Jambo, habari gani ? We're a French couple, living in Paris, and we have spent 13 wonderful days in Tanzania. We were back in France on February 12th, but our minds are still in Africa...
We have lived for 3 days in your paradisiac lodge from February 2nd to 4th, we still have in our memories the "kiboko" drawing on the door of our room 35. It has been the best days of our safari, it was definitely the best place to be at this moment. We have seen lots of animals in your neighbourhood: giraffes, zebras and elephants already at the waterhole, cheetahs, hyenas, lions, gazelles and of course thousands of wildebeests. We were among the fortunate people who could have heard the famous "roaring lions night" and we were more fortunate to meet them the morning after on the Ndutu lake shore just before dawn. It was an amazing encounter: 3 lions and a lioness walking in our direction and crossing us, calm and quiet in a beautiful light. We can't tell you all the meetings we had... the 4 cheetahs trying to chase a hare; one of the many lost newborn wildebeest; the so close elephant eating the plants in garden of the bungalow at the very right with the aardvark wooden statue, and the other one, so close too, between our room 35 and the tents; the bat who slept hang on our verandah...
What could we say about your lodge ? Our english is not enough fluent to find the superlatives. But we can say that it is a kind of paradise. We won't forget the lounge, the bar and the genets at the early breakfasts, the small and nice shop, the footprints in the cement... Nice rooms, great organisation, very good food, and very nice people.
Say hello to Joseph who has kindly taken care of us during our meals. So sad to be back in France, we just have one thought: To go back! Almost every day we take a look on your site in the Paul's lines on "What's happening" section to follow your news, it is a bit like we are still there... Thank you again for such wildlife beauties, such hospitality and kindness.
We hope to see you soon...
We were with you in early January 2003 and had a simply wonderful time.
Our Landcruiser bust a front spring on the way from Ngorongoro and we had a reflective hour or three waiting for the repair team to fix us up so that we could carry on to Ndutu. The last hour or so of the journey was quite interesting making our way through rain sodden meadows and paths and betting on whether or not we'd make it. We did and the drive was much better than any ride in Disney.
The days we spent at Ndutu were wonderful and I've enclosed just three of the many photos I took and hope they give a flavour of our experience. It's not possible in stills to give any true reflection of the images to be seen on the open plains when full of animals. Absolutely spectacular.
Is it a good or bad thing that we didn't see leopard during our safari? Most people would - I think - say bad. We say good - cos that means we have to come back to see them!!
Thanks for everything and we miss the campfire chats already.
Ndutu Lodge is for me something of special in the heaven of Serengeti. I like Ndutu Lodge and Aadje, Louise, Paul and the staff with their warm friendliness and hospitality. Now I am glad to send some of my photos, which I tooked in all the past years around Ndutu, showing the beauty of that place. Feel free, if you like, to use them in your website, so, for the present (waiting for my next visit) , I'll be at Ndutu at least in the web.2002
We did visit your area while staying at the Crater lodge. We are however coming back at end Feb to spend 4 nights at your lodge. I took these pics on the day visit to Lake Ndutu.South Africa, Feb 2002
We have decided our time with Louise and Ndutu surroundings was the best vacation we have ever had in our almost 70 years. Counting meeting us at Seronera airstrip and taking us to Manyara airport, she was with us for five days, sharing a personalized tour with information and friendship. Thanks.Louisville Kentucky, August 2001
I am writing on behalf of the 'Life of Mammals' team and Sir David Attenborough with reference to the visit by BBC Natural History Unit to film in the Serengeti in March 2001. We would all like to thank you for the absolutely wonderful hospitality that you and your staff extended to us during our filming.
We do appreciate that film crews can be very tiresome to look after, working strange hours and making lots of last minute demands- you managed to meet all of these with a smile and extreme patience. If all lodges that we stayed in during filming were so wonderful, I don't think any of us would want to go home!
David was particularly complimentary about Ndutu Safari Lodge, and mentioned that it was the place he had most enjoyed visiting on his travels in East Africa.
