Ultimate Alaska Wildlife Safari

Ultimate Alaska Wildlife Safari

from £11,766 excluding flights

  • 12-13 nights
  • Jun-Sep
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Ultimate Alaska Wildlife Safari

from £11,766 excluding flights

  • 12-13 nights
  • Jun-Sep

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Highlights

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Fox Island, Kenai Fjords

Sleep on a private island in Kenai Fjords National Park

Grizzly bear with salmon, Brooks Falls

Experience close encounters with grizzlies in Katmai National Park

Chugach Mountains

Travel through immense landscapes of mountains, glaciers and lakes

Moose in Denali National Park

Search for bears, wolves and moose in Denali National Park

Why this trip...

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Overview

In the company of some of Alaska's top naturalist guides, head off the beaten track and into the Alaskan wilderness in search of adventure, epic landscapes and unforgettable wildlife encounters.

Fully escorted by a qualified, dedicated and passionate natural history guide, this trip has been carefully designed to ensure some of the very best possible wildlife viewing opportunities that Alaska has to offer. With an average group size of just 14 passengers, you will be rewarded with a very personal experience as you explore this incredible state.

Although taking in many of the popular tourist attractions of Alaska, this itinerary offers a different and more intimate perspective. At Denali, stay in a lodge in the heart of the national park, with the chance to view wolves and grizzlies roaming the tundra long after the day visitors have left.

Explore the popular Kenai Fjords National Park on a small, private yacht for uninterrupted views of calving glaciers and marine wildlife, before heading to isolated Fox Island. With no other guests, your group will have exclusive use of the island for a memorable overnight stay.

Your tour ends with a floatplane flight to Katmai National Park, for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view Alaskan brown bears as they gather around Brooks Falls. You could be lucky enough to see up to 40 or 50 bears as they fish for salmon along a 1.5 mile stretch of the Brooks River.

Other highlights include a journey on the iconic Alaskan Railroad and a float trip by raft down the icy Placer River. From Fairbanks to Anchorage, taking in mountains, glaciers and endless wilderness in search of bears, wolves, whales and much more besides, this holiday offers an in-depth discovery of Alaska's natural wonders.

Responsible Travel

Since 2007 all Natural Habitat's trips and office operations have been completely carbon-neutral, making them the world's first 100% carbon-neutral travel company. Beginning in 2019 Natural Habitat are now offsetting all guests' flights to and from the starting point of their adventures.

To find our more about this project and Natural Habitat's commitment to responsible travel please see the 'Other Information' tab.

 

Itinerary

Day 1 Fairbanks

Your safari begins in Fairbanks, Alaska's second largest city and gateway to the Arctic north. The city retains its frontier flavour with pioneer saloons, paddle wheelers and outlying mining camps.

Your safari begins in Fairbanks, Alaska's second largest city and gateway to the Arctic north. The city retains its frontier flavour with pioneer saloons, paddle wheelers and outlying mining camps.

Day 2 Fairbanks - Denali National Park

This morning you'll drive south through boreal forest and along the Nenana River to Denali National Park. At 6 million acres, Denali is one of the world’s great wilderness preserves. The park's namesake is the highest peak in North America, towering 20,320 feet over the tundra and taiga below that provides habitat for wolves, grizzlies, moose and caribou. Formerly known as Mt. McKinley, its Athabascan Native name 'Denali' means 'The Great One'. The remainder of your day is at leisure, perhaps enjoy a nature walk or some time to relax and soak up your surrounds.

This morning you'll drive south through boreal forest and along the Nenana River to Denali National Park. At 6 million acres, Denali is one of the world’s great wilderness preserves. The park's namesake is the highest peak in North America, towering 20,320 feet over the tundra and taiga below that provides habitat for wolves, grizzlies, moose and caribou. Formerly known as Mt. McKinley, its Athabascan Native name 'Denali' means 'The Great One'. The remainder of your day is at leisure, perhaps enjoy a nature walk or some time to relax and soak up your surrounds.

