4 Jungle Lodges to Inspire Your Wildest Dreams

  • A bungalow at Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge in the upper reaches of the Brazilian Amazon.

    A bungalow at Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge in the upper reaches of the Brazilian Amazon.

  • River views at Banjaar Tola, whose landscape supposedly inspired Rudyard Kipling.

    River views at Banjaar Tola, whose landscape supposedly inspired Rudyard Kipling.

  • Silky Oaks is nestled amid the world's oldest rain forest.

    Silky Oaks is nestled amid the world's oldest rain forest.

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Mowgli’s on the mind with the release of Disney’s blockbuster remake of The Jungle Book. If you’re looking for a wild adventure of your own, here are four luxe jungle lodges to inspire your wanderlust.

By Gabrielle Lipton

1. Tanzania: Greystoke Mahale
For an African safari in the style of Jane Goodall, this ultra-remote lodge—accessible only via private plane—offers a chance to live in the habitat of one of the world’s largest populations of wild chimpanzees. Days of trekking and boating through the Mahale Mountains are matched with nights spent in six plush bandas on the shores of Lake Tanganyika. It’s a serene setting, save for when the chimps come hooting and hollering through camp (A2A also arranges travels to the lodge; doubles from US$655).

2. India: Banjaar Tola Tented Camp
Rudyard Kipling supposedly based The Jungle Book’s setting on the wilds of Madhya Pradesh, even though he never visited the central Indian state himself. Had Banjaar Tola been around in his day, perhaps he would have made the trek. Run by Taj Safaris, the luxe riverside camp of tented suites is located in Kanha National Park, where the wildlife includes 80 Bengal tigers as well as leopards, jackals, and striped hyenas (from US$492 per person, all-inclusive).

3. Brazil: Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge
Overlooking the black waters of the Rio Negro in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon, Anavilhanas has creature comforts aplenty: cozy thatched-roof bungalows, a bar stocked with fine South American wines, and a riverside swimming pool. There’s also a 13-meter-high observation tower, but better sights come with the wealth of enticing excursions: fishing for piranhas, feeding pink river dolphins, and trekking out at night to see sloths and alligators (doubles from US$640 for minimum two-night stay).

4. Australia: Silky Oaks Lodge
North Queensland is home to the world’s oldest rain forest, Daintree National Park, and this glorious eco-lodge sits right on its edge. Tree houses and suites have marble bathrooms and polished wood floors, alongside tennis courts, a spa, and an open-air restaurant above the Mossman River. Numerous hiking trails show off the park’s diverse flora and fauna, though for a change of scenery, daytrips to the Great Barrier Reef are easily arranged (doubles from US$305).

This article originally appeared in the April/May print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“Jungle Bookings”).

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