7 Day – Polar Bear Photo Safari

7 Day – Polar Bear Photo Safari
October/November – 7 Days, 6 Nights trip to the Seal River Heritage Lodge

Seal River Eco-Lodge Features

Wildly rugged and remote – this tundra coastal Lodge provides the discerning photographer the ability to dedicate long days in the field getting up close and personal with Arctic Wildlife. Ground level photo opportunities are offered for Arctic wildlife in a pristine untrammelled wilderness setting in the heart of polar bear country. Our Lodge’s shoreline location is ideal for photographing polar bears on ice as well as possibly capturing wildlife such as caribou or Arctic fox on the stunning sea and landscapes.

Seal River Eco-Lodge offers:

  • Unlimited photography time, best light
  • Ground level photo opportunities for Arctic wildlife including polar bears
  • Exceptional number of clear nights for northern light photography
  • Highest number of sunshine days on the coast, best morning and evening light opportunities
  • Full course meals with Arctic flavour. Mealtimes will be adjusted or delayed as required to ensure maximum photo opportunities
  • Select departures are professionally led instructional photo safaris

Your journey of exploration and adventure will take place at our Seal River Heritage Lodge. Our Lodges are the first remote Eco-Lodges on the Hudson Bay coast, north of Churchill, in the heart of polar bear country.

Itinerary

Day 1 – ARRIVE IN WINNIPEG FOR YOUR OVERNIGHT STAY

Arrive in Winnipeg where you will enjoy a relaxing stay at our choice hotel – the Four Points Sheraton at the Winnipeg Airport. At 7:00 p.m. a dinner will be held at the hotel where you will meet your group and your adventure specialist. You’ll need your rest tonight for your early morning departure to Churchill

Day 2 – AN ARCTIC ARRIVAL AND AERIAL TOUR

imageArrive in Churchill by air where one of our expert staff will meet you at the airport and will provide you with an orientation to the tour including a clothing check (in order to crosscheck your “What to Bring” list as provided to you in email and in your Adventure Album).

You will then be transferred by fixed wing aircraft to our Seal River Heritage Lodge. This exciting flight takes you out over the historic Churchill River, and then northwest up the rugged Hudson Bay coast to Canada’s most exclusive Polar Bear viewing properties. Keep a sharp eye out en route for caribou, seals, wolves and of course the “Great Ice Bears”.

Upon your arrival, your hosts will provide a tour of the Lodge and get you settled into your room. A thorough orientation on travelling in polar bear country will be provided prior to any outings. Then it’s time to assemble all those priceless cameras, hard drives, and tripods and start burning some serious gigabytes!

Day 3 – 5 – TUNDRA TREKKING, POLAR BEARS, AND PRICELESS PHOTOGRAPHY!

imageThe Seal River Heritage Lodge is a wildly rugged and remote location catering to the dedicated wildlife photographer willing to spend long hours in the field getting up close and personal with the Arctic wildlife.

Ground level photo opportunities are offered for Arctic wildlife including polar bears in a pristine wilderness setting. We ARE in the heart of polar bear country! Your photos will have stunning backdrops with the sea and or landscapes surrounding the Lodge. Its shoreline location is ideal for photographing bears on snow and ice. Furthermore we have an exceptional number of clear nights for northern lights photography.

As we mentioned in the features section our meal service times will be adjusted to accommodate photo opportunities which are the priority so expect many a meal to be interrupted. Generally breakfast is served at 8:00 a.m., lunch as required; with appetizers at 6:00 p.m. followed by a veritable feast for the palate at 7:00 p.m.

Evenings are spent near the fireplace downloading images, sharing the day’s adventures, or taking in an informative lecture or slide show. Bedtime is at your leisure but be prepared to have your sleep cut short by a nocturnal visit from one of the Great Ice Bears (or a dazzling displays of northern lights!).

Day 6 – SAY GOODBYE TO THE LODGE!

imageAfter a hearty breakfast and it’s time to pack for the flight back to Churchill, say good-byes and snap a few more pictures. After an exciting aerial tour, you’ll arrive in Churchill where your bags will be stored for you until your flight back to Winnipeg later in the day. You are then free to explore and wine & dine in this frontier community at your leisure. We recommend local places such as Cape Merry, the Port of Churchill, the Eskimo Museum, the Polar Bear Holding Compound (otherwise known as the Polar Bear Jail), as well as the Parks Canada exhibit which are all of great interest. Dog sledding and helicopter charters fit nicely into this afternoon if you’re so inclined. If you are interested in a dog sledding tour please book through us so we can ensure you arrive in Churchill in time for your tour departure. We work with Blue Sky Mushing and you can visit their website at www.blueskymush.com. For aerial tours you can contact Hudson Bay Helicopters at info@hudsonbayheli.com or by phone at 204-675-2576. You will be provided with a $30.00 dinner voucher. The participating restaurants will be outlined on the voucher.

