| Safari Highlights:
- Viewing Yellowstone’s abundant and diverse wildlife
- Exploring Yellowstone’s geothermal features
- Hiking through mountain meadows and spectacular wildflowers
- Learning about the natural and cultural history
Day 1 - Wildlife, Waterfalls and Spectacular Scenery
Your safari begins as your naturalist guide meets you at your pre-safari lodging. Travel to our nation’s first national park, Yellowstone, and enter through her original entrance, the north gate, watching for pronghorn, elk and bighorn sheep that inhabit this area. Experience one of Yellowstone’s highlights, the picturesque Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, home to the breathtaking Upper and Lower Falls. Explore the hottest and most active thermal area, Norris and witness its unique thermal features.
Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel, Yellowstone National Park L,D
Day 2 - Wildlife, Wildflowers and Wolves
Early morning departure from the hotel to the northern range of Yellowstone, also known as the Serengeti of North America, home to bison, elk, moose, antelope, and their predators, coyotes, grizzly bears and gray wolves. Witness the interaction between predator and prey and learn how they co-exist. Observe some or all of the wildlife species Lewis & Clark reported, when they traveled nearby. Hike to a pristine alpine lake, viewing wildlife and spectacular scenery. Experience the travertine mineral deposits of Mammoth Hot Springs, where spectacular colors and limestone formations make this area one of the finest in the park. Late afternoon wildlife drive to possibly view bears, wolves, coyotes, buffalo (bison) bighorn sheep, elk, and pronghorn.
Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel, Yellowstone National Park B,L,D
Day 3 - Wildlife, Geysers and Hot Springs
Early morning departure to the beautiful Lake Yellowstone , the largest lake above 7000 ft in North America . Take a leisurely walk along its shoreline and enjoy the spectacular views of the Absaroka Mountains. Explore the unique West Thumb Geyser Basin, home to geysers and hot springs on the shore and in the lake. Cross the Continental Divide into the main reason why Yellowstone was set aside as a national park, the largest geothermal region in the world, home to the famous Old Faithful Geyser and comical Fountain Paint Pots. Experience the surrounding geothermal areas, from the popular to the hidden, and learn about Yellowstone’s geologic history, from the past to the present. Late afternoon drive to view elk, bison, coyotes, bears and wolves.
Old Faithful Inn, Yellowstone National Park B,L,D
Day 4 -Geysers, Paint Pots and Wildlife
Morning departure to possibly view wildlife and to explore the unique geyser basins of the region. Hike to an off the beaten path thermal area that only a few visitors explore each year. Experience an up close and personal look at some of the more than 10,000 thermals that dot Yellowstone’s landscape. Afternoon hike along the beautiful Gallatin River (one of the three forks of the Missouri), receiving spectacular views of the Gallatin Mountain Range and beautiful arrays of wildflowers. Late afternoon wildlife viewing on your way to your post-safari lodging.
On each day’s itinerary, you will notice in bold lettering B,L,D. These symbols represent the meals that are provided during the safari. To assure optimal wildlife viewing, some meals will be in the field.