Discover the world’s primates with Ker & Downey’s top three luxury primate safaris around the world.
Lemurs | A Madagascar Safari
Travel to the island country of Madagascar to seek out its endemic lemurs with primate safaris into the Andasibe-Mantandia National Park, home to the famous Indri Indri lemurs, the Gallery Forest, home to large groups of ring tailed lemurs, and night walks in the Forest of Zenavo to spot Sifakas and sleeping White-foot Sportive lemurs. Home to nearly 100 species of lemur, Madagascar is the only place these fascinating creatures are found naturally in the wild. Madagascar primate safaris also include an excursion to Lemur Island, a private lemur sanctuary accessible only by paddleboat, where tamed, rescued lemurs clamber for food and petting from their visitors.
Orangutans | Wild Borneo by Helicopter
You’ll hit the ground running on this high-flying adventure through Borneo, beginning with a visit to the HUTAN Kinabatangan Orangutan Conservation program with Marc Ancrenaz, founder and a world-renowned figure in orangutan research. You’ll get the chance to interact with the orangutans as Marc speaks about them and his conservation program. At Sukau Rainforest Lodge, you’ll take a private river cruise in search of 10 primate species including the iconic Proboscis monkeys, the orangutan, and the Borneo Gibbon. In the Danum Valley, get a view of the 130 million year old virgin jungle from the 300-meter long Treetop Canopy Walkway. Don’t forget to keep your eyes open for the resident orangutan! Your private helicopter then whisks you to the tropical paradise of Mataking Island for underwater adventures at over 30-dives sites in the area.
Gorillas and Chimpanzees | Into the Rwanda Wild
Our gorilla and chimpanzee primate safaris in Rwanda take you into the mountainous forest habitats that are home to some of Africa’s most elusive primates. Over 25 percent of Africa’s primate species are sheltered in the trees of Nyungwe Forest National Park. Trek through the forest in search of chimpanzees, as well as smaller species of primates like the L’Hoest’s monkey, owl-faced monkey, blue and golden monkeys, and black and white colobus. Then continue onto Volcanoes National Park where Dian Fossey spent 20 years studying the mountain gorillas. You’ll have the unforgettable experience of gorilla trekking in the mountains and seeing the giant primates up close in the wild.