The Highlands at Ngorongoro (Ngorongoro Crater) Tanzania
At The Highlands we use state-of-the-art technology to
minimise our ecological footprint. This includes a full
solar plant and rainwater collection off tents. In addition,
our supply runs are minimised to once a month to reduce our
carbon emissions, and any unavoidable carbon emissions are
offset through Carbon Tanzania. Asilia is the second-largest
contributor to this scheme in the country.
For a chance to immerse yourself in the region’s rich
cultural heritage, visit a Maasai homestead, enjoy local
hospitality and be entertained by traditional dancers. Test
your herding skills alongside Maasai herdsmen as you join
them to bring the cattle into the boma. As many staff
members as possible are hired from the local community.
Participating in community visits and visiting local markets
are a great way to provide direct benefits to local
The Highlands redefines the
Ngorongoro Crater experience. Set on the edge of the
mountain forest hugging the Olmoti volcano to the north of
Ngorongoro Crater, The Highlands strikes a perfect balance
between a true wilderness experience and a high-style,
Experience the highlands of the
wild Ngorongoro Conservation Area surrounding the camp, home
to leopard, buffalo and elephant. A Ngorongoro Crater safari
is jaw-droppingly beautiful. Follow ancient Maasai trails to
the summit of the Olmoti crater and visit local communities
to catch a glimpse into the traditional Maasai way of life
that has defined this corner of East Africa for centuries.
The famous Ngorongoro Crater is easily accessible from camp,
while the setting ensures maximum privacy, a rich adventure
and a range of activities not possible elsewhere in
Snapshot of The Highlands
Exclusive, remote location in comfort and privacy, far
from other camps
Ngorongoro crater experience and
wildlife game drives easily accessible
A variety of
activities available straight from camp including the Olmoti
climb and more
Accommodation at The Highlands strikes the perfect
balance of a wilderness escape and a high-end tented
sanctuary with all the creature comforts.
Eight elegant domed suites offer king-sized beds with
floor-to-canvas-ceiling bay windows opening out to the
spectacular views, en-suite bathrooms with hot running
water, showers and flushing toilets, and wood-burning stoves
for the cold winter evenings.
The Highlands redefines the Ngorongoro experience,
raising the bar for low-impact/high-style camps. Carefully
positioned for maximum privacy high on the slopes of the
Olmoti volcano, our guests enjoy sweeping views all the way
to the Serengeti. Inspiration for the eight canvas-and-glass
domed suites was drawn from the traditional Maasai bomas
that dot the landscape. Warm, intimate and contemporary,
this is quite simply the perfect place from which to
discover the wild and pristine Crater Highlands.
At the heart of the camp is an authentic indoor fireplace
designed to emulate the traditional East African campfire
experience. Delve into the library or enjoy a drink from the
extensive bar and unwind in comfort and style at the end of
each rewarding day.
Hearty gourmet meals are homemade using fresh, organic
ingredients and supplies sourced from the Karatu area, just
outside Ngorongoro (communities in the NCA are not permitted
to grow crops as this is a protected area). Packed
breakfasts and lunches are an option, as is the incredible
experience of a hot lunch enjoyed in the crater. Please let
us know if you have any special dietary requirements – our
camp chefs will be happy to cater for your needs.
The pristine Ngorongoro Conservation Area is the jewel in
Tanzania’s crown for good reason: the greater NCA area
contains over 25 000 large animals and a wide range of bird
species. At The Highlands itself, wildlife species include:
FAMILY SUITABILITY LEVEL
Our family unit accommodates families with children aged
five and older. The Highlands offers a wide range of
exciting activities kids can take part in, including iconic
game drives into Ngorongoro Crater and fascinating visits to
the local Maasai community. Children aged 16 and older can
visit the Olmoti and Empakaai craters.
With its exclusive location on the Olmoti volcano, The
Highlands offers a range of activities that is simply
unheard of in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. This is the
only camp to consider if you wish to do so much more than
the classic Ngorongoro descent.
Starting directly from camp, the Olmoti climb follows an
ancient Maasai cattle trail through mountain forest,
grasslands and rocky outcrops. Make the most of outstanding
birding opportunities and the chance to see a vast array of
butterfly species. At the top, you are rewarded with a
magnificent view of the crater below.
Descend into the Empakaai crater accompanied by an NCA
ranger and walk to the sparkling soda lake on the crater
floor, famous for the pink flamingo that congregate on its
shores. Because of the camp’s proximity to Empakaai, it is
the only property that gives you the opportunity to make
this a half-day excursion.
Community & cultural visits
Spend the afternoon with the local Maasai in one of the
neighbouring villages to learn about the traditional way of
life that has defined this corner of Africa for centuries.
School visits may be possible depending on the time of year.
Ngorongoro Crater descent
Enjoy a game drive in one of the most game-rich areas in
the world, the Ngorongoro Crater. Explore the vast 300km2
floor with an experienced guide and stop for lunch in a
shady spot under the trees, maximising your time in this
unforgettable landscape. Our seven-seater closed vehicles
are fitted with power points so you can recharge your
devices, as well as a fridge to keep your drinks deliciously
Accommodation Rates:- From $590 Per person per night
sharing. Please contact us for a suggested itinerary and