12 day safari

Prices from

£8000

Excluding international flights

Tour Highlights

  • Chance to walk with the grizzly bears of Katmai
  • Small group boat and walking safaris with expert guide
  • Maximum number of guests on the tour 6
  • Expert photography tuition from the award winning Trai Anfield

Ultimate Alaska Bear Photography Tour with Trai Anfield

The real jewel in Alaska’s wildlife crown is Katmai National Park, which lies across Shelikof Strait from Kodiak at the base of the Alaska Peninsula. Katmai is home to the largest protected population of Brown Bears in the world, and for the past two decades it has been the subject of a hugely successful and innovative approach to organised bear viewing involving small groups of bear watchers (maximum 6 people) encountering the bears on foot in the company of an expert guide. This has produced a unique situation whereby something akin to a mutually observed, inter-species truce exists between humans and bears. Accessible by floatplane or wheeled bushplane from Kodiak or the Kenai Peninsula, the Katmai Coast is every aspiring bear watcher’s dream ticket where giant Coastal Brown Bears can be observed grazing on estuarine sedge grasses or digging for clams at low tide in spring (May & June) or catching salmon where river meets ocean in summer (July thru September). Nowhere else on the planet will you see more and bigger bears, up close and personal, than you will in Katmai where the bear viewing experience is all about being on the ground with these magnificent animals, with very few people around.

When to Go:
  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec

Best time to visit -

AUG

Safari Style -

Small Group Photographer

DAY 1

ARRIVE INTO ANCHORAGE AND OVERNIGHT AT A GOOD AIRPORT HOTEL

If you are coming from Europe, most international flights arrive into Anchorage late, so it is easier to arrive and take the free shuttle bus to the Comfort Suites

Accommodation : Comfort Suites Anchorage airport

DAY 2

FLY FROM ANCHORAGE TO KODIAK

Connect with a morning flight from Anchorage to Kodiak and take the free airport shuttle to the ‘Best Western Kodiak’ for your overnight accommodation. The two night stop in Kodiak has been planned to allow for flight cancellations/delays due to weather and to make sure you do not miss the flight to Katmai wilderness lodge. There are some amazing wildlife activities possible from Kodiak.

Accommodation : Best Western Kodiak

DAY 3

FULL DAY FREE IN KODIAK FOR YOUR OWN ACTIVITIES

We have some great contacts with local whale watching and bear viewing tours out of Kodiak (cost not included). So, you could choose to go kayaking with Orcas and other marine wildlife in two person kayaks, or take an exciting bush plane flight to the world famous Kodiak Island. You will land need Frazer Lake and walk with your expert guide to a river with spawning salmon which attracts Kodiak bears from all around.

Accommodation : Best Western Kodiak

DAY 4

FLOATPLANE TRANSFER FROM KODIAK TO KATMAI WILDERNESS LODGE

You will be picked up from your hotel mid-morning and then transferred by floatplane to Katmai Wilderness Lodge. After settling into your cabin and enjoying lunch you will embark on an afternoon bear viewing excursion. A covered skiff will be used to access the various bays in the area where Coastal Brown Bears gather the graze on estuarine sedge grasses; or catch salmon as they enter the spawning streams.

Accommodation : Katmai wilderness lodge

DAYS 5&6

INCREDIBLE BEAR VIEWING BY SKIFF AND ON FOOT IN SMALL GROUPS

Expect long, adrenaline filled days away from the lodge, as groups kept to a size of 6 and accompanied by an expert bear guide head out in small skiffs looking for bears and other marine and terrestrial wildlife. Depending on tides and terrain viewing will be conducted from the skiff, or the group will put ashore and view bears on foot. Most days the groups will take a packed lunch with them and be out in the field all day.

Accommodation : Katmai wilderness lodge

DAY 7

FLY BACK FROM THE LODGE TO KODIAK. THEN FLY BACK TO ANCHORAGE

Weather can often disrupt travel plans in Alaska especially when your itinerary includes flights. So it makes a lot of sense to include 2 nights in Anchorage at the end of your Alaska bear viewing tour to allow for weather delays and cancellations. So today you fly back from Katmai wilderness lodge to Anchorage (via Kodiak) and take a taxi to the Arctic Fox Inn in downtown Anchorage.

