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Best Jungle Lodges in the World

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The best jungle lodges in the world

Who wants to go to the jungle for a holiday? No longer are you in for a sweaty, mosquito ridden experience with basic lodging; these days the jungles and rainforests of the globe offer some of the best wildlife and natural world experiences left on the planet. Throughout the text below, we bring you some of our favourites, from staying overnight in a Survival Camp with your family in the forests of Borneo, to tracking the endangered mountain gorillas of Uganda and Rwanda.

INDIA: Treehouse Hideaway

A funky design and something completely unique when it comes to tracking tigers in India! The Treehouse Hideaway main camp is designed round a big old tree which is home to both the dining area and also the bar which affords a great view into the forest. Individual rooms are housed in their own tree with a variety of trunks and branches affording you the ultimate wilderness experience! Treehouse Hideaway is the smaller, unique sister of Kings Lodge and provides access to the lovely Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve.

BRAZIL: Cristalino Lodge

Built in perfect harmony with it's surroundings, Cristalino was named one of the world's best eco-lodges by National Geographic Traveller, and with its emphasis on sustainable practices and idyllic location on the Cristalino River, it's not hard to see why. Set in a 30,000-acre private reserve, there are sumptuous facilities on offer here as well as plenty of Amazonian activities, from rainforest walks and specialist butterfly tours to canoe trips and canopy viewing from the two observation towers.

COSTA RICA: Pacuare Lodge

In the midst of the tropical Caribbean jungle, home to singing birds and colourful wildlife, Pacuare Lodge has to be a firm favourite. Bungalows are luxurious and private, ranging in size and shape to suit any discerning traveller, some even have a private pool, and the cuisine is second to none. When it comes to activities you can be as wild as you like, with everything from candlelit romantic dinners and hiking, to horseback riding, canyoning and rafting.

BORNEO: Borneo Rainforest Lodge

In high demand, Borneo Rainforest Lodge is one of the most comfortable properties for jungle based activities in Borneo. With board walk rooms running alongside the river and views into the surrounding jungle, Borneo Rainforest Lodge offers the perfect location for wildlife viewing. With one of the highest populations of wild orangutans, pygmy elephants, gibbons and more, Borneo Rainforest Lodge is a highlight of any Borneo wildlife safari and combines perfectly with the other wildlife rich regions of the Kinabatangan River and Myne.

TANZANIA: Greystoke Camp

A truly remote jungle lodge located in the foothills of the Mahale Mountains and on the shores of Lake Tanganyika. Greystoke Camp offers complete niche luxury with tented rooms overlooking the private beach and access into the immediate forest behind. Greystoke Camp is also the best lodging available if tracking the cheeky chimpanzees of Mahale National Park. Mahale affords some of the best chimpanzee tracking in the world with habituated groups making for ideal photographic opportunities. Whilst the chimpanzee tracking can be strenuous, afternoons are more relaxed with beach walks, dhow cruising, fishing…and of course the unmissable sundowner.

UGANDA: Bwindi Lodge

Located in Bwindi Forest in Uganda, the principal advantage Bwindi Lodge has over its competitors is its location. The majority of land surrounding the property has been purchased in order that the lodge itself blends into the natural environment. With direct views into the jungle canopy, you get a true sense for the dense African jungle and if you are lucky you even on occasions get the gorillas visiting you within the grounds! Tropical jungle lodging with one of the best wildlife experiences possible…pretty unbeatable.

MADAGASCAR: Masoala Forest Lodge

Little known, Masoala Forest Lodge is set on the remote Masoala Peninsular in the north east of Madagascar. A tented camp with a fairly basic structure, Masoala Forest Lodge affords clients that truly unique wilderness experience away from the madding crowds and typical tourist traps (not that there are many of these in Madagascar!). Aside from laying back in your hammock, Masoala offers you unique jungle walks, lemur spotting, coastal kayaking and even at the right time of the year, whale watching!

RWANDA: Virunga Lodge

Not really a jungle lodge as such, but offering access to some of the best jungle wildlife viewing in the world, that of the gorillas and the Volcanoes National Park. Virunga Lodge is located at 2,300m with 360 degree views of Lakes Ruhondo and Bulera and the chain of the dramatic Virunga Volcanic peaks disappearing off into the distance. Whilst not brass taps and butler service, the eco-principles of Virunga Lodge are a highlight and it is almost impossible not to be amazed at the stunning surroundings. The only down side is that it is a longer drive to the park headquarters than other properties, however, we personally like this as you get to soak up some of the everyday life of Rwanda as you make your way through the local villages to the park.

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