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Alaska Bear Safari visiting the iconic Katmai Wilderness Lodge

16 days from £5335*

Alaska bear safari showing playful young bear at Lake Clark national park

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Overview

Last year I was lucky enough to spend 25 days in Alaska, looking for the best grizzly bear viewing and whale watching tours in the country. Unfortunately I was not able to make it to the iconic Katmai Wilderness Lodge; as this famous property - the only physical lodge allowed to stay in world famous Katmai National Park - is often booked out 1-2 years in advance. This year, I did not want to risk our clients missing out on some of the best grizzly bear viewing in Alaska - so we booked the entire lodge for Wildlife Trails from July 20-24, 2018. This puts us at the lodge in that key mid-July to mid-August period, which is the best time to see grizzly bears in Katmai and Alaska. Consistently rated as the best wildlife lodge in Alaska by our clients, you can be assured of a warm welcome, comfortable accommodation, superb food and some of the best guides to be found in Alaska. Be prepared for long days of bear viewing on the Katmai coast; with packed lunch and a focus on emerging ourselves in some of the most prime bear habitat on this planet. This is a very similar location, to where the BBC filmed 'Wild Alaska' which was only recently on the television in the UK.

Itinerary

This is a Small Group Tour

  1. July 15

    Arrive into Anchorage and overnight at a charming B&B

  2. July 16&17

    Two full days free to explore Anchorage, or enjoy fly-in bear safari to iconic locations such as Brooks Falls and Lake Clark (additional cost!). Overnight at the same B&B

  3. July 18

    Morning flight from Anchorage to Kodiak, where we will take the free shuttle to the Best Western Kodiak.

  4. July 19

    Full day free for your own activities (time built in specifically to allow for flight delays!) and options to take whale watching tours, or fly to the iconic Kodiak Island and photograph the largest bears in the world (additional cost!). Overnight at the Best Western Kodiak.

  5. July 20

    The excitement builds as we approach the time for our floatplane transfer to the beautifully located Katmai Wilderness Lodge in Katmai national park. On arrival we will receive a warm welcome and enjoy dinner and a chat with our private guide. The entire lodge has been booked for the exclusive use of Wildlife Trails clients.

  6. July 21

    Expect action packed long days in the field with packed lunches as we use a small ‘skiff’ to access remote beaches and estuaries where the beautiful Katmai brown bears roam. We always stay together as a group for safety and with the expert guidance of a guide with more than 20 years of experience. Expect close encounters with grizzly bears and some amazing photographic opportunities.

  7. July 22-23

    Two full days of grizzly bear action, as we explore the beautiful coastal inlets close to Katmai wilderness lodge.

  8. July 24

    A final morning of bear viewing at Katmai wilderness lodge, before flying back to Anchorage (via Kodiak) and overnighting at Comfort Suites, Anchorage airport.

  9. July 25

    This morning we will fly from Anchorage to Wrangell and overnight at the beautifully situated Stikine Inn.

  10. July 26

    Morning free for our own activities before checking in for the ‘AnAn Bear and Wildlife Observatory both brown and black bears from the same viewing platform, which is located next to some falls where the returning salmon provide easy picking for the bears. The black bears in particular like to bring the salmon back up under the actual decking you are standing on, providing spectacular views and great photography opportunities.

  11. July 27

    Half-day Jet Boat tour to the beautiful Le Conte Glacier. A chance to ‘play’ amongst the ice floes, see loads of seals on the ice and possibly see some ice break off the glacier.

  12. July 28

    Full day free for your own activities in Wrangell, with the option to walk some local trails or visit the amazing https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petroglyph_Beach_State_Historic_Park

  13. July 29

    Morning or afternoon flight back to Anchorage where you will again overnight at the Comfort Suites, Anchorage airport. After breakfast we will transfer to Ketchikan Airport and connect with a flight to Anchorage. End of your tour with Wildlife Trails.

  14. July 30

    When appropriate connect with your onward international flight, or continue with a private wildlife extension in Alaska (cost not included).

Meals

Cost £5335 per person based on two people sharing and does not include international or domestic flights.

​Single supplement £1125. We are always concious of trying to keep the single supplement as low as possible and this is greatly helped by Katami Wilderness Lodges very fair policy of charging NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT.

​All our tours, even our small group tours, are designed to be flexible and the only thing on this tour which is not flexible is the dates at Katmai Wilderness Lodge - they are 100% fixed and the only thing which can be changed - very much dependent on availability - is to extend your stay at Katmai Wilderness Lodge to 7 nights, which on a per day rate, comes in at 20% cheaper than the shorter stays.

​We are looking at a variety of possible private or small group extensions to this tour, including a stay at a lodge in Lake Clark national park, a road trip down the Kenai Peninsula for whale watching and fly-in bear viewing at Brooks Falls and a first 'proper' visit to Petersburg for 'bubble netting' Humpbacks and breeching behaviour - so many possibilities!

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* Based on 2 persons and not including flights

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