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“Awesome location in the wilderness for safari” 5 of 5 stars
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P.O. Box 6084, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania   |  
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“Awesome location in the wilderness for safari”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2011

Ndutu Lodge is a charming location in the middle of nowhere on the border of the NCA/SNP and we were impressed and happy that we were staying here 2 nights. The location was fantastic with animals roaming around the lodge (we saw zebras, giraffes, gazelles, ginny fowls, cape buffalo, hares and lots of birds) and we really felt a part of the place. We had room 35 - right at the end and had a herd of cape buffalos sleep outside out room for the night! We liked the privacy of our own little "houses" with a balcony outside perfect for scouting animals sitting outside. Beds and rooms were comfortable and clean. The water is soapy as other has mentioned which is natural there but its okay. Food was good, not amazing and there was little choices but good and the staff were really nice. The main lodge bar/dining area was really nice and had character like someone's home which gave it a nice homey feeling. It was nice to have a firepit outside too. Overall a great place to stay right in the middle of one of the best safari areas and recommended!

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  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2011

Considering the extremely high price we paid, and considering the other lodges in the region are stunning, I was really disappointed when I saw the bedrooms, very basic. I expected something much more luxurious, elegant and comfortable.
It is true though that the location of the lodge is ideal to go on safari. It's also true that you really feel in the middle of nature and close to wildlife and this is a magical experience.
Most of the staff is nice and helpful. The food is generally good but a bit stodgy. The lodge takes advantage of its unique location and its monopoly to rise the prices, but does nothing to improve the rest.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Durham, North Carolina
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2011

We recently stayed at Ndutu Lodge. It was the last of 5 lodges/camps that we stayed in on a trip to Kenya and Tanzania. All our other accommodations were lovely. This one was a letdown. While priced nearly the same as the other properties, it simply didn't measure up in service and quality. The rooms were on the small side. Bathrooms were tiny and dark. Getting hot water was a challenge.

Compared to other properties, the staff was aloof and not particularly friendly or helpful.

The food was just didn't measure up. There was onlyone choice for dinner unless you chose vegetarian. During the 2 nights we had very overcooked pork chop and lamb chop. Portions were quite small. Breakfast choices were very limited.

Power goes out from 1 to 6 every afternoon throughout the property. That means no charging of camera batteries or access to their one slow internet computer. There are no electric outlets in the rooms.

We could not recommend Ndutu Lodge to our friends.

We were very disappointed.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Bangalore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2011

Beautiful surroundings, calm and comfortable. Not 5 star luxury but best suited to the mood of a safari including wildlife in front of your cottage. Food is tasty and wholesome, the service is excellent, the atmosphere just right. And of course the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is just brilliant for wildlife viewing - we saw three cheetahs bring down a wildebeest. The off-the-road driving that's allowed makes the Area very special. We'll go back and stay in Ndutu Lodge on our next trip as well - it certainly adds to the safari experience.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2011

The accommodation here was great. Individual buildings down the path from the restaurant and reception. Comfortable bed, nice and quiet. Arrived early afternoon and enjoyed an afternoon nap. A brief dramatic thunderstorm added atmosphere. The room is simple but well equipped and everything worked as it should and was clean. Escorts to the cabins were provided early AM and after dinner in case of any wandering wildlife.

The amenities were minimal. There was internet that you could use for 15 minutes for free or longer for a small fee. There was a small lounge - although they advertised tea and coffee available it rarely was - even when I asked it took a long time to appear. They did have fabulous ginger cookies at the coffee station in the morning though! Dinner was a nice lamb chop with real, properly cooked veggies. There was no choice but I think there was an opportunity to inform them of special meal requirements if you had any. The portion was small. Breakfast was typical. The staff were friendly in the restaurant.

I think the most appealing thing was the atmosphere - a small, unpretentious lodge in the middle of nowhere, a haven in the endless plain...

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2011

Ndutu was the fourth lodge we stayed at having come from Ngorongoro Wildlife lodge via 6 hours drive in the crater , a stop at a Masai Warrior village where I ended up involved in dancing and then we were shown the workings of the village and living conditions.

As it was still very dry in November- the short rains hadnt arrived yet - there wasnt too much to see after the masai village till the lodge - very dusty and hot - we met a broken down bus and car . i can imagine though how amazing it would look in february with the migration grazing around the ndutu area. we arrived at Ndutu lodge at 5pm . like everywhere we stayed on our trip we were met to a warm greeting , cold towels and a drink. lovely lodge with a series of semi detached bungalows. u really are in the middle of nowhere - yet they had internet that we used.

Before dinner we relaxed with a beer and a glass of wine ( a little more expensive here than in arusha/tarangire etc obviously as more remote - $8 for a beer and glass of wine ) and watched the playful spotted genets. Stay were very friendly and dinner was excellent - the best so far and only the Serengeti Wilderness Camp would provide better on our trip. Breakfast in the morning was equally excellent - we had a fry up , pancakes , weetabix - filled our faces!

next morning we went for a drive around the ndutu area. i didnt think we would see much due to it being so dusty and dry ( rains hadnt turned it lush green in ndutu yet ) but our driver Yda said it was worthwhile even although he told us the other safari drivers reckoned he was wasting his time. He was right as we saw a cheetah and her cub and the great thing about Ndutu is drivers can drive anywhere they want so we were able to follow them off road for a considerable amount of time and get up close. this proved to be a real highlight of the trip.

Because we wer on safari making a review is harder as i do not know what each lodge cost as it was part of an all inclusive package however i believe a night full board here was $255 in november. 4.5 out of 5 .

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2011

a lovely place. Warm welcome, great location by the lake. Apparently animals often wander up to the lodge, we weren't lucky enough to see this except a dikdik, perhaps it was the time of year. However, on our first drive we came across a family of cheetahs, amazing. Comfortable place, the water is odd but I didn't find it unpleasant at all, in fact made your skin very soft! Glad we stayed 2 nights. They could have stoked the campfire up a bit more at nights though.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Ndutu Safari Lodge

Address: P.O. Box 6084, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 29 Specialty Lodging in Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Number of rooms: 34
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ndutu Safari Lodge, shaded by majestic acacia trees, is situated in the south-eastern part of the Serengeti. The Lodge has thirty four cottages, all built with local materials, with individual verandahs facing Lake Ndutu. Tucked away from the madding crowd, Ndutu offers peace and tranquility. Stay close to the lodge and enjoy our resident wildlife or go for a drive to explore the surrounding plains or marsh area. After sunset return to the homely warmth and hospitality of Ndutu Safari Lodge. Karibuni. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Ndutu Safari Hotel Arusha
Ndutu Hotel Ngorongoro Conservation Area

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