I expected to like this lodge much more than I did based on the reviews I had read. Instead, I found it just average.
One mosquito net was hung when we got there and the other 2 beds didn't have nets. I asked for the nets to be hung and they were. Then I noticed holes in one of the nets and told an employee there were holes. He said, "No, there aren't." I said I would show him. Then he said they would change the net the next morning. That wouldn't really help us our first night. The manager heard about it and got the net changed right away.
The manager never introduced herself or said she worked at the lodge even when I spoke to her. I thought she was another guest at first.
The room was fine (a bit cramped for 3), the location is nice, the genet cats in the dining room are fun (they were fighting in the roof one morning during breakfast which was fun to listen to). I just didn't feel the lodge was anything special. Dinner here is not a buffet but is served to you at the table.
- 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