9 day safari

Prices from

£5000

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 at the lodge is 12

Stunning floatplane journey from Kodiak to Katmai

After connecting with a flight from Anchorage to Kodiak you will stay two nights in this frontier town and take a half-day floatplane bear viewing tour at Frazer Lake on Kodiak Island - known as an excellent place to see female brown bears and their cubs. You will then head west on a spectacular floatplane journey to Katmai national park (sometimes Fin Whales are visible from the air!), where you will stay at the amazing Katmai Wilderness Lodge for 4 nights. As well as enjoying superb hospitality and great food you will spend 'full days' out in the field with packed lunches, as you search for the brown bears - giving you a once in a lifetime opportunity to 'walk with the brown bears of Katmai'. Extend your time in Alaska with a relaxing self-drive along the beautiful Kenai Peninsula, with the chance to see bears fishing at Brooks Falls, Sea Otters, Orcas and stunning glaciers!

Katmai national park in Alaska has the highest density of brown bears in the world and Katmai Wilderness Lodge is the only permanent tourist lodge permitted to run inside the park. The real jewel in Alaska's wildlife 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 2 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. 

As well as a 4 night stay at Katmai Wilderness Lodge in August - absolutely peak time for bear viewing - we also include a spectacular fly-in tour to Kodiak Island. A legendary bear destination in its own right, genetically isolated for at least 10,000 years Kodiak's Brown Bears have evolved into the largest subspecies of the Great Northern Bear found anywhere on the planet. Much coveted by trophy hunters for more than two centuries, the Kodiak bears are understandably more wary of humans than their mainland cousins, but the chance to come face to face with this near mythical creature is a powerful draw. we visit Fraser Lake, which is often a good location to see mothers and cubs.

Client Feedback

'So we did make it out to Katmai on time and I can only tell you that it was the most fantastic, amazing experience which we will treasure to our dying day. Perry and Angela were great hosts and gave us some wonderful days bear watching, but they also gave us the ultimate experience with bears! We went kayaking to the waterfalls in Kaflia bay. He only goes there if conditions are right, about twice a year, and some years he doesn't go at all. He can only take five people. So, we felt very honoured to be chosen to go and not only that we went twice! The bears were everywhere all around us! Feeding on the salmon, sows with cubs, bears swimming, snorkelling and we sat right next to them, Perry kept us safe and it was awesome. I can't believe what we saw, it really is a once in a lifetime experience. I feel very privileged and humbled by it all.

 

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Best time to visit - AUG

Safari Style: BESPOKE WILDLIFE

Day 1

Photo of the Comfort Suites at Anchorage international airport
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

Bear tours to Kodiak Island
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 itself.

Accommodation : Best Western Kodiak

Day 3

Kodiak wildlife viewing tours
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

Grizzly bear safari at Katmai wilderness lodge
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 to graze on estuarine sedge grasses; or catch salmon as they enter the spawning streams.

Accommodation : Katmai wilderness lodge

Days 5&6

grizzly bear boat and walking safari in Katmai
Incredible bear viewing by skiff and on foot in small groups
Expect long, adrenaline filled days away from the lodge, as groups are 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

Best hotels and B&B's in Anchorage Arctic Fox Inn
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

Best wildlife tours and activities from Anchorage
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

Connect with your onward flight from Anchorage airport
Sadly your Alaska wildlife holiday has come to an end and you will take a taxi to the airport to connect with your flight home

Pricing Info & Dates

Cost £5000 based on two people sharing and not including flights

Valid for travel from July 2021 until September 2022

Includes:

  • £100 donation for the Raincoast conservation foundation
  • 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
  • Fees associated with applicable Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals in Anchorage and Kodiak
  • Gratuities for your wildlife guides

What

Our clients say about us

Deatils
Tuesday September 10, 2019
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,...

By Dawn and Steve
Saturday August 18, 2018
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...

By Janet and Audrey
Saturday August 18, 2018
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...

By Jonathan and David
Thursday August 10, 2017
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...

By Elaine
Friday August 21, 2015
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...

By Chris and Tricia
Monday July 28, 2014
Expectations fulfilled with extras

Our brief to the tour operator was " as much wildlife as possible " and this was certainly fulfilled. an individually tour to suit us, using planes, trains, coaches, hire cars, bikes,...

By Ian
Wednesday October 16, 2013
Alaskan Bear Photography

The primary objective was to photograph the bears fishing for salmon. Katmai lodge was a dream. The location, guides and facilities were excellent. Perry the manager/guide instilled confidence and...

By Ralph
Tuesday September 10, 2013
Touring Alaska the ultimate Bear experience

This is the best holiday we have ever been on. We love bears and all wildlife. We can honestly say the 24 days were just adrenalin filled. Every moment was an experience never to be forgotten....

By Lesley
Monday August 26, 2013
A wildlife photographer's dream

For the serious wildlife photographer Alaska is a paradise with stunning scenery, bears, whales and amazing birdlife . It is impossible to do it justice in a few weeks. I decided to spend 3 weeks...

By Richard