Amur Leopard & Siberian Tiger Photography Tour

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Amur Leopard & Siberian Tiger Photography Tour

February 20, 2022 - March 8, 2022

£1553 – £7240

Amur Leopard & Siberian Tiger Photography Tour

Visit some of the most pristine ecosystems in the world; the Russian states of Ussuri, Primorye and Amur may not evoke the same thoughts and emotions as Siberia. But it is these states that harbour the remaining population of (wrongly named) Siberian tigers and the more correctly named Amur leopards and here there are many protected areas where they can still be found; they are quietly and slowly increasing in number and expanding their range whilst other tigers in the tropical countries of the Indian Subcontinent and South East Asia struggle against poaching, deforestation and increasing human population.
We have specialist photography hides set up in good locations for both the Siberian tiger and Amur leopard and have a good track record in seeing these species. However we have set realistic expectations that this trip is very much for tracking of tigers and sightings of a tiger are very rare.
Because of the nature of Siberian tigers we cannot guarantee any sightings; however we can assure you all of an adventure of a life time and one that could result in you becoming one of the only non-Russian people to see wild Siberian tigers and Amur leopards!

Holiday Features

TigerSpecialist Tiger photo hide

Overnight in the hides

90% success rate with Amur Leopards

One of the last strongholds for tigers

Traditional Russian saunas

Expert Russian rangers

Top Animals on Tour

Siberian Tiger

Amur Leopard Cat

Amur Leopard

Sika Deer

Siberian Weasel

White-tailed Eagle

Itineraries Details

Destination:  Russia

Tour Dates:  11/2/2022 – 28/2/2022

Duration:  17 nights

Type / Focus:  Siberian Tigers & Amur Leopards

Tour Difficulty

Pricing & Costs

Price: £6,995 per person

Deposit: £1,500 per person

Single Supplement: £80

Min. Passengers: 4 persons before tour runs

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Holiday Breakdown

Day 1

Vladivostok – Forest Reserve (Tigers)

Today you will be met at the airport by your guide / interpreter and taken to the national park (~3 hours). On arrival here we will settle into the log cabin / hotel (it has large apartments which we will share) and have some food, we will meet the park rangers and have a briefing about the park, the hide and the way the photography hide operates here. If time allows (the days are short and the nights long here during winter) we will have a guided walk around some of the forest to look for wildlife and evidence of the elusive leopard. Tomorrow will be your first day in the hide.

Days 2-7

Forest Reserve (Tigers)

For the next 6 days you will have access to the various hides in the reserve. The hides are built at ground level and also raised off the ground. They can accommodate up to 3 people in each one, so in groups of more than 3 you will be split up. You can change which hides you wish to stay in, rotating etc each day if you wish. You will be able to discuss this with the local guide and rangers whilst there. However you will not be permitted to leave the hides without the local guide or ranger; and we recommend spending as much time in the same hide as possible. This decreases the amount of movement around the hide and disturbance and therefore increases the chances of seeing a tiger.
The hides come equipped with beds, bedding, a toilet, gas heater and we will provide lots of food (we will bring food regularly and you will be in radio contact with the main accommodation).
The locations of the hide were chosen to take advantage of natural features (water sources and the popular food trees utilised by the wild boar and deer species here) so that the ungulate animals naturally like to spend time here during the winter. The high density of prey animals around here increased the chances of tigers using the area too.
To further increase our chances the area has been baited with salt and other minerals as well as grain for up to 2 months prior to our arrival. This is done just for us and is done in the hope that it will increase the presence of the prey animals and therefore the tigers ahead of our arrival. We also bait the area with a deer carcass (the tiger’s natural prey – they scavenge heavily during the winter when hunting is hard) and so we have a good chance that tigers will be around and visiting the hides during our trips.
It is this technique which has led to incredible success with the Amur leopards and you can combine our photography tour for tigers with our photography tour for leopards if you wish.

Day 8

Vladivostok

This morning you will leave the hide and come back to the main building for a shower, to pack up and get ready to leave for the city.
We need this day as there may be people booking just the Amur leopard or Siberian tiger sections of the trip and so people will be departing and arriving tomorrow and so airport transfers are needed. This is also a welcome break from being in the forest.

Days 9-15

Forest Reserve (Leopards)

On the morning of day 9 you will leave the city (when any people who are arriving just for the tiger section arrive into Vladivostok). The forests here are vast and home to the last populations of big cats in Russia, you will travel through little villages and glimpse the vastness of the taiga forest and the Sikhote Alin mountains in the distance. These are the habitats of the leopards and other wildlife that we hope to see from our photography hides over the next few days.

