Falkland Islands Birds & Wildlife 10 days
The Falkland Islands are one of the best kept wildlife secrets in the world. Here you can view a large variety of birds and other species close up; birds such as nesting black-browed albatross, five species of penguin, giant petrels, the endangered striated caracara and endemics such as Cobb's wren and the Falklands flightless steamer duck. On the beaches or offshore are elephant and fur seals, two species of dolphin and orca. Combine this with brooding scenery, historical associations and friendly people and you have a unique travel experience. Price based on two sharing
Namibia Birding and Photography GuideAn accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country. Read more >
Wildlife Guide & PhotographerAndy is a 6th generation Falkland Islander, with a passion for wildlife, plants and photography. Raised in the Falkland Islands, Andy developed a close affinity with the Islands natural environment at a young age. School holidays where spent in the ‘camp’ or countryside with friends and family. For more than 10 years, Andy had the privilege of spending a time on Sea Lion Island, visiting his mother who managed one of the Islands premier tourist destinations. Read more >
Photographer and founder of the Travel Photographer Of The Year awardsA fascination with natural light and a passion with nature, landscape and travel underpin Chris Coe's photography. His images often have a striking simplicity and graphic quality. More recent work has introduced a subtlety with experimentation with both movement and light.Read more >
Falklands Expert & GuideBorn in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. Read more >
Special Guest LecturerExclusive to this voyage, Doug Allan, a multi award winning polar photographer and cameraman, will be your special guest lecturer. Doug has been on over 20 expeditions to Svalbard to film its wildlife, and knows the wonders of this area more than most. Read more >
Special Guest Photography GuideChris was 32 when he finally realised he really did want to be a photo-journalist and walked out on his career in IT sales to become a wildlife photographer Read more >
- Spectacular and accessible birdlife
- Marine mammals
- Scenic inter-island flights
- Historical associations
- All transfers between airports, hotels and lodges
- All flights within the Falkland Islands
- One night at Darwin Lodge on full board basis
- Two nights at Carcass Lodge on full board basis
- Boat excursion to West Point Island
- Two nights at Pebble Lodge full board with one full and one half day excursion
- Two nights at Sea Lion Lodge full board with orientation tour
- Two nights at Malvina House Hotel on B&B basis
- Full day excursion to Volunteer Point with packed lunch
ITINERARY9 Nights 10 Days
Arrive at Mount Pleasant Airport, either from RAF Brize Norton or on scheduled LAN Chile flight from Punta Arenas. Transfer to Darwin House Lodge at Darwin. Remainder of day at leisure with dinner and breakfast.
Flight to Carcass Island for two nights at Carcass Island Lodge on full board basis. This island is cat and rat free, so many birds to be seen, including the endemic Cobb’s wren, striated caracara, etc. Elephant seals can be seen on the beach here plus Commerson’s and Peale’s dolphins offshore.
West Point Island
Boat trip to West Point Island, where the highlight is a large nesting colony of black-browed albatrosses shared with rockhopper penguins.
Fly to Pebble Island for two nights on full board basis. Half day wildlife and historical site tour.
Full day wildlife and scenery tour, including the colourful pebble beach which gives the island its name. Gentoo, rockhopper, macaroni and Magellanic penguins nest here as well as waterfowl, southern giant petrels, ground nesting birds and king shags.
Sea Lion Island
Fly to Sea Lion Island for two nights on full board basis. Orientation tour included.
The lodge is within walking distance of various beaches, where elephant and fur seals can be seen, along with nesting gentoo, rockhopper and Magellenic penguins. There are also various ground-nesting and other birds to be seen. Orcas and dolphins can often be seen offshore.
Fly to Stanley and transfer to Malvina House Hotel. Remainder of day at leisure to visit the excellent museum and cathedral and to explore the colourful streets. Lots of birds are also seen within town.
Breakfast at hotel. Full day excursion with expert guide by 4 x 4 vehicle to Volunteer Point to view breeding colonies of king, gentoo and Magellanic penguins. Other birds to be seen include Falklands thrush, blackish and Magellanic oystercatchers, terns, shags, ground tyrants and pipits. Includes packed lunch. On the drive, you will also see the unique stone runs, geological remnants from the ice age.
After breakfast, transfer to airport for your flight to either Brize Norton or Punta Arenas. Options are available for stopovers on Ascension Island or within Chile and other regions of South America.
A view from Above
Malvina House Hotel, Stanley
Located just a few minutes' walk from the historic centre of the world's southernmost capital this beautiful hotel offers sophisticated and comfortable accommodation for guests looking for a central and relaxing base from which to enjoy all that Port Stanley has to offer.
With views over the natural harbour, unrivalled hospitality, elegantly furnished bedrooms, and a small but welcoming spa this hotel has all the necessary amenities to ensure a very pleasant stay at the start or end of your Falkland Islands adventure.
You may even be lucky enough to spot a stray seal or penguin across the harbour waters as you enjoy a relaxing dinner or drink in the hotel's spacious and welcoming bar and restaurant which serves delicious home cooked meals throughout the day.
