Experience The Thrill Of Wolf Watching Safaris With Adventure Travelers

Experience The Thrill Of Wolf Watching Safaris With Adventure Travelers
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During this period of coming back, there is a resurgence of wolves in the area, and resorts are offering ritzy wolf-watching programs that offer a new perspective on safaris.

Do you have any fear of the big bad wolf?

There have been khaki-clad gadabouts roaming Africa for more than a century now in the hope of spotting the Big Five, spending small fortunes and hoping for a great sighting. A growing number of affluent adventurers, however, are aiming their sights at another elusive wonder of nature that is becoming more and more accessible: Canis Lupus.

It is with great pleasure that we announce that the Four Seasons Resort and Residence Jackson Hole in Wyoming is partnering with the Yellowstone Safari Company, founded back in 1991, for the first time, in order to offer one of the world's most expensive wolf-watching packages this season.

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The Four Seasons Resort & Residences Jackson Hole is one of the best luxury resorts in the world.

The $16,000 "Day With The Wolves Experience" starts with a private helicopter lift from your home in a multi-million-dollar Pilatus jet to the Livingston, Montana area, where you will spend time with your closest friends and family. 

After touching down into some of the most breathtaking country in the Lower 48, guests are transferred to a luxury SUV for an excursion through Paradise Valley, home to celebrities like Michael Keaton, John Mayer, and Jeff Bridges -- and some of the most beautiful scenery in the Lower 48.

Upon arrival at Yellowstone's north entrance, which unlike many other entrances, is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the hunt begins immediately. While this may seem surprising, winter is usually the best time to see the park's wolves, considering their prey is generally feeding at lower elevations during this time, even along the park roads. 

Also, the contrast between the wolves' dark coats and the fields of white snow in front of them makes it easier to see the wolves' face. A certified naturalist guide leads the all-day tour, which includes all meals and beverages that can be consumed during the tour.

Is there a reason why this is happening now? As the number of wolves is on the rise, it has never been a better time to catch that "one howl in one" as experts say there have never been a better time.

According to Rich Report, it has been estimated that gray wolf populations have increased by nearly 2,000 percent over the past 40 years since they were nearly extinct in the 1960s, according to the 2022 Wildlife Comeback Report. 

A number of wolves have also been introduced back into Yellowstone National Park where wolf watching is being promoted as an official sport by Nathan Varley, founder of Yellowstone Wolf Tracker, who says wolf watching is becoming a growing industry.

If you are hoping to capture a glimpse of the wolf parade in Yellowstone this Saturday, you’re going to have to shell out the big bucks if you hire a wolf whisperer like Varley. Anyone with a $35 ticket to Yellowstone can see the wolf parade, but Varley’s rates are higher.

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“Simply put, we know where to go,” explains Nate Udd, Yellowstone Safari Company guide, who believes that some of his clients believe that wolves can communicate with them spiritually. “Do they have telepathic powers?” he’s able to ask with a straight face. “I mean, I can’t say for a fact that they don’t.”

The Sage Lodge is the perfect choice if you want to reduce your carbon footprint while on vacation. If you are flying commercial into Bozeman, you can book a room starting at $399 per night at the nearby Sage Lodge. 

There is a new wolf watching package introduced by this four-star property which, in comparison to Montana's five-star properties, reads like it is more like a five-star property, in 2021 in partnership with Varley.

A great deal of interest was shown by the Lodge in wolf tracking, so much so that it recently hired its own wolf tracking guides in-house. We offer private wolf-watching tours for two for a starting price of $950 per person.

“We can really cater the adventure to the guest,” says Sage Lodge's general manager Justin Robbins. “Some guests might want to spend the entire trip viewing one pack of wolves at one location, and others might be up for exploring further within the park to seek out other viewing possibilities.”

There are many accommodations in Bozeman, but if you want to stay in the city, then book a room at the Kimpton Armory Hotel Bozeman, whose rates start at $299 per night. A private wolf-watching tour for two is available at the hotel starting at $895, and after that, you can take advantage of Sky Shed, the property's tony rooftop bar, before the hotel shuttles you back to downtown.

In any case, if you are looking for a way to satisfy your lupin lust in one of the most luxurious ways possible, Norway has one of the best options for you.

Located roughly 1,000 miles north of Oslo, Wolf Lodge offers three deluxe master suites and the world's northernmost animal park. A two-night minimum stay will set you back $52,330 per person, and the lodge only hosts wolf watchers about 15 times a year. There are two local airports that can accommodate private jets in the area.

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“An all-inclusive stay at Wolf Lodge is one of the most exclusive, highly coveted experiences in the whole Nordic region, and is priced accordingly,” the property boasts. “Kindly consider the ultra-exclusive nature of this experience before reaching out to us.”

In this fenced enclosure, sightings of wolves are 100 percent guaranteed, unlike those in Yellowstone, where sightings aren't. Residents of the camp do laps around the camp and are conditioned to enjoy human company (cue Dances with Wolves).

It's not for snack-sized members of your family to frolic among fanged friends in a remote polar park. A minimum age of 18 is required for guests at Wolf Lodge. In addition, we recommend avoiding full moons.

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