As we pull up at the camp, after a three-hour drive from Lake Manyara Airport, the air is notably cooler – we’re now 2,670 metres above sea level.Overgrown grassy paths, flanked with swathes of wild flowers, lead us to a scattering of almond-coloured, bulbous domes peeking over the vegetation.3 Days 2 Nights Safari Mikumi National Park Mikumi National Park Road Safari 2 Nights 3 Days | Mikumi National Park Dar es salaam Safari | 2 Night Mikumi National Park Safari Two night Tanzania Safari Mikumi National Park | 3 Days 2 Nights Mikumi National Park Safari | The park is well-known for its population of elephants, giraffe’s buffaloes, zebras, elands, greater Kudu, wildebeest, roan and sable antelope.Predators include tree-climbing lions (which are in large number), leopards, wild hunting dogs and black-backed jackal.There are eight of these unusual, alien-looking tented pods spread across the hillside.
“We call them the silent craters because no visitors go there.” This is a volatile and restless land where tectonic plates shifted more than two million years ago, ripping apart Earth’s crust.
And now new estimates suggest that there is at least twice as much helium in the reserve than previously thought.
Researchers hope to start pumping the precious gas from the reserve by 2020.
Scroll down for video A large underground reserve of the precious gas was discovered in the Great Rift Valley in Tanzania (pictured) last year.
And now new estimates suggest that there is at least twice as much helium in the reserve than previously thought Helium, the second lightest element in the universe, is created by the slow radioactive decay of rock below the Earth's surface.
The camp is within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a Unesco World Heritage Site and multiple land use area, where protected wildlife wanders freely among the Maasai, who number 50,000 here.