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Jungle Retreats

Delve Into the Trees for a Stay Amongst Flashy Birds and Elusive Wildlife

Whether it is Paddington and deepest, darkest Peru, or Mowgli the man cub and the forests of central India, the jungle calls to us from childhood. When you stay in its heart, the jungle is forced to begin relinquishing its secrets, revealing its colourful birdlife, the intertwined relationships of its species, and the fascinating traditions of the indigenous people who call the forests their home.

Journeysmiths’ jungle retreats are heaven on Earth for bird watchers. The Cristalino Jungle Lodge and Mashpi Lodge are two of the very best birding sites in Latin America, and the Sukaku Rainforest Lodge occupies a similarly vibrant birding utopia in Borneo. For tiger watching, you can do no better than Sher Bagh, India’s first luxury tented camp, and if it is primates you have your eye on, venture forth to Congo’s Ngaga Camp or Bisate Lodge in Rwanda.
 
One thing all of our jungle retreats share is that the wildlife comes to you. Yes, you should discover the forests on canopy bridges and trails, but be prepared for the fact that some of the most exciting wildlife encounters might well be on your own terrace.
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Cristalino Jungle Lodge
Cristalino Lodge has caught National Geographic’s eye: they’ve rated it as one of the world's best eco lodges. A sanctuary in the Amazon, you can see hundreds of bird species, not only from the forest floor, but also from purpose-built observation towers which raise you above the canopy.
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Mashpi Lodge
Mashpi Lodge is a superb boutique hotel set in breathtaking rainforest surroundings. Encounter exotic species; explore magical waterfalls; and completely unwind in your private suite. Mashpi Lodge gives its guests an unrivalled Ecuadorian experience.
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Odzala-Kokoua
Odzala Camps is a collection of three discovery retreats deep in the untouched Congolese forests, a place that many have dreamt of but few get the chance to experience. Lowland gorilla are king here; there is no safari quite like one dedicated to searching for these incredible primates.
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Bisate Lodge
Bisate Lodge is one of the newest and most stunningly designed properties in East Africa. Its location within the cone of an extinct volcano is second to none. Make this your base for gorilla tracking in the Virunga Mountains: you won’t regret it for a moment!
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Lapa Rios
Lapa Rios is set in a private nature reserve in the tropical rainforests of the Osa Peninsula, in southern Costa Rica. There are 17 private bungalow lodges to choose from, each offering unfettered access to the surrounding landscape and a sublime luxury eco-lodge experience.
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Sujan Sher Bagh
Wake up to birdsong in an untouched corner of Rajasthan’s Ranthambore National Park. Sher Bagh is an ecologically friendly camp offering unmatched luxury in a unique location; it’s a safari camp which harks back to the glamour of a bygone era.