Ndutu Lodge, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Ndutu Lodge is set in acacia woodland overlooking the seasonal Lake Ndutu. The focus is not on frills, but on the wildlife experience and the lodge certainly has a certain 'bush' atmosphere.
The rooms are homely stone chalets, unfussy and very comfortable and there are 34 bungalows in total. They have polished stone floors, soft African prints on the walls and simple en suite bathrooms with piping hot showers. Each has a small veranda with lovely views of the lake.
The central dining area and bar is open-sided stone and thatch. Tea and coffee are always available and many guests sit chatting in the deep wicker chairs, or outside round the fire. Meals at Ndutu are legendary, with all the fresh ingredients coming straight from Gibbs Farm, and often continue late into the night. The dining room is also visited by genets at dinner - they come to run along the rafters and look for scraps of food.
Perhaps most importantly, Ndutu has the prime position in the Serengeti for the calving and rearing of the millions of wildebeest. From December to May the lodge is surrounded by millions of wildebeest and their following predators and game viewing is unsurpassable.
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Throughout the year, the two million strong migration of wildebeest, zebra and gazelles wanders the plains of the Serengeti and the Masai Mara in search of water and fresh grazing.
This is one of the most popular ways to see the wildlife of the Serengeti. The flight will last for around an hour before you land to celebrate with champagne before a full English breakfast prepared and served in style in the middle of the bush.