Day 3 Denali National Park

From your remote base 90 miles inside the park, you'll have time and space to encounter genuine wilderness. Hiking, mountain biking, fishing and optional flightseeing over the glaciers of Denali are available. The climate and environment of Alaska's interior at this latitude is harsh much of the year, and it takes a vast amount of habitat to sustain animals. Wildlife encounters thus tend to be fleeting, though always thrilling.

From your remote base 90 miles inside the park, you'll have time and space to encounter genuine wilderness. Hiking, mountain biking, fishing and optional flightseeing over the glaciers of Denali are available. The climate and environment of Alaska's interior at this latitude is harsh much of the year, and it takes a vast amount of habitat to sustain animals. Wildlife encounters thus tend to be fleeting, though always thrilling.

Denali
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Admiring the view over Denali National Park

Day 4 Denali National Park - Talkeetna

Depart for the park entrance by road this morning, keeping a close eye out for moose, caribou, grizzly bears and other resident wildlife. At midday board the Alaska Railroad for a classic train journey through Alaska's rugged interior. Your route through the Alaska Range climbs above tree line over Broad Pass, then descends to follow the Susitna River to historic village of Talkeetna, where you will disembark for the night. The rustic town, founded a century ago as the district headquarters for the new railroad, sits at the confluence of three rivers and enjoys a striking panorama of Mt. Denali and adjacent peaks. An outdoor recreation mecca, the town's economy today thrives on rafting, flightseeing, mountain biking, hiking, camping, fishing and hunting, and it is also the main base for climbing expeditions to Denali. After dinner there's time to stroll the compact downtown, whose buildings dating to the early 1900s have been designated a National Historic Site.

Depart for the park entrance by road this morning, keeping a close eye out for moose, caribou, grizzly bears and other resident wildlife. At midday board the Alaska Railroad for a classic train journey through Alaska's rugged interior. Your route through the Alaska Range climbs above tree line over Broad Pass, then descends to follow the Susitna River to historic village of Talkeetna, where you will disembark for the night. The rustic town, founded a century ago as the district headquarters for the new railroad, sits at the confluence of three rivers and enjoys a striking panorama of Mt. Denali and adjacent peaks. An outdoor recreation mecca, the town's economy today thrives on rafting, flightseeing, mountain biking, hiking, camping, fishing and hunting, and it is also the main base for climbing expeditions to Denali. After dinner there's time to stroll the compact downtown, whose buildings dating to the early 1900s have been designated a National Historic Site.

Day 5 Talkeetna - Girdwood

Continue south, eventually reaching the coast and following Turnagain Arm to Girdwood and Alyeska Resort, Alaska's premier ski area, where a host of exciting summer activities is also available. Set in a lush glacial valley in the Chugach Range southeast of Anchorage, Alyeska offers nature and luxury in tandem. Explore the northernmost temperate rain forest in North America, or choose an optional tram ride to the alpine summit with vistas of the ice-bound peaks and inlet far below.

Continue south, eventually reaching the coast and following Turnagain Arm to Girdwood and Alyeska Resort, Alaska's premier ski area, where a host of exciting summer activities is also available. Set in a lush glacial valley in the Chugach Range southeast of Anchorage, Alyeska offers nature and luxury in tandem. Explore the northernmost temperate rain forest in North America, or choose an optional tram ride to the alpine summit with vistas of the ice-bound peaks and inlet far below.

Views from Alyeska Resort

Day 6 Girdwood

Today you'll explore the scenic drama of iceberg-choked Spencer Lake, then take a gentle float trip down the Placer River before returning to Girdwood. Dinner is not included this evening, in order to give you a chance to sample your choice of restaurants in the Alyeska/Girdwood area. You might wish to take the tram to the alpine summit and dine at Seven Glaciers, a 5-star restaurant with vistas of the ice-bound peaks and inlet far below.

