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Ndutu Safari Lodge
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Cincinnati, OH
Level 6 Contributor
182 reviews
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“Ndutu Lodge”
Reviewed July 26, 2011

We stayed the second night of our safari. Ok lodge. Definitely a throwback to the older style lodges. The rooms are split bungalows. The rooms are small and basic. Bathrooms have the basics, nothing fancy. Power in the mornings and evenings only. The cool thing is that the bungalows are right on the conservation area, so you can see animals very close from your room. In fact, at night you have to be careful to make sure the guard is watching for you if you need to leave your room for any reason.

The food wasn't great, but you won't starve. The main lodge has some resident animals that you'll see at night as well. They look like lemurs and they hang out int he rafters. They have a fire at night and that was fun to sit around and meet other guests.

Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
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Geneva, Switzerland
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Reviewed July 24, 2011

This little lodge was older than all the other lodges we went to during our tour of Tanzania. It has kept however a romantic and of time quality that is really soul soothing. No such thing as a brash swimming-pool or luxurious bathrooms but everything is there: comfortable beds, clean rooms and bathrooms, good food and service but it is all very simple and absolutely enchanting!
I think I fell a little in love with the place... and I am still dumbfounded by all the extraordinary birds I saw out there.
The young couple that manage the lodge are doing a wonderful job and I thank them very much for having welcomed us with such comforting warm smiles and evening fire.
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
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Papillion, Nebraska
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Reviewed July 2, 2011

My daughters, sister and I stayed along with others in a group in July, 2010. Ndutu is remote, but was a wonderful experience for all of use. The food in the lodge was excellent, with a very different menu each day. Adding interest to the meals was the genet cats in the rafters.

The cottages are very clean, and there is intense focus on being ecofriendly. The shower water is rain water. Nearby were fabulous flocks of flamingos, and on an early morning game drive my daughters were very excited to come across a family of lion cubs.

The staff were very attentive and friendly.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with friends
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Waltham, Massachusetts
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Reviewed April 15, 2011

After planning to climb Kilimanjaro, we asked our tour company to set us up on a safari with luxury accomodations. However for 2 nights in our itinerary in the Serengeti, our tour company recommended that we stay at semi-luxury rated Ndutu Lodge because it would be a better location for us to view animals at this time of year. We couldn't have been happier with the recommendation!

The location is excellent - right in the middle of the park, animals grazing in the back yard of the lodge. However the amenities and service were what put this over the top for me! I wasn't expecting a full service experience with such charm and warmth, but I was immediately impressed when we arrived, and I was thrilled that we would be there for 2 nights.

The rooms were nicely appointed, clean, and comfortable. The bathroom was just what we needed at this point on our trip. I loved the balcony seating area in front of each lodge as well.

The open air dining area and lounge was nice and we enjoyed meeting other guests there. Our meals there were great (one lunch and two dinners) - we didn't have a choice of food or a menu of what was coming, but we enjoyed all of the food that was served. It was nice to have tea and coffee available all day as well. Bring some cash for drinks and tips for the staff.

I think the electricity is off during the day, but that was fine with me - I was impressed with the environmentally friendly arrangements they have made at the lodge. Yet it was still as comfortable and full service as any hotels I typically visit.

There was no WIFI but there was a computer room - it was nice that they let you use it for free for a limited amount of time. But we did have a little trouble with the network/computer speed (almost unusable). We were able to send an email back home but I wouldn't count on much more than that. Who needs computers on this kind of trip anyway?

Our safari driver told us that the lodge gets booked up to a year in advance during the busy season. I was glad we were able to include it in our itinerary without much notice (visited in rainy season), so I'd recommend others book in advance there!

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with friends
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New York City, New York
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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
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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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
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Durham, North Carolina
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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
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Property: 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 #11 of 37 Specialty Lodging in Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Ndutu Safari Lodge 3.5*
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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