Lake Ndutu ranger post of Ngorongoro conservation area, the main office
Lake Ndutu ranger post of Ngorongoro conservation area, the main office building
Lake Ndutu ranger post of Ngorongoro conservation area, a view of the surrounding offices from it
Altitude: 1600 m.a.m.s.l.
An administrative office and checkpoint located on the Ngorongoro side of lake Ndutu’s shores, in northern Tanzania. It serves as a point where one can extend their permits, pay for them or even get them checked, be it for Ngorongoro or Serengeti.
In 2017, this is also one of few places in the area with good cell phone network coverage (Airtel).
What to do there?Get directions or information, get new permits or get a ranger to accompany you for a walking safari or otherwise. There also is a shop on site that sells drinks along with a few other items.
Best time to visit?Any time of the year, although you will need a good 4 x 4 for some of the roads during the rainy season. Even better, would be a visit when the wildebeest migration is in the area (December).
Location of Lake Ndutu ranger post
The ranger post is located on the Ngorongoro side of lake Ndutu, about 500m from the lake itself and on the western border of Ngorongoro conservation area. At the time of writing there are no public campsites in area, but only special ( exclusive) ones, about 2 lodges and a few tented camps that were in the area for the migration.
For more information on its location please see the map below.
How to get there?By vehicle, about a 30 mins drive from Naabi hill gate, and 45 minutes from the olduvai gorge museum. The roads in the area can be a little confusing to first timers, so a good map, gps, or guide may come in handy.
Vehicles can either be rentals, privately owned, or tours and travel ones with no preference of 4 x 4’s, as long as you pay for the required permits (see NCAA website for more info).