The Highlands

Ngorongoro Crater highlands Tanzania

  • Remote location far from other camps
  • Take guided hikes and nature walks
  • Luxury tented suites with wood-burning stoves
  • Safaris in the Ngorongoro Crater
  • Spend time in a Maasai village

Open: The Highlands is open all year. High season runs from January to February and again from July to the end of October, green season is April and May and low season March, June and November till mid-December. See our guide to when to visit Tanzania.

Location: The Highlands is on the slopes of Olmoti volcano near the Ngorongoro Crater, with views as far as the Serengeti. There are no other camps or lodges in the vicinity. The nearest airstrip is at Lake Manyara about a 2.5hour drive away.

Rooms: There are 8 walk-in glass and canvas domed suites, including 1 family tent and 1 honeymoon tent. All are en-suite with running hot and cold water, showers and flush toilets. Valuables can be stored in a lockable box. They have solar power and wood-burning stoves. Tents are set about 15-20 metres apart.

Activities: Game drives in the Ngorongoro Crater to see the Big 5 and more, and nature walks on Olmoti volcano to see birds, butterflies and varied flora. You can climb to Olmoti crater along an ancient Maasai cattle trail through forest, grassland and over rocky outcrops, which takes 2-3 hours there are back. The camp offers a half-day guided hike to and descent into Enpakaai Crater where there’s a lake frequented by flamingos, and you have chances to see zebra, wildebeest., gazelle and ostrich. You can visit a Maasai homestead, spending time learning about their daily lives, and attend a market. You can book a talk with a local lion researcher to find out about the lives and relationships of lions in the area. Activities tend to take place in the early morning and late afternoon, leaving the middle of the day free for rest and relaxation.

Facilities: The lounge is built around a large fireplace, and there are reference books for you to look through. The bar serves a range of drinks and leads out to the firepit where you can enjoy spectacular sunsets. The camp has solar and generator power. There is a free laundry service.

Dining: Meals are generally eaten communally in camp in the spacious dining area and out on the terrace, positioned for lovely views of the sunrise at breakfast time. Packed meals can be prepared if you are going to be away from camp.

Children: Children aged 5 years and over are welcome. There is one family tent.

Health: This is a malaria area.

Communication: There is Wi-Fi access in guest tents

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Client Rating for Tanzania 5/5 from 217 reviews

Pictures don’t really do the domes justice as they are so spacious, and the high ceilings really create a unique environment to stay in. All in all, they make for a space you don’t really want to leave!