The Highlands lies in the Ngorongoro highlands and is quite unlike most of the other Ngorongoro lodges. This modernist lodge sets the the bar for low-impact high-style camps. It lies on the slopes of the Olmoti Crater. Each of the eight chalets is carefully positioned for maximum privacy, whilst retaining the sweeping views of this beautiful uplands region.
At the heart of the camp is a wood-burning fireplace designed to emulate the traditional East African campfire experience. Delve into the library or enjoy a drink from the whisky dome and unwind in comfort and style at the end of each rewarding day.
The inspiration for the eight canvas geodesic domed suites comes from the traditional Maasai bomas that dot the landscape. Yet this is unlike any boma you may have seen!
Each of the six large, luxury guest tents is warm, intimate and contemporary. All of them have fantastic views stretching to the Gola Mountains. Several of them have a mezzanine available for a third bed for children (steep steps). The tents all feature king-sized beds, en-suite bathrooms with separate toilet and double-headed shower. Each has a wood burning fireplace and plenty of cosy blankets and rugs for warmth in the colder months.
The Highlands also has one family tent specifically which comprises a standard double bedroom with a covered walkway leading to a smaller dome with twin beds and en-suite shower room for the children. This accommodates two extra children with their parents. The honeymoon suite offers the best in terms of privacy and relaxation. In addition to all the usual amenities above, it has a large elevated deck and an outdoor hot tub overlooking the beautiful landscape of Ngorongoro.
Activities at The Highlands
As with other Ngorongoro lodges, the primary activity is the descent into the Ngorongoro Crater for a safari in one of the most game-rich reserves. Stop for a picnic lunch in a shady spot under the trees.
But given its unique location, other activities at The Highlands are focused around walking and cultural interaction with the local Maasai villages. For example the Olmoti climb follows an ancient Maasai cattle trail through mountain forest, grasslands and rocky outcrops. At the top, you are rewarded with a magnificent view of the crater below. Alternatively descend into the Empakai crater with its soda lake on the crater floor, famous for the pink flamingo that congregate on its shores. Or spend an afternoon with the local Maasai in one of their villages to learn about the traditional way of life that has defined this corner of Africa for centuries. School visits may also be possible depending on the time of year.