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The Highlands

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Lodging

Domes

Trip Details

Game Packages Available

Price

$400 - $835 per person per night

Experience
Experience
Accommodation
Practical info

Experience

Set in a forrest north of the Ngornogoro crater, surrounded by mountains and volcanoes, you will find The Highlands Camp. Eight domes are spread out 15 to 20 meters between each other to ensure maximum privacy. The domes are stylish contemporary with East African accents. There are plenty of small touches - hot-water bottles warming your bed, private dinners on your terrace, surprise lunches in secluded spots in the Ngorongoro Crater - that combine to make an exciting, yet carefree experience in the wilds of Tanzania. Based strategically, The Highlands provides not only peaceful seclusion, but also access to the Ngorongoro crater, the Olmoti crater and Massai villages. In the Ngorongoro Crater, you may see the big five in only one game drive. It's location combined with detail oriented service and high-style accommodation, make the Highlands a rare find in the area.

The Reception Area

Activities

Wildlife Viewing

Game drives in the Ngorongoro Crater where it's possible to see the Big Five.

Trekking

There are many trekking opportunities including Ngorongoro Crater descent, Olmoti nature walk or Empakaai Crater hike (flamingos)

Cultural immersion

It's possible to experience the Maasai culture and visit a village located near the Camp.

And also

  • All meals included
  • Closest airstrip: Lake Manyara 2.5 hr drive
  • Exclusive location far from other camps in the area
  • The only camp from which a half day visit to Empakaai Crater is possible
  • Luscious green & vibrant landscapes in direct contrast to the savannah of the Serengeti
  • All drinks included apart from cellar wines, premium spirits and champagne
  • Driving time from Arusha: 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Lunch on the crater floor and bush picnics available
  • Communal dining with individual tables on request

Place

NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area covers 8,292 square kilometers. It is one of the three divisions that comprise Ngorongoro District in Arusha Region. NCA was established in 1959 by the NCA Ordinance No 413 of 1959 as a multiple land use area, designated to promote the conservation of natural resources, safeguard the interests of NCA indigenous residents and promote tourism. NCA is a unique protected area in the whole of Africa because conservation of natural resources is integrated with human development.

The main feature of the NCA are the Ngorongoro Crater, The Serengeti Plains that support about 2.0 million migratory wildlife species of the Serengeti Mara-ecosystem and the catchment forest; the Northern Highland Forest Reserve (NHFR) known as ‘Entim Olturot’ in Maa language.

Other important features found in the NCA are the archaeological and palaeontological site located at Oldupai Gorge and the early human foot-prints that were discovered at Alaitole in Ngarusi area. Because of these particular features and the harmonious co- existence between wildlife and people that has existed for many years, NCA was accorded the status of a World Heritage Site and listed as one of the International Biosphere Reserve by the UNESCO’s Man and Biosphere Reserve Programme.

Accommodation

 

Deluxe Domes

The Highlands

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.

Community Dome, Bar Dome and Dining Dome

The 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.

Practical info

Price

From $400 to $835 per person per night depending on the season.  Inquire for an exact quote.

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Amenities

  • 8 high-style perspex-and-canvas domed suites, 2 triples available on request

  • En-suite bathrooms with hot running water, showers and flushing toilets

  • Distance between tents: 15–20 metres

  • In-room lockable box

  • Complimentary laundry service

  • Solar & generator power

  • In-room power

  • In-room wood-burning stoves

Sustainability

From the Highlands:

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 villagers.

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Our Managing Director, Andrew, has been to over 40 countries in his quest for the perfect adventure. He has biked the death road in Boiliva, trekked 500 miles across northern Spain on the Camino de Santiago, cycled from Brussels to Florence and hiked the five sacred mountains of China. Pygmy Elephant is how he spreads his love for adventure and self discovery in the world.