For the next 6 days (days 10-15) you will have access to the hide. The hide accommodates 3 people, there are two bunks and one folding camp bed for sleeping and we recommend people spend the entire time (all 5 nights inside the hide). There is a toilet, gas heater and we will provide lots of food (we will bring food regularly and you will be in radio contact with the main accommodation). We recommend staying inside the hide the entire time and maybe receiving food deliveries every 2 days as this will dramatically decrease the disturbance around the hide and thus increase the chances of the leopard (there are 3-5 leopards that are currently using the area around the hide according to camera traps) coming around. The location of the hide was chosen to take advantage of natural features (water sources and the popular food trees utilised by the wild boar and deer species here) so that the ungulate animals naturally like to spend time here during the winter. The high density of prey animals around here increased the chances of leopards using the area too. To further increase our chances the area has been baited with salt and other minerals as well as grain for up to 2 months prior to our arrival. This is done just for us and is done in the hope that it will increase the presence of the prey animals and therefore the leopards ahead of our arrival.
We have had great success in getting leopards around the hide in fact around 90% of our trips have resulted in leopards appearing around the hides whilst we have had clients in the hides. Which is incredible and far better than we ever imagined.

Day 16

Vladivostok

This morning you will be collected from the hide and taken to the forestry hotel for breakfast and to freshen up. From here you will depart back towards the city and to your hotel for your last night in the Russian Far East.
Your guide will inform you of when dinner is booked for and come to collect you from the hotel and take you to a nearby restaurant for your farewell meal.

Day 17

Home

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport in time to catch your return flight home.

Please note that the itinerary stated above is correct as our planned intentions for the tour. However adverse weather conditions and other local considerations can necessitate some modifications of the itinerary during the course of the tour; any changes will be made to make the best of the time and weather conditions available to us.

This tour is available on different date (subject to availability) please contact us for more details about running this tour on a date which suits you more.

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Extra Information

Weather Conditions

The weather in the Russian Far East during late winter is very cold, record temperatures are as low as -40 to -50 degrees C; but average around -10 to -20 degrees C. There is also some snow on the ground (particularly in December – January) and when there is a snow storm it is heavy.

What’s Included

Everything mentioned in the itinerary is included. Including three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) – when in the hide meals are provided in advance and there is a small gas cooker for warming through food. There will be an amount of bottled water (approx 1ltr) available for each guest each day. We have our own private vehicle to be driven by a local guide for transfers when needed.

All our excursions including guided walks, hide use and park entrance fees are included; we also include all fees for our team including cooks, assistants and translator.

We include one deer carcass as standard – if a cat comes along and eats the entire carcass early into the trip, then a second deer carcass can be provided but is chargeable as an extra – 2019 prices are USD $800.

Personal Equipment

We recommend you bring along your own binoculars in addition to your camera (no tripod is needed in the hide – there is no room) as well as appropriate clothing; which should be both light and durable walking clothes as well as very warm winter clothes, such as down jackets & trousers, walking socks, gloves, hats, scarfs, fleeces etc. Broken in and comfortable, waterproof walking boots are essential. Any medication, books or other items of a personal nature is of course up to you to bring along. Oh and please bring plenty of memory cards or film for your camera.

Included Equipment

We provide a comprehensive species list of all the vertebrates present in the areas we are visiting as well as some of the best field guides and reference books for the areas we are visiting. We have also provided night vision goggles which can record, so you can monitor the area after dark, as well as camera traps which will be set up around the hide for your trip and any pictures / videos taken with these will be free for you to have and use.

Extra Expenses

Nearly everything is included in this tour. The only things not included are international flights, travel insurance (contact us for more information one what is required from your insurance policy), any food bought outside of the three main meals, drinks outside of any offered with the meals and the bottled water provided each day and any items of a personal nature such as souvenirs and tips. Any applicable departure taxes and not included (but maybe included in the cost of your flights). Please check before departure.

Flight Information

As we are based in Manchester we recommend flights from Manchester International Airport

We recommend Areoflot as a good airline for flights to Khabarovsk. One of the best websites to search for the best fares for these flights is www.odopo.co.uk; who are IATA accredited this is a link direct to their site. Please check our terms and conditions regarding booking flights.

Please contact us for more information about flights and we can provide you with a link direct to the flights from another supplier; in which case you only have to enter the passenger information and payment details. By using the above link you will leave our site and we at Royle Safaris hold no responsibility for the content on the site.

Visas and Health Information

All UK passport holders and most other nationalities are required to have a visa for Russia. These are only obtainable in advance from your local embassy. The easiest way to find information is by visiting http://visitrussia.org.uk (be aware that this link leaves our site and we at Royle Safaris hold no responsibility for information on the site). A tourist visa costs around £115 for a single entry visa which is valid for 30 days, however things change so please check out the website above for more information.

