After Kilimanjaro, we made our way to the National parks! Since we just had a 4 day safari plan we decided to split it between Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Serengeti national Park. The main reason for including Ndutu in our itinerary was because this is the time the Great Migration animals are all in the Ndutu plains for calving season! Most visitors are familiar with the great migration as the famous river crossing that happens usually aug – sept across Kenya and Tanzania ; but for the rest of the year the migrating herds move back into Tanzania into central Serengeti and then the southern plains here in Ndutu. Ill go through more about this in my travel guide later this month.
For our trip to Tanzania, we planned our enture trip with a boutique travel tour company called Sababu Safaris which is a locally-run boutique Tanzania safari operator that is committed to create unique and authentic Tanzania safari experiences! They cater to the mid range to luxury safari traveler and all safari itineraries are crafted and tailored to the specific month of travel and to your individual travel style, preferences and interests. Thanks to Sababu Safaris we were able to create a dream itinerary for our time here that allowed us to experience its diverse culture, nature, wildlife, and so much more ! I will be sharing more about our entire trip with them in my Tanzania Travel Guide (part 1) later on this month.
From Arusha, we flew into Ndutu where we were picked up by our driver guide from Sababu who drove us to Ndutu Safari Lodge. As far as accomodations go in the national parks they range all the way from basic to mid range to luxury to super luxe in both tented camps and concrete lodge styles. Since this was our first time doing a safari we opted for only concrete lodges and split our time between a mid range lodge here in Ndutu and a luxe one later on in Serengeti.
The picturesque Ndutu Safari lodge is located in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area on the edge of the Southern Serengeti plains filled with acacia trees and wide views across Lake Ndutu. The lodge has 34 stone and thatch en-suite cottages beside a relaxed central dining, sitting and bar area all overlooking the ever-changing view of Lake Ndutu. The rooms were clean, basic and comfortable. I loved catching the magical sunrise from our peaceful deck every morning! Often we were able to spot wildlife like gazelles right from our deck.
There was a restaurant on property where we had daily breakfasts and dinners and packed lunches while we were out and about during the day in the park.
I loved his traditional and authentic safari lodge felt so one with nature being seamlessly integrated within the park. Here are some scenes from in and around the lodge.
Location wise, this ancient lodge is perfect and has fantastic sightings from the lodge itself but also from short game drives out on the plains. Set within the Ngorongoro Conservation area, it is also easy to access the Serengeti from here.
Stay tuned for more posts from our Tanzania trip and detailed travel guides over this month.
Thanks for stopping by! xo
This stay was sponsored by Sababu Safaris x Ndutu Safari Lodge, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.