Natural Habitat Adventures, a leader in sustainable ecotourism and the conservation travel partner of the World Wildlife Fund, introduces an exclusive new offering: Nat Hab’s Alaska Bear Camp, adding to its portfolio of award-winning expeditions in nature and wildlife around the world.
Beginning this summer, departures for this 4-night, 5-day adventure run from May 24 through August 23, beginning and ending in Homer, Alaska. This immersive experience with brown bears offers a true encounter with the Alaskan wilderness in an exceptionally private and secluded setting. Guests observe bears up close in an intimate setting while helping to preserve and protect crucial bear habitat through the economic value of their presence.
The adventure begins with a scenic flight aboard a private bush plane over Cook Inlet, passing snow-capped volcanoes and jagged glaciers before landing on the beach next to the camp. Surrounded by 20 acres of private grounds, the camp is located on property in Lake Clark State Park, renowned for some of the best bear sightings in the world.
Nat Hab Bear Camp is the perfect sustainable base for exploring Alaska’s most pristine coastal grizzly bear habitat. The comfortable accommodations are low impact but very comfortable. Built on historic property on the ancestral land of the Dena’ina people, the parcel was protected to remain private when Lake Clark State Park was established in 1980. Entirely surrounded by the park today, it offers immersive encounters of brown bears for Nat Hab single guests.
“The location of the camp makes it quite unique, but what’s really special is the presence of brown bears – lots of them,” said Nat Hab founder and president Ben Bressler. “It’s an extraordinary experience accessible to very few people – and our presence is important for the future of the bears, who continue to face potential threats from mining, oil and gas development.”
Alaska is home to 95% of the American brown bear population, and Lake Clark National Park provides critical habitat supported by the region’s legendary salmon runs. Nat Hab’s private fly-in camp is surrounded by rich bear habitat, and bears can often be seen directly in front of the camp as well as on the shoreline and in the surrounding meadows.
Despite the remoteness of the camp, comfort prevails. Spacious and well-appointed weatherproof tent cabins are set on raised decks and include heaters and comfortable beds. Hot showers are available in public baths. Meals are a highlight, created by a resident chef who makes the most of fresh local seafood and other regional dishes.
Each day, guests enjoy multiple bear viewing opportunities from the camp’s two elevated viewing platforms and on guided walks with expedition leaders who are highly experienced bear naturalists.
With Bear Camp only accommodating 14 people, travelers are assured that their adventure will be personal and peaceful, completely free from the crowds and with the transformative power of true immersion in nature.
Departures start at US$4,895 per person based on double occupancy and include accommodation, the services of Nat Hab’s professional expedition leader(s), local guides and camp staff, all meals from day one dinner to last morning breakfast, most gratuities, airport transfers on the first and last day, all activities and entrance fees, and all taxes, permits and resort fees.