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  1. I have just checked out a few websites of companies that offer activities around Flagg Ranch / Jackson. On first glimpse I found their rates quite high compared to rates for activities in the Gardiner area. Also, it seems to me that Flagg Ranch and Jackson cater more for those who ski (which I don't). Unless one of you comes up with a "must do" at Flagg Ranch or Jackson, I will for now concentrate on areas north and west of Yellowstone.
  2. Yeah, I came up with similiar results, although I probably wouldn't mind the driving, which (to me) is much less stressful than driving in Europe. I guess my main bases will be Mammoth and Gardiner and then I will have to decide if side trips to Jackson Hole or West Yellowstone are worth it or not (I don't ski).
  3. So if I decided to spend time in Gardiner as well as in Jackson Hole, I would either need a rental car or to book a flight - or is there any means of transfer?
  4. thanks @Patty and @Swazicar, a good start for me. I should have made it clearer that I know that spotting wolves will be a hit or miss experience and that even if I did see them, it will most likely be from a distance (as I understand, not unlike wolf spotting in Ethiopia). However, it's helpful to know that the "guides" are in contact with each other. I am also more than willing to book activities outisde the borders of the park, that's why I inquired about places like Gardiner. However, I still don't know if it would be worth to split my time between different bases like Gardiner, West Yellowstone, Jackson Hole, or not. It seems that especially Jackson Hole is quite far away from the park. Does Jackson Hole offer anything I could not experience in the park or in Gardiner or West Yellowstone)?
  5. thanks for your feedback so far, you have raised quite a few issues I'm trying to find a solution for. Initially I was looking for an add on to my November 2018 return trip to Ndutu / Tanzania. I thought about lots of places, Serengeti and Katavi or maybe even Kgalagadi. But why wander as far as ZA if other destinations are much closer to TZ?. I've noticed quite a few reports about trips to Ethiopia, which seems to be as much a historical destination as a place to find (rare) animals. My personal preference would have been the fauna of the country, especially their wolf population. I did some more research and finally decided against visiting Ethiopia. And yet, having wolves on my mind, I came up with Yellowstone as an alternative (though obviously as a separate trip and not as an add on for Ndutu). With another quick google search I came up with this It sounded (and still sounds) interesting, although I would very much prefer to explore the park on dog-sleds. However, wanting to find wolves I guess I have to accept that I must cover long distances and big areas, to have a chance at all. My initial questions are thus: 1. Is this offer really good? (I know that the rooms at Mammoth Hot Springs are bit run down; something I wouldn't mind that much, though). Or can get I a similiar package for a better rate (or for the same rate with better accomodation) somewhere else outside the boundaries of the park? 2. I am planning on staying appr. 10 days in the area. On one day I would like to do something like a full day trip through the park, to see all the highlights I have so far only enjoyed in the summer. I guess tours like this will also be offered by a wide range of operators outside the park? 3. Would you advise to stay at two different places, like for example Old Faithful / Jackson Hole and Mammoth Hot Springs / Gardiner? And if I decided to do so, will I need a rental car to get from A to B or would I even have to fly? Or could I book something like a "transfer drive"? 4. As mentioned earlier on, I would very much enjoy a dog sled trip. Is it possible to "drive" your own sled (after a bit of an introductionary lesson, of course)? So far I could only find comapnies that offer "shotgun" trips. 5. Any other "must do" suggestions? thanks
  6. I'm seriously considering a January 2019 Trip to Yellowstone NP. I've been there twice but always during the summer and since winter will be a completely different experience I have a ton of questions. However, I'm pretty sure I've never seen a winter trip report here at ST and I don't want to waste my and everybody else's time by phrasing questions if it is unlikely to receive answers; in this case TA might be a better place to search for replies. So, back to the title of this topic: Yellowstone in Winter? Anybody been there, done it? thanks
  7. thanks everyone
  8. well @Seniortraveller you may remember that I was part of that very same group, so trust me I have the exact same memories. However, I do believe Doug himself veered more than once off the beaten tracks, that's why I wonder if there are maybe different sets of rules for certified guides and self drivers.
  9. Is it allowed? Is it prohibited? Or allowed only for certified guides? One thing I was unable to figure out during my recent stay there.
  10. The answer (in my opinion) is simple: don't! It will (most likely) be darn hot (at least upper 30s, sometimes 40s, this year it reached even 50°C). If you are staying in a tent, you will not find any relief, not even at night. In addition you will have to fight tse tse flies and mozzies. If it rains, even prior to your arrival, the animals will most likely disperse. And if it rains during your stay, you might end up stuck because roads are not drivable and planes will not land / depart. All of that happened during my recent stay there (early November). I've been travelling to Africa for more than 15 years, with at least 30 different trips to half a dozen different countries on my back, but this safari to Mana Pools was by far my most disappointing ever (although we were guided by allegedly one of the best guides there is)
  11. He sure was - problem is, not everybody is interested to stop and have a look at each and every bird there is flying around, so I totally agree with @Whyone?. Personally, I'd say "our safari was less than stellar" would be putting it mildly.
  12. @KathgeeBoth in 2014 and 2016 I stayed at Ndutu Lodge. Currently I am planning my third trip for November 2017
  13. I'm sorry but there is an awfully big difference between people whose job it is to kill animals (like rangers on the ground) and those who kill animals out of fun, or - do you think rangers and their likes will post images of themselves smiling such an idiot smile pretty much all the trophy hunters do in front of the animals they have just so heroically killed? - do you think rangers will cut the animals they had to shoot into little pieces and hang them on their living room walls or pit their fur as carpet in the bedroom? I've said it before and I say it again: if those hunters are so worried about protecting animals or habitats or what not they should simply donate the money they were willing to pay for their flights, their licenses and everything else. Thereby they could create quite a number of full time jobs on the ground. I am willing to accept that all this money the hunters spend is in some parts of Africa necessary to pay for protecting "the bigger picture". However, they (and those argueing on their behalf) should not try to bullsh*t folks with a halfway decent IQ by claiming they are doing it all for the enviroment.
  14. If those who hunt truly believed what they say ("We are in fact protecting the animals") they would not need to take trophies back home; a picture, a video or certificate would be more than enough. For me, that's just a lame excuse to put stuffed animals into your living room, to show off what a great guy / gal you are: not only are you man (or woman) enough to "fight" with the most dangerous animals there are, you are also generous enough to help protect the environment - what a whole of crap! Why don't you just donate the money, without shooting animals?

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