The Highlands, Ngorongoro Conservation Area
The Highlands has redefined the Ngorongoro Crater experience, offering an array of activities afforded by the camp’s exclusive location and a combination of comfort and contemporary style.
The award-winning camp with its eight domed canvas and glass suites is situated on the edge of a forest that skirts Olmoti Volcano. The surrounding Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The camp feels remote, but is within easy reach of Ngorongoro, where guests can go on day-long game drives to spot lions, elephants and giraffes, with a midday picnic break under a shady tree. From camp, hike up to the top of Olmoti for staggering views, or take a half-day trip to the soda lake in Empakaai Crater, where thousands of pink flamingos congregate. Guests can also interact with the local community, learning about Maasai culture and walk the cattle back to the boma at the end of the day.
At night, gather around a crackling fire with a glass of wine or whiskey before sitting down to a delicious three-course dinner.
The Highlands at a Glance
Open: Year round
Lake Manyara: 3-hour drive from camp
Children aged five and older
Accommodation & Amenities
8 perspex-and-canvas domed suites (2 triples available on request)
En suite bathrooms
In-room lockable box
Complimentary laundry service
Solar and generator power
In-room wood burning stove
My wife and I stayed at the Highlands in July as part of our African safari and it was the perfect end to a perfect trip! The staff is incredible, the rooms are one of a kind (in a good way!) and you can't miss the meals as they are fantastic! The location is a bit far away from the game park but don't worry about that because it's a beautiful drive through a couple of local communities and the lodge is worth the wait - pcarey01
We loved the 5 star Igloo Tent and the staff was just outstanding. They paid attention to every detail.. always with a big smile. We were very lucky to have Adam and Hamza with us on our safari in the crater... they really made it an extraordinary experience we will never forget. Many thanks again to the Highlands team - tahiti1967
The camp is very different to other ones we stayed in, but it was quirky and fun, and getting into bed to find a hot water bottle waiting for me was brilliant! The food was excellent and the staff as well trained and joyous as all the Asilia staff. I can't find anything to fault. The road is bumpy, but that's part of the experience, and being so close to the Masai villages added to experience. Thanks to everyone for a wonderful stay! - Triciavoute