Ndutu Safari Lodge is a wonderful place to come at any time of the year, and each season has its own unique marvels and exciting things to see.
The annual migration of wildebeest and zebra is one of nature’s highlights, and is what draws people to the Serengeti.
The migration at Ndutu, is when 1.5 million wildebeest arrive on the short grass plains around the lodge. The migration is entirely dependent on where, and when, the rain falls, and, because this is never predictable, each year is different. However, most often, the rains start in mid-November and the wildebeest arrive soon after, to graze on the highly nutritious short grass, in preparation for calving, which generally starts in January and will continue into March.
Huge numbers of migratory birds come to feed on the abundant insects of the plains and to escape the cold European winter. The lakes attract flocks of flamingos and other water birds.
From June through October, the grass turns brown and the great herds leave, and the focus turns to cats, and their families. The Ndutu lions, cheetah and leopard are territorial, so you will see them all year round, and more easily during these dry months when the grass is short and they visit the waterholes. You will see amazing cat action!
Predator observation is particularly good because the only permanent water is in the marsh system in the woodlands of Ndutu.
During these months you will always see gazelle, impala, buffalo, giraffe and elephant, and the bird life is always fascinating.
March and April are especially good times to come to Ndutu, because it is coming to the end of the tourist season. There are less vehicles, the landscape is still green, the flowers are out, and the migration is still around.
Ndutu has been keeping rainfall records for over thirty years. Here you can see the averages for each month.
Click on an underlined item to see the full history. Even in the wet months, two thirds of our days are without rain.
|monthly averages||mm of rain||number of rainy days|
|Monthly averages for:|
|Predator (Dry) Season
June to October
|Migration (Wet) Season
November – May