Siberian Tiger Winter Tour

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Siberian Tiger Winter Tour

November 27 - December 10

£850 - £3895

Siberian Tiger Winter Tour

In the 1940s the worlds largest species of cat was in a very perilous position and numbered les than 50 in the wild. However since then the populations of Siberian tigers in Far Eastern Russia have received considerable protection and their numbers are around 500 individuals. Despite this success they are still facing a huge number of threats and remain incredible difficult to see in the wild. As a result the Russian government have recently set up several new protected areas including the Durminskoye Tiger Reserve which was established in 2009. This tour focuses on this park which harbours a large number of tigers and with the help of the local anti-poaching patrols and their camera trap studies we will maximize our chances of spotting one of these incredible and elusive big cats in one of their last remaining strongholds.

Holiday Features

TigerTry to spot an elusive Siberian Tiger

Explore the new Durminskoye Reserve

Accompany anti-poaching patrols

One of the last strongholds for tigers

Traditional Russian saunas

Track tigers with big cat experts

Top Animals on Tour

Siberian Tiger

Sable

Raccoon Dog

Siberian Roe Deer

Long-tailed Goral

Stellers Sea Eagle

Itineraries Details

Destination:  Russia

Tour Dates:  20/2/2018 – 5/3/2018

Duration:  13 nights

Type / Focus:  Siberian Tigers

Tour Difficulty:  

Pricing & Costs

Price: £3795 per person

Deposit: £850 per person

Single Supplement: £65

Min. Passengers: 3 persons (total) before tour runs

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Holiday Breakdown

Day 1

Durminskoye Reserve

On your arrival at Khabarovsk airport you will be met by your zoologist escort and local guide and transferred to your accommodation, wooden cabin, in the reserve (2-3 hours).

Days 2-12

Durminskoye Reserve

For the next 11 full days you will walk, ski and explore this incredible reserve. You will have the help of the local expert guides including Alexander Balatov as you search for tigers. This is a very well hidden reserve and probably the best place in the world to see Siberian tigers in the wild. Durminskoye Reserve is prime Ussuri taiga habitat adjacent to foothills of the Sikhote-Alin mountain range. Regarding the tigers in the reserve there is a baby boom at the moment (2013) – recently one more female produced 2 cubs. So there are 6 tiger cubs now, all 3 females in the reserve have reproduced! There is enough food and space for them all that we expect this to form a very good and large population that will spread to other areas of the forest in the future. There are more than 5 adult tigers now on 20,000 hectares of land inside the reserve and we sleep inside the reserve in our accommodation, level – wooden cabins. As opposed to staying outside of the reserves as is the case in most other Russian reserves. Sightings here are mostly of the resident male (and father to all the cubs) as he patrols his territory every 10 days pr so and can be predicted with more accuracy (although we must stress he is a wild tiger and is not completely predicable). Photos with trail cams and video are 100% guaranteed and helping the work that Alexander and his team are doing here is very rewarding. We will arrive with specialist equipment, from camera traps and spotlights to increase our chances of seeing tigers when they are most active (after dark) and we also gain the help of the resident anti-poaching patrols that help to keep these tigers safe. Protected by WWF as part of their commitment to conservation Siberian tigers these ant-poaching rangers know the park and its wildlife better than anyone. We will accompany them as they work the park, tracking tigers along their preferred routes through the forest and also using camera traps to understand their movements, population size and behaviours. The park encourages people to visit the park and join up with the patrols; by helping here you will be directly contributing to the ongoing conservation of the tigers here. Because this park is so remote we will come equipped with a small team to help us on this expedition-style tour; we have a local translator to help us communicate with the rangers as well as a small team of camp cooks and assistants that will prepare our food whilst we are out searching for tigers. Whilst we cannot guarantee a sighting of a wild Siberian tiger we can assure you of seeing their tracks, scratch marks on trees as well as being a significant part of tiger conservation here. We will be arriving and tracking during the late winter and despite the freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall winter is the best time to try and track down and observe Siberian tigers; the snowfall makes tracking them easier as well as concentrating their prey in certain areas where they can still access the vegetation and find unfrozen water. Plus late winter is their breeding season so the tigers are more active as they pursue partners, they mate at this time of year so that they can time the birth of their cubs for the onset of spring and the birthing time for their prey species. The format of each day whilst we are staying in the park will be early starts where we help the patrols and also scout out potentially good areas for tigers, followed by a lunch break and some rest time during the middle of day, we will then head out in the afternoon until nightfall where we will retire to the base camp, level – log cabins; and maybe even a traditional Russian sauna before dinner. Of course this is one of the rarest and least encountered species in the entire world but by being here and tracking through the snow with expert guides you stand as good a chance as any of seeing the stunning and huge Siberian tiger. To help us achieve this ambitious aim we will head out in winter, this vastly helps in tracking tigers as their prints and scat are highly visible as well as being the season where they move around the most. This is the breeding season and also when they search far and wide for food as well as mates. In addition to tracking their prints and staking out carcasses that tigers may return to, you will have help in this mission. You will have an expert local guide, nature reserve rangers (who know and understand the tigers habits here) as well as our own big cat expert zoologist escort who has experience in tracking big cats on 4 continents. This reserve in winter can seem quite bleak and imposing but there is a wealth of life here. Whilst the brown and Asiatic black bears hibernate there are many species of deer which endure the harsh winter and as well as the threat from tigers the prey species here also have lynx and wolves to face. We spend more time in the park and on the search of tigers than anyone else and whilst we guarantee seeing a tiger we certainly give ourselves every possible chance during this unique Siberian tiger tour.

