Holidays and Events

For any queries about the following holidays or events with Mark, please email Rachel Ashton or telephone +44 (0) 117 904 8934

How about Mark's
Ultimate Wildlife Experiences book
for a little inspiration while you wait...?

Price: £24.99

The best whale watching on Earth!

Mark was among the first to start whale-watching tours to Baja California, Mexico, and he has led trips there up to four times a year, every year, since 1999.

2019:
8-20 February, 23 February-7 March, 10-22 March & 9-21 April
APRIL FULLY BOOKED (waitlists available)
2020: TAKING NAMES for 8-20 February, 23 February-7 March, 10-22 March & 9-21 April
The best whale watching on Earth!

Annual dates:
8-20 February, 23 February-7 March, 10-22 March, 9-21 April

"I've been whale-watching for more than 30 years in more than 50 countries, and Baja is by far the best place for the closest and most varied encounters with a wide variety of species. The Spirit of Adventure is my favourite vessel in the region, and between early February and late April is the prime time to go"

Mark Carwardine

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    Click here if you wish to book or go on our waitlists.

    Click here to buy Mark's brilliant new book which has a chapter about whale watching in Baja California.

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Wrangel Island Expedition Cruise

A very special expedition, with outstanding photographic opportunities, to one of the least explored wildernesses on Earth (organised by Wildlife Worldwide)
Wrangel Island Expedition Cruise

21 July - 7 August 2018 FULLY BOOKED
21 July - 7 August 2019

This 14-night expedition cruise travels along the Chukotka Peninsula, across the Bering Strait (which separates Russia from the United States), crosses the Arctic Circle, continues west along the wild coastline of Siberia, and then 140km further north to one of the most remote wildlife hotspots in the world: Wrangel Island. It boasts an astonishing abundance of wildlife, including the largest polar bear denning ground in the world and is home to Pacific walruses, wolverines, muskoxen, vast seabird colonies, and much, much more. We will enjoy lots of Zodiac cruises, and plenty of landings.. Add mammoth tusks (their curved tusks are everywhere), hundreds of plant species, phenomenal geological formations, and you can begin to understand why this High Arctic island is so special. With landscape photographer Joe Cornish.

Organised by Wildlife Worldwide (t: 01962 302 086); sales@wildlifeworldwide.com

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Festival of Whales, Bay of Fundy, Canada

Fabulous opportunity to see critically endangered North Atlantic right whales
(organised by Wildlife Worldwide)
Festival of Whales, Bay of Fundy, Canada

Dates:
1 - 9 September 2018

Mark joins Chris Breen from Wildlife Worldwide for the 2018 Festival of Whales in the Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick, Canada.

Organised by Wildlife Worldwide T: 01962-302-086;
E: reservations@wildlifeworldwide.com

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Festival of Bears, Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia, Canada

Super bear-viewing with a focus on photography (organised by Wildlife Worldwide)
Festival of Bears, Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia, Canada

Dates:
6 - 14 October 2018

Mark joins Chris Breen from Wildlife Worldwide for the 2018 Festival of Bears at Knight Inlet Lodge, British Columbia.

Organised by Wildlife Worldwide T: 01962-302-086; E: reservations@wildlifeworldwide.com

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Special Antarctica Photographic Charter

Wonderful opportunity to see Antarctica at its most beautiful (organised by Exodus)
Special Antarctica Photographic Charter

Dates:
28 Nov - 10 Dec 2018

Mark and Chris Packham join Paul Goldstein from Exodus for this special trip to Antarctica. All bookings will get signed copies of Mark's Ultimate Wildlife Experiences and Paul Goldstein's Predator (limited Special Single Cabin Offer, too).

Organised by Exodus T: 0203-811-4578; E: sales@exodus.co.uk

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Whale Watching in the Russian Far East

This has to be one of the most thrilling whale-watching trips ever – in a part of the world that most people couldn’t even point to on a map (organised by Wildlife Worldwide)
Whale Watching in the Russian Far East

Dates:
7-26 June 2019

On this 16-night cruise in the Bering Sea and Sea of Okhotsk, we hope to see critically endangered North Pacific right whales, as well as bowhead, blue, humpback, fin, minke, Baird’s beaked, and sperm whales, rarely-seen western grey whales, eastern grey whales (perhaps some some of our old friends who will have migrated from Baja California, Mexico), as well as huge colonies of seabirds, and everything from Steller’s sea eagles and ribbon seals, to Kamchatka brown bears and sea otters. With landscape photographer Joe Cornish.

