The Ndutu Region is part of Ngorongoro Conservation Area. It stretches to the unfenced southern part of the Serengeti National Park. There is plenty of resident wildlife such as elephants, hyenas, giraffes and big cats to be found all year round.
Great Migration in the region
At the end of December the great migration usually arrives with its 2 million animals in Ndutu. Wildebeests, zebras and gazelles come here to give birth to their calves and stay here until April. Thousands of animals are born every day from December to March. The grass in this area is rich in nutrients for young animals. And because it is short, the adults can spot approaching predators from far. It is therefore a safe place to raise young zebras and wildebeests. Ndutu is a very beautiful region and rich in wild animals. In addition, it is the only nature reserve in Tanzania where you are allowed to drive off-road. This allows you to get very close to the animals. Many predators are attracted by the calving happening here and roam this vast plain: lions, cheetahs, leopards, hyenas and hundreds of wild dogs!
The best game viewing spot is around Lake Ndutu, where enormous herds congregate. It is a shallow alkaline lake that is located on the eastern border of Serengeti national park. In 1973, the shores of lake Ndutu were the location of an archaeological excavation site about 140 square meters that led to the discovery of the Ndutu cranium and several remains of tools from over 500.000 years ago.
Today it serves as a water source for the animals and shares the same basin as lake Masek that is located a short distance east of it – but inside Ngorongoro conservation area.
The forests and granite Kopjes around Lake Ndutu are also home to lots of game outside of the migration months.