Natural Habitat Adventures, a leader in sustainable ecotourism and the conservation travel partner of World Wildlife Fund, is introducing an exclusive new offering: Nat Hab’s Alaska Bear Camp, adding to its portfolio of award-winning nature and wildlife expeditions worldwide.
Debuting this summer, departures of this 4-night, 5-day adventure run from May 24 to August 23, beginning and ending in Homer, Alaska. This immersive experience with brown bears provides a genuine encounter with the Alaskan wilderness in an exceptionally private and secluded setting. Guests view bears up close in an intimate context 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 privately chartered bush plane over Cook Inlet, passing snow-clad volcanoes and jagged glaciers before landing on the beach next to the camp. Surrounded by 20 acres of private land, the camp sits on an inholding within Lake Clark National Park, renowned for some of the best bear viewing in the world.
Nat Hab’s Bear Camp is the ideal sustainable base for exploring Alaska’s most pristine coastal grizzly bear habitat. The comfy accommodations are low on impact yet high on comfort. Built on a historic homestead on the ancestral land of the Dena’ina people, the parcel was grandfathered in to remain private when Lake Clark National Park was established in 1980. Surrounded entirely by the park today, it offers immersive brown bear encounters for Nat Hab guests alone.
“The camp’s location makes it unique enough, but what is truly special is the presence of brown bears—lots of them,” said Nat Hab founder and president Ben Bressler. “It’s an extraordinary experience available to very few—and our being there is important to the future of the bears, which continue to face potential threats from mining, oil and gas development.”
Alaska is home to 95% of America’s brown bear population, and Lake Clark National Park provides critical habitat sustained by the region’s legendary salmon runs. Nat Hab’s private fly-in camp is surrounded by rich bear habitat, and bears are often on view directly in front of the camp as well as on the shoreline and in the surrounding meadows.
Despite the camp’s remote location, comfort prevails. Spacious, well-appointed weatherproof tent cabins sit on elevated decks and include heaters and cozy beds. Hot showers are available in a shared bathhouse. Meals are a highlight, created by a resident chef who makes the most of fresh local seafood and other regional fare.
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 will be accommodating just 14 guests, so travelers are assured their adventure will be personal and peaceful, totally free from crowds, and with the transformative power of a true immersion in the wild.
Departures start at $4,895 USD per person based on double occupancy and include accommodations, the services of Nat Hab’s professional Expedition Leader(s), local guides and camp staff, all meals from dinner on day one through breakfast on the final morning, most gratuities, airport transfers on day one and the final day, all activities and entrance fees, and all taxes, permits and service fees.