FEBRUARY 2017 USA, MINNESOTA:
Canadian Lynx & Northern Owls
This fabulous winter break to Minnesota is primarily focused on trying to see the Canadian Lynx. Our Jan 2016 tour was our first trip for this difficult cat and although successful, we have decided to visit slightly later in order to increase our chances. Late Feb seems to show a peak in sightings at our specially constructed viewing areas. Other mammals we hope to find include American Marten, Fisher and Moose. Birding is about quality rather than quality and is also timed for Owls as well as other species. Great Grey and Snowy Owl and Sharp-tailed grouse are just some of the expected species. Click on the Canadian Lynx to find out more and see 2016 video
MARCH 2017 NEPAL:
Red Pandas, Tigers & Birds
A great new tour visiting this wonerdful country during the best time for seeing Red Pandas as well as some great birds. We shall spend a number of nights at Dobate in the SE of Nepal where we have a high chance of seeing this charismatic animal. We will also visit Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve for birding as well as mammals such as Jungle Cat and Gangetic River Dolphin. Finally, a visit to nearby Chitwan should also reveal one of the best cat’s on the planet, the mighty Tiger. Click on the Red Panda to find out more details
MAY 2017 ITALY:
Bears and Rock Partridge
Just two hours from Rome and you are in the beautiful Abruzzo National Park. Here you have an excellent chance of seeing the endemic Marsican Brown Bear and a reasonable chance of seeing Wolf without having to visit an expensive baited hide. Birds include Rock Partridge and White-backed Woodpecker. This is ideal if you wish to visit Rome at the beginning or end of the tour too! Click on the Marsican Brown Bear to find out more and see fantastic videos of previous trips!
JUNE 2016 FINLAND:
Wolverines & Bears
This is a short break of just 3 days specifically to see Wolverines and a chance of Brown Bears from specially constructed photography hides. We will spend two nights in the hides which allow some fabulous viewing of these wonderful animals. During our 2016 tour we were treated to at least 8 different Wolverines over the two nights as well as one Brown Bear! This tour can also be added to our Northern Owls and Taiga Specialities birding tour! Click on the Wolverine to find out more details!
JULY 2017 MEXICO:
Birds & Whale Sharks of the Yucatan Peninsula
The Yucatan Peninsula is an expansive limestone Peninsula that extends northward into the Gulf of Mexico and eastward into the Caribbean Sea. Our itinerary takes us to a variety of the best birding habitats, including mangrove estuaries, tropical forest and lowland jungle. On the last two days of our tour we will look for the graceful Whale Shark! This is a fairly relaxed birding tour where with plenty of time to visit some of the magnificent archeological ruins too. Click on the Whale Shark to find out more
AUGUST 2017 BRAZIL:
Northern Pantanal Jaguars, Maned Wolf & Birds
This great tour is jam packed with wildlife with fabulous viewing opportunities. The focus of this tour is all wildlife with a particular focus on seeing two key mammals, the Maned Wolf and the mighty Jaguar. We spend three nights in the Cerrado at the start of the tour with an excellent chance of Maned Wolf which we saw from our lodge in 2015! We also spend three nights at Porto Jofre in the Pantanal and will have two days on the river searching for Jaguars, giving us the very best chance of connecting with this beautiful cat. Another six nights at other lodges along the Transpantaneira allows for seeing plenty of other wildlife, again focusing on mammals such as Giant Anteater as well as a good selection of the key bird species. This is a great tour for photography too! Click on the Jaguar to find out more
AUGUST 2017 NORTHERN SPAIN:
Wildcats, Wolves & Wallcreepers
Join us on this exciting 5 day break to northern Spain where we shall spend our time watching two exciting animals, the Iberian Wolf and European Wildcat. Our visit is timed for when the meadows have been cut and Wildcats hunt small mammals. Likewise, this is also a good time for Wolves as family groups can be seen. Click on the Wildcat for more information!
SEPTEMBER 2017 CALIFORNIA:
Bobcats, Bears, Seabirds & Yosemite!
California has a great climate and plenty of wildlife and September is the perfect time for seabirds as well as some key mammals. This tour focuses on four areas – Monterey Bay for its abundance of marine life, the Panoche Valley for Bobcats and arid speciality birds, Sequoia NP for Black Bears and Yosemite National Park for stunning scenery and great birds. Distances travelled are small and a small group size! Click on the Black Bear for more information.
OCT/NOV 2017 CHILE / PATAGONIA:
Pumas, Penguins, Plovers & Petrels!
We are very excited to announce this new tour that quite simply has everything as we cover the Central region of Chile and the far south in Patagonia. A full day dedicated to tracking Pumas in the fabulous Torres del Paine NP, some fabulous birds including the highly sought after Diademed Sandpiper Plover, stunning seabirds including numerous Albatrosses, and good chances of Commerson’s & Peale’s Dolphins. Add in a visit to a King Penguin colony, some spectacular scenery and what more could you ask for! Click on the Puma to find out more!
DECEMBER 2017 SOUTH AFRICA:
Kruger NP and Madikwe Rare Mammals & Birding
This new tour is designed to visit the best of South Africa for some of the harder mammals and for finding a good selection of key birds. The itinerary visits the world famous Kruger National Park, visiting some of the best areas for birding as well as for mammal interest. Madikwe Game Reserve is a private reserve and offers one of the best chances of seeing Hunting Dogs as well as a number of other elusive mammals. Click on the Cheetah for more details.
JAN 2018 SOUTHERN SPAIN:
Iberian Lynx, Cranes & Eagles
The Iberian Lynx is one of the rarest cats in the world and this tour gives you an excellent chance of seeing this stunning animal. Whilst looking for the Iberian Lynx, we will be distracted by Azure-winged Magpies and numerous raptors overhead, like the Black Vulture and endemic Spanish Imperial Eagle and all amidst beautiful scenery. Add to this, hundreds of Common Cranes at a nearby wetland and this all makes for a great short break. Click on the Iberian Lynx for full itinerary and videos from recent tours
MARCH 2018 ESTONIA:
Eurasian Lynx Quest!
Join us on a specially focused trip to try and see Eurasian Lynx. The timing of the tour is when Lynx are breeding and can be quite vocal and when snow on the ground can help tracking. Our key focus will be trying to find Lynx, but at other times we shall be birding and looking for other mammals. Other mammals include Racoon Dog, Eurasian Elk and Wild Boar. Birds include White-tailed Eagle, White-backed Woodpecker, Ural Owl and maybe Hawk Owl. To find out more click on the beautiful Eurasian Lynx by Sven Zacek