Alaska photography tour led by Trai Anfield, visiting Katmai and Kodiak Island
8 days from £4990*
Alaska bear photgraphy tour led by Trai Anfield; which allows those with limited time to maximise their grizzly bear viewing by visiting two of the most iconic locations for coastal brown bears. 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. 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
'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.
Thank you for helping us to achieve our dreams. We are now looking forward to our time in Seward. Just wanted to let you know how much we are enjoying this trip'
This is a Small Group Tour
Fly to Kodiak and take the free shuttle to Best Western in Kodiak
Morning or afternoon half-day floatplane grizzly bear safari to the legendary Kodiak Island to see the largest brown bears in the world.
Take a spectacular floatplane journey to Katmai wilderness lodge
Three full days of small group bear safaris by boat and walking in Katmai national park
Return floatplane journey to Kodiak, where you will connect with flight back to Anchorage. Overnight at an airport hotel.
When appropriate you will connect with your international flight home OR carry on with your bespoke Alaska wildlife tour
Cost £4990 per person based on two people sharing. Does not include international or domestic flights.
10% discount available for the last 2 spaces. NOW AVAILABLE for £4490 per person based on two people sharing.
Breakfast included at Anchorage. All meals included at Katmai Wilderness Lodge
Contact Allan on freephone 0800 999 4334 (UK) OR 1 844 889 2193 (US)
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* Based on 2 persons and not including flights