Ndutu Safari Lodge is in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in the southern Serengeti eco-system. It overlooks a soda lake, Lake Ndutu and has the informal, intimate feeling of the original 1960s bush camp. Ndutu is a superb base from which to explore the range of habitats that lie within easy reach, including swamps, woodlands, lakes and the world famous Serengeti short grass plains.
There are 34 single-storey stone cottages that extend from the central, open-sided bar, lounge and dining room. Each cottage has its own verandah overlooking Lake Ndutu and all rooms have en-suite facilities. The cottages are made from local materials and offer comfortable, tasteful accommodation. There is 220 volt electricity, and torches and candles in each room for when the generator is switched off at night.
The lodge is renowned for its friendly and welcoming atmosphere, good service, and simple food well cooked. In the evening guests can relax in the cosy bar - where nocturnal genets often sit in the rafters - or enjoy the campfire under millions of stars.
Activities include game drives, birdwatching by the lodge, guided walks in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and visits to Olduvai Gorge.
Open: Ndutu Safari Lodge is open all year.
Location: Ndutu Safari Lodge is in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in the southern Serengeti ecosystem. It overlooks Lake Ndutu. There is an airstrip 1km from the lodge.
Rooms: There are 34 stone cottages, all with verandas facing Lake Ndutu. All are en-suite and have electric lighting. 10 of the rooms are doubles, 5 are triples and there is one family room which can accommodate up to 2 adults and 2 children. The remaining rooms have 2 single beds.
Activities: Game viewing is the main activity, which is good in both wet and dry seasons. There is a choice of circuits for game drives. You can visit Olduvai Gorge, about a one hour drive from the lodge, go bird watching around the lodge or walk in the conservation area with a ranger.
Facilities: There is a lounge where you can chat to other guests and a restaurant where breakfast, 3 course lunch and 4 course dinner are served. The bar is open till 11pm daily. Tea, coffee and biscuits are available throughout the day from 6am. You can enjoy sundowners by the camp fire or in the bar, where you spot a genet in the rafters. The gift shop sells a range of goods made by local people. The lodge offers a laundry service.
Dining: Meals are taken at individual tables.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome, but it should be noted that Ndutu is not fenced and wild animals wander through, so children must be kept under supervision at all times.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: There is internet access.
Ideal safari for the migration in south Serengeti from December to March, plus Zanzibar.
"This was my favourite accommodation, I loved our little lodges with lovely veiws out to the lake and the plains, the layout felt right. Sitting by the fire with Dikdik and zebra coming for an inquisitive look, the Gennets sitting in the rafters, excellent food,felt at home here."