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 Rooms

The camp has 8 “dome suites” that sit apart from one another in the thicket. The domes are predominantly made of canvas, with a large curved perspex ‘window’ overlooking spectacular views. They each have their own en-suite with a modern design, hot running water, showers and flushing toilets. The beds are king-sized, and to top off the comfort and crank up the cosyness, there are wood-burning stoves that can be used for cooler evenings.

Activities

Of course, game drives and crater descents are offered – a highlight for the majority! They also offer Olmoti nature walks and climbs (an ancient Maasai cattle trail through mountain forest and rocky outcrops), decents into the Empakaai crater (a nearby crater that is famous for its pink flamingo), and community and cultural visits to see the local Masaai villages.