Having worked for the last six years as a Silversea expedition leader, Daniil Elterman has seen his fair share of the planet’s weird and wonderful. Here he shares his top tips on where and when to travel to in order to tick off some wildlife bucket list biggies…
Brown Bears – Alaska is the best place in the world to see brown bears. Travel between June and August as it’s the salmon running season so bears are out in force as they are guaranteed a good feed. Look out for the Silversea itineraries that include Katmai National Park on the Alaskan Peninsula, which boasts the highest concentration of Brown Bears in Alaska.
Whales –Alaska and the Russian Far East are great places to spot Humpback Whales and June and July the best months to travel. Grey Whales are also abundant in the Bering Sea and Antarctica is another great destination to see whales of all different kinds, including the infamous Killer Whale. They travel there with their young to feed on krill generally between mid-November and March.
Orangutans – There are two world famous places to see Orangutans – Sandakan in Borneo, Malaysia and Kumai Camp Leaky in Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo. We visit both places with Silver Discoverer.
Polar Bears – In the six seasons Silver Explorer has been plying the Arctic waters there has been not one departure of the “Expedition Svalbard” (10 day classic cruise) that hasn’t been graced with a polar bear sighting. June to August is the best time to catch them as it’s the only time when the weather and ice allows cruise lines to operate in the Arctic. Polar Bears are up and about during this season, actively feeding and fattening up for a cold winter.
Penguins – Visit South Georgia Island and Antarctica from Mid-November to beginning of March, our Southern hemisphere summer, which is the warmest time of the year there and you’ll see penguins aplenty. In the winter all the wildlife retreats to the open seas, as everything freezes there for miles and miles during the winter.
Waved Albatross (aka Galapagos Albatross ) -If you’re counting on seeing these beautiful birds on a visit to the Galapagos then make sure you choose a North-Central itinerary if travelling on-board Silver Galapagos. Espanola Island is the only place where they nest. You’ll be disappointed if you travel between December and March as you won’t see any! After the chick fledges they leave for the open ocean and only come back to nest. Theoretically, one can see the albatross bird on the Galapagos from April to December, but it is during the dry season (June to November) that the birds are in their reproductive season.
Giant Tortoise – Aldabra Island in the Seychelles has the highest population of Giant Tortoises. The population there is much larger and denser than even on the Galapagos. They also roam around freely in their natural habitat. You can also see Giant Tortoises on both itineraries of Silver Galapagos while visiting the islands.
Tropical reef fish – drift snorkelling on Aldabra Island in Seychelles as well as unspoiled reefs of Papua New Guinea, Solomons, Vanuatu and Western Papua are some of the best places for keen snorkelers and divers.
So if you’re inspired and want to tick off whatever is on your own wildlife bucket list then speak to our team of travel experts today and let us recommend the expedition cruise that’s right for you. Call us on 0844 847 5004/0191 285 9321, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.travelb.co.uk for more travel inspiration.
Silversea Fact File
Silversea has a fleet of 3 expedition ships Silver Explorer, Silver Galapagos and the latest addition to the fleet Silver Discoverer which visit some of the most remote corners of the planet. These up-close and personal expeditions will bring you face to face with some of the world’s rarest wildlife and most intriguing cultures.
Silver Explorer – Cruising Arctic, Antarctic, Caribbean and South & Central America in 2015/2016
Silver Galapagos –Cruising North Central Islands and Western Islands of The Galapagos in 2015/2016
Silver Discoverer – Cruising the Pacific and Indian Ocean in 2015/2016 visiting New Zealand & Australia, Polynesia, Africa, Asia, Alaska and the Russian Far East.
It’s not too late for you to book a Silversea Expedition cruise to see some of the world’s most unique wildlife. Limited space remains on a selection of 2015 itineraries:
Departing on 12 July 2015 the 10 night ‘Cruise & Explore Svalbard’ cruise, to glimpse the powerful Arctic polar bears, costs from £5,450 per person.
Call us on 0191 285 9321/0844 847 5004 or email email@example.com to speak to one of our travel experts today.