Malvina House Hotel offers 3 different levels of accommodation, all of which have en-suite bathrooms, large comfortable beds, flat screen TVs, fluffy white towels and comfortable seating areas. Each bedroom has been decorated and furnished to a very high standard and many of the bedrooms also offer fabulous views over the harbour.
Situated in the historic Darwin settlement on East Falkland Island this comfortable and welcoming guest house is located perfectly for those looking for a relaxing and tranquil stay close to Darwin's most famous sites.
The area surrounding this pretty lodge is bursting with history, with gaucho remains and memorials from the 1982 conflict visible throughout, and combined with top-class hospitality and welcoming accommodations this is a perfect place to relax, unwind and enjoy the remarkable scenery on offer.
The owners of the lodge know all there is to know about this wonderful area and can help you to arrange everything from battlefield tours to trips to visit Gentoo penguin colonies.
The area surrounding Darwin Lodge is fantastic for a wide range of walks where you can expect to witness a wide variety of flora and intriguing wildlife and birdlife such as the Southern Giant Petrel, the Falklands Steamer Duck and the Falklands Thrush.
After a long day of getting up close to the wonders of the Falklands' unique wildlife and history you can return to the calming atmosphere of Darwin House where a warm welcome awaits you. The lodge has a large dining room and bar where home-grown and home-cooked meals are served. Alternatively you can sit back and relax whilst enjoying some traditional Smoko and afternoon tea in the lounge or the sunny conservatory overlooking the Choiseul Sound waters.
There are 6 guest bedrooms at Darwin House, 2 of which have en-suite bathrooms and 4 which have en-suite shower rooms. Each comfortable bedroom has been decorated to a high standard and provides all the necessary comforts for a relaxing and enjoyable stay.
Carcass Island Lodge
As its name suggests this beautiful lodge is located on the wonderful Carcass Island, a quiet, wildlife rich haven situated to the north west of West Island.
Often thought of as the most beautiful of the islands in the archipelago, Carcass Island is reached by a short flight from Stanley and upon arrival at Carcass Island Lodge you will receive a very warm welcome from your fantastic hosts who will aim to make sure your stay here is an unforgettable one.
Your hosts, who are the owners of the island, will be able to tell you the best places to spot the island's famous wildlife including large colonies of magellanic and gentoo penguins, elephant seals, dolphins and a plethora of birds such as Cobb's wren, the Falkland Thrush and the Falkland Skua amongst many others.
The lodge itself is cosy and welcoming with 5 homely bedrooms, 4 of which have en-suite facilities. Your hostess is renowned for her baking accompanying tea at any time of the day and this can be enjoyed in the comfortable lounge or outside as you listen for the sounds of the nearby magellanic penguins.
The lodge also has an honesty bar, a dining room and a sun room.
Carcass Island is also the access point to West Point Island and Grand and Steeple Jason Islands and your hosts will be happy to make arrangements for you to visit.
10 miles south of East Falkland lies the remarkable Sea Lion Island where an abundance of wildlife live and roam amongst some of the most beautiful scenery in the Falklands Archipelago.
Sea Lion Lodge is the only accommodation on this wonderful island and here you will find a welcoming, homely and exceptionally comfortable home-from-home to rest your bones after a long day of exploring.
Offering spectacular views of the South Atlantic this peaceful lodge is known as the most southerly British lodge hotel in the world and with the largest breeding colony of Southern Elephant Seals on its doorstep it is a wildlife enthusiast's paradise.
Sea Lion Island is accessible via a 40 minute flight from Stanley and upon arrival at your lodge you will be greeted with a warm welcome from your hosts who will ensure that you are superbly looked after throughout your stay.
The Lodge was recently upgraded to ensure a very high standard of accommodation and there are 5 twin rooms, 2 double rooms, 1 single room and 1 family room, all of which have been immaculately decorated and feature an en-suite bathroom, central heating and large comfortable beds.
The lodge has a welcoming lounge bar in which guests are invited to relax after a long day of exploring with a drink from the wide selection of wines, beers and spirits on offer. There are also 2 comfortable living rooms, a conservatory and a well stocked library.
Sea Lion Island is a popular destination mostly due to the sheer quantity of wildlife available to observe within a short distance. There is a large colony of southern elephant seals, which share the beach with sea lions and gentoo penguins, along with an abundance of birdlife such as Cobb's wrens, southern giant petrels, Falkland skuas, striated caracaras and short-eared owls. Offshore, pods of orca and Peale's dolphins can often be spotted, sometimes quite close in and your hosts will be delighted to let you know the best places for wildlife spotting and the best routes to take.
Pebble Island is the third largest offshore island in the Falklands archipelago and the main guest accommodation here is this bright and comfortable lodge which is ideally situated on a neck of land separating the two main land masses of this wildlife and history rich island.
Spend your days exploring the diverse terrain of magnificent sea cliffs surrounded by a plethora of birdlife, beautiful beaches filled with penguins and imposing mountains before returning to the warmth and comfort of this recently renovated traditional farmhouse.
A friendly and welcoming atmosphere awaits you along with well appointed bedrooms, cosy lounge areas and delicious home-cooked meals and Smoko.
