Small Group Safari

Siberian Tiger Camera Trap Safari with Alexander Batalov

Embark on a safari with a difference and venture deep into the remote Durminskoye Reserve in Russia’s Far East, home to the endangered Siberian tiger. Alongside conservationist Alexander Batalov, you’ll track the big cats and set camera traps on a unique adventure that truly puts you on the front line of wildlife conservation.

Duration 8 Days
Price From $3,674
When Feb 2020
Destination Russia

Safari Overview

“After a couple of hours we enter the boundary of the forest for the first time. There is snow on the ground but it doesn’t look too deep. Some way into the drive, Alexander stops the vehicle just over a bridge. Tiger tracks are all around; these are very fresh, as in minutes old. We are allowed out of the jeep but told to be careful as the tiger is likely to be close. It is now pitch black but the excitement level goes up. Alexander is convinced these are the tracks of a female he knows and she is watching us close by. We will find out how close she was tomorrow…”

This was just one of the many thrilling moments that NWS client Amanda experienced during her time in Siberia in 2017. Now you too can set foot in the habitat of the world’s largest big cat, the Siberian tiger, contributing to the conservation of this endangered species as you do so. Our unique expedition will be led by conservationist and Siberian tiger expert Alexander Batalov, who has decades of experience working in the remote tracts of land in Russia’s Far East that the tigers call home. Setting and collecting camera traps is a vital method of monitoring the precious few Siberian tigers left in the wild, offering you a chance to participate in truly frontline conservation. And perhaps, if luck is with you, the palette of the Russian taiga – so often snow white and pine green – may be joined by a splash of orange…

For a detailed overview of this trip, read Amanda’s informative blog on her Siberian adventure.

What makes this trip extraordinary

  • Assist Alexander and his team with monitoring Siberian tigers.
  • Set and collect camera traps in the wilds of the Durminskoye Reserve.
  • Observe camera trap footage that captures species like the Siberian tiger, Asiatic black bear, sable, wild boar and more in their natural habitat.
  • Explore Durminskoye via ski, skidoo and 4x4, and on foot.
  • Dine on traditional Russian fare in a huntsman’s cottage.
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Day by day

Day 1

Feb 9: Arrive Khabarovsk – Durminskoye Reserve

You’ll meet your group at Khabarovsk Airport. There’ll be a chance to buy some local snacks before your local guide and driver will transfer you approximately 3-4 hours to the Durminskoye Reserve and the base where you will spend the next week or so. Time permitting, you may get your first opportunity to set out and explore the reserve this afternoon.

Days 2-6

Feb 10-14: Durminskoye Reserve

You will have five full days to explore the remote Durminskoye Reserve. Spending time in the habitat of the last remaining 550 Siberian tigers is an experience in itself, and this is how you should approach every day that you are here. Yes, you are unlikely to see one of these endangered big cats in the flesh, but your time here will be spent monitoring the region, helping Alexander and his team with their conservation efforts. Each day you will head into the wild to either set camera traps or collect ones that have previously been set – this is a thrill in itself, as you never know what you are going to catch on the camera traps… maybe some sable, maybe wild boar, or maybe the elusive Siberian tiger!

Day 7

Feb 15: Durminskoye Reserve – Khabarovsk

You may have one last chance to explore the Durminskoye Reserve this morning before setting off back to Khabarovsk. If you wish, you can enjoy a quick detour to the rehabilitation centre where Zhorik, an injured Siberian tiger, is being looked after (he has quite a graphic facial injury so this is not for everyone) as well as Asiatic bears and more local wildlife. Late this afternoon you will arrive back into town and settle into the comfort of your hotel, reminiscing on your time in Durminskoye – a truly unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Day 8

Feb 16: Depart Khabarovsk

Please note that checkout from your hotel is in the morning. Afterwards you will depart on a short 30-minute drive to the airport in time for your onward international flight back home.

Trip Details

Trip Dates & Prices

This is a small group photographic expedition with conservationist Alexander Batalov departing on a single set date in February 2020.

2020 Departure Price (Sharing) Price (Single Occupancy)
Feb 9 - 15 £2,970 £3,125


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