After dinner you will meet up with our expeditor and you will be transferred to the airport in preparation for your flight back to Winnipeg. Upon your arrival into Winnipeg you will check back into the Four Points Sheraton at the Winnipeg Airport for the night.

Day 7 – TIME FOR REALITY…

After a restful sleep you will pack your bags in preparation for your flight home. You will also enjoy a breakfast at your hotel before your trip back to reality. If you’ve not had enough bear action for one lifetime, ask us about our Birds, Bears & Belugas adventure which takes place in July and August annually.

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Tour Inclusions

  • Round trip airfare between Winnipeg and Lodges
  • All accommodations & transfers required within the package dates
  • 6% non-resident tax
  • Meal inclusions are as follows:
    Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7
    D B, L, D B, L, D B, L, D B, L, D B, D B

Available Dates

  • October 21– 27
  • October 25– 31
  • October 29–November 4
  • November 2– 8
  • November 6–12
  • November 10-16

7 days 6 nights

  • 4 nights @ Seal River Heritage Lodge
  • 2 night in Winnipeg

Price

Please contact us for a quote.

PAYMENT SCHEDULES

  1. The deposit is due per pax booked within 14 days of your written/verbal confirmation of the booking. This is to both secure the space and provide us the funds to book the client’s airfare on their behalf. All trip deposits paid for our adventures are non-refundable and non-transferable.
  2. The balance of the invoice will be due 90 days prior to departure and will be invoiced in due time. This condition is non-negotiable as per the numerous and costly expenses/reservations the operator must incur on behalf of your client pre-departure. All final payments made, regardless of trip choice, are non-refundable.
  3. When booking the entire Lodge, a deposit of 10% is due within 14 days of written/verbal confirmation in order to secure the space. A subsequent 10% will be due 180 days prior to departure, with final payment due 90 days prior to departure. All payments made are 100% non-refundable/transferrable.
Please Note: No refunds/transfers will be made of any payments; therefore, we strongly encourage the purchase of travel insurance. Speak to our sales staff for further information.

Important notes

Note 1:

All above prices are per person, in ZAR, and include roundtrip airfare between Winnipeg, Churchill or Gillam, and our Lodges. Taxes are additional and will be charged at a rate of 6% for non-resident operators, agents, guests. This has been included into the ZAR price. We do accept EFT transfers only.

Note 2:

Tour prices are based on double occupancy. If you are traveling alone and would like for us to arrange a suitable roommate for you on the trip, we will make every effort to do so. If a roommate is not available or you wish single accommodations (where available), we must charge a single supplement ZAR12935.00 inclusive of 6% tax, which reflects the additional cost we incur for a singly-occupied room. Please check with our sales/reservations staff for details.

Note 3:

Any optional/additional tours/accommodations we book for you, on your behalf, will be priced separately the full details of which will be discussed with you prior to reservation procurement. Additional deposits may be required for these items and the deposit requirements will vary depending on the vendor.

Note 4:

If guests are weathered into the Lodge beyond their registered stay, a basic rate of $200.00 CDN plus taxes will be charged per day. This will need to be paid directly at the time of your stay.

Note 5:

Those pax, to which the child rate above will apply, are those aged 12 and under. Those children younger than 5 years of age are not encouraged to participate in our adventures due to the ruggedness of the environment.

DISCLAIMERS

  1. Bobcat Travel and their operators, its owners and employees, assume no responsibility or liability for any political, meteorological, climatic, or other event, or for the services of transportation companies, contractors, or other principals for which we act as agents.
  2. Due to the nature of the destination and weather, it is not uncommon to encounter flight delays and/or changes to the itinerary for reasons beyond our control, in the event of which all additional expenses will be borne by the guest including but not limited to hotel rooms, meals, and air travel. All efforts will be made to accommodate our guests. We will assist in making alternate arrangements where necessary.
  3. No refunds will be made for unused portions of the tour program due to conditions beyond the operators control.

The guest also assumes all risks associated with adventure travel involving potentially hazardous activities in a remote region of Canada. By placing a deposit for one of our trips, the traveler is indicating that they have read and understood this and fully acknowledges what is being purchased.

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