration herds would be around the Grumeti as they Usually have been in June. This year, it seems they are taking their time making their way up north from Ndutu and according to herd tracker are only now reaching Naabi Hill and a few herds are heading towards Moru where we will camp June 10 and 11.
    Iím considering canceling my Kirawira Voucher and instead add the two nights to our Seronera stays. As of know we have vouchers for Sero 4 on June 12 and 13, then Kirawira and Lobo, and then again Sero 4 June 19 and 20.
    Since in TZ the money only goes one way(!)I will not get a refund if I stay on public campsites instead. What would you guys do in this situation? Sadly, Moreu 2 is already fully booked by a tour company.
    Iím looking forward to your ideas and suggestions.
    Many thanks, Kali
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    Hi Kalica,

    Not surely Tanzanian expert but that is a tough question! I would stick to the original plans. The migration has normally a cw direction so the herds now at Naabi Hill and Ndutu will eventually move westwards towards the Grumeti. Besides Kirawira is a very beautiful place. Surely you will witness plenty of action there. Lets wait and see what others say!

    AP

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    Would also not change plans if I were in your shoes. Yo have neatly spread your stays in Serengeti to cover all the regions: south, central, north, west. Even if herds might not be in western corridor during your stay, Kirawira will still provide nice change of scenery from central regions. Only hope that road to there is not in less than average conditions...

    I'm jealous, because I know you'll have a ball there. Enjoy!
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    Have to agree with Aflac. Iíd stick to the original plan. We were surprised at the amount of permanent game (including predators) that is to be seen away from the herds. Also whilst Sero 4 is lovely, itís in the middle of the busier seronera area and you can see other lights and hear vehicles on surrounding roads. Which isnít,t the case at Kira wira. Better variety I think with plan one.

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    Default Re: Kirawira YES or NO in two weeks?

    Have to agree with Aflac. Iíd stick to the original plan. We were surprised at the amount of permanent game (including predators) that is to be seen away from the herds. Also whilst Sero 4 is lovely, itís in the middle of the busier seronera area and you can see other lights and hear vehicles on surrounding roads. Which isnít case at Kira wira. Better variety I think with plan one.

    Am super envious!

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    I am not a specialist but devoted beginner . I canít comment on Kira Wira but can say that when we deviated from our booked special campsites, we were always (2 times) given alternatives at the unplanned location that were individual and secluded. At Seronera they showed us a couple of sites and we could choose.
    You have allowed yourself a good amount of time in the park which is great. The main connecting roads north and west are tiring to drive so plan leisurely for those days.
    We encountered less tsetse around Lobo and Seronera. Leaving through the western corridor, opening the window for photo taking was....difficult. However, I have no idea if that is always the situation - perhaps it changes depending on the weather etc. The intention is not to put you off at all - just save a good bottle of spray .
    Yup, very jealous

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    Default Re: Kirawira YES or NO in two weeks?

    Dear apfac, ortelius, Webster, and Carol,
    thank you all very for your valuable input regarding my Kirawira dilemma. It was surprising to me that all of you thought I should stick to the original plan.
    Another expert gave me a few names of special campsites near Mareu, in the Makoma Hills, so I have asked my operator to contact TANAPA and make a switch. The person in charge is out of office till next week and so it looks as though Iím stuck with Kirawira.
    I also agree that maybe itís better to sort it out with the rangers there and as some mentioned, many times you end up with better choices and when going through the booking office.
    In any case, I will let you know in July how this little drama will end. Iím looking so very much forward to see the Serengeti, the crater, Lake Manyara, and Tarangire again and will get to Arusha on Tuesday evening. Hope you will ride up on the roof with me!
    Jambo to all!
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