Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Geodesic dome tented pods
This is something a bit different. Cocooned in your cosy, contemporary dome, log burner blazing, gaze out onto the Highlands forest, untamed and beautiful. Hike down into a crater, explore a Maasai village and watch a stunning parade of wildlife in the Ngorongoro Crater, returning for exquisite cuisine and more of those views.
The glorious location is The Highlands’ raison d’etre: perched high on the slopes of Olmoti volcano with views down to the vast Serengeti plains, flanked by dense forest. It’s nature in the raw, untamed and unspoilt. And with no other properties nearby, it’s all yours.
This is the ideal destination for lovers of the outdoors. Follow ancient cattle trails through bird-filled forests to emerge on the volcano rim for outstanding views, hike down into the lost world of Empakaai to a flamingo lake, and board a 4×4 for a drive into the game-rich Ngorongoro Crater – where you could have lunch cooked for you. Not forgetting the human element as you can spend time at a nearby Maasai village for a privileged insight into an enduring way of life.
You’ll sleep in a dome tent on a platform nestled into the trees – and what a tent! Created from canvas and perspex, with one full perspex wall and a circular balcony to take advantage of the spectacular views. Inside it’s all contemporary elegance, with polished wood, stylish furnishings and a log burner for those chilly nights, and a wood-lined modern bathroom with sleek fittings and glass-walled double shower.
Times to Go
Walking and hiking in the Highlands may be adversely affected by the weather in the rainy season from mid-March to May, but can be done all year. Game viewing is generally best from June to October when the grass is shorter so wildlife is easier to spot, though game is present year round.
The Highlands highlights
- Remote, unspoilt setting
- Great for walking and hiking
- Ngorongoro Crater safari
- Unique, contemporary dome suites with log burner
- Sweeping views
- Meet Maasai tribespeople
The Highlands location
- 8 suites
- Open all year round
- Children aged 5 and over welcome.
- Laundy Service
- Game drives
- Walking and hiking
- Ngorongoro Crater descent
- Climb Olmoti
- Birding and butterfly viewing
- Descend Empakaai crater and visit soda lake
- Community and cultural visits
The Highlands rooms
The 8 domed suites are a strikingly combination of canvas and perspex, a modern take on Maasai dwellings.
Inside it’s cosy with a log burner, soft rugs and throws.
The en-suite bathroom has twin basins and a double rain shower.
The front is glazed for Highlands views, and there’s a private terrace.
Each suite sleeps 2 people, and there are 2 triple suites available, with mezzanine.
Twiga the giraffe likes this because…
“Many of The Highlands staff are recruited from the local area. Guests are encouraged to visit villages and markets which is beneficial to local communities. The camp uses solar energy and confines supply runs to once a month to keep carbon emissions to a minimum. Rainwater is collected off the tents.”
And don’t forget … for every booking we get, Tanzania Specialists plants trees in deforested areas of Africa through The Travel Forest, and we back The Tribes Foundation’s conservation and social projects.
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Self confessed Africa-lover, but keen on all new travel experiences, Amanda is passionate about getting to know different cultures.
Tracy was been born and spent her youth in South Africa, the draw of the animals, the people and wilds of Africa have always run through her veins.
Sinead caught the travel bug following a year out after university. She has worked in the travel industry ever since, and visited many countries including South Africa, Tanzania, Botswana and Namibia.
The African dust is firmly planted in Chris’s heart. Born in Tanzania she spent much of her childhood in and around Ruaha. Travel and safari was part of life and through into adulthood fun and travel has never left her.