A mammoth trip and my first comprehensive tour of probably the greatest wildlife area in North America. This magnificent five-week expedition will feature a host of unforgettable adventures, including dozens of grizzly bears fishing for salmon at the world famous Brooks Falls in Katmai National Park, where we will also spend several nights camping in the very heart of bear country. At Kenai Fjords National Park majestic humpback and killer whales are just two of the marine mammals that we are likely to encounter on a number of spectacular ocean voyages and at Denali National Park we will have the opportunity to search for Canadian lynx, wolf and a variety of other animals amid some of the most inspiring scenery imaginable. The dramatic views improve even further on our breathtaking seaplane flight to the astoundingly beautiful Crescent Lake in Lake Clark National Park and at Nome on the Seward Peninsula the pristine tundra supports a population of impressive muskox.
Peru is one of South America’s most evocative destinations and this superlative tour will include the very best of Amazonia with extended stays at several outstanding wildlife lodges within the Iquitos and Manu sections of the Amazon. Emperor tamarins and red uakaris are just two of a dozen primate species that we will spend time searching for, but we could see almost anything in these largely pristine habitats, including two incredibly elusive canids, short-eared dog and bush dog, both of which have been viewed in the areas that we will be visiting. Another canid, the sechuran fox, will be one of our main targets at a fabulous reserve in the Andean foothills, where we might also encounter spectacled bear, and I will also savour a nostalgic return to the magnificent fifteenth century Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, which I have not had the pleasure of gazing upon for more than a decade.
A long overdue return to the island with the most unusual collection of wildlife on the planet, where we will spend the best part of four weeks exploring a perhaps surprisingly diverse range of habitats on what is the fourth largest island on earth. A superb example of evolution in isolation, Madagascar split from mainland India 88 million years ago and around 90% of the flora and fauna found here is consequently endemic, including 100% of almost 300 amphibian species. We will hope to encounter at least fossa, falanouc and Malagasy civet of the eight native small carnivore species that occur here, as well as several tenrecs, fascinating insectivores that have evolved to fill various ecological niches that are elsewhere occupied by a variety of small mammals, all of which are absent from Madagascar. In addition to a massive collection of reptiles, chameleons and geckos are particularly well represented, Madagascar is of course famous for its lemurs and we will spend much of our stay searching for many of the one hundred or so lemur species that can only be found on this extraordinary island, including the highly conspicuous aye-aye and the magnificent indri.