Asilia Africa's New Lodge: The Highlands, Ngorongoro

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Asilia Africa has announced plans to open the company's newest lodge, The Highlands, in the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area on March 1, 2016.

The Highlands owes its name to the fact that it will be the highest property within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, with views extending from the east to the west to watch the sunset and sunrise. From camp, guests are able to see the Gol Mountains in the northwest, Empakaai in the east and the Olmoti crater rim to the south.

The Highlands will consist of eight dome shaped tents, inspired by the traditional Maasai bomas. The eight tents have en-suite bathrooms with flush toilets and showers, as well as snug beds and a wood-burning stove.

Asilia said the main area has been designed "with the classic camp fire experience in mind," but with a practical touch: an indoor fireplace offers a gathering spot for when it is too cold to go outside. For added warmth, the property's bar will have a selection of whisky. 

The Highlands will provide a base for guests to enjoy a Ngorongoro Crater safari. Ngorongoro is the largest unflooded and unbroken caldera in the world and home to the highest density of lion in Africa, as well as the other members of the Big Five. Guests at The Highlands will also be be able to hike up the Empakaai Crater on a half-day excursion. The Olmoti climb as well as visits to the rural Maasai villages are possible by foot, directly from camp.