Day 13

Khabarovsk

This morning you will have a last chance to spot a tiger before heading the short distance back to Khabarovsk. Then after checking into the accommodation, level – 3* hotel (Central Hotel), you will have lunch and then the rest of the day for some rest and relaxation.

Day 14

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.

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 a lot of snow on the ground and snow fall is common and heavy.

What’s Included

Everything mentioned in the itinerary is included. Including three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner). 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, vehicle safaris, hide use, camping fees and park entrance fees and anti-poaching patrol fees also included; we also include all fees for our camping team including cooks, assistants and translator.

Personal Equipment

We recommend you bring along your own binoculars or spotting scope 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. There is usually a spare pair of binoculars but in a group of 4 people these do not stretch too far. We also provide a spot light for nocturnal viewing (this is subject to local condition when we arrive). Where camping all camping gear is included as well as camp cooks and assistants where needed.

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

After a couple of years trying to find a tour that explored this park with expert guides, I was so happy to find Royle Safaris and their pioneering tour lived up to the billing

Mr Spawls, Sun City

4.0
2018-04-25T08:19:33+00:00

Mr Spawls, Sun City

After a couple of years trying to find a tour that explored this park with expert guides, I was so happy to find Royle Safaris and their pioneering tour lived up to the billing
Finding and following the tiger prints were my highlight of the trip, along with spending time in the Taiga forest during winter, the hearty Russian food and our guide's Alexander & Martin

Patrick Stolz, Switzerland

4.0
2018-04-25T15:05:02+00:00

Patrick Stolz, Switzerland

Finding and following the tiger prints were my highlight of the trip, along with spending time in the Taiga forest during winter, the hearty Russian food and our guide's Alexander & Martin
Seeing the sable in the forest was a highlight for me as was the wonderful BBQ in the forest during the night.

Jerome Stockner, Seattle

4.0
2018-04-27T07:48:03+00:00

Jerome Stockner, Seattle

Seeing the sable in the forest was a highlight for me as was the wonderful BBQ in the forest during the night.
Alexander was a wealth of info relating to the tigers and a fabulous man. As were all of the guys (Russian Tiger tracking Team)...Truly fabulous, amazing; I don't think the area could have been any better!

Stacey Perna & Charlie Bettel, France

4.0
2018-04-27T07:51:25+00:00

Stacey Perna & Charlie Bettel, France

Alexander was a wealth of info relating to the tigers and a fabulous man. As were all of the guys (Russian Tiger tracking Team)...Truly fabulous, amazing; I don't think the area could have been any better!
My wildlife highlight was the tiger tracking & kills...as were the camera trap viewings. The Udeghe village visit was my non-wildlife highlight. The food was great, location superb and the camera trap viewing is important...

Jason Grubba, NSW

4.0
2018-04-27T07:52:10+00:00

Jason Grubba, NSW

My wildlife highlight was the tiger tracking & kills...as were the camera trap viewings. The Udeghe village visit was my non-wildlife highlight. The food was great, location superb and the camera trap viewing is important...
The overall experience of spending an extended period deep in the remote Russian forest in winter was the overriding highlight...was an amazingly enjoyable and memorable experience.

