Over the past few days I have been day dreaming about Ndutu...
It is no secret that East Africa has a very special place in my heart. The vast open plains with endless views combined with the huge numbers of wildlife that there is to be seen, makes it a destination that should be on everyone's bucket list. It is the quintessential Africa that you see in documentaries.
I have been very fortunate to host our Best of Serengeti Tour over the past four years and it is without a doubt one of the highlights on my calendar every year. During the 13-night tour we visit some amazing parks including Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Ndutu and Eastern Serengeti.
It is Ndutu however, that has really stolen my heart over the past four years and for good reason.
The Ndutu Region forms part of the northern section of Ngorongoro Conservation Area and stretches to the unfenced southern reaches of the Serengeti National Park, a meeting point between these two incredible wilderness areas. This section of the park is made up of rolling grasslands peppered with alkaline lakes that attract flocks of flamingos, as well as acacia woodlands.
Ndutu is considered a good game viewing area all year round, but it is a particularly interesting destination during the month of December to March when the migratory herds of Wildebeest move towards the plains for the annual calving season. The soils around Ndutu are rich in minerals which is why these herds choose to have their calves here annually.
With these migratory herds moving into the plains, it naturally becomes an attraction for the predators in the area which include Lions, Cheetah, Spotted Hyaena and Leopard.
Over the past four years I've had the opportunity of showcasing this incredible wildlife spectacle to my clients, and have enjoyed some amazing sightings that one simply doesn't see everyday.
Here are some of my favourite moments in Ndutu...
If you haven't been to Ndutu yet, make sure to add it to your list!
Till next time...