Ndutu Lodge Brochure

Ndutu Lodge

1994

Book ID 307

See also

Ndutu Lodge Ndutu Lodge Brochure, 1994
Page Number: 1
Extract Date: 1994

Ndutu Safari Lodge: the brochure

Ndutu Safari Lodge is a self-contained tourist lodge with 32 double rooms and 6 double tents. It is situated in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area but it borders the Serengeti National Park. Placed in attractive acacia woodland, overlooking Lake Ndutu, it is surrounded by the short grass plains of the southern Serengeti.

There is radio communication with Gibbís Farm in Karatu and our main office in Arusha and there is an airstrip one km away. Distance to Arusha is 280 km, to Karatu 140 km, and to Ngorongoro and Seronera both 80 km respectively.

Extract ID: 207

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Ndutu Lodge Ndutu Lodge Brochure, 1994
Page Number: 2a
Extract Date: 1960's

Ndutuís History

To appreciate Ndutu, you must understand its history.

The lodge was originally created by George Dove - his portrait hangs in the dining-room, where his flamboyant waxed moustache rivals some of the trophy horns mounted on the walls! George had given up professional hunting at an early stage and chose the Ndutu area as a regular campsite. It was wild and remote, giving easy access to the Serengeti Plains for his clients.

During the 1960ís, as tourism steadily increased in Tanzania, George Dove saw the need for a more permanent base in the area, and he was welcomed by the then Conservator of Ngorongoro, Mr. S. ole Saibull, who allowed him to build on the Ndutu site.

Extract ID: 208

See also

Ndutu Lodge Ndutu Lodge Brochure, 1994
Page Number: 2b

Portait of George Dove

Extract ID: 4144

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Ndutu Lodge Ndutu Lodge Brochure, 1994
Page Number: 2c
Extract Date: 1967

Ndutu Tented Camp

Thus in 1967, Ndutu Tented Camp, as it was then called, was born. The original concept was very simple; a central dining-room and kitchen, flanked by rows of sleeping tents on concrete foundations. It was built to last for five years, it was comfortable, but never luxurious, and certainly no-one foresaw that it would still be flourishing more than twenty years later.

However, the Camp quickly established a reputation for a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, good service, and simple food well cooked, and became a favourite stopping place for many different and interesting people. Several distinguished zoologists and photographers, such as Jane Goodall and Hugo van Lawick studied, filmed and wrote about wild dogs, hyenas and jackals in the area.

Extract ID: 3640

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Ndutu Lodge Ndutu Lodge Brochure, 1994
Page Number: 2d
Extract Date: 1974

George Dove leaves Ndutu

1974, George Dove and his family left Ndutu for wilder frontiers (the Australian outback) and the lodge changed hands. Soon afterwards came a slump in Tanzaniaís tourism that lasted several years, accompanied by formidable shortages of fuel and imported goods. Against challenging odds, the staff tried to uphold Ndutuís standards, but as the buildings and equipment deteriorated without being replaced, inevitable decline set in.

Extract ID: 3641

See also

Ndutu Lodge Ndutu Lodge Brochure, 1994
Page Number: 2e
Extract Date: 1986

New Owners

The Lodge was taken over in 1986 by the present owners. Then began the gradual process of renovation, which continues today. Comfortable and attractive stone cottages have replaced the barrack-like rooms erected in 1976 to replace the original tents. The aim of the management is to use local materials only which blend in with the rustic surroundings.

Extract ID: 3642

See also

Ndutu Lodge Ndutu Lodge Brochure, 1994
Page Number: 3
Extract Date: 1994

How Ndutu Works.

Cultivation is not allowed in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and anyway, neither the soil nor the rain pattern is suitable for cultivation. Therefore all the supplies, varying from nails to fresh food have to be bought in by road, either from Karatu (140 km away) or Arusha (280 km away), as does diesel and fuel which powers the lighting via the generator. Most of the fresh vegetables and meat are supplied by Gibbís Farm at Karatu, which is closely associated with Ndutu.

Water has always been a problem at Ndutu. The washing water in the bathrooms comes from a dug-out waterhole near the lake, about 2 km from the Lodge. It is hauled by tractor every day to the Lodge and pumped up to the watertower into four storage tanks. This water contains dissolved minerals (mostly sodium carbonate or 'washing soda') which is impossible to remove and makes the water feel soapy. For this reason it cannot be used for drinking or cooking, nor for mixing cement. Also, uniforms, sheets and towels, which are regularly washed in it, deteriorate after a few months, so replacing these is a constant problem.

Fresh water is an even more precious commodity. All the drinking, cooking and building water needs to be collected from the metal roofs during the rainy season. When the Lodge runs out our only solution is to send a truck to haul fresh water from mountain streams in the Ngorongoro Highlands, some 80 km away. As there is sometimes no rain for 5 or 6 months during the dry season, our resident staff need to be very disciplined about the freshwater supplies.

Simplicity remains the secret of Ndutuís survival. Dead dry wood is collected in the surrounding area, then placed in the 'Tanganyika boilers' to provide hot showers. At the laundry, the wind dries clothes and coals from the fires are then used in the charcoal irons with which clothes are pressed. Most food is still cooked on firewood but wood reducing stoves with small fireboxes are now installed. We are in the process of starting to use solar power thus minimising the impact on the environment.

Ultimately it is the staff who make or break a lodge. Some of Ndutuís staff have been here since the beginning, many young newcomers have joined since. They live at Ndutu under difficult conditions and far from their families. We hope that their dedicated work adds to the enjoyment of your stay.

Extract ID: 648

See also

Ndutu Lodge Ndutu Lodge Brochure, 1994
Page Number: 3b
Extract Date: 1994

The beauty of Ndutu

The Ndutu area boasts some of the finest Acacia woodland of the entire Serengeti and you will enjoy the sight of the sunset or sunrise behind these quintessentially African trees. At dawn, the woods ring with the gentle purring calls of an infinity of ring-necked doves. At breakfast you may be joined by superb starlings, aptly named in their iridescent blue and orange plumage, or speckled grey rufous-tailed weavers. If there is still water in the dam, you may see giraffe and elephant or impala as they come to drink in front of the Lodge.

Many kinds of animals can be seen in the dry season, if you take the time to search for them: the resident lions around the lake, perhaps a cheetah near the marshes, some hartebeest, dik-dik in the bush areas, hippos in Lake Masek or a graceful steinbuck. All species of larger and smaller cats occur at Ndutu throughout the year. Many species of bird are attracted to the water that is put out for them in the dry months. During this period visitors can enjoy the peace and quiet and beauty of Ndutu.

When you arrive at the Lodge in the evening, look for genets in the rafters of the lounge. Like slender, graceful, spotted cats, they are in fact related to the mongooses and they perform a valuable service by controlling rats, and other small rodents, and insects.

Without a doubt, however, the best time to visit is during the rains, especially from December through April. After the first heavy storms, the plains are instantly transformed and the migrant wildebeest, zebra and Thomsonís gazelle come to feast in the lush, green pastures and to give birth to their young.

Wild flowers bloom on the plains and in the wood the migratory birds crowd the bushes, plains and lake-shores.

There are few places left these days, where one can hear the silence or listen to the sound of the wind playing through the treetops. Around a small fire in front of the Lodge at night you can enjoy the sounds of the African bush, or simply admire the beautifully clear and starlit night. Please donít use your radios.

We hope you enjoy your stay.

Karibu sana.

Extract ID: 3643
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