Today you'll explore the scenic drama of iceberg-choked Spencer Lake, then take a gentle float trip down the Placer River before returning to Girdwood. Dinner is not included this evening, in order to give you a chance to sample your choice of restaurants in the Alyeska/Girdwood area. You might wish to take the tram to the alpine summit and dine at Seven Glaciers, a 5-star restaurant with vistas of the ice-bound peaks and inlet far below.

Day 7 Girdwood - Fox Island, Kenai Fjords

This morning travel to the fishing town and port of Seward on the Kenai Peninsula. From here you will cruise to Fox Island, a private island on the edge of Kenai Fjords National Park. This secluded location reveals Alaska at its most pristine. The region is famed for sea kayaking, and an easy paddling excursion this afternoon is likely to reveal some of the area's prolific marine life.

This morning travel to the fishing town and port of Seward on the Kenai Peninsula. From here you will cruise to Fox Island, a private island on the edge of Kenai Fjords National Park. This secluded location reveals Alaska at its most pristine. The region is famed for sea kayaking, and an easy paddling excursion this afternoon is likely to reveal some of the area's prolific marine life.

Kayaking in the Kenai Fjords

Day 8 Kenai Fjords National Park

Board a private charter boat this morning for a cruise through a realm where the Ice Age still lingers. Your small yacht offers the opportunity for closer encounters with wildlife, which may include humpback and orca whales, porpoises, sea otters and a large colony of puffins. Glaciers pour from the jagged mountain heights into the sea, and you may observe icebergs calving with a crash as you head back to your exclusive island accommodation.

Board a private charter boat this morning for a cruise through a realm where the Ice Age still lingers. Your small yacht offers the opportunity for closer encounters with wildlife, which may include humpback and orca whales, porpoises, sea otters and a large colony of puffins. Glaciers pour from the jagged mountain heights into the sea, and you may observe icebergs calving with a crash as you head back to your exclusive island accommodation.

Kenai Fjords cruise

Day 9 Fox Island - Seward - Anchorage

After a final morning to enjoy the wild environs of Fox Island, weave your way back through the fjords to Seward. From here, retrace your route northward, with the mountain ranges of the Kenai Peninsula rising one after another as you traverse Moose Pass and cross some of Alaska's richest salmon rivers. You'll return to Anchorage by late afternoon where you'll have the rest of your evening at leisure.

After a final morning to enjoy the wild environs of Fox Island, weave your way back through the fjords to Seward. From here, retrace your route northward, with the mountain ranges of the Kenai Peninsula rising one after another as you traverse Moose Pass and cross some of Alaska's richest salmon rivers. You'll return to Anchorage by late afternoon where you'll have the rest of your evening at leisure.

Day 10 Anchorage - Brooks Falls, Katmai National Park

Today you'll fly west to King Salmon, then by floatplane to Katmai National Park and world-renowned Brooks Falls, one of the best places to view giant Alaskan brown bears in their natural habitat. Katmai is home to the world’s largest population of these enormous coastal grizzlies, with some 2,200 individuals inside the park. As many bear populations around the world decline, Katmai's 4 million acres of wilderness provides some of the last pristine habitat for these magnificent animals. From the safety of platforms built over Brooks Falls, you'll able to get a close look at this iconic wildlife spectacle, which very few visitors to Alaska have the privilege of seeing. Accommodation in Katmai will be either at Brooks Falls, or at Gold Creek Lodge in King Salmon.

Today you'll fly west to King Salmon, then by floatplane to Katmai National Park and world-renowned Brooks Falls, one of the best places to view giant Alaskan brown bears in their natural habitat. Katmai is home to the world’s largest population of these enormous coastal grizzlies, with some 2,200 individuals inside the park. As many bear populations around the world decline, Katmai's 4 million acres of wilderness provides some of the last pristine habitat for these magnificent animals. From the safety of platforms built over Brooks Falls, you'll able to get a close look at this iconic wildlife spectacle, which very few visitors to Alaska have the privilege of seeing. Accommodation in Katmai will be either at Brooks Falls, or at Gold Creek Lodge in King Salmon.

