Point Reyes Safaris: A One-of-a-Kind Wildlife Experience
Despite boasting over 71,000 acres of genuinely spellbinding natural beauty and undisturbed wilderness, the Point Reyes National Seashore remains one of Northern California’s best-kept secrets. While many nature enthusiasts and casual travelers revere the Seashore for its tranquil beaches, head-turning waterfalls, and lengthy coastal trails, this protected landscape is one of the West’s most biodiverse habitats. The park is home to 85 mammals and roughly 450 North American bird species. Thus, animal lovers, photographers, and birders alike flock to Point Reyes in hopes of observing some of the state’s rarest creatures via a half- or full-day safari. And the only thing that separates Olema House, the nation’s top-ranked hotel, from the Point Reyes National Seashore is peaceful Olema Creek.
Unforgettable Point Reyes Safaris
While spotting wildlife on a self-guided hike along the Point Reyes National Seashore isn’t unfeasible, the one-man team at Point Reyes Safaris knows this sprawling, oceanside terrain better than anyone else. Photography and wildlife tours range from five to 10 hours in length, costing anywhere from $62 to $199 per person. Pricing is based on group sizes (four to eight people per group). Each Port Reyes safari is led by Daniel Dietrich, a professional wildlife photographer and naturalist. Dietrich has photographed wildlife on all seven continents, producing some of the most beautiful images imaginable. This five-star operation is the perfect recreational activity during these unprecedented times as each tour meticulously follows the CDC’s guidance.
National Seashore Wildlife Viewing
So, now for the $1 million question: What animals do tour groups typically spot? Well, with over 80 mammals and hundreds of birds, no two Point Reyes safaris are alike. However, most trips meander past bobcats, coyotes, tule elk, and a bevy of owls, including burrowing, barn, great horned, and northern saw-whet. The 71,000-acre park is also known to host grey foxes, elephant seals, whales (when in season), oversized gophers, river otters, and so many more furry critters. Dietrich has spent years of his life photographing the National Seashore, so he knows precisely which coordinates house these wild animals. Please browse through Dietrich’s photography to get a proper glimpse of what lies behind the National Seashore’s curtain.
Olema House, the #1 Hotel in Northern California
After a full day of photography, birding, and hiking on the top-rated safari in California, return to the Olema House for a relaxing evening at the nation’s premier boutique hotel. Indulge in a bevy of fine coastal cuisines at the award-winning Due West Tavern, such as king salmon and shrimp scampi. Before retiring to your sleek guest room, lounge with a glass of vino in hand on Olema House’s great lawn, overlooking the peaceful creek. This private, four-acre estate features 22 rooms and two cottages, each exuding an eclectic, modern aesthetic. In-room amenities vary from gas fireplaces to walk-out terraces and vaulted ceilings. Don’t forget to read about the Due West Market, a brand new Highway 1 roadside attraction, as well as our top 15 things to do in Point Reyes this winter.