Why photographers love Ndutu Lodge
- Vast herds of wildebeest and zebra
- Wildebeest calving in February
- Great predator action, especially cheetah
- Access to a variety of vegetation types
- Off-road driving
How we rate Ndutu Lodge
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Ndutu Lodge at a glance
- 34 stone cottages with en-suite facilities
- Hearty and wholesome dining in the in the central dining area with attached lounge, gift shop and bar
- 220v charging points in rooms (when generators are running) and extra sockets in bar area
- Nightly campfire under the stars
- Limited Wi-Fi in the lounge
Ndutu Lodge is in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area south of the Serengeti National Park. The area features acacia woodland, Lake Ndutu and access to the Serengeti plains, where vast herds of wildebeest and zebra congregate from December to May in search of green grass. Wildebeest have their calves here around February. The herds bring fantastic predator action and the area is well-known for cheetah. Lion and spotted hyena are abundant. You’re likely to also see elephant, gazelle, dik dik, giraffe and bat-eared fox. There are resident genets that prowl the rafters of the bar area at night. Because the lodge is outside the national park, off-road driving is allowed. There are 400 species of birds including Flamingos, Fischer’s Lovebird, Superb Starling, and Black-lored Babbler.
The great migratory herds move through the Ndutu area during the wet season, from November to May, which is also a great time for migratory birds. Depending on the rains, February is a good time to catch the spectacle of the wildebeest calving in the southern short-grass plains. The herds leave in the dry season, from June to October when the grasses turn brown and wildlife converges on remaining waterholes. There are resident predators year round.
What Ndutu Lodge costs
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Photographers need to know
The generator doesn’t run all night, so plan your battery charging accordingly. Guides and vehicles are usually arranged independently of the lodge.
The good news
Ndutu lodge supports research projects that photographers can contribute to—the Serengeti Cheetah Project and the Ngorongoro Lion Project. Both use photographs from visitors to track individual cats. Cheetah individuals are identified by their spot patterns and lions by unique whisker spots.