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What to Expect on a Yellowstone Safari

You’ve probably heard of hiking in Yellowstone or even skiing in Yellowstone National Park, but have you heard of a Yellowstone Safari?

What is a Yellowstone Safari you ask?

A Yellowstone Safari is an expedition to one of the best wildlife viewing points in North America. Often as „Serengeti of the WestWe made our way to Lamar Valley Observe animals in their natural habitat!

Bisons on a Yellowstone safariBisons on a Yellowstone safari

What to Expect on a Yellowstone Safari

Our morning starts at 5am at our hotel in Mammoth hot springsThe early morning is the best time to see wildlife. Then we drove into the Lamar Valley to catch a glimpse of grizzly bears, wolves, elk, bison herds, antelopes, black and brown bears.

We arrive in Lamar Valley just as the sun is rising and Find a herd of bisonto graze in the early morning. When we looked at the herd of bison, someone spotted it a pack of wolves on a slope. Three wolves roam the valley, this is a pretty rare opportunity. While the wolf population in Yellowstone has recovered well, you don’t see one or three every day! Luckily our guides had some spotting scopes and we were able to observe these amazing animals without disturbing them in their natural habitat.

As soon as the wolves were out of sight, we continued our safari deeper into the valley, just to move Find a grizzly in the meadow. This was another special moment, I saw a lot of bears in my day but I had never seen a grizzly in the wild. It was only 6 a.m. and we had already seen bison, elk, wolves, deer and a grizzly! We made one more stop in the valley just to find another wolf, grizzly, and black bear with their cub!

As for safaris … we did really well!

Mammoth hot springs in Yellowstone National Park

After our safari we went back to Mammoth Hot Springs to see them Mammoth terraces. The mammoth breeds are created by the Morris Mammoth Fault, which pushes boiling water up from the bottom, pushing dissolved calcium and bicarbonate to the surface. Together with the released carbon dioxide, they together form travertine. The geothermal activity creates a constantly changing color of the terraces.

If that wasn’t enough, we went to the town of Gardinar for rafting on the Yellowstone River. White water rafting is a real adventure and Yellowstone has Class I-III rides that are accessible to everyone. This section of Yellowstone runs through the Paradise Valley, with a view of the Absorokas Mountains and wildlife along the way.

That’s it people! My Yellowstone Safari, one of the highlights of my travel career.

I’ve been to national parks since childhood and have never seen more wildlife in one place than in Yellowstone. If you want more information on a Yellowstone safari check out this This tour is available on Viator.

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