Ndutu Safari Lodge
Ndutu Safari Lodge is a classic safari park. The lodge that was the first in Ndutu (southern part of the Serengeti ecosystem that is shared between the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area) has been used by many safariists throughout the years but also by National Geographic and Animal Planet. The lodge is located in the area where the great migration is during the Swedish winter, approximately between December and March. Ndutu is also the scene for the calves of the goose, which takeAbout Ndutu Safari Lodge
Useful information about our lodge
Ndutu Safari Lodge is situated in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in the southern Serengeti eco-system. The Lodge nestles unobtrusively under a canopy of giant acacias with views towards Lake Ndutu. The lodge offers a superb base in which to explore the range of habitats that lie within easy reach. Swamps, woodland, soda lakes and the world famous Serengeti short grass plains make Ndutu Safari Lodge one of the best places to watch wildlife.
Ndutu Safari Lodge consists of 34 stone cottages that extend from the central, open-sided bar, lounge and dining room.
Each room has its own verandah that faces Lake Ndutu. All rooms have en-suite facilities. The cottages are made from local materials and offer comfortable accommodation. Please contact us for information about wheelchair access.
We offer good quality home cooking.
Breakfast is a buffet of fresh fruits and cereals, and an English cooked breakfast is made to order. This is available from 0700 onwards. Boxed picnic breakfasts cab be ordered for those that want to be out and about early.
DiningA three-course lunch is served from 12.30 through to 14.00.
Dinner is a hearty four course affair and is served from 19.30 through to 21.00.
We always offer a vegetarian alternative and, with prior notice, we are happy to cater for any special needs.
From 05.30 onwards, and throughout the day, tea, coffee and biscuits are available on a complimentary basis in the lounge area. We also offer herbal tea and decaffeinated coffee. Guests can also request early morning drinks to be delivered to their rooms.
Our generator is operational from 05.30 – 13.00 and 18.00 – 23.30.
The voltage is 220 Volts and we use the English 3 pin plugs. Each room has a socket for charging phones and camera batteries. Extra sockets are available in the bar area. We ask that guests refrain from using hairdryers and other items of a similar nature as they overload our generator.
All rooms have electric lights; there are also torches and small solar lights in the rooms for use when the generator has been switched off at night.
If you use a CPAP breathing machine, please be aware that there will be a surcharge to operate the generator overnight. Specifically designed travel battery packs can be obtained online.
Checking in and out
Check- in time is from 11.00. Checking out time is 10.30. For guests who require a day room, these can be booked, subject to availability.
There are no fences around Ndutu Safari Lodge and wild animals wander through at all hours of day and night. Guests, for their own safety, are requested to stay within the lodge grounds. During the evening, watchmen are on duty and are on hand to escort guests back to their rooms. The watchmen remain on duty throughout the night.
Although children are welcome at Ndutu Safari Lodge, an adult must supervise them at all times. It is the responsibility of the parents to ensure the safety of their children. The Lodge and its staff cannot be held responsible.
We accept cash either in Tanzanian shillings, US$, Euros, GBP or any other recognised major currency. We also accept VISA and Mastercard credit cards. We currently do not charge any surcharge for this service. Due to high banking charges we cannot accept credit card payments for amounts under $20. Guests are welcome to deposit any valuables at the reception for safekeeping.
Each evening guests are welcome to join us around the camp-fire. For those not wanting to sit outside, the bar provides a warm, cosy atmosphere. The genets, small spotted cat-like animals, usually make an appearance, gazing down at you from the rafters. The genets have been here for years and as they are nocturnal it is a great pleasure for guests to be able to see them at such a close proximity.Photo by Ali Flatt
We offer a full laundry service. There are laundry bags in the rooms and items that are sent to the laundry in the morning are usually returned late afternoon – weather permitting! All laundry is hand washed.
Telephone and Internet services
In the office we have a telephone and internet email communications.
The available mobile telephone network is Airtel, but the signal varies in strength and reliability.
We provide wifi in the lounge area, and ask that you limit your usage to checking emails and avoid downloads, or sending large files. The satellite wifi connection can at times be very slow, so we suggest you use your time to connect with nature instead.
There is a well-stocked gift shop at the lodge selling a wide range of curios. With this shop we try to support local projects where women and handicapped people are using their skills for a better future, for themselves and their families.
How to get here by air
Ndutu all-weather airstrip is one kilometer away from the lodge. Approximate flying time from Arusha Airport to Ndutu is 50 minutes. For our lodge guests, free transport is available to and from the airstrip.
In high season a daily scheduled air service is available from Arusha to Ndutu and other airstrips, including Manyara and Seronera.
If you are flying in a private plane please contact us for detailed landing information.
There is an airstrip just 1km away from the lodge. In the event of a serious illness or accident the Flying Doctors from Nairobi can evacuate someone without the need of having to drive far. We highly recommend that guests have temporary Flying Doctors membership for their safari to Tanzania.
The Flying Doctors’ Society of Africa
AMREF House, Wilson Airport, Langata Rd.│ P.O. Box 27686 00506, Nairobi, Kenya
DL +254 020 6994410│ Telefax: +254 20 6001594│ Mobile: +254 722 205084/733 333004
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For guests wishing to just visit Ndutu, a direct booking option is available. We have driver guides and game viewing vehicles based at the lodge. These can be hired on an exclusive basis subject to availability.
Game drives are limited to the Ndutu area but unlimited in duration.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) fees are applicable when staying at Ndutu. Park fees are currently $71 per person per 24-hour period. Children between 5 – 16 years of age pay $20 per person. Children below the age of 5 are free of charge. If visiting Serengeti National Park whilst staying at Ndutu then guests will be liable to Serengeti park fees as well. Serengeti park fees are $71 a day.
If you are self driving to Ndutu please contact us for up-to-date advice on how to enter the NCA.s place in February or March, and is considered the best place to experience this nature’s own wonders.