Ndutu Lodge is a hearty escape into the natural world, where one may discover the Serengeti plains, the Ngorongoro Crater, and the Olduvai Gorge, all in full force. The magnificent and world-renowned park is home to the Ndutu Lodge’s 34 stone cottages, each built with local materials and offering a verandah overlooking the lake. Meals are well-thought out at the lodge, with an open air concept inviting all to join. In fact, one is gifted with a view of the multitude of birds flying overhead, while others await the friendly and shy visit of genet cats during night meals. Activities include ranger walks, campfire talks, and bird watching.
Each room has it’s own verandah that overlooks Lake Ndutu. All rooms have en-suite facilities. The cottages are made from local materials and offer comfortable, tasteful accommodation. Four rooms have a king-size bed, there are also four family rooms, which can accommodate up to four people. All other rooms have 2 single beds. All the rooms are single storey and are accessible with a wheel chair. All rooms have electric lights; there are also torches and candles in the rooms for use when the generator has been switched off at night.
Staff offer good quality home cooking. Many of the vegetables are supplied from Karatu. Breakfast is available from 7am onwards, for those wanting an earlier start they can either have a continental or picnic breakfast. A three-course lunch is served from 12.30pm through to 2pm. Dinner is a hearty four course affair and is served from 7.30pm through to 9pm. Staff always offer a vegetarian alternative and are happy to cater for any special needs. From 6am onwards tea, coffee and biscuits are available throughout the day on a complimentary basis in the lounge area. Staff also offer herbal tea and decaffeinated coffee. Guests can also request early morning drinks to be delivered to their rooms.
They come here during the rains, December through May. They calve on the plains in February, they gallop through the woodlands, they swim across the lake. From June through November, the plains are dry and the great herds gone. This is the time when the resident animals converge around Ndutu's waterholes and marshes - elephants, giraffes, impalas, every kind of cat, a profusion of birds. Activities include game drives, ranger walks, campfire talks, and bird watching.