New Siberian tiger and other endangered species safaris

Natural World safaris in Russia, the Himalayas, Madagascar and beyond

A Siberian tiger in the Russian Far East.
A Siberian tiger in the Russian Far East. | Image: Getty Images

Trekking in the Russian Far East in search of the rare Amur or Siberian tiger is an adventure being pioneered by Will Bolsover, founder of Natural World Safaris (www.naturalworldsafaris.com). While a sighting is by no means a given (there are only about 400 of these creatures left in the wild), there is still much to lure committed naturalists, including the chance to set up camera traps. You travel by Ski-Doo into the Durminskoye Forest Reserve (www.russiatigertracking.com), a three-hour drive from Khabarovsk, and stay in a lodge run by the reserve’s director, Alexander Batalov. Bolsover glitzes up the trip, which otherwise relies on simple accommodation, with the return Moscow-Khabarovsk transfer on the Trans-Siberian Railway. A bespoke 10-night Siberian-tiger expedition, including flights from London, starts at £2,850 per person based on two sharing. One of the regions where Bolsover is at his best is Madagascar, where he hosts a leg of his $1m Journey to Nature’s Edge, designed around 18 critically endangered species all over the world (10 per cent of each trip’s cost is donated to Cites – the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna). In this wonderland of curious creatures, Bolsover focuses on the rare black and white ruffed lemur; in theHimalayas, he spotlights snow leopards.



Other far-flung trips by Natural World Safaris include its otherworldly Antarctic cruise, while wildlife enthusiasts will get a buzz out of India’s under-the-radar tiger reserves.

A ruffed lemur at Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, eastern Madagascar
A ruffed lemur at Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, eastern Madagascar
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