The lodge accommodates up to 11 visitors in a mixture of single, double/twin and triple rooms. Fantastic home-cooked food is available throughout the say and there are welcoming and cosy social areas where guests can relax with a drink from the well stocked honesty bar and regale stories of their adventures.
Full and half day trips are available for wildlife viewing and to visit war sites from the 1982 conflict.
What Our Customers
I want to thank you for all you did to make my recent Falklands trip run so smoothly and comfortably. Thank you for all your help over the diet too.
The Falklands is an incredible place with so much more wildlife than I expected, I consider myself very privileged to have been there. Sitting on the beach amongst hundreds of rock hopper penguins and huge elephant seals is a moment I will treasure forever.
Many thanks for all you help with our polar trip which exceeded all expectations. We will certainly recommend your company and seriously consider yourselves for future trips.
Thank you very much for the part you both played in making my holiday such a wonderful adventure, everything went well and I have come back with some very happy memories and a decent number of photos of penguins!! Great fun!
Just a quick note to say that my Falkland trip was absolutely fantastic - with amazing opportunities for wildlife photography. Organisation of the trip was excellent - each island was different but all were equally good; with everyone clearly working hard to make sure visitors got the most out of their time. The flight back was delayed by 16 hours due to fog at Brize Norton (and even then was diverted to Birmingham); but I didn't mind because it meant I had an extra day there! I'm full of praise for your local representatives. They were very efficient and went out of their way to make sure I got the most of my holiday and, in particular, that extra day. I'm still working my way through the many thousands of photos I took - just started on day 6!! Many thanks to Wildfoot Travel, and particularly yourself, for your organisation and for giving me the idea and inspiration for this trip.
I just got back from my trip. It was fabulous. The Falklands were perfect for me. Lots of birds, few people, lots of time to wander around on my own. All the islands were wonderful. The only day that was not excellent was the trip to Dolphin point. A long drive, few birds and few sea lions. I was very lucky with the weather. Lots of wind but hardly any rain. I debated whether to do this or go to antarctica, and am delighted I did this. La Yegua Loca in PA was a delight. I usually could care less about hotels and restaurants on trips like this, but La Yegua Loca was wonderful. The new restaurant they have - a glass enclosed space on the terrace in front of the hotel with old tools as fixtures and views out to the straights and delicious food was great. The only change I would make doing it again was to work with you better on flights. I wanted to use frequent flyer miles on American Airlines so I made reservations from Boston to Santiago and you did the rest. I didn't know there was a flight from Santiago to Mt. Pleasant (by way of PA). And I could have left PA and come all the way home without another night and say in Santiago. But that was minor. Thanks again. Danny
I just wanted to let you know what a wonderful time my daughter and I had on our jaunt to the Falklands. The wildlife was absolutely stunning ( who could ever forget the caracaras! ) and all your arrangements went like clockwork. I'll certainly recommend you to my long list of friends who now want to visit. Thank you all very much, Gill Waterson
I hope you’re well. I wanted to drop you a line to say we are back from Antarctica and had a wonderful time with Ponant. The trip exceeded our expectations in every respect, and I haven’t yet found enough superlatives to describe it to friends! Antarctica was breathtaking (as you know), and we loved pretty-much everything about Ponant. It was the perfect fit for us and I’m very grateful to you for taking the time to help with the booking. Having read the nightmares that Silversea have been having with the Silver Cloud, we felt lucky to be onboard Le Lyrial. Of course the only downside of a trip like this is we want to go back - best start saving now! Thanks again for all of your help and support with the booking process. Ponant was exactly as you described it. We have our eye on a couple of other cruises with them so I might be in touch soon.
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday? Sitting next to penguins and elephant seals 2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday? Do it! Bring warm clothes. 3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation? Hosts at various lodges were very warm and obviously loved what they do and wanted to help with all aspects of our trip 4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall? Excellent. Is there a rating above 5? Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall? 5 *****
We had the most fantastic time! Everything exceeded our expectations - the ship, the expedition team, the scenery and the most amazing wildlife experiences - 15 humpback whales around the ship one sunset was particularly stunning. Thank you so much to you and your colleagues for your expert advice (the cabin choice was just perfect, especially for the bumpy days!) and guidance and helping made this experience so great. My lifetime's ambition was to visit Antarctica and you all helped make that possible. I should also say that the arrangements in Buenos Aires worked really well too. I think we all have ideas about the next trip - Svalbard or the NorthWest Passage - but maybe in a couple of years, although we do each have $1500 in vouchers from Quark! I am not on Facebook myself but will try to put a review on either of the links below. I've received the new brochure already.
A great big thanks to all at Wildfoot Travel for making my Antarcti Expediton an epic adventure of immense proportions. Everything went smoothly, pickups, hotels and most of all the expedition itself. A truly mind blowing experience unlike any I have ever taken. Looking forward to the next trip with you.
Just came back from a trip aboard the Ortelius to the Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica. Thank you Wildfoot for organising it so well. We had the trip of a lifetime and everything ran very smoothly and stress free so many, many thanks
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