GUIDE ON NDUTU UNDER CANVAS IN SERENGETI
Situated in a strategic expanse, favored for fauna-spotting in the South Serengeti (part of the Serengeti National Park), Ndutu Under Canvas is an ideal accommodation for an AfricanMecca guest looking for a low footprint, traditional tented safari vacation experience in Tanzania. Between December and March, you are able to witness the great annual migration of wildebeest and zebra traversing the south wilderness sector with the aim of resting, grazing, and more importantly calving, breathing new life into the Serengeti. This Tanganyika Wilderness Camp serves as a seasonal base for venturing out on a tour of Serengeti grasslands, where awe-inspiring species can be viewed in their natural habitat from hoofed herbivores such as buffalo, giraffe, impala, elephant to stealthy large predators such as lion, leopard, cheetah and many more. The camp offers you comfortable living quarters as each tent is furnished with a double bed, writing escritoire, safari chairs for your shaded verandah with a reassuring en-suite bathroom incorporating a flush toilet, bush-style bucket shower and a solo wash basin. Ndutu Under Canvas has a convenient location (around 4 km from Ndutu Airstrip) for guests flying into the southern Serengeti ecosystem. For those traveling by road during the calving season, we recommend partaking the Northern Tanzania safari circuit of Lake Manyara, Tarangire and the Ngorongoro Crater supplemented by experiencing two separate areas of the Serengeti – southern part where Ndutu Under Canvas is located and central Serengeti sector of Seronera.
Accommodation At Ndutu Under CanvasAfricanMecca guests at the Ndutu Under Canvas sleep in one of ten spacious double tents. In addition to a simple yet effective bucket shower, the en-suite bathrooms in each tent contain a flush toilet and a hand basin. There is a writing desk, chair and a lamp for those who want to record their exciting and adventurous moments in Tanzania while listening to night time sounds of the wild. Lighting is powered by solar energy, making this Serengeti camp a good option for having eco-friendly – low carbon footprint safari in Africa. Other accommodation facilities include a mess tent where meals are served, and a lounge tent where you may relax with a book on a comfy couch, or may get to know other travelers who are on their African tour of the Tanzania. The lounge tent offers a modest library for guests' reading pleasure ensuring enlightenment of what Africa has in store for its visitors, while the central mess tent provides lamp-lit dining and views of the Serengeti at dusk through large mesh windows. You can also enjoy dining or drinks around the outdoor campfire, swapping anecdotes and listening to the evocative nighttime sounds of the bush. During the height of the migration period, there are plenty of sightings of the Serengeti's predators as they stalk their quarry through the region. Don’t be alarmed in camp if you hear distant or near scuffles of territorial fights, predatorous ambushes or prey being hunted.
Safari At Ndutu Under CanvasNdutu Under Canvas is situated in a strategic sector of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area amidst the southern Serengeti ecosystem that is rich with wildlife, providing you higher probability to encounter all the Big Five (elephant, rhinoceros, lion, buffalo and leopard) up close and personal. You can enjoy a guided AfricanMecca trip deep into Serengeti grasslands, which lie between the Maswa woodlands to the southwest and the Gol Mountains which rise above the plains in the east or venture out in the southern Kusini area inside the Serengeti National Park borders. The grasslands around Lake Masek in the south of the conservation area come alive with the thundering hooves of wildebeest between December and March each year. Female wildebeest historically gather to calve during this time; safety in numbers provides a greater chance for survival when there are predators roaming nearby and along the path of the migration. More than 8,000 calves are born daily during drop period, giving safari-goers a once in a lifetime opportunity to witness the miracle of wildlife birth while it is in progress. While December to March is the time for spotting hyenas, cheetahs, leopard and lions as they stalk the masses of wildebeest, the time for long rains starting in March in the Ndutu area presents the opportunity for admirable bird-watching (twitcher alert!), and the Serengeti's flora also flourishes at this time of year. Even after the migrating herds head west and then north via the central detour, beyond the Moru Kopjes, there are still plenty of resident herbivores, which make the southern plains their home, and these attract lightning fast cheetahs. While kingship lions and elusive leopards are still present, they require more tracking time since the wildebeests have moved on to other greener pastures. The southern wooded areas reaches are where safari-goers can spot elephants, and there are also smaller wild cats such as caracal and serval dwelling in the area. You can also witness the burst of pink color over Lake Masek and Ndutu as flocks of flamingos gather to feed. The astounding variety of birdlife is at its most evident around the lakes and in the wooded areas -- ensure you bring along a good pair of binoculars and camera with powerful zoom lenses for your endless picture-perfect shots. While the views from the ground are spectacular, a Serengeti hot air balloon safari may also be booked ahead of your arrival, providing panoramic and aerial views over the mesmerizing “Tanzanian wilderside” -- uninterrupted and non-intrusive game viewing. Safari holidays in Africa provide the opportunity to appreciate the best of Tanzania's wildlife while enjoying traditionally comfortable and strategic lodging such as Ndutu Under Canvas.
Dining At Ndutu Under CanvasYou can expect good, healthy and tasty meals sourced locally and prepared by experienced indigenous chefs. In the morning, you are woken to a choice of aromatic tea or coffee, after which you will meet with your AfricanMecca guide to discuss the avenue and strategic safari trails for the day. In case you need a top up during your daybreak safari activity, snacks and hot beverages can be packed along on morning drives. After your morning Serengeti tour adventure, you return to camp for a hot breakfast, where you choose from an eclectic selection of classic breakfast favorites from eggs, oats, fresh bread, beans, sausages, fruits and many more. Alternatively, packed lunches may be taken on a full day game drive. Lunches are a laid-back affair at the camp as delectable platters provide filling meals energizing you for the rest of the afternoon. In the early evening, your game drive can be combined with a sundowner drink in the bush providing you a chance to see the Serengeti illuminated by the last warm glow of day light silhouetting everything on the plains. Dinner in the mess tent serves sumptuous meals with a cosmopolitan flair complemented by local dishes. At the special request of diners, a 'bush dinner' can be arranged, where you are guided to a makeshift live cooking site in the bush with neatly dressed table, chair and fine dining accessories are laid out served by friendly and courteous camp staff – some of them are of the local Maasai tribe
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When staying at Ndutu Under Canvas in Southern Serengeti Including Ndutu Area, we recommend combining it with your Northern Tanzania safari to Tarangire, Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater. End your trip with a Swahili cultural tour and beach holiday in Zanzibar.
You may optionally extend out to offbeat parks in Southern and Western Tanzania such as Selous, Ruaha or Katavi ending with a chimpanzee trekking safari at Gombe or Mahale by the relaxing Lake Tanganyika.
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