From tiger camps among Mughal ruins to heli-skiiing in the Transylvanian mountains, Lisa Grainger picks the most luxurious ways to find adventure in the wilderness.
After two long years of lockdowns and travel bans, then rafts of impenetrable, ever-changing testing rules, many of us haven’t bothered pulling our passports out of the bottom drawer since the beginning of 2020.
You could, of course, ease your way back in with a weekend city break. . . Or you could go for broke and slake that pent-up wanderlust with an all-out, bucket-list adventure. Remote, luxurious and wild — and featuring lions, jaguars, wolves and whales — these 22 upscale escapes, from safaris to secluded forest camps and uninhabited archipelagos, will open up the world once more.
If you don’t like creepy-crawlies, this isn’t for you. But for those who dream of exploring ancient virgin rainforest from a remote but comfortable thatch-and-wood camp, it’s heaven. The Odzala-Kokoua National Park is home not only to western lowland gorillas, habituated by the pioneering primatologist Sabine Plattner, but monkeys, forest buffalo, bongos and huge flocks of African green pigeons and grey parrots. The Congo Conservation Company, which manages this and two other camps in the Congolese park, diverts funds into local communities that help protect the wildlife and forest. Then there’s the music, crafts and fabrics of colourful Brazzaville to explore too.
Seven nights, in three CCC camps, from £9,412pp all inclusive, excluding international flights; explorationscompany.com
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