Graham & Julie Mitchell, UK

5.0
2018-04-27T07:52:49+00:00

Graham & Julie Mitchell, UK

The overall experience of spending an extended period deep in the remote Russian forest in winter was the overriding highlight...was an amazingly enjoyable and memorable experience.
Thanks Martin! This has been a wonderful tour in every respect. Another impressive aspect of the tour was the range of activities planned for us. I would not have missed any of them.

Ms. Sue Teece, Hampshire

5.0
2018-04-27T07:53:29+00:00

Ms. Sue Teece, Hampshire

Thanks Martin! This has been a wonderful tour in every respect. Another impressive aspect of the tour was the range of activities planned for us. I would not have missed any of them.
My wildlife highlight was watching how the wildlife conservation is working here, I like as much the discussion and the (camera trap) videos as spending time in the field.

M. Henri Batut, France

4.0
2018-04-27T07:54:31+00:00

M. Henri Batut, France

My wildlife highlight was watching how the wildlife conservation is working here, I like as much the discussion and the (camera trap) videos as spending time in the field.
...thanks for a great trip Martin and Alexander...I would love to come back on this tour and its like a fantastic trip.

Stuart Hill, Bournemouth

4.0
2018-04-27T07:55:12+00:00

Stuart Hill, Bournemouth

...thanks for a great trip Martin and Alexander...I would love to come back on this tour and its like a fantastic trip.
Overall it was a great experience of the Ussuri Taiga...Alexander\'s knowledge of the nature of the Taiga was outstanding.

Marc Berget, Switzerland

4.0
2018-04-27T07:55:55+00:00

Marc Berget, Switzerland

Overall it was a great experience of the Ussuri Taiga...Alexander\'s knowledge of the nature of the Taiga was outstanding.
I thought the guides, accommodation, food and time spent in the field were all exceptional.

Dr. Martin Daniel, Switzerland

5.0
2018-04-27T07:56:35+00:00

Dr. Martin Daniel, Switzerland

I thought the guides, accommodation, food and time spent in the field were all exceptional.
The wildlife highlight for me were the walks through the forest and the prints of the tigers....this trip absolutely met expectations.

Natascha Daniel, Switzerland

4.0
2018-04-27T07:57:11+00:00

Natascha Daniel, Switzerland

The wildlife highlight for me were the walks through the forest and the prints of the tigers....this trip absolutely met expectations.
We loved the trip and hope to come back again in the summer or autumn time.

Kim & Rob Voyle, Oregon

5.0
2018-04-27T07:57:54+00:00

Kim & Rob Voyle, Oregon

We loved the trip and hope to come back again in the summer or autumn time.
-30 temperatures and predators...isn\'t a holiday for everyone. But for the hardy explorer there are many delights to be found in Russia\'s Far East.

Rory Kinsella, Australia

5.0
2018-04-27T07:58:38+00:00

Rory Kinsella, Australia

-30 temperatures and predators...isn\'t a holiday for everyone. But for the hardy explorer there are many delights to be found in Russia\'s Far East.
Having a close encounter with a tiger and getting to know the Russian people here where the highlights of my trip.

Michel Reijnen, Holland

5.0
2018-04-27T07:59:26+00:00

Michel Reijnen, Holland

Having a close encounter with a tiger and getting to know the Russian people here where the highlights of my trip.
We loved visiting the winter cabin in the forest for a couple of nights, spending some alone time there in the forest was magical.

Mr. Ken Berry, London

5.0
2018-04-27T08:00:45+00:00

Mr. Ken Berry, London

We loved visiting the winter cabin in the forest for a couple of nights, spending some alone time there in the forest was magical.
What a fantastic experience and a wonderful location....Alexander and Martin have a wealth of knowledge and the camp staff make sure everything is catered for

Ms. Ilka Rauch, London

5.0
2018-04-27T08:01:22+00:00

Ms. Ilka Rauch, London

What a fantastic experience and a wonderful location....Alexander and Martin have a wealth of knowledge and the camp staff make sure everything is catered for
I had a great time, the trip does exactly what it says on the tin!

Matthew Hodgetts, Switzerland

4.0
2018-04-27T08:02:06+00:00

Matthew Hodgetts, Switzerland

I had a great time, the trip does exactly what it says on the tin!
My wildlife highlight was seeing the Tiger! ...very fulfilling!

