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Hidden within greenery on the slopes of the Olmoti Volcano in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, the eight guest Domes at The Highlands are within reach of the inimitable Ngorongoro Crater but the camp aims to offer an altogether different Ngorongoro experience.
Sure, guests can be on the famous Ngorongoro Crater floor for dawn or enjoy a full day game drive to spot herds of buffalo, wildebeest and zebra and the predators that often follow close behind including lion, cheetah, leopard and spotted hyena - The Highlands team will even pack up a picnic for a bush lunch - but that's just one side of The Highlands experience.
Active guests can tackle the Olmoti climb, tracing an ancient Maasai cattle trail from the camp to the summit, or drive out to the Empakaai crater for a 45 minute descent hike into the crater through thick forest to see the famous flock of flamingos - though you'll need to be prepared for the inevitable ascent hike that follows. Maasai staff at The Highlands are also more than happy to welcome guests into their local communities, and some lucky guests may even get the chance to attend a Maasai boma during their stay.
There are eight unique guest domes at The Highlands, including one family dome. Beds have been strategically positioned in front of dome 'window' to make the most of the Serengeti views, along with a wraparound deck which is the ideal spot to take morning tea. A log-burning stove is lit by The Highlands staff each evening and hot water bottles hidden under bed sheets daily to ensure guests are kept toasty warm at this high altitude camp.
In place of a mess tent The Highlands has a communal lounge dome, with seating arranged around the log-burner so that guests can share stories around the fire. Dining is communal, but private tables can be arranged upon request.
Evenings can get a little chilly at The Highlands, but thankfully the Ol Moti Whisky Bar is on hand to keep guests nice and toasty, inside and out!
Isabel, Original Traveller