Tracking wolves in Yellowstone in winter

“Trek and snowshoe through the breathtakingly beautiful winter scenery of Yellowstone National Park, joined by experienced trackers, in search of the recently reintroduced packs of wolves.”


Yellowstone National Park in winter | Tracking wolves | Chance to spot lynx, elk, bison and other fauna | Wildlife watching in Lamar Valley | Mammoth Hot Springs | Old Faithful geyser | Snowshoeing

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Small group vacation

Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, traveling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week vacation, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travelers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.

What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Make the most of your vacation time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travelers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your vacation.

Solo travelers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those traveling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travelers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travelers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travelers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
Valerie Parkinson
Meet a group Leader
Name: Valerie Parkinson

Story: The first British woman to climb Manaslu, Valerie climbed Everest for her 50th birthday. She’s spent fourteen Christmas Days trekking to Everest Base Camp, and is involved insetting up Responsible Tourism initiatives in the Himalayas.
Roshan Fernando
Meet a local guide
Name: Roshan Fernando

Story: Roshan has led over 130 trips – he adores showing travelers around Sri Lanka. He won the company Leader Award in 2010, but his career highlight was working on their Tsunami Project – which earned him a responsible tourism award.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Tracking wolves in Yellowstone in winter

UK office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies in place, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Leaders & local suppliers:

As a part of our continued commitment to responsible tourism, we work closely with our local operator to run this trip in a way that aims to reduce impacts and to give as much back as possible to the local communities.
Our local partners promote sustainable practices in their operation, and teach and practice the Leave No Trace outdoor ethics curriculum to minimize the impact of the activities on the environment.

Our local partners feature recycling of product waste including plastics, aluminium, paper, and glass with the assistance of the National Park Service, a program made possible through the Greening of the Parks Act.

Our local partners hire only local guides and services to contribute to the local economies and thereby promote sustainable, long-term stability to Yellowstone’s communities through ecotourism.

Our local partners have developed a code of wildlife watching ethics for visitors to the park that emphasizes respect for the wildlife and for fellow visitors.

Our local partners contribute to the Yellowstone Wolf Project’s research and education initiatives through the Yellowstone Park Foundation. This work provides for scientific endeavors to better understand the ecology of the wolf and better protect their place in nature.

To combat the opposition to wolves in local and regional communities our local partners participate on the board of advisors for Living With Wolves, an organization dedicated to raising broad public awareness of the truth about wolves, their social nature, their importance to healthy ecosystems, and the threats to their survival. Programs are designed to build tolerance that can lead to coexistence between people and wolves sharing the same land.

Group size:

We operate small group tours that have a low impact on the communities we visit and we always ensure our operations do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. This allows us to stay in unique and characterful accommodation that would not have benefitted from tourism due to their limited size.

Our vacations are designed with the objective of seeing wildlife in its local habitat. Small group tours enable us to limit our presence on the environment and ensure that our operations do not disrupt the balance of nature. The conservation of endangered species is at the heart of what we do and a number of our wildlife trips directly support this, such as the payment of gorilla permits in Rwanda or national park fees in the Masai Mara or Galapagos

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