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Sometimes you need a getaway and sometimes it needs to be more than a few days in the European sun. You might just be in need of a complete factory reset the sort that often comes in the form of a long-haul two-weeker – an adventure to see the beautiful wide world and to hit the refresh button on your daily life.
Volcanoes Safaris is the luxury gorilla safari pioneers who present their new look Bwindi Lodge in Uganda this year. Lose yourself in the land-locked forest surroundings, near Bwindi National Park, where you’ll be waited on by a personal butler and be ready to indulge in delicious culinary delights. Modelled on a Jamaican style rum shack, the neighbouring Bwindi Bar – staffed by disadvantaged youths living near to the Bwindi National Park – also provides a hip hangout for guests to enjoy an array of international and local fare including local tapas and the unique ‘do-it-yourself, rolex wrap’. After trekking waterfalls and taking in all the wildlife, unwind in their new eco-spa to massage away any sore muscles from your day’s safari.
Room Rate: Stay from £157 per night, visit www.volcanoessafaris.com.
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.