Accommodation : Arctic Fox Inn

DAY 8

FULL DAY FREE FOR YOUR OWN ACTIVITIES IN ANCHORAGE

Free day for your own activities in Anchorage. We recommend renting a bicycle and cycling the 10 mile Tony Knowles Coastal Trail from downtown Anchorage from which offers the possibility to see Beluga Whales in Cook Inlet if the tide is in, and encounter moose and other wildlife along the trail. An alternative is to take a leisurely walk from your B&B to the Anchorage Museum and explore the wonderful ‘The First peoples of Alaska’ exhibition – which is on permanent display in this eye catching modern building

Accommodation : Arctic Fox Inn

DAY 9

TAKE THE COASTAL TRAIN FROM ANCHORAGE TO SEWARD

A fun day of travel starts with a very early start and short minibus bus ride down to Anchorage station to catch the ‘Coastal Classic Train’, departs at 06:45 and arrives into Seward at 11:05. You will be met on arrival and transferred to the ‘Harbor 360 hotel’. Rest of the day free for your own activities. We recommend a short walk to the harbour to photograph cute sea otters following the return of the fishing boats.

Accommodation : Harbor 360 Hotel

DAY 10

FULL DAY PRIVATE BOAT SAFARI OUT OF SEWARD

After an early breakfast you will walk 200M down to the harbour dock and board your private boat charter for a glacier and wildlife cruise. The trip will last around 8 hours and can be tailored to our wildlife aims; subject to seasonality and what is being seen at that time. We would hope to see Humpbacks, Orcas, Sea Otters and Puffins. Lunch, snacks, bottled water, soft drinks, coffee, hot tea, and hot cocoa included. Overnight again at the Harbor 360

Accommodation : Harbor 360 Hotel

DAY 11

SECOND PRIVATE BOAT SAFARI VISITING NORTHWESTERN GLACIER

Today we mix it up and include an extended boat safari to Northwestern Glacier on one of the days. Northwestern Fjord is 1 bay further west and takes longer to get out to, but is very beautiful and not visited by as many people. One of the favorite parts of that trip for clients, is the waterfalls in cataract cove which can only be seen on this longer cruise. On our return we will take the return scenic train journey to Anchorage, departs 18:00 and arrives at 22:15. On arrival the group will take a taxi to the ‘Comfort Suites Hotel’ for your overnight accommodation.

DAY 12

YOU WILL CONNECT WITH YOUR ONWARD FLIGHT OUT OF ANCHORAGE

Pricing Info & Dates

Costs £8000 based on two people sharing and not including flights. Valid for photography tours in August 2021 and August 2022 (set dates)

Includes:

  • £100 donation to the Raincoast conservation foundation
  • Expert photography tuition from Trai Anfield throughout
  • Return flights between Kodiak and the Lodge
  • All meals at Katmai Wilderness Lodge
  • The services of an expert bear guide

Excludes:

  • The cost of international and domestic flights
  • travel insurance
  • Fees associated with applicable Visas
  • Meals in Anchorage, Kodiak and Seward
  • Gratuities for your wildlife guides

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What

Our Clients Say About Us

★★★★★
Brilliant!

