The beautifully designed Lake Ndutu Luxury Tented Lodge is situated in Ndutu in the south-eastern Serengeti Plains within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a prime location for game drives and an ideal stopover to the neighboring Serengeti National Park. The lodge is built to blend into the natural environment dominated by acacia trees with a clear view of Lake Ndutu.
The plains around Ndutu are the main holding ground for migratory animals where vast herds congregate and linger for more than 4 months, from December to April, before they start moving across the Serengeti in search of greener pastures and water. Calving usually takes place between January and March. Ndutu is also famous for its resident game, including lions, cheetah, leopard, genets, striped hyena, elephants, impala, hartebeest, giraffes, dik dik, and reedbucks which can be viewed throughout the year.
The lodge has an in-house restaurant thatched with makuti (palm fronds) and standing on a raised platform with a large wooden deck looking out on to the savannah. The bar is the perfect place to unwind and chill out after a long game drive or the other activites offered at the lodge, and has a spectacular view of the lake. Evenings are refreshing social gatherings around a crackling campfire in a serene and quiet surrounding interrupted by occasional distant calls of wildlife.
The lodge has 20 well appointed en-suite guest tents (including Family Suites) offering a true African safari experience. The tents are spacious and rest on wooden stilts and a platform elevated a metre from the natural ground and nestling under makuti roofing for shade and protection against the elements. They all feature a large bedroom with wooden floor and oversize floor-to-ceiling glass panels at the front affording guests a wide view from inside to the natural scenery outside over the balcony. Fresh colours and natural carvings with the traditional African culture are used as the central theme of interior decor.
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Ngorongoro Conservation Area fees; concession fees; coffee/tea; and all meals are included. Game drives are taken with your private driver-guide.
Children of any age are welcome. Rates available on request.
General Information For Guests
All the 20 tents including the Family Suites feature hardwood beds with mosquito netting, bedside tables, sofa seats with a coffee table, a writing desk with chair, wardrobe, dressing table, hair dryer, safe deposit box, a mini fridge, ceiling fan, mosquito spray and wipes, luggage rack, and a private balcony with chairs and a coffee table. All the tents are provided with 24 hours electricity and free Wi-Fi access. The en-suite bathrooms include 2 hand wash basins, a flush toilet, and 2 separate showers - one of which an open-air shower, all with hot and cold running water.
This is an eco-friendly lodge with solar power as the source of electricity, supported by 2 standby generators and invertors.
Other lodge services and facilities include a swimming pool, 24 hour reception/concierge, wake-up call, laundry service (additional cost), a curio shop for souvenirs, and a viewing deck with magnifying equipment.
Balloon safaris can be arranged from the lodge (additional cost and prebooking is advised).
Bush walks can also be arranged (additional cost). A short walk, accompanied by guides and a ranger is an excellent break from game drives, where you will learn some fascinating facts about nature, birds, reptiles, insects and medicinal uses of plants which you may not fully appreciate from the seat of your safari car. The walk takes an hour and a half to 2 hours but longer walks can be arranged. The walks are normally in the morning or late afternoon when the temperatures are cool.