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About Big Sky Safaris
Imagine having a biologist friend who lives in Montana and can take you to all the best places for spectacular scenery, wildlife and good local food and drink. I am a wildlife biologist, ornithologist and nature guide who will take you on a personal natural history journey through Big Sky Country. Depending on your interests, I design trips in and around Missoula that include wildlife safaris, birdwatching, hiking, photography, sketching, and cross-country skiing. My visitors spend their time soaking in natural hot springs, visiting local ranches and nature reserves, and stopping by the best local bakeries, breweries and distilleries. You'll come back from a day trip with me sore, well fed, and eager for more.
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Andy J wrote a review Jul 2019
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Wenfei is knowledgeable, enthusiastic and works hard to tailor things to your requirements. She considers your interests, goals and desires when suggesting possible itineraries and has a flexible approach to trips to ensure you get the most out of the experience. With a wide range of interests, she can help with itineraries beyond just hiking and wildlife. She is affable and very easy to get along with, so it's like meeting up with an old friend. I can highly recommend her and would definitely use her services again.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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DAI wrote a review Mar 2019
Billings, Montana1 contribution1 helpful vote
Our pack trip into the North Chinese Wall region of the Bob Marshall Wilderness was spectacular. The Crary family out of Choteau on the Teton River provided a safe and uniquely educational experience as the Crary clan included an incredible naturalist as a key component of the trip. Dr Wenfei Tong provided amazing perspectives on the ecology of the region consistently but unobtrusively. I heard sounds in the wilderness I’d never heard. I learned so much about the “Bob’s” ecology. We had intense discussions about environmental issues at the nightly campfire. What an amazing mashup of the most amazing vistas and naturalist learnings! Insist on a naturalist like Dr Tong on your next wilderness adventure—you’ll never see or experience the wilderness the same again.
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Date of experience: July 2018
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elwork99 wrote a review Jun 2018
New York, NY45 contributions27 helpful votes
We feel so lucky to have found Dr. Wenfei Tong! From the moment I reached out to check her availability, I knew this was going to be a great experience. Wenfei was such a joy to coordinate with, learn from and talk to and be with for an afternoon that we left her feeling as if we now have a new good friend. She has the rare combination of deep knowledge and expertise about the area and nature and wildlife broadly, along with a natural love for people and ease at communicating and connecting with anyone (even people like us with very little prior knowledge about wildlife and wildflowers, etc.). Rather than push any particular itinerary, before we even booked, Wenfei went out of her way and took the time to talk with us in detail before coming up with two fantastic options with lots of specified detail and stops for how we could spend our time with her. She considered the weather for the day in question, our backgrounds, interests and past travel experience, and was entirely flexible before we booked and even during the afternoon with her - her goal being making our time with her the most positive and interesting experience possible for us. We ended up going on a hike next to a mountain creek's gorgeous cascades waterfalls and tons of wildflowers, and seeing and learning lots about birds. We also drove out to a spot we never would have found on our own, to get to see the most adorable burrowing owl keeping watch nearby her eggs soon to hatch any day now. We loved talking with Wenfei, whether it was about what was in front of us, or Montana at large, and so much more! It was a real treat having her as a guide and being with her for several hours. She then again reached out after our tour to send a beautiful photo of our time together, and type up some of the information she shared with us live (e.g., book recommendations). I plan to come back to the area with my kids next time and take her tours again and again! She can do all kinds of activities (hiking, river floats, etc.), but also tours by car if the weather isn't going to be great. Don't hesitate -- just reach out and she will definitely come up with the perfect experience for you too. Thanks so much again, Wenfei!
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Date of experience: June 2018
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Celeste P wrote a review May 2018
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My husband and I are birders/naturalists and have had numerous guides in Africa, Australia etc. Wenfei is by far the best guide we have ever had! She is so nice and calm and a complete pleasure to be around. She is thoughtful about making sure that each person needs are being met. She is extremely knowledgeable about birds and wild-life and knows all the great spots. She even has a PhD in Biology from Harvard and has spent many years observing wild life in the field. We learned so much about animal behavior and bird migrations from her. We can’t wait to go on another trip with her this summer with our children!
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Date of experience: June 2017
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hydc2 wrote a review Feb 2018
New York9 contributions6 helpful votes
I was visiting Montana for the first time, and Wenfei was the perfect guide to introduce the magic of Missoula! Wenfei is a biologist at the University of Montana, and knows the secret spots around Missoula to spot wildlife, and experience the beauty of nature. She planned our itinerary, and drove us around, making it a seamless experience. She's very knowledgeable about the local wildlife, and obviously loves the area. I was impressed with how friendly and helpful Wenfei was. I eat a vegetable-based diet, and she found a local vegan restaurant for us to have lunch at - which was very thoughtful of her. I had a fantastic experience with Big Sky Safaris, and can't wait to return again!
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Date of experience: February 2018
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