The Ngorongoro Plains and Ndutu Woodlands

An ocean of short grass plains and an island of Acacias

I recommend at least four nights here and would always recommend more if you have the time.

A Private Camp for eight lucky guestsA Private Camp for eight lucky guests

To be camped in a private setting somewhere near the extensive Ndutu woodlands is a wonderful safari experience. The rain dictates where the large herds move to but from December – May it is advisable not to miss this area. The combination of beautiful acacia woodlands and the nearby short grass plain is unbeatable for variety and freedom of movement as off road driving is allowed as an activity in most of this vast area. These plain extend in all directions from here and this is perhaps the finest Cheetah habitat in all of Africa. Days spent at a slow pace exploring these woodlands and out on these plains are nothing short of exceptional as a safari experience. And we can walk here as well as explore in the safari vehicle.

The rolling landscape around Ndutu makes for wonderful viewsThe rolling landscape around Ndutu makes for wonderful views

After a long walk, a cold beer whilst sat watching wildebeest stampede by - is bliss!After a long walk, a cold beer whilst sat watching wildebeest stampede by - is bliss!

Resident wildlife such as Elephant, Impala, Giraffe, Grant’s gazelle and the six species of cat that survive here are joined by the migrating herds of Wildebeest, Zebra, Eland and Thomson’s gazelle to play out this age old drama of predator and prey. The Wildebeest very often give birth close to these woodlands and that is a safari experience that you should enjoy at least once in your lifetime.

To dine with a viewTo dine with a view

The plains around Ndutu get rain in DecemberThe plains around Ndutu get rain in December

I tend to avoid the areas with many campsites and prefer to be based away from Lake Ndutu. I have secret places, places I have loved for decades, places I have learnt from the late Hugo Van Larwick or places I have discovered myself. I have explored this area since 1984 and know it as well as any one and better than most. Treat yourself to a full week here if you can.

As the rains start the Migration moves into our campsite areaAs the rains start the Migration moves into our campsite area

Hyenas roam these plains in clans and hunt every nightHyenas roam these plains in clans and hunt every night

To combine exploration by vehicle and spend a day or two out on foot, over a week, is the best way to fall in love with The Ndutu area and the plains that surround. But if you can only visit for four nights – do it well and camp there away from the Lakes and get out on foot for at least a morning.

Mature Acacia trees like this one are wonderful photographic subjectsMature Acacia trees like this one are wonderful photographic subjects

The Ndutu woodlands support over a thousand giraffeThe Ndutu woodlands support over a thousand giraffe