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The Highlands

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Stay in a glass dome at the Ngorongoro Crater
Stay in a glass dome at the Ngorongoro Crater
Move over, canvas safari tent, Tanzania has a new lodging option, this one in the form of a space-alien-looking dome. Set back from the famous Ngorongoro Crater and its plethora of lodges, the the Highlands domes' wild, remote, forest-edge location is one of the key selling points. The domes are custom-built to take in the views. Asilia, the safari outfitter that owns the lodge, prides itself on the authentic experience, so trips to visit the local Masai community are low-key and varied, with a different village visited each day. At 8500 feet above sea level, evenings are chilly, but each dome tent is fitted with a high-output wood stove and tartan blankets to keep guests cozy all night long.
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