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Ndutu Area

The Ndutu area is located in the north western sector of the Ngorongoro conservation area. The plains cover an area of over 8000 square Kilometers. The plains run all the way from the Ngorongoro crater to the Serengeti national park. The calving of the wildebeests takes place here in the months of December, January, February and March. The wildebeest are prey on so much during these months as they are not so mobile. For those interested in seeing predators hunt, this is the best time to visit this area.

There are over 7500 wildebeests born in the Ndutu area during the calving period. The most prominent spot for watching the calving of the wildebeest is around the Lake Manyara. Other animals you will see here are Elephants, Antelopes, Hyenas, Zebras, Lions and Cheetahs.

This area is known for its spectacular landscape. The Ngorongoro crater and the Ol Duvai gorge and the Ol Donyo Lengai will be part of the feature your eyes will have to wonder on. The Masai people are their culture is another phenomenon that you ought to look out for.

How to get to Ndutu Area

This area can be accessed by both road and air. The drive from Arusha will take you about 6 hours. But you can take a flight from the Arusha Municipal airport to the Lake Ndutu Airtstrip.

Lake Ndutu Airstrip

The Lake Ndutu Airstrip is located within the Sinoni area in Tanzania. The airstrip has a run way with a distance of about 1.3 kilometers. This airstrip is located near the lake Ndutu which is in the south eastern part of the Serengeti national park and within a short distance with the eastern part of the Ngorongoro conservation area. The airstrip is enough to receive smaller aircrafts flying I from any part of Tanzania. There are very many airstrips within this area and your flight will be scheduled according to the accommodation you are using in the Ngorongoro conservation area.

Lake Ndutu

The lake is located in the south eastern side of the Serengeti national park. This is within the vicinity of the Ngorongoro conservation area. The area has great view and these will also reward you with great wildlife since the lake is located in the center of the plains of the Kilimanjaro. The lake is covered in the beautiful acacia tress that helps it attract a lot of wildlife here. This destination has been a favorite spot for tourism since the year 1960. It has attracted a lot of filmmakers, researchers in wildlife and documenters. Researchers like Jane Goodall and Hugo van Lawick used Ndutu as a headquarters for much of their research.

The lake has enough water and vegetation to attract a lot of animals and their predators to hunt them. There are a lot of bird species here as well. The lake is located I a bowl shaped ditch which has a complete ecosystem and this makes the animals come here and never leave. This makes the area a very good place for game viewing.

The lake is a shallow lake and it’s also an alkaline lake. It’s on the South eastern border of the Serengeti national park which is also in the vicinity of the Ngorongoro conservation area. The Lake shares the same basin with the Lake Masek which is in the eastern side of the Ngorongoro conservation area.

The excavation research in 1973 on the shore of the lake Ndutu led to the discovery of cranium mineral ores in the Ngorongoro conservation area. The archaeological research was looking to find the remains expected to have been here for over 500,000 years.


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