The Highlands

Ngorongoro Crater & Lake Manyara

Set on the edge of the mountain forest, hugging the Olmoti volcano to the north of the Ngorongoro Crater, The Highlands redefines the Ngorongoro experience. The luxury safari camp strikes a perfect balance between a true wilderness experience and a high-style, contemporary escape.

The Highlands offers seven canvas-and-glass domed suites inspired by the traditional Maasai Bomas that dot the landscape. Each one features en suite bathrooms with hot running water, showers and flushing toilets Amid warm, intimate and contemporary spaces, guests enjoy wild and rugged scenery with sweeping views all the way to the Serengeti.

Follow ancient Maasai trails to the summit of the Olmoti crater. Visit local communities to catch a glimpse into the traditional Maasai way of life. Explore the wild highlands surrounding the camp - home to leopard, buffalo, and elephant - or simply unwind by a traditional East African fireplace, a warm and inviting post at the end of each day.

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Location & Getting There

The Highlands is situated for maximum privacy at the edge of the mountain forest that hugs the Olmoti Volcano, to the north of the famous Ngorongoro Crater. Kilimanjaro International Airport is a 4-hour drive.


At The Highlands, seven spectacular canvas-and-glass domed tents are set high on the slopes of Olmoti volcano, offering jaw-dropping views of the wild highlands, all the way to the Serengeti. The domes strike the perfect balance of wilderness escape and high-end sanctuary, with all the creature comforts of home.

King-size beds and floor-to-canvas-ceiling bay windows create a grand sense of space. Ensuite bathrooms with hot running water, spacious showers, and flush toilets offer a relaxing place to start and end each day. And in-room wood-burning stoves are perfect for cooler evenings, with a glass of wine in hand. Choose from a double tent, family tent, or honeymoon tent setup, each with thoughtful additions and enough privacy and space to make you feel like you’re the only visitors for miles around.


With its exclusive location on the Olmoti volcano, The Highlands offers an unparalleled range of activities in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Aside from the classic Ngorongoro descent, there are a multitude of inspiring and energizing activities around the camp.

Climb the Olmoti volcano along an ancient Maasai cattle trail through mountain forest, grasslands, and rocky outcrops. Descent into the Empakaai crater, guided by a ranger to the sparkling soda lake famous for the pink flamingos that congregate on its shores.Visit local communities to catch a glimpse into the traditional Maasai way of life that has defined this corner of East Africa for centuries. Enjoy a game drive in one of the most game-rich areas in the world. The Highlands is the ultimate choice for seasoned travelers with an adventurous heart.


Families with children are welcome at The Highlands.

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Why we recommend The Highlands

“Perched on the rim of the Olmoti Crater, adjacent to the Ngorongoro Crater, The Highlands is an ideal base to explore the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Inspired by the traditional Maasai Bomas scattered across the highlands, these unique domed suites ensure an exclusive and intimate experience in style. The cosy lounge around the indoor fireplace is the perfect place to relax on chilly evenings!”

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