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 $5,283 pp plus flights

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

Flights are typically an additional $1,087 per person economy class from London

Families from $4,738 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 $1,087 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 $8,196 pp plus flights

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

Flights are typically an additional $895 per person economy class from London

Families from $7,597 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 $895 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 $14,352 pp plus flights

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

Flights are typically an additional $895 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 $4,045 pp plus flights

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

Flights are typically an additional $896 per person economy class from London

Families from $2,851 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 $896 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 $7,252 pp plus flights

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

Flights are typically an additional $895 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 $3,065 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 $1,214 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 $4,216 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 $1,533 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

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    The last night was at Riad Jona. This was so very very lovely. The food was amazing - such a good idea to eat here after our long drive back to Marrakech. They had a small dining pool plus a hot tub which was delightful. It was almost more of a boutique hotel as it had several rooms.

    MissingGwyneth R reviewing Luxury Family Desert Holiday on 11 December 2018

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    Safari was spectacular, Ben who was our main guide and driver was awesome! We saw everything excepts rhinos which were more of a hope than a reality. We also were able to watch a rock python eat a Thompson gazel live. It was one of the most interesting and unsettling things I have ever seen.
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    MissingWilliam Kearns reviewing 11 Day Mount Kenya Trek and Masai Mara Safari Combined on 29 October 2018

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