Location: Lake Ndutu Luxury Tented Lodge is located within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, in the southeastern plains of the Serengeti ecosystem, some 5 kilometres or 15 minutes drive from Ndutu airstrip, and about 300 kilometres or 5 hours drive / 1 hour flight from Arusha town.
Ndutu is the only place in the Serengeti ecosystem where migratory animals – wildebeest and zebras – roam for more than 5 months, attracting a high concentration and variety of predators. It is the main holding ground, with the short grass plains in Ndutu and southeastern Serengeti providing the necessary calving grounds for zebras and wildebeest, which usually give birth to thousands of calves and foals between January and March.
The lodge is also conveniently situated close to the prime game viewing areas of Seronera valley in the central Serengeti about 80kms (1 ½ hours drive), nearby Kusini and Moru in southern Serengeti, and the world famous Ngorongoro Crater 90kms (2 hours drive) to the east.
Accommodation: Lake Ndutu Luxury Tented Lodge is made up of 20 accommodation tents including 2 family suites of 3 interconnected tents each, all resting on stilts and platforms elevated a metre from the natural ground. The luxurious tented rooms, all with wooden floor and nestling under makuti roofing for shade and protection against the elements, feature a large bedroom with floor-to-ceiling glass panels at the front affording guests a wide view from inside across the verandah to the natural surrounding bush.
Offering a true African safari experience with a unique blend of nature and luxurious living, the tents feature large beds with mosquito netting, bedside tables, rattan chairs with a coffee table, wardrobe, hairdryer, dressing table, a writing desk with chair, luggage rack, a mini fridge, and tea & coffee facilities. Fresh colours and natural carvings with the traditional African culture as the central theme are used for interior decorations. The en-suite bathrooms include two hand wash basins, a flush toilet, and two separate showers (indoor and outdoor), all with hot and cold running water. All the tents are provided with 24 hours electricity and free Wi-Fi access; this is an eco-friendly lodge with solar power as the source of electricity, supported by two standby generators and invertors.
Facilities & Services: Both the dining area and the lounge stand on raised platforms with wooden floors and makuti roofing, and feature a large outdoor terrace. The lodge chef will pleasantly surprise you with a wide selection of freshly cooked food, including local and international dishes.
In between the public areas there is a souvenir shop and a view deck with magnifying equipment. The reception with a seating area and two washrooms is set separately from the lounge and dining place.
There is a swimming pool which provides the much needed luxury for those who want to cool off after an early morning walking safari / game drive or before taking a late afternoon game drive. From the swimming pool, a few steps from the lounge and elevated about 2.2 metres above ground level, one has a sweeping view of Lake Ndutu and the bush around – a wonderful fusion of luxury and the bush experience.
The Maasai Boma at the lodge designed for dining is an enchanting facility introducing guests to the Maasai culture. The lodge chefs use the Boma to host social barbeque evenings under the stars, in a themed night with entertainment by local performers. Often the local Maasai would come and entertain guests with the traditional Maasai dance over a bonfire. The Boma was built by Maasai women from neighbouring villages to promote understanding and encourage a source of income for the local community. The Maasai women have enhanced the Boma by adding their creative art on the clay-clad walls and have been commissioned to maintain and carry out refurbishment of the facility from time to time.
Activities available at the camp include game drives using lodge open safari vehicles, nature walks, bush lunch, and sundowners. The lodge is within the operation range of Serengeti hot air balloon safaris for guests keen on an aerial tour over the plains.