Some months ago, while we were thinking about a safari in Tanzania with our four children (aged from 6 to 14), someone told us it was a crazy idea. Nevertheless we decided to go, and in April 2001 we enjoyed the best holiday of our lifes. We'll never forget the wonderful people, landscape and animals we found, and all the exciting experiences we had. We have very fond memories of Ndutu: the lodge is in an extraordinary place and everyone there had been extremely kind. Now, in Barcelona, when days are becoming colder and shorter, we like to look at the beautiful photos we took ... and look forward to coming back to Ndutu soon.Barcelona, April 2001
Just wanted to thank you for your hospitality when we visited recently. We had a fabulous time and it won't surprise you that your lodge is up there as one of our favourites.
We loved Ndutu Lodge and when Maureen and I are back again (soon) we'd love to come to stay. At least we missed the appalling weather the UK had while we were away.
Greetings from Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA!
I had the very good fortune to visit Ndutu Lodge in March of 2001. It remains one of the best experiences of my life - the people, the accommodations, the food, the fireplace - all top notch. I now visit your website on a regular basis and thoroughly enjoy your jottings about what's happening at the Lodge. It is my dream to be able to visit again someday.
Thanks again for taking time out of your busy schedule to write about the Lodge and all the amazing things that happen there. Someone like me truly appreciates your endeavour.
Coming back to Denmark to snow and below zero degrees we send you our hearty thanks for three wonderful days in Ndutu. Your hospitality was great, and we look back on the wonderful evenings sitting together at the fire under the African star sky. Now we enjoy the memories and the great pictures of the animals in Nduto and Serengeti.Denmark, March 2001
Jambo ! Je préfère écrire en français, mon anglais n'est pas parfait! Avril 2000 : 3e séjour à Ndutu ! (1996 - 1999 - 2000 ) Inoubliable. Un émerveillement chaque fois plus intense. Particulièrement en avril dernier où tous les gnous de la Terre s'étaient donnés rendez-vous à Ndutu ! Ils sont irrésistibles. Il y a aussi eu cette nuit - au clair de lune - lorsque deux girafes sont venues brouter un peu du buisson de fleurs au pied de notre terrasse. Nous apprécions vraiment l'accueil si chaleureux et familial, le sourire de tous; les genettes de la maison, et tous les oiseaux "familiers" et les jolis vautours perchés sur l'acacia face au bar. Nous aimons cette solitude, la sérénité et la plénitude ressentie en ce lieu magique. C'est exceptionnel.
Des souvenirs particuliers ? Une genette qui, du haut du plafond a fait ... pipi sur le bras de notre guide et dans son assiette !! Une lionne à l'affût, accroupie dans les roseaux guettant les gnous et les zèbres; une autre faisant des grâces à deux mâles trop fatigués ou trop paresseux pour lui rendre hommage ! Un hyène dormant dans un buisson entourée de pintades picorant, bruyantes et indifférentes du danger. Notre arrivée involontaire (sur une piste du Serengeti) en plein milieu d'un troupeau d'éléphants, avec un bébé nouveau né et trois énormes mâles curieux et nous surveillant de très près. Nous sommes restés là près d'une heure avant de pouvoir nous échapper, sans dommages grâce à notre guide ... Et tant d'autres souvenirs encore.
Nous avons acheté dans votre jolie boutique deux ravissantes pintades en bois peint faite par un vrai artiste. Nous aimerions le féliciter. Encore une chose: nous avons la nostalgie de votre paradis et aimerions tant revenir !! Kwaheri !
Just a quick thank you to you all, for the wonderful few days in Ndutu. It was a very very special New Year, made possible by yourselves. The positive atmosphere and respect that's oozing out of all of you is just so palpable, a pleasure to get a glimpse of it and be part of it.
New Years Day Aadje was whow! Your knowledge, experience and respect for the environment was wonderful and even better for us that you are so willing to share it...Thank you!
I hope you have a really enjoyable high season and then get a chance to rest following that.