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Alaska photography tour to Katmai Wilderness Lodge

13 days from £6950*

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

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Overview

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. 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.

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.

To round off this spectacular Alaska wildlife tour, we take the scenic Coastal Train to Seward and enjoy 2 full days of private boat safaris, as we go in search of Humpbacks, Orcas, Sea Otters and Puffins. A short walk from our accommodation is the busy Seward fishing harbour and the sea otters often follow the boats in hoping for a tasty snack.

Individual Photography & Videography Tuition from award-winning BBC presenter, photographer, film maker and travel writer Trai Anfield​

Itinerary

This is a Small Group Tour

  1. July 30

    Arrive into Anchorage and overnight at the Comfort Suites

  2. July 31

    Fly from Anchorage to Kodiak and overnight at Best Western

  3. Aug 1

    Spectacular half-day bear viewing trip to see the largest brown bears in the world on Kodiak Island

  4. Aug 2

    Beautiful floatplane ride from Kodiak to Katmai national park. Overnight at Katmai Wilderness Lodge

  5. Aug 3-5

    Three full days of intimate bear viewing with expert guides. Both small boat and land based ‘walking with bears!’ action.

  6. Aug 6

    Fly back to Kodiak and connect with flight to Anchorage. Transfer to charming Arctic Fox B&B

  7. Aug 7

    Full day free to explore Anchorage - allows for flight delays when returning from Kodiak. Overnight at the same B&B

  8. Aug 8

    Take the scenic Coastal Train from Anchorage to Seward and overnight at the Harbor 360 Hotel

  9. Aug 9

    Full day private small boat safari looking for Humpbacks, Orcas, Sea Otters and Puffins. Overnight at Harbor 360

  10. Aug 10

    Second full day private boat safari before catching the evening train back to Anchorage. Overnight at Comfort Suites

  11. Aug 11

    When appropriate connect with your onward international flight.

Meals

Cost: £6950 per person based on two people sharing and not including international or domestic flights.

Single person supplement £950

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