Falkland Islands Birds & Wildlife Special
15 day Comprehensive Falklands Birds and Wildlife Tour
On this 15 days adventure you will get to visit five of the most wildlife-rich islands in the Falklands archipelago, encountering an abundance of incredible sights such as colonies of the black-browed albatross, up to 5 species of penguins, the Falklands flightless steamer duck, one of two birds which are endemic to the islands, and lots of raptors and smaller passerines. Then there are the elephant and fur seals, dolphins and orca – the Falklands really are a wildlife paradise
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 >
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 >
- Visit nesting colonies of king, gentoo and rockhopper penguins plus, black-browed albatross, shags and giant petrels
- See other rare and endemic species
- Close up encounters with elephant and fur seals
- Inter-island scenic flights by small aircraft
- Accommodation and meals as shown in itinerary
- Internal flights within Falkland Islands
- Services of private guides where stated
ITINERARY14 Nights 15 Days
- Day 1 | Transfer from Mount Pleasant Airport to Darwin
- Day 2 | Pebble Island
- Days 3-4 | Pebble Island
- Day 5 | Carcass & West Point Islands
- Day 6 | West Point Islands
- Days 7-9 | Bleaker Island
- Day 10 | Sea Lion island
- Days 11-12 | Sea Lion island
- Day 13 | Port Stanley
- Day 14 | Volunteer Point
- Day 15 | Transfer to Mount Pleasant Airport
Transfer from Mount Pleasant Airport to Darwin
Arrive at Mount Pleasant Airport and transfer to Darwin. Full board accommodation at Darwin Lodge. Darwin is to the west of East Falkland and was the site of a major air-sea battle in 1982.
Fly to Pebble Island, named for its multi-coloured pebbles on eastern beaches. This is the third largest of the offshore islands. Three nights full board at Pebble Lodge and two full and one half day guided wildlife tours.
Colonies of rockhopper, gentoo, Magellenic and macaroni penguins, king and rock shags, giant petrels and striated caracaras to be seen, along with black-necked swans and ground nesting birds. Also aircraft wreckage from 1982 conflict and memorials.
Carcass & West Point Islands
Fly to Carcass Island. Two nights full board at the Manager’s House. Your hostess here is renowned for her baking! Lots of land and sea birds to be seen close to the House, including Cobb’s wren, tussock birds and black-throated finches. See elephant seals on the shore and look out for Commerson’s and Peale’s dolphins, often to be seen in the surf.
West Point Islands
Full day excursion to West Point Island. Walk or ride to Devil’s Nose, home to large mixed colonies of black-browed albatrosses and rockhopper penguins. See turkey vultures, military starlings or Falklands thrush and striated caracaras.
Fly to Bleaker Island. Stay in guest house for three nights on full board basis. Delicious home-cooked food. Bleaker is perfect for walking and self-exploration. Lots of ground nesting birds, geese and black-necked swans, plus colonies of penguins and shags. Take care not to walk too close to nesting southern giant petrels!
Sea Lion island
Fly to Sea Lion Island. Three nights full board at Sea Lion Lodge. The Lodge is a short walk from the shoreline through heathland, which is home to snipe and other ground-nesting birds. Introductory Land Rover tour.
Sea Lion island
Spend time observing and walking amongst the large colonies of elephant and sealions on the beach. See gentoo and Magellenic penguins plus skuas and southern giant petrels. Orca and Commerson’s dolphins can be seen from the shoreline, often close in.
Fly back to Stanley. Two nights at Malvina House Hotel on bed and breakfast basis. Try one of the local pubs and take time to visit Stanley Museum.
Full day 4x4 excursion with packed lunch to Volunteer Point to see the largest colony of king penguins on the islands, plus more gentoos and other birds. Pass through an area of stone runs, a unique geological feature described by Charles Darwin. The area near Stanley also includes battlefield sites from 1982.
Transfer to Mount Pleasant Airport
Transfer from Stanley to Mount Pleasant Airport.
Your Itinerary Accommodation
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.
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.
Manager's House, Carcass Island
This comfortable and homely 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 The Manager's House 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.
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