Ndutu Safari Lodge

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Ndutu Safari Lodge

Ndutu Safari Lodge is one of the Serengeti's older camps, having originally opened in 1967. It enjoys a very private location within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, just outside the Serengeti NP boundaries.

Ndutu Safari Lodge is situated just outside Serengeti National Park in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Tucked away under a canopy of tall acacia trees, it offers a peaceful base from which to explore the surrounding wilderness, which encompasses swamp, woodland and, of course, the seemingly endless savannah plains for which the Serengeti is famous. The lodge is well away from the main safari circuit and perfectly placed to witness the wildebeest migration from December to April.

One of the oldest safari camps in the region, Ndutu was originally opened in 1967 by retired hunter George Dove. It's been through many changes in the near half-century that has passed since then, with the original tents replaced with stone chalets. These days, Ndutu is less the classic bush camp that it once was and more of a hospitality-focused safari lodge. Most guests at Ndutu come on private safaris with their own vehicles and activities pre-arranged.

Though Ndutu is located within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, it is very much a Serengeti experience, with game drives into the National Park the main activity on offer. The wilderness surrounding the park forms part of the greater Serengeti eco-system. Being located outside the boundaries of the National Park also has the advantage of opening up the possibility of walking safaris, which are allowed within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area but prohibited within the Serengeti. Two hour walks are offered from the camp and allow you to explore the surrounding woodland, though these need to be booked in advance.


Ndutu Safari Lodge offers 34 rustic stone cottages, which are arranged in a neat line that extends from the main lounge and dining area at the centre of the camp. Each room has a private verandah overlooking Lake Ndutu.

The stone and concrete helps ensure that the rooms at Ndutu are nice and cool—much cooler than standard safari tents. Inside they are comfortably furnished, with sturdy wooden furnishings, wrought iron light fittings and double beds. Two of the rooms have a full-size Zanzibari bed, while four family rooms can accommodate as many as four people. The rooms all have a small en-suite bathroom, with flush toilet, shower and hot running water.


Meals are served in the dining room. The lodge has a good wine list.

Ndutu doesn't offer a fine dining experience, but the meals tend to be hearty and plentiful, in keeping with the character of the lodge.


- Open sided dining room and bar
- Evening campfire
- Gift shop


- Game drives
- Walking safaris

Child Policy

There are no age restrictions at Ndutu Safari Lodge. The casual atmosphere, combined with the fairly large size of the lodge, make Ndutu a good choice for families. There are family rooms accommodating up to four (parents and two children).