Mark Coreth, UK

5.0
2018-04-27T08:02:43+00:00

Mark Coreth, UK

My wildlife highlight was seeing the Tiger! ...very fulfilling!

One of the best holidays ever! Another totally brilliant tour in every respect and a complete pleasure to be back at the base...it exceeded my expectations and seeing a tiger was my highlight!

Susan Teece, UK

5.0
2018-04-27T08:05:12+00:00

Susan Teece, UK

One of the best holidays ever! Another totally brilliant tour in every respect and a complete pleasure to be back at the base...it exceeded my expectations and seeing a tiger was my highlight!
Spotting 2 separate Amur Tigers was the highlight! The tour was more than what I expected

Phil Darroch - London

5.0
2018-04-27T08:06:51+00:00

Phil Darroch - London

Spotting 2 separate Amur Tigers was the highlight! The tour was more than what I expected
Seeing not one but two tigers!! Martin is very knowledgeable and it was most interesting!

Sophie Fernandes - Essex

5.0
2018-04-27T08:07:25+00:00

Sophie Fernandes - Essex

Seeing not one but two tigers!! Martin is very knowledgeable and it was most interesting!
I enjoyed the winter wonderful landscapes, the people in our group being removed from our day to day lives.

Kathy Misunas - New York

5.0
2018-04-27T08:08:01+00:00

Kathy Misunas - New York

I enjoyed the winter wonderful landscapes, the people in our group being removed from our day to day lives.
What a wonderful, thorough, colorful report, Martin. Love the species list. Thanks so much for your hard work.

Sarah Westphal - Flagstaff, Arizona

5.0
2018-04-27T08:08:46+00:00

Sarah Westphal - Flagstaff, Arizona

What a wonderful, thorough, colorful report, Martin. Love the species list. Thanks so much for your hard work.
We had a great time and loved Russia, my young son even cried when leaving the forest on the last day.

Ranjan Suwandarathne - Sri Lanka

4.0
2018-04-27T08:10:26+00:00

Ranjan Suwandarathne - Sri Lanka

We had a great time and loved Russia, my young son even cried when leaving the forest on the last day.
It met all my expectations overall and in some ways exceeded them in terms of what I learned about this unique environment.

Polly Clark - Helensburgh, Scotland

5.0
2018-04-27T08:11:03+00:00

Polly Clark - Helensburgh, Scotland

It met all my expectations overall and in some ways exceeded them in terms of what I learned about this unique environment.
Our guide had great knowledge of not only the tigers but of the forest as well. I had a great time!

Justin Cote - Ontario, Canada

4.0
2018-04-27T08:12:07+00:00

Justin Cote - Ontario, Canada

Our guide had great knowledge of not only the tigers but of the forest as well. I had a great time!
I want to express to you my gratitude and enjoyment of taking part of the Winter Tiger Trip. Unforgettable: The remoteness, Alex’s experience and enthusiasm, passively listening to and soaking in all of your knowledge… Even my short time in Khabarovsk. I miss it all.

Thank you.

John Merjanian, USA

5.0
2018-05-14T09:50:14+00:00

John Merjanian, USA

I want to express to you my gratitude and enjoyment of taking part of the Winter Tiger Trip. Unforgettable: The remoteness, Alex’s experience and enthusiasm, passively listening to and soaking in all of your knowledge… Even my short time in Khabarovsk. I miss it all. Thank you.
A great trip. The Russian winter is a challenging environment, but Martin offers trips that no one else does. Would have loved to have seen a tiger of course, but just being in their presence was wonderful.

Ms. Lesley Cupitt, Queensland - Australia

5.0
2018-05-14T11:36:18+00:00

Ms. Lesley Cupitt, Queensland - Australia

A great trip. The Russian winter is a challenging environment, but Martin offers trips that no one else does. Would have loved to have seen a tiger of course, but just being in their presence was wonderful.
****  Some wonderful memories, I would not hesitate to recommend it to a friend! The dramatic and different Landscape,environment food hospitality of the Russian far east was the highlight.

Brett Murray, New Zealand

4.0
2018-05-14T11:38:36+00:00

Brett Murray, New Zealand

****  Some wonderful memories, I would not hesitate to recommend it to a friend! The dramatic and different Landscape,environment food hospitality of the Russian far east was the highlight.
Loved it! Amazing! One of the best experiences of my life and one I will be more than happy to repeat. Experiencing the Russian Far East in winter is not for the faint hearted but is everything I hoped for and more.