Day 11 Katmai National Park

At close range, watch bears stand in the rushing whitewater, jaws gaping, trying to catch the salmon that leap up the falls once spawning season starts. Our June and July departures will have a good chance to see fishing bears, since this is when the salmon are running, but bear viewing is excellent in August and September, too, with even more bears in the vicinity. You'll take a break to relax over lunch at world-famous Brooks Lodge, an easy walk from the falls.

At close range, watch bears stand in the rushing whitewater, jaws gaping, trying to catch the salmon that leap up the falls once spawning season starts. Our June and July departures will have a good chance to see fishing bears, since this is when the salmon are running, but bear viewing is excellent in August and September, too, with even more bears in the vicinity. You'll take a break to relax over lunch at world-famous Brooks Lodge, an easy walk from the falls.

Brooks Falls during the salmon run
Grizzly feasting on salmon at Brooks Falls
Bear viewing in Katmai National Park

Day 12 Katmai National Park - Anchorage

After a last round of bear viewing in Katmai, you'll fly back to King Salmon, then on to Anchorage. Tonight your Expedition Leader hosts a farewell dinner to celebrate our Alaskan adventures.

After a last round of bear viewing in Katmai, you'll fly back to King Salmon, then on to Anchorage. Tonight your Expedition Leader hosts a farewell dinner to celebrate our Alaskan adventures.

Day 13 Anchorage

Your Alaska wildlife safari comes to a close today as you transfer to the airport for homeward flights, or ongoing travel arrangements.

Your Alaska wildlife safari comes to a close today as you transfer to the airport for homeward flights, or ongoing travel arrangements.

Accommodation

This tour includes pre-booked standard hotels, details of which will be confirmed at the time of booking. Feature properties are included in key locations to maximise your wilderness experience, such as Denali Backcountry Lodge and the Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge on Fox Island.

In Katmai National Park you will stay either at Brooks Falls Lodge , or at Gold Creek Lodge in King Salmon. Please refer to the prices and departures section to see which tour dates include which of these two properties.

Discuss your options with our Travel Specialists.

Prices and Departures

Price from £11,766 excluding flights

Airfares start from around £1,000 per person and are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • All meals (except 2 dinners)
  • Kayaking at Fox Island
  • Domestic flights
  • Alaska Railroad as per itinerary
  • Services of Expedition Leader, local guides and lodge staff
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • Permits and entrance fees
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

From prices per person

Date Duration Twin Price (pp) Special Interest
19 Jun 2021 12 nights £11,766
22 Jun 2021 * 12 nights £11,766
24 Jun 2021 * 12 nights £11,766
26 Jun 2021 * 12 nights £11,766 Photo Tour
29 Jun 2021 12 nights £11,766
01 Jul 2021 * 12 nights £11,766
03 Jul 2021 12 nights £11,766
06 Jul 2021 12 nights £11,766
08 Jul 2021 * 12 nights £11,766
10 Jul 2021 12 nights £11,766 Photo Tour
13 Jul 2021 12 nights £11,766
17 Jul 2021 12 nights £11,766 Wildflower Season
20 Jul 2021 12 nights £11,766 Photo Tour / Wildflower Season
24 Jul 2021 * 12 nights £11,766 Wildflower Season
24 Aug 2021 * 12 nights £11,766 Photo Tour
26 Aug 2021 12 nights £11,766
28 Aug 2021 12 nights £11,766

* These departures include a stay at rustic Brooks Lodge, a stone's throw from Katmai National Park's famous Brooks Falls. All other departures stay at Gold Creek Lodge in King Salmon, a 20 minute scenic floatplane transfer from Brooks Falls.

Photo Tours: The designated Photo Tours differ slightly to the standard itinerary, to allow additional photo opportunities. On these departures your Expedition Leader will share photography tips and guidance with their in-depth knowledge, while also remaining close at hand to ensure the safety and comfort of the group. Group Size: Minimum group size: 1 Maximum group size: 14

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