Booking for 2024 began in September 2023 for Crane Trust members. To have an early opportunity at preferred dates, we encourage you to become a member.
Two-Night VIP Crane Safari
All-Inclusive, starting at $1,900 per Cottage Room (sleeps 2)
Crane Trust's VIP Crane Safari is an elevated opportunity to experience the Great Sandhill Crane Migration while helping to support Crane Trust's mission and conservation work. The Crane Trust Safari offers a one-of-a-kind adventure on historic Crane Trust lands, which includes two nights lodging and three days of spectacular Sandhill Crane migration viewing and related activities. The Crane Trust’s private Legacy Cottages are situated on 5,600 beautiful acres of native tall and mixed-grass prairie and wetland meadows. Each experience is unique, designed to foster positive, lifelong connections to one of the greatest wildlife phenomena in North America.
The Crane Trust VIP Crane Safari is designed for individuals and small groups as well as larger sponsored groups.
The experience includes expert guides, lodging for 12-24 guests, meals and beverages, Sandhill Crane migration viewing in deluxe heated riverfront blinds, exclusive nature programs & social activities.
View the migration in our exclusive heated Pietrok Family riverfront blinds with experts who provide valuable insights into the science and the mystery of the crane migration and the Platte River ecosystem. The blinds are intentionally designed and placed to provide spectacular vistas of the largest Sandhill Crane roost on the river.
Your VIP experience includes delicious catered meals and beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic). Enjoy cocktail hour, meals, snacks, and social time with your fellow guests and Crane Trust staff in the Headquarters Dining Room. Guided excursions in our vans may include a tour to see our genetically diverse bison herd and/or visits to unique private prairies and historic sites to find cranes foraging in daytime. Learn about local ecology and our work to preserve habitat. You will also have free time to visit, hike, relax, explore with your camera, or browse the gift shop and art gallery in the Nature & Visitor Center
What To Expect:
Arrival: 3:30PM at the Nature & Visitor Center
Sunset crane viewing, dinner, social time, and engaging programs
Sunrise crane viewing, breakfast, informative program, and free time
Catered lunch followed by excursion to surrounding sites to see cranes and bison
Sunset crane viewing, dinner, and social time
Sunrise crane viewing, breakfast, program, social time, and farewells
Requirements: Guests must be 18 or older to attend and be able to walk 1/2 mile across uneven grassland terrain without assistance.
The Safaris are available on a limited basis only during the spring migration and are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are required and must be made well in advance of migration season.
The Crane Trust also offers a one-night VIP Crane Experience.
Looking for experiences designed for photographers? Find Photo Experience info here.