If you’re looking to push the boundaries on your next safari, look no further than a trip to Kamchatka. Located in the far east of Russia’s Far East, the peninsula contains less than 200 miles of paved road in an area larger than Great Britain, which is just one indication of how truly wild and remote this region is. Embarking on this safari will see you traversing the rugged landscape by helicopter – often the only viable form of transportation here – before first making camp on the banks of a running river, then the shores of an idyllic lake surrounded by greenery-covered mountains that scrape the sky. In both locations you’ll become acquainted with the European cousin of North America's iconic grizzly bear on daily photographic excursions, before climbing an active volcano and taking in high-altitude views of this awe-inspiring region.
What makes this trip extraordinary
- Travel to Russia’s isolated Kamchatka Peninsula, a vast strip of wilderness that was off-limits to foreigners until the 1990s.
- Take a tour around Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, an historic seaside city on the very edge of Russia.
- Fly in by helicopter to the South Kamchatka Sanctuary's Kambalnaya River, home to a large population of Kamchatka brown bears.
- Then travel to Kuril Lake, a body of water teeming with salmon that attracts hundreds more bears.
- Spend four full days watching and photographing these magnificent mammals.
- Ascend one of Kamchatka’s 29 active volcanoes.
Dare to step out of your comfort zone and discover why the little-known Kamchatka is one of the world’s most extraordinary safari destinations.