Next accommodation is Ndutu Safari Lodge facing Lake Ndutu. The lodge is situated in the southeastern part of the Serengeti ecosystem. The tiny stone cottages, shaded by majestic acacia trees, were built with local materials in order to blend into the rustic surroundings.
Our room was small, but comfortable. Even though all the lodges we have stayed in are powered by generators, this is the only one that turns it off during the night which meant that flashlights were needed when dark and no hot water for the early morning showers. Oh, well… we will survive. The gift store was the best we encountered so far, but we knew this ahead of time from the multiple review sights we scoured. So we were prepared to purchase a few tokens to take home to family and friends.
Water is a continual problem at Ndutu and the surrounding areas. Water in the bathrooms comes from a dug-out waterhole near the lake. It is hauled by bowser 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.
The compound is small but quiet and offers beautiful photo ops. There are no fences around Ndutu Safari Lodge and wild animals wander through at all hours of day and night. Watchmen are on duty to escort guests back to their rooms.
Before dinner we took a quick walk before settling down at the camp fire chatting with other adventurers. It became apparent that we got to experience so much more than the larger groups, and we still have a couple more days to go. Yippy!
The best part of this lodge is dinner time. The food is marvelous, the best so far on the trip. And, the entertainment was beyond expectation. Every evening 4 genets sneak in through an opening in the thatched roof and sit on the rafters overhead enjoying the warmth and companionship. It was a pleasant distraction for everyone.
Second discovery was the giant snail. Couldn’t resist this photo op.
So much to experience at every stop along our trip as we savored the moments. This trip was totally incredible because we did experience a world so remote from our own daily life. So beautiful, so incredibly beautiful.
Stay tuned to find out what experiences we had the next morning…