Location of Adventure
Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, Wyoming & Montana
Group Size Limit
Approximately 14 Travelers
A very important feature of this winter wildlife safari is the small group size. Nature expeditions are best experienced with fewer travelers, for a quieter, more intimate experience of wild places and a lighter environmental impact. Traveling in Nat Hab's specialty North American Safari Trucks, we divide our group into two vehicles, each with a guide, further enhancing our low-key presence.
Specialized 4x4 Land Rovers and Land Cruisers
Our Private Leaders
Accommodations, meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on final day, drinking water throughout the trip, services of NHA Expedition Leaders and local staff, airport transfer on Day 1 and the final day, use of warm parkas and winter boots during the trip, most gratuities, all permits, entrance fees and taxes.
Travel to and from start and end point of trip, alcoholic beverages, some gratuities, passport and visa fees, optional activities, airport transfer on final day, items of a personal nature (phone calls, souvenirs, etc.), airline baggage fees, airport and departure taxes, optional travel insurance.
Easy to Moderate
Tracking wolves in Yellowstone typically occurs in snowy, icy and/or wet conditions, and temperatures can be extremely cold, often dropping well below zero at night with daytime highs in the 30s. Our days generally start before sunrise and are very full with activities. Hikes and snowshoe excursions require moderate physical exertion. They range from one to three miles in length over level ground and slight inclines, though snow and ice may create rough and/or challenging terrain conditions. In order to view Old Faithful, participants must be able to walk 300 yards over icy, snowy pavement and boardwalk. To explore Yellowstone’s geothermal basins, you must be able to walk at least one-half to one mile over ice- and snow-covered boardwalk, dirt trails and pavement. If you opt to snowshoe, you must be able to snowshoe at least a half-mile. The maximum potential distance for snowshoeing is two miles. While much of our wildlife viewing takes place from our vehicles, participants should be prepared to spend extended periods of time outside in very cold temperatures. While travelers are not required to participate in all activities, if you should opt out of any of the day’s scheduled activities, we cannot guarantee that alternatives will be available. Travelers should be aware that activities in the park occur at altitudes between 4,810 and 7,380 feet.
Important Information About This Trip
This trip combines the rare chance to view wolves in the wild with an all-encompassing adventure in one of North America’s most celebrated wildlife destinations: Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks. Travelers should understand that even though to date we have had a 100-percent wolf sighting rate on our trips, these are very elusive animals, and they may or may not come into the open or within close range. Much of our wolf viewing is done at a distance through spotting scopes, offering a chance to watch the wolves go about their normal behavior. For those considering the photo tour, please keep in mind that since this trip offers a totally natural, uncontrived experience, the wolves are often far in the distance. A long lens is a must, and even then, we can't guarantee excellent shots. However, the sheer beauty and winter grandeur of Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks provides magnificent nature imagery, and we are likely to see plenty of other wildlife, too. On some dates, our itinerary operates in the reverse order of what is listed on our trip page. Please contact our office for details.
Since the areas we travel to on this extension are remote and wild (that's why we go there!), we require medical evacuation insurance for this program. If you decline the medical evacuation insurance coverage offered by Natural Habitat, we require that you send us documentation of the independent coverage you have selected. We recommend that your chosen independent insurance plan includes at least $250,000 in medical evacuation coverage. Please note that we will add the cost of Natural Habitat’s medical evacuation policy to your tour invoice until you provide our office with proof of coverage including your insurance company's name, phone number and your individual policy number. Thank you for understanding that our policy exists exclusively in the interest of our guests' safety.
To protect your investment and to provide peace of mind while you travel, we also strongly recommend purchasing comprehensive travel insurance. Plans may cover everything from medical treatment to trip cancellations and delays, to lost luggage. Please contact our office if you would like more information about the medical evacuation or comprehensive travel insurance policies we offer through Travelex by calling 800-543-8917.
Getting There & Getting Home
You will be met at the airport on Day 1 and transferred to the hotel to meet your group for a 6 pm orientation dinner. You are free to depart anytime on the final day. We can best serve you if our Natural Habitat Adventures Travel Desk makes your reservations, as our staff is intimately familiar with the special requirements of this program and can arrange the most efficient travel. Please call us at 800-543-8917. Note that while we offer you the best possible rates available to us on airfare and additional nights' accommodations, you may find special web rates or better fares online.