Ndutu is an area located north of the Ngorongoro Crater and together with Lake Masek they are part of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
In reality, they are part of the Serengeti ecosystem and constitute a fundamental stage of the great migration.
Ndutu: what to expect on a Safari
This area is characterized by savannah with low grass and rich in minerals. A key role is played by the two salt lakes and the surrounding marshes that are located here: Lake Ndutu and Lake Masek.
In the period from December to March the area acts as a backdrop, with the arrival of the rains, to the spectacle of the great migration.
Thousands of puppies are born here. Between April and May, they are ready to follow adults and participate in transhumance in search of new pastures and water to survive. Therefore, from December to March, in the area of Lake Ndutu, it is possible to observe many herds ready for reproduction and calving.
Here, it is possible to find a significant amount of animals all year round, even during dry season: elephants, ostriches, giraffes, impalas, gazelles, lions, jackals, hyenas and cheetahs as well as crocodiles and to hippos who live close (or within) the lakes.
In this area there are only two Lodge open throughout the year; moreover in the rainy period, it is also possible to find different mobile tented camps. This brings a very limited number of tourists during the dry season and gives the feeling of being alone sometimes.
It is possible to carry out walking safari together with expert rangers; a very special experience in close contact with wild nature.
This area is one of the best places to witness the Great Migration (December-March) but, in our opinion, it should be included in every Safari tour together with Serengeti National Park.