1800 square kilometres of rugged terrain are criss-crossed by rivers, the largest one being the Bua River which supports a healthy salmon population. The rainforest gives way to miombo woodland rich with flora and fauna. The best way to see the reserve is by kayaking down the river or walking with a guide. Birdlife is fantastic and you may even be lucky enough to spot elephants coming to drink at the river or antelope in the woodland. Leopard and lion are more tricky to see. Traditionally this rugged wilderness area has been tricky to explore other than by the river and walks but since African Parks took over management in 2015, things are gradually changing with plans to further develop, enhance and protect the park and its wildlife. A huge elephant translocation of 500 elephants has been undertaken, the park has been fenced and a sanctuary established with over 1000 game animals re-introduced. Tongole Wilderness Lodge is a fantastic lodge, again quite recently opened and nestled in the dense foilage. Open-fronted suites with panoramic views and raised decks allow you to soak up the majesty of the reserve.