We went to Alaska, which Wildlife Trails sorted out for us. I chose Wildlife Trails because Allan was more knowledgeable than others I emailed, and more helpful. We went to Anchorage, Seward, er, Nikiski, Kodiak and Katmai. At Nikiski we stayed at Daniels Lake Lodge B&B in a log cabin by the lake. It was an amazing place and was the wildest and most remote of our journey. We saw a black bear and 3 coyote on the road. Had a great day out with Alaska West Air near there. We had bears right beside our boat at Big River Lakes near Wolverine Creek, saw bald eagles and plenty of salmon in the river. They gave us a scenic flight on the way back flying right over double glacier and its ice field - so close we almost landed on it. Really breath-taking. We booked up Juneau Mendenhall Glacier Ice Adventure Tour ourselves through Alaska Shore Excursions - local tour operator was Liquid Alaska Tours. This was excellent. We did canoeing, went in an ice cave under the glacier and used crampons to climb on top of it. A fantastic day out. Would recommend these. Also had a great day out at Brooks Falls watching the bears catching the salmon that were jumping up the waterfall. Well worth the trip. Wouldn't recommend Jayleen's Alaska whale watching trip. We didn't see anything but a lighthouse for most of the morning. Cost us a fortune for 6 hours when we saw more on the 2 hour cruise with Alaska Tales for a fraction of the cost. These are a new company. We didn't have many on the boat so didn't have to fight the crowds to see the whales and they took us straight to them so didn't waste any of our time. To see black bears close up we went to AnAn Bear observatory. A mother and cub came very close to where we were standing on a platform. At the other places we saw brown bears. A great trip all in all. As I stated above Wildlife Trails are very knowledgeable and helpful. They always replied quickly to any emails I sent asking them a lot of questions (some I should have been able to work out myself). When we had problems they were always contactable to help us sort them out. The ferry they booked for us went on strike but Wildlife Trails had sorted us out a flight in its place before we even knew there was a problem, so the holiday ran very smoothly. I would recommend Wildlife Trails to anyone and I have already booked another trip with them next year.

ByDawn and Steve
★★★★★
Walking with Bears

A 7 night stay at Katmai Wilderness Lodge which was amazing both for accommodation, food, very friendly and helpful staff and of course seeing bears in their natural habitat. A 4 night stay in eau which included a visit to Pack Creek where we had good sighting of bears and 2 Whale Watching tours where we saw Humpbacks and seals and Stellar Sealions. Wildlife Trails a small family concern run by Allan and Kirsty Blanchard. Very efficient and helpful. Listened to what we wanted and put together a good itinerary.

ByJanet and Audrey
★★★★★
Thoroughly bearable

Great itinerary Jeaunau, a good start to be introduced to the quirkiness of Alaska We self-added Barrow and glad we did as it was culturally exotic as well as seeing the ice of the Artic Ocean The iak area had ups and downs due to weather; Alaska needs a weather disclaimer! Highlights were Frazer Lake and Katmai Wildnerness Lodge (when the weather was good) Homer was a great last stop as loved the hippie vibe and the trip to brooks from there was fantastic The overall theme was bears and each bear experience grew on the previous Brooks was the icing on the cake. A last morning in Anchorage sealed the oddidity of this amazing sate. (really feels like a seperate country) Excellent for planning and knowing the best spots as had done the trip himself. He had booked out the katmai wilderness lodge for his clients which was great as we fall a small party for 4 days. The wether disruption caused a lot of stress and Kodiak should katmai Wilderness shpul;d be marked with a high risk stamp We particularly hadn't realised with Katmai Wilderness the limited transpot links and lack of flexibilty to try and pre-empt detriorating weather

ByJonathan and David
★★★★★
An action packed wildlife tour of Alaska

We travelled in dependently using a car, flights and the Alaska Marine Highway. Everything went smoothly from start to finish. Car hire and all accommodation were excellent. The itinerary worked l considering it was so packed - but we did have some independent down time. Some outstanding bear viewing at Brooks Falls, Pack Creek and AnAn. Loved it. Can't wait to go back Allan and Wildlife Trails offer a really personal service. Never ending patience as we nailed down all the details with numerous emails and calls He knew the area and offered good advice. The price was also competitive and allowed us to do so much.

ByElaine
★★★★★
Wonderful time in Alaska and Canada

Had a great time on our Wildlife Trails-organised trip to Alaska and W Canada. It was our first trip to that part of the world and our itinerary was great. Saw whales breaching and bears fishing well as fabulous scenery and some great little towns. Wildlife Trails put together a customised itinerary to meet our objectives. It was excellent. They deliver a very helpful and personalised service, which we really appreciated.

ByChris and Tricia