Organised by Wildlife Worldwide (t: 01962 302 086); sales@wildlifeworldwide.com

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Mark at this year's Birdfair

Join Mark at Birdfair 2018 – the wildlife-lover's equivalent of Glastonbury!
Mark at this year's Birdfair

Dates:
17 - 19 August 2018

FRIDAY 17 AUGUST, noon-12.45 (Events Marquee)
NEVER, EVER, EVER, WRITE A FIELD GUIDE
We all use field guides. We take them for granted. But what is actually involved in putting one together? Can it really take two long days to produce a single distribution map? Does it really matter if you describe an animal’s colour as bluish-grey or greyish-blue? Do you really have to read 23 scientific papers just to calculate a species’ population size (which is basically four words – ’world population 60,000-70,000’ – in a book of 200,000 words?) And then there’s all the artwork – three wildlife artists sitting on their own in their studios, day and night, week in, week out, slowing going mad, producing more than 1,000 pieces of original artwork. In this hilarious moan chat, Mark offers a behind-the-scenes look at what it’s been like to work on a comprehensive field guide to the world’s whales, dolphins and porpoises for the past five years. It was supposed to be two years – the publisher’s original deadline has been lost in the mists of time – but it seems to have taken quite a bit longer than expected. And, along the way, he raves about some of some of his favourite – and some of the most extraordinary – animals on the planet.

SATURDAY 18 AUGUST, 11.00-11.45am (Events Marquee)
IT'S TIME FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS TO
REMEMBER WILDLIFE
The ‘Remembering Wildlife’ charity book-series was created by photographer Margot Raggett after she saw a poached elephant in 2014. She enlisted the support of many of the world’s top wildlife photographers to donate images to her books and so far has raised more than £315,000 for conservation projects in Africa and Asia via charity partner The Born Free Foundation.
In this session, book contributors Jonathan & Angela Scott and Mark Carwardine will talk about the subjects of the first two books, elephants and rhinos respectively, and why they feel strongly that wildlife photography must be used for the purpose of conservation. Margot Raggett will then share her experiences of putting together the books and give a sneak preview of the forthcoming Remembering Great Apes book which will be published in the autumn.

SATURDAY 18 AUGUST, 2.30-3.00pm (Wild Zone, Young People's Marquee)
YOU'LL NEVER BELIEVE IT!
Did you know that sharks really aren’t all that dangerous? Or that blue whales can grow as big as a Boeing 737? Or that there’s an animal that crawls into a fish’s mouth, eats its tongue, grabs onto the bloody stub, and then pretends to be a new tongue? Mark chats about some of the weirdest and most mind-boggling animals on the planet.

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Frozen South Adventure, South Georgia & Antarctic Peninsula (via the Falkland Islands)

We’ve combined all the very best wildlife and wild places in this one outstanding trip. If you’re going to make the journey to the bottom of the world you might as well do it properly – as once-in-a-lifetime experiences go, it doesn’t get much better (organised by Wildlife Worldwide)
Frozen South Adventure, South Georgia & Antarctic Peninsula (via the Falkland Islands)

Dates:
14 November - 3 December 2020 (plus travel to and from Ushuaia, southern tip of Argentina)

We have exclusively chartered the 97-passenger Akademik Sergey Vavilov – a comfortable and ice-strengthened polar expedition ship – for this wonderful, far-reaching 19-night expedition cruise. We’ll visit prime sites in the Falkland Islands, around the remote island of South Georgia, along the breathtakingly beautiful Antarctic Peninsula and in the South Shetland Islands to see a mind-boggling variety of wildlife and wild places. With landscape photographer Joe Cornish.

Organised by Wildlife Worldwide (t: 01962 302 086); sales@wildlifeworldwide.com

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Wildlife Photography Workshops

Mark runs hugely popular wildlife photography one-day workshops, usually at Wildfowl and Wetland Centres. They are open to beginners as well as more experienced photographers, the main objectives being :-

  • 1. To help you improve your photographic skills with a combination of lectures and practical sessions.
  • 2. To inspire you with lots of thoughts, suggestions and ideas.
  • 3. To answer your questions about anything from how to set up your camera to how to get your pictures published.
  • 4. To have fun!

To keep updated about Mark’s workshops, please email rachel@markcarwardine.com

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