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Ndutu Safari Lodge is situated in the Ngorongoro Crater Conservancyin the southern Serengeti eco-system of Tanzania. The lodge is set under a canopy of giant acacias overlooking a soda lake, Lake Ndutu.

The lodge is a superb base from which to explore the surrounding Crater and Serengeti plains. Ndutu has also been a favourite with professional wildlife photographers and film-makers for the past 4 decades, due to the abundance of wildlife in the immediate area.

The lodge has an informal, intimate feeling, and as there are no fences around the lodge, wild animals wander past throughout the day and night.

During the day you can hire one of Ndutu's 2 safari vehicles or use your own vehicle to go game viewing, embark on a walking safari accompanied by a park ranger, observe wildlife up close around the lodge, or marvel at the diverse birdlife.

Evenings can be spent around a roaring campfire or in the cosy bar, where nocturnal genets (small spotted cat-like animals) usually make an appearance, as they gaze down from the rafters.


  • Relaxed, laid back atmosphere
  • Overlooking Lake Ndutu in the distance
  • Resident wildlife - elephants, giraffes, impalas & cats
  • Perfectly located to witness the wildebeest calving between December and May
  • Hearty, home cooked meals
  • Quiet with loads of noisy birdlife

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The stone and thatch main area is a wonderful, cool place to relax on the traditional, safari-style wicker arm chairs and built-in couches or at the sociable bar.

Gather around the camp fire in the evening to swap stories of your wildlife sightings.

A small shop sells curios made by people in the area.

General Facilities

    Internet facilities
    Laundry service


Ndutu offers excellent quality home cooking using plenty of fresh local ingredients, served in the lodge’s open-fronted dining room.

Breakfast is available from 7am onwards, but for those wanting an earlier start, a continental or picnic breakfast is available on request. A 3-course lunch is served and dinner is a hearty 4 course affair.

Vegetarian alternatives are always available, and any special needs can be catered for.
Complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits are available in the lounge area throughout the day. You can also request early morning drinks to be delivered to your cottage.

Standard Room

Ndutu Safari Lodge consists of 34, comfortable stone cottages that extend from the central area.

The cottages are made from local materials and offer comfortable, tasteful accommodation. All rooms are single storey and are easily accessible with a wheelchair. Rooms also all have electric lights (220V); torches and candles are provided for use when the generator has been switched off at night.

Each room has en-suite facilities and its own veranda overlooking Lake Ndutu.

Standard Room AMENITIES

    Internet facility
    En-suite shower only
    Outside area

Other Room Types

Triple rooms and a family room which can sleep 2 adults and 2 children are also available.


  • Birding
  • Guided walks
  • High tea on offer
  • Photographic safaris
  • Walking safaris

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Liesel van Zyl

Liesel van Zyl

Product Manager

"Basic but comfortable chalets overlook a quiet, arid landscape interrupted only by acacias, birdsong and Ndutu Lake in the distance."

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