A rural conservation project that has been going for over 40 years, Ibiti is the place to get off the map and immerse yourself in the indigenous nature and lush hills of the Atlantic rainforest amid a group of people dedicated to rewilding. Peaceful and pristine with uninterrupted viewpoints at every turn, coming to the Ibiti Project is a special experience where you get to see rewilding in action as well as reap the rewards of nature left to flourish.
The Ibiti Project is fairly unconventional in that there are several different ways to experience the project with a range of accommodation options. Families may like to stay in the main lodge, an old farmhouse, rebuilt using its original materials and now a gorgeous renovation filled with local art, antiques, terraces with hammocks and bathrooms with heated floors. Couples and intrepid wanderers may want to get further off the beaten track, either staying in the Mogol village in a stunning wattle and daube loft space or even further afield in the Eagle’s Nest, an utterly secluded vantage point which has a gorgeous outdoor bathroom.
Whichever you choose you’ll be accompanied by a high quality of experience, heading out each day for walks, picnics and bike rides in nature. Discover extraordinary art installations hidden in the reserve or cool off for a swim in a crystal-clear waterfall pool. Take a 4×4 jeep deep into the forest to spot toucans, rare primates and hummingbirds among brightly coloured orchids.
This exotic natural wonderland can be overwhelming so make time for sunset yoga, a spa treatment with locally made oils or a bath in the open air. Thoughtful touches everywhere make you realise the importance of sustainability and how nice that looks and feels. Meals are a highlight with largely plant based menus that are sourced from local farmers – organic rice from the paddies, veggies from the garden, fruit from the orchard – another example of a regenerative economy that benefits all.