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Nothing easy is ever rewarding. And there’s nothing easy about getting to these 10 as-remote-as-it-gets hotels, resorts and lodges around the world. Which is exactly what makes staying at any one of these properties so satisfying. Whether it means chartering a private helicopter or jumping in a resort’s own seaplane, these stunning hotels are all worth the extra effort to get there – just take a look.
(And while I suppose you could get to some of these resorts by boat or an arduous journey by 4x4, where’s the fun in that?)
Volcanoes Safaris Bwindi Lodge, Uganda
Accessibly by helicopter from Kigali
Tucked away inside Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (yes, that its real name), and with only eight guest accommodations, Volcanoes Safaris Bwindi Lodge is a true escape into the heart of Uganda. The only thing cooler than getting to this remote lodge is the chance to come face-to-face with the mountain gorillas that call this area of the world home. Which, if that sounds up your alley, you’ll certainly want to take the lodge’s team up on the chance to go on a gorilla tracking experience when you go.
Tracking chimpanzees in their natural habitat, as they swing from the branches in the canopy high above the forest floor is nothing short of exhilarating. The chimps effortlessly cross and scamper through the trees above the gorge, and visitors on the other hand must cross the river using natural bridges in order to keep up with the chimps. So although the walk usually lasts only 2–3 hours, descending the steep gorge and crossing the log bridges over the river requires some agility and fitness.
Chimpanzee tracking is also available in nearby Kalinzu, a forest reserve 30 minutes drive from Kyambura Gorge Lodge where there is a community of about 40 habituated chimpanzees.