A. Murray, Aukland

5.0
2018-05-14T11:42:20+00:00

A. Murray, Aukland

Loved it! Amazing! One of the best experiences of my life and one I will be more than happy to repeat. Experiencing the Russian Far East in winter is not for the faint hearted but is everything I hoped for and more.
I really enjoyed it 🙂 and enjoyed your company 🙂 I think you are doing great job!

Well, I am sure that this is just the first adventure and we will for sure meet again one day.

Ms. Julija Grinberga, Latvia

5.0
2018-05-14T11:43:39+00:00

Ms. Julija Grinberga, Latvia

I really enjoyed it 🙂 and enjoyed your company 🙂 I think you are doing great job! Well, I am sure that this is just the first adventure and we will for sure meet again one day.
A great place and some great people. A photographers paradise.

Mr. Y. Bonneh, Israel

4.0
2018-05-16T11:38:43+00:00

Mr. Y. Bonneh, Israel

A great place and some great people. A photographers paradise.
Had a great trip. Would have loved to see one of those big orange guys, but it just gives me an excuse to go back. The more time I spend in Russia, the more I love it- the people, the wildlife and of course, the gloriously awkward situations!

Allison Skidmore, California, USA

5.0
2018-05-16T11:41:06+00:00

Allison Skidmore, California, USA

Had a great trip. Would have loved to see one of those big orange guys, but it just gives me an excuse to go back. The more time I spend in Russia, the more I love it- the people, the wildlife and of course, the gloriously awkward situations!
The wildlife highlight was fresh tiger tracks  close to camp and then also winter cabin snow sled lunch and Udeghe village tour. All in all - AWESOME!

Adam Sandy, Canada (living in Sakhalin)

5.0
2018-05-16T13:24:27+00:00

Adam Sandy, Canada (living in Sakhalin)

The wildlife highlight was fresh tiger tracks  close to camp and then also winter cabin snow sled lunch and Udeghe village tour. All in all - AWESOME!
A very interesting place and some very special people who make it work. I loved visited the Russian Far East.

Mr. Op de Beeck, Belguim

4.0
2018-05-16T13:26:26+00:00

Mr. Op de Beeck, Belguim

A very interesting place and some very special people who make it work. I loved visited the Russian Far East.
I was more than happy to support the conservation work here. To be alone in the forest and experience and see the beautiful environment and participate in its conservation were all highlights for me.

Mr. Olivier Schneider, France

5.0
2018-05-16T13:43:00+00:00

Mr. Olivier Schneider, France

I was more than happy to support the conservation work here. To be alone in the forest and experience and see the beautiful environment and participate in its conservation were all highlights for me.
I thought Viktor was an excellent translator.  The drivers were very good.  Alexander of course was marvellous.  Would love to do this trip again

Ayesha Grewal, Delhi

5.0
2018-05-16T13:44:28+00:00

Ayesha Grewal, Delhi

I thought Viktor was an excellent translator.  The drivers were very good.  Alexander of course was marvellous.  Would love to do this trip again
5 Stars! Awesome, Martin does some fantastic work and gets people to some of the best and most incredible places on the planet! I love these trips and will be coming back to Russia with some of my pals in the near future

Mrs. Powers, Texas, USA

5.0
2018-05-16T13:48:27+00:00

Mrs. Powers, Texas, USA

5 Stars! Awesome, Martin does some fantastic work and gets people to some of the best and most incredible places on the planet! I love these trips and will be coming back to Russia with some of my pals in the near future
Mr. Alexander was very good person. Everyone likes him. He did the best for our satisfaction. All staffs were very good character. I appreciated them so much. I love there.

Mr. Hirata Naoto, Tokyo, Japan

5.0
2018-05-16T13:50:16+00:00

Mr. Hirata Naoto, Tokyo, Japan

Mr. Alexander was very good person. Everyone likes him. He did the best for our satisfaction. All staffs were very good character. I appreciated them so much. I love there.
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Details

Start:
November 27
End:
December 10
Cost:
£850 - £3895
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Venue

Khabarovsk
Khabarovsk, Russian Federation + Google Map

Organizer

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

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Deposit:
£850 per person
Single Supplement:
£70
Minimum Passengers:
3 persons before tour runs

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