The Highlands combines a jaw-dropping natural setting on the slopes of the extinct Olmoti volcano with just eight high-tech tents and exciting activities like hiking the Olmoti, and descending not only into world-famous Ngorongoro Crater but also the lesser-known but equally incredible Empakaai Crater.

The en suite tents, which have flush toilets and hot running water, are fronted by celling-to-floor faceted glass windows that allow you to drink in the surrounding wilderness and Africa’s big sky. As a high-altitude camp, the tents are both warm and stylish, with enclosed fireplaces with ward off the morning and evening chill. There are seven tents, including one for families and another for honeymooners.

In keeping with the exquisite attention to detail paid throughout the design and construction of The Highlands, the open-air breakfast deck has been perfectly positioned to make the most of the pink-and-coral sunrise, while the bar and fire pit overlook the sunset.

In addition to classic game drives to and picnics in Ngorongoro Crater, The Highlands offers unusual access to two of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area’s lesser-seen gems. A half-day hike takes you to the birds, butterflies and myriad fern species on an ancient Maasai cattle trail to the Olmoti crater. Game like buffalo, zebra and bushbuck and the occasional elephant can be spied by hikers.

Another memorable journey is a drive to the Empakaai Crater, followed by a hike on the crater floor to see flocks of pink flamingos and the mountainous forest. You will also be able to aspects of traditional Maasai life, as well as catch a glimpse of Oldoinyo Lengai, Tanzania’s most active volcano.


  • Incredible setting on Olmoti Crater
  • Views of the Serengeti 
  • Game drives in Ngorongoro Crater
  • Hiking in Olmoti & Empakaai Craters
  • High-tech tents with full en suite bathrooms
  • Only 8 tents, including honeymoon & family units

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The Highlands has a comfortable sitting ‘dome’ for when you wish to relax in the company of other guests between game drives or hikes.

General Facilities

    Laundry service


Breakfasts and lunches can be enjoyed at separate tables on the outdoor deck that has unhindered views of the sunrise. Supper is taken in the dining tent at long tables where you can meet other guests and chat to the knowledgeable rangers.

Toast the sunset with a tipple from the bar, which also has an outdoor deck and sheltered fire pit.


There are eight tents at The Highlands, including one for families and one for honeymooners. Each consists of a three-quarter canvas dome that is completed by a large, floor-to-ceiling faceted window that allows for 180-degree views from inside. Each has an en suite bathroom with a flush toilet and running water, as well as a spacious outdoor deck with a table and chairs.

Because The Highlands is situated at altitude on the Olmoti Crater, each tent as an enclosed stove for warmth. The décor is eclectic, with warm wooden panelling juxtaposed with beautiful photographs of Africa, Eames-inspired chairs and cowhide rugs.

There are four tents with double or twin beds. Two other tents also have twins or doubles, as well as two extra twins on their mezzanine levels to sleep three adults or two adults and two children, with a shared bathroom.

The family room sleeps six in a large dome tent with a mezzanine level and a smaller dome tent.

The honeymoon tent has a private hot tub.


    En-suite bathroom
    Safe in room
    Solar power


  • Cultural tours
  • Game drives
  • Hiking
  • Guided walking safaris
  • Local village visits
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 01 Jul 2017 - 31 Oct 2017 $690 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 Nov 2017 - 19 Dec 2017 $565 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 20 Dec 2017 - 31 Dec 2017 $690 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 Jan 2018 - 28 Feb 2018 $765 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 Mar 2018 - 31 Mar 2018 $630 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 Apr 2018 - 31 May 2018 $425 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 Jun 2018 - 30 Jun 2018 $630 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018 $880 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 Sep 2018 - 31 Oct 2018 $765 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 Nov 2018 - 19 Dec 2018 $630 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 20 Dec 2018 - 31 Dec 2018 $765 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 Jan 2019 - 28 Feb 2019 $765 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 Mar 2019 - 31 Mar 2019 $630 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 Apr 2019 - 31 May 2019 $425 Fully Inclusive Plus

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please note, additional room types are also available. Family Suite,Suite with Mezzanine,Honeymoon Suite Request a quote for rate detail

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Traveller Reviews

  • We had a great time and loved both Safari camps. The Highlands was amazing, beautifully done, lots of contact and engagement with the Maasai community in the area, a wonderful day on the floor of the Ngorongoro crater, and the hikes beyond the Ngorongoro crater were amazing. We highly recommend this lodge, especially for folks that want more than just a safari experience and are interested in traditional African cultures. We did not realize (my fault) that the altitude was so high, it was darn cold in the mornings, but we survived.. It was a nice break from the heat.

    Travis McDermott, December 2016

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Lauren Johansson

Lauren Johansson

Africa Safari Expert

"The Highlands has set a whole new standard at the Ngorongoro crater with its majestic views and exclusive location. Immerse yourself in local Masai culture with village visits, get active on nature walks to Olmoti or explore Empakaai crater. With only seven tents you get to enjoy a very personalised experience in a unique setting."



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