The Highlands is an exclusive lodge located about an hour from the Ngorongoro Crater on the northern slopes of the extinct Ol Moti volcano in the Ngorongoro Highlands.

The Highlands is a unique property with great views, interesting and very comfortable accommodation, good service and a friendly atmosphere. The property has a great feel and is well run. Being located an hour from the Lemala gate of the Ngorongoro Crater means that it is not the closest lodge to the crater for game viewing, but they offer the chance to set off early if desired and enjoy a really good picnic lunch on the crater floor! The location of The Highlands is however very exclusive and is perfect for visiting local villages and for exploring on foot, with options to climb Ol Moti and to descend into Empakai Crater. We view this as a real bonus given the busy/driving nature of most Northern Tanzania safaris. The local area is home to the Maasai tribe and is far more remote and rural than the busier Karatu region where most other Ngorongoro Highlands accommodation is located. Guests who have an interest in walking and culture, as well enjoying remote scenery, will benefit most from visiting The Highlands.


The Highlands is an exclusive retreat accommodating around 21 guests in eight domed suites which are built from a combination of wood and canvas, with uniquely designed plastic dome windows. All of the domes have…


The Ngorongoro Highlands sit on the western edge of the Great Rift Valley as it curves south-westwards from the desolate Lake Natron past Lake Manyara to the remote Lake Eyasi. These highlands are the remnants of an ancient…


The Highlands accepts children from 5 years and is suitable for families with their family suite. The family suite comprises of a standard double suite which is connected to a second smaller suite via a covered walkway. The smaller…

Conservation & community

Staying at any of Asilia properties, owners of The Highlands, sees guests automatically contributing to community and conservation projects through their park fees and a $5 per person conservation fee. By staying at…

Location Ngorongoro Highlands
Access Scheduled or Charter flight into Manyara plus 2.5 hour drive, or by road with private vehicle and guide
Open All year
Pricing £££££
Camp Style Safari lodge
Focus Big game / Culture / Walking / Crater experience
Children 5 years + unless booked on exclusive use / 12 years for walking
Activities Game drives into Ngorongoro Crater / Olmoti nature walk / Empakaai Crater hike / Maasai cultural experience and community visits
Vehicles Closed
Maximum Guests on Vehicle 6
Private Vehicle Options No
Off-road Driving No
Number of Rooms 8 domed suites (including 1 family suite)
Family Accommodation 1 two bedroomed family suite
Bathroom Flush toilet / Plumbed basin / Plumbed shower / Hot tub in Honeymoon suite
Power for charging In room / Vehicles
Lighting Electric / Solar
Hairdryer Provided for use during generator hours
Heating/Cooling Fireplace / Heater
Room Safe Yes
Laundry Service Complimentary
Communication in room Radio
Wi-Fi In room
Mobile Reception Yes
Swimming No
Wellness No
Dining Style Communal / Private
Drinks Included House drinks
Credit Cards Visa and Mastercard