Ngorongoro – Ndutu

The region of Ndutu is part of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area that stretches into the southern part of Serengeti National Park. It is in many aspects considered as the extension of the seemingly endless Serengeti plains. Rolling grasslands, the shallow alkaline lakes Ndutu and Masek, as well as acacia woodlands await travelers here.

Ndutu is the prime game viewing location if you would like to encounter the Great Wildebeest Migration. Between December to March/April the wildebeest herds will settle across the vast plains to graze. Especially the month of February (depending on the rains) marks the highlight for many travelers as the wildebeest cows are expected to give birth – a feast for predators.

The wildebeest herds will proceed moving by March/April to search for better grazing opportunities. Nevertheless, there is plenty of wildlife remaining that do not follow the Great Migration and inhabit this area year-round. These include elephants, giraffes, hyenas, caracals, lions, servals, and many more.

Main Facts

established in 1959

Best Time

all year around – best during Calving Season: January – March

Common Animals

Antelopes: wildebeest
Big Five: buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion
Birds: large variety especially around Lake Ndutu and Masek
Cats: caracal, cheetah, leopard, serval
Mammals: giraffe, hyena, zebra

Activities

game drives (also night game drives)
hot air balloon ride

Expectations

endless grass plains for great vistas
plenty of resident wildlife and prolific birdlife throughout the year

Hightlight: Great Migration
> settles on the Ndutu plains from December to March/April
> calving season with peak in February
> predators in action who target young and weak ones