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Reviewed 22 October 2017

We arrived after dark due to a car problem but were greeted by the warmest of welcomes from the friendly staff. We had a chilled drink, a hot shower and then the most delicious supper; a perfect ending to a very busy day. All the meals were delicious but a particular highlight was the next evening when the tables were laid for supper by the camp fire! Wonderfully romantic!

Date of stay: October 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Thank Glebebears81
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Reviewed 1 September 2017

** Shirley from Hong Kong **

We stayed there for 2 separate nites in mid Aug, before going into Serengeti and after leaving there.

Hotel is situated at Ndutu which is 15 mins way from the Serengeti gate, a very good location, and we were welcomed by 2 giraffes right at the lodge entrance. Great thing is animals are walking around freely themselves, lots of different kinds of birds come for water in the morning, can hear them singing everywhere, beautiful sunrise and sunset

What I like the lodge most is the staff there are very nice, friendly and multi-international. We were invited to James' 14th birthday dinner which was really touch and special.

Foodwise was yummy, great western dinner with dessert. I had beef as main course, very soft and tendor, great chef Marita

Speaking of Ndutu, that's the place you can't miss! You can get very close to animals since no designated roads you have to follow, free to drive anywhere, and can see their faces in own eyes without using a binocular. We saw cheetahs, lions, impala, reedbuck, gazelles, giraffes, elephants, zebra, dik-dik, elands, warthogs, lots of other ones that couldn't name them all, not very many wildebeest though since they were in Northern Serengeti crossing Mara River, but will be back there between Jan and April with babies.

In short, this is the lodge I will definitely come back

Date of stay: August 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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3  Thank Shirley Y
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Reviewed 31 August 2017 via mobile

An amazing place in an amazing environment. If you are keen to be part of wildlife, this is your lodge. Behind the house antilopes wander every evening. The flora is equally special around the place.
This is a must-visit!

Date of stay: August 2017
Trip type: Travelled with family
Thank Kata0229
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Reviewed 21 May 2017

The staff are really friendly and helpful. The food is fine (we found most of the food average in Tanzania but we have different tastes and perhaps prefer the meat more tender plus we didn't go for the food!). The location is excellent, we watched a lion walk through the camp one morning which was spectacular. We also met the resident dig dig and genets! Rooms were clean and beds were comfy. Very relaxed feel to the lodge. Electricity and wifi was only available for a couple of hours in evening and in morning however we didn't find this to be a problem.

Date of stay: May 2017
2  Thank KMack007
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Afisa N, Manager at Ndutu Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 26 July 2017

Thanks so much for your kind review of our lodge. Being able to sit in the lounge, or at the campfire and see the wildlife up close certainly makes for a memorable experience. Guests love the comfy beds and pillows! I hope one day we will see you back at Ndutu Lodge.
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Reviewed 26 April 2017

We have several safaris under our belt, and on most, we have visited Ndutu -- both during the high season around February/March and in the "off" season in August. And Ndutu Safari Lodge has established itself as our favorite anywhere -- not in spite of its lack of "luxe" status, but largely because of it.

My usual preference is for tented camps. Canvas offers that sense that you're one with nature, separated only by a relatively thin layer of cloth. Ndutu Safari Lodge offers (scrupulously clean, cozy, and comfortable) cottages instead -- but the sense here of history, of authenticity, of proximity to nature and a reverence for both flora and fauna and a genuine respect for the awesome experience its guests are immersed in while living the small taste of what those fortunate enough to live in the wild experience every day.

This lodge has good and wholesome food, terrific staff, clean and comfy rooms, access to wifi and electricity for charging batteries and cell phones -- all the standard features of an adequate accommodation. But it has something which some other camps and lodges lack -- and it has this in abundance. It has heart.

Its main lodge, with the banquettes and rough-hewn tables is open to the elements, with views out to the lake, a birdbath frequented by birds and other wildlife at all times of the day and night, resident Kirk's Dik-diks which beg adorably for popcorn around the campfire. It has a resident owner and a manager both of whom exhibit obvious care for the lodge, for its staff and for its clients. As the first lodge or camp at Ndutu, it has genuine history -- and it retains the feeling of an old-fashioned hunting camp, but with a modern respect for wildlife and true interest in the lives and doings of the local animals. The lodge publishes a semi-annual newsletter rich in news about the area, the people, the animals of Ndutu. And they have won many, many loyal clients who, like us, return whenever life's exigencies make it possible.

They also have a family of Common Genets which graces their dining room every evening, watching from the wooden rafters as we fascinating humanoids point our cameras at them and wonder at their adorableness. Worth a couple of nights here if for nothing else but a close-up experience with genets!

There are, I believe, more luxurious options in the area -- but Ndutu Safari Lodge always books up very early for Ndutu's high season, and I can even recommend it outside those traditionally "productive" months. There have been days, for us, when sitting at the breakfast table watching the birds at the birdbath long after the table has been cleared, then sitting in the lounge -- or just outside -- enjoying whatever passes by has been as satisfying as a game drive. This is a place of sublime peace at any time of year, and we'll be returning -- circumstances and health permitting -- in another couple of years. Highly recommended, provided you're not looking for rose petals in your claw-footed bathtub.

Room tip: All rooms are comfortable. As with most lodges, if you have mobility issues, ask for a room close to the lounge/bar/dining room.
Date of stay: February 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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6  Thank sandyleelee
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