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 $5,290 pp plus flights

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

Flights are typically an additional $1,217 per person economy class from London

Families from $4,744 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 $1,217 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 $8,215 pp plus flights

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

Flights are typically an additional $1,002 per person economy class from London

Families from $7,614 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 $1,002 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 $14,386 pp plus flights

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

Flights are typically an additional $1,002 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 $4,051 pp plus flights

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

Flights are typically an additional $1,002 per person economy class from London

Families from $2,855 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 $1,002 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 $7,270 pp plus flights

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

Flights are typically an additional $1,002 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 $3,072 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 $1,360 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 $4,227 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 $1,717 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 634 reviews

(4.94/5)

  • The walking in the mountains was a fantastic experience, helped by our perfect guide Ibrahim. He was intelligent, kind, cheerful and looked after us very well. He could answer all our questions on flora, fauna, geology, history and local culture. He walked at a steady phase that suited all and made sure everyone was happy. We could not have asked for more.
    Our favourite place to stay was the Azzaden trekking lodge where we were welcomed warmly with slippers, dates, milk and a hand wash. The food was excellent and the breakfast was very impressive. The hospitality of Mohamed was second to none. The view from the balcony was amazing and when it got dark the stars came out in their millions. ( we did however not manage to find out in which bed Daniel Craig had slept).
    When we reached Kasbah Toubkal the weather had turned cold and wet so we could not enjoy the roof terrace and the outdoor area.
    Riad Tzara was excellent and Naima, Khadija, Abdul and Mohamed looked after our every need. We had dinner one night on the roof of Dar Hanane where the view over the city was great. We also liked the cozy roof terrace in Riad Tzara where the perfect temperature was in the afternoon after escaping from the noises and fumes of the Medina.

    MissingInga Olafsdottir reviewing Atlas Valleys & Villages Comfort Trek on 27 February 2018

  • The highlights for us were the accommodation choices - we loved each place we stayed and for quite different reasons.

    We found the food really delicious at all the places. We were really impressed. We ended up eating dinner every night at Dar Housnia, which was really tasty but a bit expensive but we loved the convenience of it and loved everything else about the place.

    My 9yr’s favourite place was Douar Samra - he liked the rooms and all the meals. We all like the communal meals there. It was good to get to know other travellers. But my husband and I really loved the Douria Suite at Dar Housnia as it was great to the have space and down time by ourselves there. We spent some hours just lazing on the terrace after walking around Marrakech for hours.

    We also thought Kasbah Ellouze was really lovely too. They were super helpful accommodating the kids. They made sure we could celebrate NYE dinner with the kids as they go to bed early. It was really kind of them.

    We had a Hussain as our guide for trekking and he went with us on the road trip. We really liked him: friendly & kind, and not too loud & talkative (our family is on the quiet side!). Hussain was great with our two boys. He made them feel comfortable, kept them safe on the treks (ie speed walking ahead with them when they wanted (our 4yr old loved this!) and holding them securely on mules over the rough terrain) and he played football with them too!
    We had two different drivers who were both good - helped out when our 9yr old vomited from car sickness and were happy to drive slowly as needed.

    Also we thought your organisation of everything and choice of accommodation & guides was excellent. We had no complaints. We had a splendid, relaxed and easy holiday - we didn’t have to think of anything & it was all great.

    MissingHelen Newman reviewing Morocco Family Holiday: Kasbahs, Mountains & Souks on 30 January 2018

  • We travel to enjoy the sites and sounds, the food and the culture so we like to leave all the planning and organizing to a good tour company and from our first interaction I knew we had found a really great one. Jayne promptly answered all our questions and easily adjusted the standard offering to accommodate our specific schedule. From there on everything worked like clockwork and exactly as promised exceeding our every expectation. Payment was simple, and the thoughtful, well-documented pre-travel package of information, guidance, tips and suggestions that accompanied the booking confirmation was excellent.

    On arrival in Marrakech we were met at the airport right on time where Ibrahim kindly provided water, local treats and a comfortable drive to our first night's accommodations which was comfortable and warm and the food excellent. Along the way all accommodation were exactly as described and equally comfortable and accommodating. We were met as promised on the first morning by our guide, Rashid who was the perfect host for our 4 day trek: helpful, friendly and accommodating without being in any way pushy or crowding and happy to answer any and all questions in perfect English. The stunning scenery and fascinating villages made for perfect trekking and each day was well-timed and challenging without being too strenuous, not too short and not too long.

    And then there was the food along the way! Ahmed ingeniously produced delicious, nutritious, hearty meals every morning and every evening in the kitchen of the gites where we stayed and somehow, amazingly, out in the open in the beautiful spots where every day we had lunch - seriously good food, well beyond our expectations for a mountain trek.

    Transport to Marrakech was smooth and simple and our stay there excellent. Riad Tzarra is exactly as promised: beautiful and comfortable and charming with the most welcoming and accommodating staff one could possibly imagine. Ibrahim, Naeema and {oh, I forget her name!} catered to our every need with a smile and I wish we'd had more time there. I highly recommend taking a breakfast or lunch at the Riad - both were excellent.

    Tourdust is now #1 on our list for any future trekking vacations we have planned for any of the places served

    MissingBarry Danilowitz reviewing Classic Atlas Valleys & Villages Trek on 04 December 2017

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