Western lowland gorilla in water, Gabon


Explore the vast jungles of Central and South America, Africa and southern Asia, home to a variety of primates that include lemurs, lorises, tarsiers, monkeys and apes. We work alongside many charitable wildlife organisations and can provide privileged insight into the conservation of endangered primates.

The familiar social behaviours of primates capture the hearts and minds of travellers who choose to go in search of monkeys and apes around the world. 

Unlike any other wildlife encounter, there is an unmistakable connection when watching primates – the line between observer and observed is at its most blurred. There are few more poignant wildlife encounters than sitting peacefully with a family of mountain gorillas in the forests of Uganda or Rwanda. Watching orangutans feed in the wilds of Borneo, tracking howler monkeys in Costa Rica or listening to the ear-piercing call of the indri in Madagascar are just a few of the experiences we have recently organised for our wildlife loving clients.

Sifaka on Lemur Island, Andasibe, Madagascar
Sifaka, Andasibe, Madagascar

Experience and sustainability

Whether organising gorilla trekking, chimp tracking or orangutan tours, such is our knowledge, we have arranged itineraries for film crews, shown CNN journalists the ropes and have even been approached by the Ugandan Wildlife Authority to help habituate the Nkuringo group of gorillas. In short, no-one knows primates better than Steppes.

We adhere to a strict code of conduct when operating our primate holidays. Responsible tourism can be used as an effective tool towards conservation and in the past, we have operated wildlife tours in conjunction with conservation agencies such as Fauna and Flora International, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and the Jane Goodall Institute. We currently work with the Orangutan Foundation, offering group tours to Indonesian Borneo where you can see first-hand the conservation work being carried out by the foundation, in Tanjung Puting National Park.

Orangutan mother with baby

Our contacts

Exceptional guides are an essential component of a successful wildlife holiday. For example, Ashley Leiman, who often joins our Borneo Orangutan Conservation Tour, founded the Orangutan Foundation in 1990 and is one of the leading figures in orangutan conservation. Another is Charles Randrianantenaina; born and raised in the wilds of Madagascar, there is not much he does not know about lemurs and where to find them. Talk to our team about meeting the team from the Gorilla Doctors in Rwanda or award-winning primate conservationist, Gladys Kalema in Uganda.



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Orangutan, Borneo Expedition, Sabah, Borneo

Orangutan Conservation

Stay at Rimba Lodge deep in Indonesian Borneo and join experts from the Orangutan Foundation, travelling deep into the forest in search of orangutan to gain privileged insight into conservation projects.

Orangutan mother with baby

Orangutan Experience

Come face to face with orangutan in the rainforests of Malaysian Borneo and learn about conservation efforts to save the species. Spend time observing them at Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre in Sabah or Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre in Sarawak.

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Chimp, Kibale, Uganda

Chimpanzee Sanctuary

Spend time at Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary.

Mountain Gorilla, Uganda

Meet Dr Magda Bermejo

Spend time with gorilla researcher, Dr Magda Bermejo for a fascinating insight into her work.

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Lowland Gorilla in Tree, Republic of Congo

Track Gorillas and Elephants

Trek in search of western lowland gorillas, spending an hour with a habituated family.

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Chimpanzee in tree, Nyungwe Forest, Rwanda

Track Chimps

Keep your feet on the ground but your head in the trees, as you track Nyungwe National Parks habituated troop of chimpanzees.

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Lowland Gorilla, Congo

Track Elephants and Gorillas

Experience thrilling encounters with lowland gorillas and forest elephants.

Aye aye, nocturnal lemur, Palmarium Private Reserve, Madagascar

Nosy Mangabe Nature Reserve

Travel by boat to the Nosy Mangabe Nature Reserve, home to white-fronted brown lemurs, black-and-white ruffed lemurs, leaf-tailed geckos, tree boas and even aye-ayes.

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Chimp, Ol Pejeta, Laikipia, Kenya

Ol Pejeta Conservancy

At the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, visit the chimpanzee sanctuary, spot big cats and meet the last two surviving northern white rhinos.

Silverback eastern lowland (Grauer's) gorilla, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Trek in Search of Grauer’s Gorillas

Go gorilla trekking in Kahuzi Biega National Park, home to habituated Grauer’s gorillas.

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A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Chris Johnston

Chris is the Conde Nast Traveller chosen Specialist for Africa.

25 years ago, my first trip to Africa took on a life of its own. I planned for three months, I stayed for two years. Whilst there, I was mistaken for a priest, attacked by sharks and arrested. Yet the countless, clattering journeys opened my eyes to the beauty of the landscapes and the grace of the people. My recent trips are undoubtedly more comfortable, but the welcome is as warm as ever and the best experiences are still those I never see coming.

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