Our story so far...

Ndutu has retained its cherished status as a gem of the Serengeti plains since it was created by George Dove in 1968 as the first permanent camp in the area. George gave up hunting and transformed the lodge into his regular campsite prizing its wild and remote location in the midst of game and surrounding the Serengeti plains and in 1967 Ndutu was born. To this day, Ndutu remains Tanzania’s oldest safari lodge.

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Ndutu quickly established a reputation for warm hospitality and delightful food, fast becoming a favourite stopover for pioneering naturalists, distinguished zoologists and photographers such as celebrated primatologist Jane Goodall and renowned wildlife filmmaker Hugo van Lawick who researched, filmed and wrote about wild dogs in the area. George Dove was great friends with Mary Leakey a pioneering archaeologist and neighbour who discovered some of the first fossils of human ancestors nearby.

In 1974 George Dove and his family sold Ndutu and set out for wilder frontiers and the Lodge fell fallow until 1985 when it was gradually renovated under the watchful eyes of Aadje Geertsema and Margaret Gibb. Using only local materials which blend into the bush, and recycling original materials where possible, Aadje and Margaret renewed the lodge as a simple and welcoming place with wonderful people at its heart. Aadje’s influence is felt at Ndutu, alongside the many other distinguished people whose association with Ndutu have made it unique.

In 2017 a new team took on Ndutu with the goal of ensuring the lodge could grow on its existing reputation whilst continuing to playing a major role in the local community and conservation of the precious wildlife and landscape. Since 2017 Ndutu has gently been refreshed whereby each of the cottages has had its ceilings raised and its interiors and bathrooms updated. We have focused on investing in back of house improvements to ensure Ndutu remains sustainable into the future. We have also recently added a small gym and spa to the lodge to further develop our guest experience. What is key, however, is that the heart of Ndutu hasn’t changed in over 57 years and to this day we are still proud to welcome back our guests year on year from all around the globe.