Ngorongoro Highlands

Ngorongoro Highlands

The rolling hills, lakes and undulating craters of Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Highlands form the stunning backdrop to some of Africa’s richest grazing grounds. At their heart, the iconic Ngorongoro Crater, formed millions of years ago by an imploding volcano, provides a natural, fertile enclosure for a dense concentration of wildlife. Although the crater inevitably becomes busy at times, making for somewhat ‘relaxed’ sightings of animals unfazed by vehicle traffic, a descent to the crater floor to see the Big 5 remains one of Africa’s most thrilling game-drive experiences. With no National Park regulations to adhere to, there is great freedom across the Highlands for a wide variety of activities, including night-time game drives, guided walks, cycling safaris, canoeing and horse riding. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area, dedicated to the preservation of the local Masaai tribes people and their customs, offers a rich cultural experience, and visits to local schools, farms and villages are welcomed. The splendid scenery, fantastic range of activities and plentiful cultural interaction are a real draw for families, although be sure to bring warm clothing since lower temperatures and a certain amount of rainfall are only to be expected at this altitude!

We usually use the Highlands as a base for game drives in Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara National Park, before heading out to the Serengeti. A stay of 2-4 nights works well, usually either staying on the Crater Rim (if budget allows) or one of the wonderful farmhouse locations in the Highlands.


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Our most popular Tanzania family safari including Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater & the Serengeti featuring good value camps with family rooms and swimming pools.

Tailor-made Classic 2 weeks

Adults from $5,412 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $1,095 per person economy class from London

Families from $4,854 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $1,095 per person economy class from London

Experience the best of Tanzania's Northern Circuit featuring a stunning camp perched on the rim of Ngorongoro Crater and an incredible private bush lodge deep in the Serengeti.

Tailor-made Luxury 1 week

Adults from $8,404 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $902 per person economy class from London

Families from $7,790 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $902 per person economy class from London

Stunning all inclusive Northern Circuit safari combines some of Tanzania's finest safari lodges with an incredible private island beach resort.

Tailor-made Luxury 11 days

Adults from $14,719 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $902 per person economy class from London

Comprehensive and good value nine day safari tour of North Tanzanian National Parks with exhilarating daily guided game drives and comfortable stays in characterful tented camps.

Tailor-made Classic 9 days

Adults from $4,144 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $902 per person economy class from London

Families from $2,921 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $902 per person economy class from London

Superb 9 day fly-in safari featuring superb Asilia Camps in Tarangire, Ngorongoro Highlands and the Serengeti.

Tailor-made Luxury 9 days

Adults from $7,437 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $902 per person economy class from London

A more adventurous take on the Northern Circuit - a fantastic privately guided journey including game drives, walking safari & cycling.

Tailor-made Luxury 1 week

Families from $3,142 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $1,224 per person economy class from London

5 days Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Manyara safari in comfortable lodges & camps plus 5 days in a beautiful barefoot Zanzibar beach lodge

Tailor-made Luxury 12 days

Families from $4,323 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $1,546 per person economy class from London

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Accommodation

Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Ngorongoro Highlands

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Eccentric design
- Extraordinary views
- Private butler

The Highlands Tented Camp

Ngorongoro Highlands

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Superb elevated location, fabulous views
- Game drives, nature walks
- Cultural visits
- Asilia Portfolio

Entamanu Ngorongoro

Ngorongoro Highlands

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Brand new, luxury tented camp
- Stunning, elevated location
- Good range of activities
- Nomad Tanzania portfolio

Gibb's Farm

Ngorongoro Highlands

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Tranquil hideaway
- Beautiful cottages
- Guided walks
- Mountain biking

The Manor at Ngorongoro

Ngorongoro Highlands

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Stunning rural location with fabulous views
- 20 luxurious suites in 10 private cottages
- Horseriding, game drives, treks
- Pool, spa, superb gardens

Escarpment Lodge

Ngorongoro Highlands

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Sumptuous accommodation and spa
- Game drives and walking safaris
- Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Parks
- Ngorongoro Crater visits

Lemala Ngorongoro Tented Camp

Ngorongoro Highlands

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Excellent Ngorongoro Crater location
- Maasai village visits
- Guided walks
- Family friendly

Plantation Lodge

Ngorongoro Highlands

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Convenient for Ngorongoro Crater
- Lovely Gardens
- Swimming Pool
- Farm Walks

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 504 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

  • We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!

    The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).

    A few points:
    Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.

    Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
    They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.

    Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!

    The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

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