There are no mandatory vaccinations needed to visit Russia, but it is recommended to be protected against TB, polio, typhoid, tetanus and hepatitis A. Please consult your GP about your individual requirements for visiting Russia as soon as you have decided on this trip.

Reviews of this Holiday

The highlight was seeing a wild L (leopard) which was sole the sole point of the trip the bonus was that we saw 2 the Adult and the juvenile.

Mr. Lindsay Farkas - Australia

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2020-04-24T13:05:32+00:00

Mr. Lindsay Farkas - Australia

The highlight was seeing a wild L (leopard) which was sole the sole point of the trip the bonus was that we saw 2 the Adult and the juvenile.
...thank you for a great trip and so glad we got to see the cub and not just mum....

Matthew Roper - Norwich

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2020-04-24T13:09:19+00:00

Matthew Roper - Norwich

...thank you for a great trip and so glad we got to see the cub and not just mum....
Visiting the ecosystem of the Russian far east, home of Amur Leopard and Tiger and the chance to get really close was the highlight. Olga and Vitali really made the difference by showing us parts of Primorje, even outside of the itinerary

Ulrich Heinz - Switerland

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2019-02-26T13:32:24+00:00

Ulrich Heinz - Switerland

Visiting the ecosystem of the Russian far east, home of Amur Leopard and Tiger and the chance to get really close was the highlight. Olga and Vitali really made the difference by showing us parts of Primorje, even outside of the itinerary
Thank you all good 🙂 I would like to say in advance that I liked the trip very much. And especially I would like to mention that the great service and the friendliness of Olga and Vitali, the trip had been upgraded with them being involved.

Mr. Nicolas Huser - Switzerland

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2019-02-26T13:35:13+00:00

Mr. Nicolas Huser - Switzerland

Thank you all good 🙂 I would like to say in advance that I liked the trip very much. And especially I would like to mention that the great service and the friendliness of Olga and Vitali, the trip had been upgraded with them being involved.
Very well organised...thanks for your trust and we will find a way to work together in the future with more trips

M. Baptise Bataille - Belguim

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2020-04-24T13:23:46+00:00

M. Baptise Bataille - Belguim

Very well organised...thanks for your trust and we will find a way to work together in the future with more trips
Trip was well organized by Olga and team - Good work.  The two Europeans joined on the safari were very helpful me at all times

B.A. Mahipala - Sri Lanka

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2019-02-26T13:36:57+00:00

B.A. Mahipala - Sri Lanka

Trip was well organized by Olga and team - Good work.  The two Europeans joined on the safari were very helpful me at all times
The hides are well set up and the location is perfect. Would love to come back and try again.

Kurt Bertels - South Africa

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2020-04-24T13:25:16+00:00

Kurt Bertels - South Africa

The hides are well set up and the location is perfect. Would love to come back and try again.
Great trip, well run and Olga was a great help. We were well looked after from start to finish.

Ms. Michelle Liles - California, USA

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2020-04-24T13:28:21+00:00

Ms. Michelle Liles - California, USA

Great trip, well run and Olga was a great help. We were well looked after from start to finish.
I will definitely be coming back to try again, loved the place and the people!

Laurent Spriet - Belgium

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2020-04-24T13:29:23+00:00

Laurent Spriet - Belgium

I will definitely be coming back to try again, loved the place and the people!
I have visited the Amur Leopard’s stamping ground... and have achieved a sculpture there... which has been pictured... a request by my gallery in the UK! Success therefore!

Mr. Mark Coreth - UK

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2019-02-26T14:21:16+00:00

Mr. Mark Coreth - UK

I have visited the Amur Leopard’s stamping ground... and have achieved a sculpture there... which has been pictured... a request by my gallery in the UK! Success therefore!
Loved the help from Olga and her husband. The forest and surrounding countryside is stunningly beautiful

Mr. Hobbs - California

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2019-02-26T14:22:48+00:00

Mr. Hobbs - California

Loved the help from Olga and her husband. The forest and surrounding countryside is stunningly beautiful
We were shown camera trap pictures and videos on our initial gathering/intro evening which showed a leopard visit to the hide, at night, just a few days prior to our arrival....I would probably do either of these trips again

Mr. Fraser - London, UK

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2019-02-26T14:25:52+00:00

Mr. Fraser - London, UK

We were shown camera trap pictures and videos on our initial gathering/intro evening which showed a leopard visit to the hide, at night, just a few days prior to our arrival....I would probably do either of these trips again
My only word is Whaow… What a trip!! Then what encounters we had! Tiger plus Amur leopard and this at least one of them every day from the 13th until the 18th!!!!! And I don’t speak about the nights!!! Olga and Vitali did both a great job. Very fine guests. Thank you again

Mr. Francois Wurz - Monaco

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2019-02-26T14:46:21+00:00

Mr. Francois Wurz - Monaco

My only word is Whaow… What a trip!! Then what encounters we had! Tiger plus Amur leopard and this at least one of them every day from the 13th until the 18th!!!!! And I don’t speak about the nights!!! Olga and Vitali did both a great job. Very fine guests. Thank you again
Thanks Martin, what a wonderful time. It (the tiger and leopard) were there for such a long time and seeing them everyday made getting pictures easy....seeing the tiger on the first day itself was amazing and unexpected.

