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
An 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.
In 1981 Toni moved to Namibia with her family and from then on her love of the outdoors and all things nature grew and grew. Her father was an exploration geologist who travelled extensively around Southern Africa, living in small mining towns and managing bush camps where Toni would spend her school holidays camping in the bush, or visiting private farms and reserves. Toni’s father passed on to her his unparalleled knowledge of all things Namibia, and she carried this with her as she became a manager and guide at some of the most remote lodges in the extreme North West of Namibia. Toni has travelled expansively across Namibia and its neighbouring countries, making regular visits to all of the National Game Reserves and developing her photographic skills which she takes great pleasure in passing on to visitors to the region.
Her deep love and knowledge of the Namibia, coupled with her infectious passion and enthusiasm to want to share it, make her one of the country’s top guides and ambassadors for this beautiful country. More than just a guide who simply points from a vehicle, Toni becomes fully involved in the experiences of her fellow travellers and places a great emphasis on finding the best adventures, wildlife encounters and photo opportunities for her tour groups. As a Managing Tour Consultant she plans safaris for a wide range of interest groups but her main focus is on birding and photographic small group tours, where she delights in each visitor gaining an up-close and personal experience of all that the country she loves and knows so well has to offer.
Born 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. She spent 11 years on Sea Lion Island as Manager of the Lodge, Warden of the Nature Reserve and as the principal tour provider, meaning her knowledge of Sea Lion Island in particular is second to none. Having spent so much time here, as expected her wildlife speciality is Elephant Seals, but she is also well versed in the ways of the seabirds, penguins, whales, dolphins and sea lions that call the Falklands their home.
After her time on Sea Lion Island Jenny moved to Stanley to work for the Falkland Islands Government and became manager of a local travel firm assisting with travel arrangements for incoming visitors, before taking semi-retirement to spend more time with her family and enjoy more time further exploring the lands she knows so well. Jenny is extremely passionate about sharing the hidden nature secrets of the Falklands with those who come to visit her homeland and will be looking forward to accompanying you and passing on her unsurpassed knowledge of the areas you will be visiting.
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.
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.
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!10Day
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.
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 from Stanley to Mount Pleasant Airport.