SAFARI IN STYLE
Tanzania’s latest luxury camp blends rich game viewing experiences with warm and contemporary accommodations. By Haley Beham
Photos by Esther Havens
A new hotspot in Tanzania is redefining the safari experience in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The Highlands Ngorongoro opened last June, just in time for the spectacular wildebeest migration through the area.
Set on the slopes of the Olmoti volcano in Ngorongoro’s wild highlands, the Highlands raises the bar for high-style camps and true wilderness adventure. At 9,000 feet above sea level, it’s the highest altitude luxury accommodation in the region.
Eight stylish domed suites draw inspiration from traditional Masai bomas (thatched-hut villages). Yet unlike traditional Bomas, these chic suites have floor-to-ceiling glass bay windows that provide striking views across to the Serengeti. Inside the canvas-and-glass suites find king size beds, en-suite bathrooms, and wood burning stoves for cool winter nights.Finishing touches like fur throws and black and white photographs of Masai tribesmen create an intimate and inviting feel.
The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a magnificent wildlife sanctuary, home to an incredible abundance of animals, including large numbers of leopard, buffalo, and elephant. Game drives into Northern Tanzania’s famous Ngorongoro Crater are easily accessible. Still, because of the unique location of camp, there are tons of other activities for guests to explore.
From the Highlands, set out on treks through the Crater Highlands, following ancient Masai trails to the Olmoti crater summit, or visit local Masai villages, where the pastoral life has remained unchanged for centuries.