Im not sure what exactly dint work for me at this lodge. but something dint. Ndutu was some of the best animal sightings on the trip so that made us very happy about our stay there but Im trying to write an objective review about the lodge.
The chalets aren't luxurious and don't have any kind of safari / africa like feel to them. Our was a triple room more like a dorm with basics in there. The verandah / porch didnt have any chairs also to sit out on. The Bathroom fittings were old and even the tissue paper quality was rather poor. There were damp toilet rolls in the bathrooms. The most putting off factor is the water. Im someone who loves my showers and even more so after a long safari day, The water was such that u just didnt feel like getting under the shower. The soap would just not come off and you do not want to get that water in your mouth by mistake. Now i understand their constraints and how they get water from the lake and its salty. Im not sure if that is the case with all lodges in the area. But this was certainly not nice.
The food was ok - one meal was definitely poor and others were ok. There isnt any choice or options. You get served and that is it. I didnt get sick by the food but just didnt enjoy it as much. Didn't take any box meals so cant comment on that.
At the dining hall the staff only served you. They weren't friendly or chatty like everywhere else where meal times were a time to talk and chat and socialize with everyone. The staff at the reception were friendly and helpful - they'd ask how our day was every time we returned. We reported a problem with the flush (you needed to flush it a good 3-4 times and hard before it actually flushed) and the shower drainage and they came to check it out. The problems remained but they did promptly try to attend to our request. The managers / owners didn't come and talk or mingle with us - maybe that's not the norm here but somehow it was everywhere else we stayed at in Tanzania. Again this was not something that spoilt out stay.
We were told there is no wifi though the phone did show a wifi network available. There is a nice camp fire in the evening and some people sit around it. so that was nice.
Something about a lodge stands out for which you remember it - the food or the view or the ambiance of the rooms or evenings spent chatting with the management. Nothing stood out other than the great animal sightings which one cant credit the lodge for. So that's my take - its ok but not outstanding or memorable. And for the cost its not value for money. Maybe other options in the area should be carefully considered esp with regards to the water.
- 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