Mr. Abilash Sekar - USA

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2019-02-26T14:54:02+00:00

Mr. Abilash Sekar - USA

Thanks Martin, what a wonderful time. It (the tiger and leopard) were there for such a long time and seeing them everyday made getting pictures easy....seeing the tiger on the first day itself was amazing and unexpected.
I chose to spend my entire time at the hide to maximize my chances of seeing a leopard. The 1st one I saw was a female in the morning...I got beautiful views of her and had an opportunity to take photographs. The second was a male leopard which turned up which spent the evening and indeed the whole night and next morning near the observation hide. I loved every minute of it.

Prof. Jens Krause - Berlin, Germany

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2018-10-18T14:42:34+00:00

Prof. Jens Krause - Berlin, Germany

I chose to spend my entire time at the hide to maximize my chances of seeing a leopard. The 1st one I saw was a female in the morning...I got beautiful views of her and had an opportunity to take photographs. The second was a male leopard which turned up which spent the evening and indeed the whole night and next morning near the observation hide. I loved every minute of it.
I became the first Belgian to ever photograph a wild Amur Leopard! The trip was hugely successful and I thank Royle Safaris for making this life long dream a reality.

Mr. Erik Op de Beeck - Vienna, Austria

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2018-10-18T14:44:33+00:00

Mr. Erik Op de Beeck - Vienna, Austria

I became the first Belgian to ever photograph a wild Amur Leopard! The trip was hugely successful and I thank Royle Safaris for making this life long dream a reality.
I was also surprised to see the good light conditions until late evening so if a leopard would have came at 7 PM we would have got photos. The leopard came in the early morning of our second day!

Jan Fleischamann - Sweden

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2018-10-18T14:47:19+00:00

Jan Fleischamann - Sweden

I was also surprised to see the good light conditions until late evening so if a leopard would have came at 7 PM we would have got photos. The leopard came in the early morning of our second day!
What a fantastic place! and what an incredible animal!

Mr. Durga - Bangalore, India

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2018-10-18T14:48:42+00:00

Mr. Durga - Bangalore, India

What a fantastic place! and what an incredible animal!
I looooved it all! I combined the trip with the tigers and loved both parts of Russia. Olga was a wonderful guide and great company. I cannot explain how much i enjoyed the trip, this part of Russia is stunningly gorgeous and I hope that many more people come and visit the place and follow in my footsteps in the future. Martin runs great trips and I want everyone to book if they can.

Ms. Margaret Powers - Texas, USA

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2018-10-18T14:51:29+00:00

Ms. Margaret Powers - Texas, USA

I looooved it all! I combined the trip with the tigers and loved both parts of Russia. Olga was a wonderful guide and great company. I cannot explain how much i enjoyed the trip, this part of Russia is stunningly gorgeous and I hope that many more people come and visit the place and follow in my footsteps in the future. Martin runs great trips and I want everyone to book if they can.
One of the absolute best trips I have ever taken. Far East Russia was beautiful, welcoming, and amazing. Royle Safaris chose top notch local guides to work with. Everyone on the trip was treated so well. They truly went above and beyond to ensure we felt welcome, safe, and satisfied with our experiences...I left with zero disappoint or regret and plan on going back as soon as possible.

Ms. Becca Murphy - USA

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2020-04-06T08:22:12+00:00

Ms. Becca Murphy - USA

One of the absolute best trips I have ever taken. Far East Russia was beautiful, welcoming, and amazing. Royle Safaris chose top notch local guides to work with. Everyone on the trip was treated so well. They truly went above and beyond to ensure we felt welcome, safe, and satisfied with our experiences...I left with zero disappoint or regret and plan on going back as soon as possible.
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Details

Start:
February 20, 2022
End:
March 8, 2022
Cost:
£1553 – £7240
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Venue

Vladivostok
Vladivostok, Russian Federation + Google Map

Organizer

Royle Safaris
Phone:
0845 226 8259
Email:
info@royle-safaris.co.uk

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Deposit:
£1,500 per person
Single Supplement:
£85
Minimum Passengers:
3 persons before tour runs

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