5 day safari

Prices from

£2390

Excluding international flights

Tour Highlights

  • Best dates for viewing bears catching salmon
  • Avoid the crowds by staying at the lodge
  • All day access from sunrise to sunset
  • Can add bespoke options for more bear viewing

Just Brooks Falls and Bears

Brooks Lodge and the iconic Brooks Falls, where giant brown bears are photographed plucking salmon out of the air, is one of the most iconic bear viewing locations in Alaska and indeed the world. Many peoples first experience of a Brooks lodge bear safari is one a fly-in tour from Anchorage or Homer; where you time is strictly limited to 3-4 hours with the bears and you arrive during the peak bear viewing time of the day. By applying for accommodation at Brooks Lodge through the annual lottery, Wildlife Trails has secured 3 rooms at the optimum time of year for observing the bears at the falls. Despite its fame amongst wildlife photographers, the actual rates are Brooks lodge are very reasonable and that is in part due to the rustic, but authentic nature of the accommodation.

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

Best time to visit -

AUG

Safari Style -

Bespoke Wildlife

AUG 2

ARRIVE INTO ANCHORAGE AND OVERNIGHT AT AN AIRPORT HOTEL

Arrive in Anchorage at the airport and take the free airport shuttle to the ‘Comfort Suites Anchorage’ airport hotel

Accommodation : Comfort Suites Anchorage

AUG 3

SCENIC FLIGHT FROM ANCHORAGE TO BROOKS FALLS

Fly from Anchorage to King Salmon where you will transfer to a seaplane for the short scenic flight to Brooks Lodge. The afternoon is yours to use as you wish. You may want to wet a line, join the afternoon nature walk led by a National Park Service naturalist, or head out straight to the stands to see the bears. There are slide shows, films, lectures, sunsets and a bar for evening enjoyment

Accommodation : Brooks Lodge

AUG 4

FULL DAY AVAILABLE FOR BEAR VIEWING AT BROOKS FALLS

Brooks Falls is a very famous location around the world and so attracts a lot of visitors during the peak bear viewing months of July and August. Brooks Lodge itself is fairly rustic, so people may wonder why it gets booked out a year and a half in advance? If you are a photographer wanting to maximise your opportunities to take photos of the brown bears fishing at Brooks Falls, this is the place to be.

AUG 5

SECOND FULL DAY BEAR VIEWING AT BROOKS LODGE

Unlike the fly-in tours from Anchorage and Homer which generally have 4-5 hours at the falls (timings approximately 11am to 4pm); you have the entire day to visit from the lodge and can be there for the best light in the morning, with the added bonus of fewer visitors.

AUG 6

FINAL MORNING AND THEN FLY BACK TO ANCHORAGE

Enjoy a spectacular final morning bear viewing at Brooks Falls before taking your flight back to Anchorage via King Salmon. This is the end of your tour, but we would be more than happy to suggest various unique wildlife adventures and additional bear safaris in Alaska to add on to your visit to Brooks Falls.

Pricing Info & Dates

Costs £2390 based on two people sharing and not including flights. Valid for travel during the dates shown in August 2021

Includes:

  • £100 donation to the Raincoast conservation foundation
  • Return flights from Anchorage to Brooks Lodge
  • Three nights accommodation at Brooks Lodge
  • All day access to the world famous stands

Excludes:

  • The cost of international and domestic flights
  • The cost of applicable visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Most meals in Anchorage and Brooks Lodge
  • Gratuities for your wildlife guides

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