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Ndutu Wildlands Camp
Ranked #22 of 184 Speciality Lodging in Arusha
Reviewed 11 January 2013

Great location in Ndutu on the Ndutu Lake marsh. Staff were very eager to help and meet your needs. But some basic flaws - didn't provide torch lights at night, tent zippers were not all working, tent had some holes with water leaking during the rain. Not luxury by any means. Just need to go in with the right expectations.

Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 April 2012

Overall the Ndutu Wildlands Camp is wonderful and a terrific place to spend one or two nights. The staff while friendly and efficient were at times indifferent. The food is very good as far as safari food is concerned. There are some limitations as to selection of drinks (understandable in that they have to be trucked in from a distance). I would recommend this as a safari stop. The game viewing during the Great Migration is spectacular in this area.

Room Tip: All the rooms are good and one is no better than the other.
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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with family
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Thank Gil W
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Reviewed 12 March 2012

I guess it depends on what you're looking for. An authentic safari experience with roaring lions outside your tent at night? You got it. But that also comes with slimy water (I felt like I needed another shower after taking one), a toilet that doesn't flush at night (and smells really, really bad), some serious mosquitoes and mediocre food. I definitely enjoyed this place least of the many places we stayed on safari, but the wilderness experience was definitely unparalleled.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Melissa C
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Reviewed 26 February 2012

We recently returned from a 4 day safari in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation Area of Tanzania. Our safari company, Hazina Afrika, recommended a mix of permanent lodges (Seronera Wildlife Lodge and Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge) and mobile camps (Ndutu Wildlands Camp). We ended up sending 2 nights at Ndutu Wildlands Camp while we explored the surrounding area with our Hazina Afrika guides.

Accommodation was simple - a temporary tent with beds and some furniture, and an attached enclosure with sink, shower and toilet (which relied on hand carried water for use). The food (including the inevitable daily "lunch box") was the best we had while on safari, and the camp manager, Philemon, was attentive and helpful throughout. Our camp was situated above a mainly dry lake bed, where in the morning we would find cheetah, jackals and wild dogs conducting their morning hunt. At night, a big fire blazed outside, and the staff served drinks and snacks while we waited for our dinner. I would have enjoyed spending more time at the camp, but our schedule was tight, and after 2 days we left for the Ngorongoro crater.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank Skyrider_West
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Reviewed 23 February 2012

I stayed at the Ndutu Wildlands camp for 7 nights between 4th and 10th February, 2012. I am a keen wildlife photographer and was looking for basic comfort, decent food and proximity to wilderness. My agent decided to put me up in this camp. I am over joyed. On all three accounts, I could not have asked for more. This tent is pretty close to all major areas of wildlife activities in Ndutu. I was happy to see a team of 12 wild life photographers from USA staying at the same time.

Tents were comfortable, food (vegetarian!) was excellent and the team of nine managing the tents were friendly. Philomin and Borukkai ( hope I got the spelling correct ) are the visible ones and others work behind the curtains!

Some suggestions:
1. Remember to take couple of face masks (? surgeon's mask). Entire Ndutu is dusty, thanks to dust storms and the speeding vehicles.
2. If you need to buy a prepaid sim card - go for airtel. Works in certain patches - definitely better than Vodafone.
3. Do not carry anything mad of oil. Ants love them!
4. For a fee laundry is possible.
5. If you have a GPS system, take the co-ordinates of the lodge.
Latitude: S 2d 58m 26.26s
Longitude: E 34d 56m 38.41s
6. This lodge is in the Ngorongora territory and close to the border of Serengeti. If you are traveling in a group and in more than one vehicle, tell your guide to take separate entry permits for each vehicle. To avoid more work, all vehicle numbers may be entered in one sheet of paper and this could turn out to be a pain!
7. It may be worthwhile taking an air transport insurance ( ask your travel agent )

You can view my images from the wild at www.natureimages.in

Cheers.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with friends
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2  Thank Vasan
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Reviewed 20 February 2012

If you are planning a Wildlife Photo Safari in the wilderness, this is the place to stay. Simple, neat and clean tents without fences. No fancies yet had all the basics we needed clean comfortable bed, flush toilets and hot water showers in the tent. We spent a whole week there. ( Feb 4th-Feb 11th 2012 ). We heard animal sounds in the nights.
This camp is in the center of the game drives, this allowed us to spend a lot of time in the field. The staff were really nice. They looked after us very well. We were all vegetarians and they served delicious meals. A simple gesture but it was really nice, the whole staff ( 9 of them ) came to see us off on the last day.

Two points to be noted. It took our drivers a good 2 hours to find the place. So if you book please make sure your drivers know where it is.

Latitude: S 2d 58m 26.26s
Longitude: E 34d 56m 38.41s

Only the dining tent has a place to charge your battery. So you may want to take an extra power strip with you in case other people are already charging.

Link to some of the photo taken there.
http://sraja.smugmug.com/Keshav/Nature/Ndutu-2012

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with family
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2  Thank sriramaraja
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Reviewed 27 January 2012

We stayed in ndutu wildlands camp two nights and loved it. The staff are so helpful and friendly; they could not have been nicer. The food was very good. A tent type accomodation may not suit everyone, but if you want to really experience the Serengeti wildness, this is a way to do it. We heard hooves running near our campsite and some lion roars one night, and found out the next morning that lions had been hunting zebras nearby. The tents are secure,clean and have electricity for lighting, water, and the toilet. Each tent has a sink, shower and toilet behind a partitioned area of the tent.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with family
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4  Thank lkp01
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Address: Dodoma Road | Ngaramtoni ya chini, Arusha P.O Box 10116, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Arusha
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
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Ranked #22 of 184 Speciality Lodging in Arusha
Price Range: £317 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 7

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