Ndutu always surprises me. Just before I arrived the rains came and the wildebeest returned. You could see them together with zebras everywhere - one day grazing on a plain only to disappear the next day to different pastures around Ndutu. The plains were green and full of little wild flowers. In the evenings, sitting around the fire, we watched flashes of lightening over the Serengeti, it seemed as if the thunder did not stop rolling along the horizon, and heard the noisy flamingos on Ndutu Lake.Of course all the big cats were at Ndutu, and Marando was again the perfect guide to track them. The female leopard near Marsh Track called her male, but he was shy and elusive. The seven lion cubs at Paradise Pond were taken out by their mothers every morning and evening and were a big attraction. We were also spoiled with cheetah cubs - moms with three, four (one killed by a hyena), three again, six on my last day. The most amazing mom was the cheetah with her five cubs - we saw her first at Long Gully when she took her cubs to the other side of the river into Frontier Forest - next we saw them at Olbarta Rock - we heard a week later that they were spotted at the Triangle - and finally, on my last day, we saw them with a kill at Ndutu near Big Marsh.Salei was wonderful and relaxing, asanti Laura and Colin for your hospitality and the good food. The plains were light green and full of white wild flowers. It always amazes me what difference the rain makes.Aadje thank you to make Ndutu home from home for me, all your staff was kind and helpful. I was pleased to meet temperamental Jenny and sample her good cooking, generous Ainslie and kind Eva Marie.Asanti sana Aadje April/May 2012Apr/May 2012
Thank you for another fabulous visit to my all-time favourite place - Ndutu. As always, everything about the place was outstanding - the place, the location, the people, you, the wildlife sightings, the nights around the campfire, the birdbath area........This was my fourth visit, and I still haven't had enough.Here are some images from my visit in May this year.May 2011
Ndutu Lodge is incredible! It is very special to us and favourite lodge in Tanzania, home away from home. The Lodge, people, hospitality, and atmosphere are the best. No need for a safari ride, you can enjoy every bit of wilderness, just staying at Ndutu Lodge. Big thanks to every one.Chandrani Kar & Sankha KarMay 2011
Once again my safari was a great success. This year I saw large herds of eland near Twin Hills and wildebeest migrating to Moru Kopjes. Marando is very good with cats, every day we observed different families of lions and cheetahs with their cubs. We saw zebras, lions and elephants drinking at the waterhole, - giraffes impala and gazelles everywhere - Ndutu is the best place for game driving. Five nights camping at Salei, where we enjoyed walking with Thomas Jackson and Deca, was again a different experience. Asanti sana, Aadje Laura and Colin for your generous welcome. Your hospitality and kind staff make Ndutu very special. April/May 2011 RoswithaApril/May 2011
I just wanted to extend a huge thank you to everyone at Ndutu for making our lovely extended stay so special. I've done well over a dozen trips to Northern Tanzania in the past 15 years, including at least 12 stays at Ndutu, but I can say, without hesitation, this last trip was by far the best. On numerous previous visits at this time I've enjoyed the spectacle of massing wildebeest herds, close encounters with lions and numerous cheetah sightings, but never before in the quantities and with the frequency we managed this time around. Equally important are the people who provide a 'home from home' in the bush. The friendliness, geniality and good humour of all the staff at Ndutu are second to none and the levels of service you all provide adds immeasurably to the overall trip experience. All the clients on the trip felt this way too. I know what actually seems 'effortless' from the 'outside' require so much preparation and hard work on the 'inside'. Thank you all very much indeed.www.nickgarbutt.comApril 2011
I was at Ndutu lodge in 2010. These are the photos which I had taken then.I am visiting Ndutu lodge again now in Dec. 2012.Dec 2010
Each time I visit Ndutu it is different, and this year was special, even though the wildebeest had left the area and migrated north.
I was lucky from my first day, when Marando my patient guide spotted a beautiful young Cheetah in the high grass ready to hunt a gazelle. We saw the Masek pride of 15 lions resting under a tree and watching zebras and gazelles grazing. Two lionesses with three cubs were playing with a dead young wildebeest near Three Trees, and a few days later we saw them resting under a tree watching a lone zebra on the plains. The three cheetah brothers were not far away. We followed a cheetah near the marsh, and one morning had breakfast with the two brothers resting in the bush.My safari to the Rift Valley was a bonus and a special experience. The stars at Ndutu are amazing, sitting around the camp fire at Salei they were so close I thought I could touch them.
We walked with Thomas and Jackson, our guides, and visited a school of 1300 pupils with 13 teachers!! What an experience, the children were very excited and actually invaded me. Fortunately Jackson in the end came to my rescue.Apart from so many cats (except leopards)at Ndutu, we spotted a lonely male cheetah and oryx at Salei, large herds of eland, elephants, gazelles, giraffes (a herd of 26 near Shifting Sands) to name only a few.
Asanti sana Aadje for your generous hospitality. You and your staff spoiled me, and it was nice to meet so many interesting people at Ndutu.
It's 7:30 AM when we encounter our first lions for the day. They are so close that they completely fill the viewfinder of my camera. An hour or later when meet a a band of brothers - 3 cheetah's. Later that week the wildebeest migration has started in full: thousands of wildebeest are bathed in the golden morning lights. There is no end to the 'flood' of wildebeests and we have breakfast on the plain surrounded 100.00's of wildebeests...... The Ndutu lodge is ideally situated in the Ndutu area and offers comfortable lodges, friendly staff and good food: what more can you wish for ? Pieter van DijkMarch 2010
Ndutu, never the same… This year: migration from Maswa to Twin Hills and at the same minute another long line from Twin Hills to Maswa. Lot of wildebeest births and tiny cheetah and lion cubs very well hided by there carefull mothers. There was a lonesome baboon confusing a wildebeest- and zebra herd in the middle of Makao Plain. We were surrounded by big herds of galloping wildebeest in the Olduvai Valley and saw a marvelous hunt of Espresso, Mocha and Latte. There were breeding cattle egrets at lake Masek and the borders of lake Ndutu were full of storks. One day the plains were totally empty and the next day they were full of animals again. Never a boring day… Gerard and EvelyneFebruary 2010
I've stayed at Ndutu lodge in February 2010. You will find my story in Gulf News. Have a look at the following links: http://gulfnews.com/life-style/travel/tanzania-1.616848 http://gulfnews.com/pictures/travel/african-beauties-in-tanzania-1.616303February 2010
In Feb 2010, our vehicle was parked by a beautiful male lion that was posing very nicely for us. A small group of wildebeasts that did not see the lion began walking up the hill from where we were. Sensing that the wildebeasts were trapped, the male ran up the hill and took down one of the herd. Unfortunately, at the top of the hill was a camp. A man from the camp who was having his morning tea and admiring the zebras below had no idea that the lion was a few yards below. Our guides tried to tell him to get back to camp but he did not understand. His presence spooked the male who left the dead wildebeast but not before snacking on a very tender part. The picture is the lion's suffocating the wildebeast. None of the guides could recall a male making a kill before, so they were excited to see the action too. That's the kind of morning that we had at Ndutu. Stephanie MendezFeb 2010