Why safaris to Russia are truly unique

Covering over 10% of the world’s land area and encompassing nine different time zones, Russia is truly vast; stretching from the Caucasus Mountains in the west to the Bering Strait in the east. Most of the population is concentrated in the populous western cities of Moscow and St Petersburg, with the majority of the Russian landscape characterized by extensive, untamed wilderness, rugged mountains and frigid tundra. Our safaris concentrate on the Russian Far East, and we were among the first to send travellers to this remote and seldom visited region. Working with conservationist Alexander Batalov, track rare Siberian tigers in the forests of Durminskoye Reserve, and contribute to vital research into the protection of the world’s largest big cat. Intrepid travellers can also journey to the Kamchatka Peninsula, a barely accessible ‘land of fire and ice’ renowned for its active volcanoes and freezing winters, and an untouched haven for wildlife such as the Kamchatkan brown bear. 

Far East Russia is a remote bastion of wilderness, and one of the world’s last unexplored frontiers.

Wild Encounters

Despite its harsh and unforgiving climate, the Russian Far East is a refuge for some of the world’s most endangered wildlife. Once ranging throughout Mongolia and northern China, there are now just under 500 Amur tigers remaining in the wild, restricted to a remote corner of southeast Siberia. The best time to travel to track these tigers is in the winter, when the landscapes are carpeted with a thick layer of snow and the tigers leave deep prints, allowing us to follow their movements. While the chances of actually seeing a tiger are small, you will explore this incredible landscape by snowmobile or snowshoe, setting camera traps to capture footage of these majestic cats and collecting information to aid in their conservation. This region is also home to the critically endangered Amur leopard, the world’s rarest big cat with only around 60 individuals still roaming the mountainous forests of the far east. While numbers have increased slightly in recent years, poaching and habitat loss threaten the continued existence of this elusive big cat.

Heading even further to the east, the expansive wilderness of the Kamchatka Peninsula is home to an abundance of wildlife. Extending out into the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Okhotsk, the peninsula’s intricate network of lakes and rivers is home to a wide variety of salmon species, attracting large numbers of Kamchatkan brown bear. The area is also home to wildlife such as reindeer, wolves and sea otters, and a number of areas of outstanding natural beauty including the famous Valley of the Geysers - best viewed from the air by helicopter. 

In the north, polar bears rule the Arctic tundra of the remote Wrangel Island.

Why book with us

We are destination specialists

Our team of specialists have extensive on-the-ground knowledge and have all lived, guided or explored in great detail the destinations that they sell. They will design your journey around you, at the right place at the right time.

We are wildlife specialists

As a leading specialist operator we have excellent partnerships with naturalists and conservationists. We know our wildlife and do what we can to preserve its natural habitat.

We really care about our destinations

At Natural World Safaris we frequently monitor the social, economic and environmental impact of our travel operations to ensure we are at the forefront of a sustainable and ethical tourism industry. 

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