Rainforests, the richest habitat on earth, have never been more accessible to safely and comfortably explore.
About Rainforest Holidays
Stretching from South America, across Africa and Asia, rainforests hold our most diverse and oldest living ecosystems.
Although not the classic safari of the savannah, they are not necessarily far away either physically or in terms of reward. Long associated with creepy crawlies, humidity and danger – few destinations have had a more complete reappraisal in the last half-century. Rainforests are increasingly regarded as nature at its best and imperative to protect.
Rainforests are so incredibly rich that the best way to get the most out of them is to move at glacial pace, ideally on foot. A fabulous world of tree ferns, palms and giant trees supported by immense buttresses and loaded with orchids, where monkeys swing from liana to liana and superb butterflies and birds of paradise bring flashes of psychedelic colour.
Patience is required, but the rainforest pays back in spades. There is never nothing to see. Even the largest rainforest residents – elephants, gorillas and tapirs – have an uncanny ability to melt silently into the foliage. Anyone with a strong interest in Natural History should endeavour to get deep into a rainforest at least once in their travels.
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- Wild walking in the jungles of Costa Rica
- Bio-diversity off the scale in the rainforests of Ecuador
- Hiking through ancient rainforests in Peru
What makes a good safari inthe rainforest?
Rainforests are so rich in diversity and any trip into the foliage will open your eyes to a world of wildlife like nothing you’ve seen before.
Take it slow and take it all in. Strike out with an experienced guide and experience the forests coming alive with sights and sounds.
Our Favourite Rainforest Experiences
Madagascar’s RN5 to Masoala National ParkUnspoilt rainforest, lemurs, humpback whales and virgin forest combine with stunning beaches on this epic adventure up the wild east coast of Madagascar
Our Favourite Camps & Lodges
The carrot at the end of any Madagascar trip is the Masoala Peninsula and the gem of a forest lodge – the Madagascar of our imagination.Learn More
The jungle lodge is situated on 170-acres of private reserve and combines stunning ocean views and untouched rainforest right on the borders of Corcovado National Park.Learn More
La Paloma Lodge is one of the first lodges in the Drake Bay area, opening over 25 years ago, and its reputation as a premier, luxury eco-lodge is renowned internationally.Learn More
Lapa Rios is a wonderful location to explore the Osa Peninsula and the 1,000-acre private reserve on your doorstep.Learn More
Time at Lango is truly about getting up close with nature, walking in the footsteps of elephants through streams, bais and forests.Learn More
Gorilla trekking in Virunga National ParkSee Itinerary
Great Apes in RwandaSee Itinerary
Lowland Gorillas in Odzala National ParkSee Itinerary
Top Parks and Areas
- Track western lowland gorilla on foot
- Stay in the treehouses of Lango Camp
- Rainforest wildlife including forest elephant and buffalo
- Kayaking and boating through the jungles
- Protected rainforest with a wealth of rare species
- Spot the glamorous red-ruffed lemur
- Swimming, sea-kayaking and snorkelling
- Stay in the beautiful Masoala Forest Lodge
- Mountain gorilla trekking
- Primordial, mist covered forests
- Potential encounters with elephants & primates
- Birds galore and colourful butterflies
- Trekking for primates
- Africa’s highest canopy walk at 40m up
- Great birding with 310 species to be seen
- First class camps and lodges
- A truly remote experience
- Un-touched rainforest and beautiful beaches
- Superb wildlife
- Walking in the Osa Peninsula
- Visit one of the most diverse regions of Costa Rica
- Superb walking and trekking through cloud forests
- Spot the outrageously plumed resplendent quetzal
“Continuing the odyssey that has taken us to the wildest places in Madagascar, Kenya, the Pantanal and through Uganda; travelling with Rod Tether on a superbly designed trip around Costa Rica we experienced exceptional wildlife from coastal rainforest to cloud forest. Witnessing the rehabilitation of wetlands was particularly heartening.– James H
Spot elusive wildlife in the Amazon
For any naturalist, venturing deep into the Amazon has a sense of pilgrimage about it – a journey to Gaia, the ancestral mother of all life.
Much of the fascination of the Amazon lies in its scale, over 5 million square kilometers of rainforest, crisscrossed by thousands of streams running to the eponymous gargantuan river.
Wildlife abounds, and while seeing it can be challenging at times, that is part of her allure. Her secrets are not revealed without effort. To spend time in a floating lodge, looking out for near mythical creatures like pink river dolphin as well as the more typical howler monkeys, caimans and sloths, is time well spent by any measure.
Rainforest Holiday (FAQs) Need to Know
When is the best time to go to the Amazon rainforest?
May and June are tremendous months in the Amazon with the water levels in the backwaters high enough for them to be navigable by boat but without the regular rain showers that fall from mid December to early May. Late June to October is the most productive period for wildlife sightings.
What travel insurance will I need for a rainforest holiday?
There is no special insurance required for visiting a rainforest per se. We recommend checking on the FCO/ State Department advisories with regards risks to any particular country and double checking with your travel insurance provider that where you are going and what you’re doing is all comprehensively covered.
Is a rainforest safari holiday safe for children?
Theoretically yes, but our experience travelling to rainforests with our own kids is that young children may become bored and/or irritated by the lack of “in your face” action, plus the requirement to watch and wait in order to get the most out of the rainforest experience. To that end we’d likely not recommend any prolonged rainforest exposure to sub-10’s.
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