Keen to go outside and spend time in untamed wilderness? Keen to visit local tribes, nomads, bedouines? Keen to travel completely self-sufficient, whether it is with or without animals? Happy to disconnect from modern comforts and step back in time, learning ancient old lessons that otherwise might be lost to the past? Yearning for mindblowing and soul-enriching experiences? Ready to step outside the box and into the unknown? You came to the right place. Tamar is more than happy to share her knowledge and take you on all sorts of adventures.
Dutch born Tamar Valkenier gave up her promising career in 2015. Graduated cum laude as a criminologist as well as a psychologist, she was an Investigative Psychologist with the Dutch National Police. Although she loved her dream-job, she wanted to experience a different reality beyond another horizon. She built her own bicycle and cycled towards Istanbul. Once set out, she fell from one adventure into the other: she lived with jungle tribes, hitchhiked in panama, rock climbed in Laos, lived off the land in Australia, and spent lots of time among the eagle hunters of Mongolia:
She bought a horse, a camel and got a dog and walked alone in the remote Altai Mountains for 4 months, learning the ancient art of eagle hunting.
“I don’t have time for a full-time job, life has so much to offer. There’s so much to learn, so many places to explore and people to meet”
After cycling 12.000 kilometers around the world and riding Mongolia, in December 2018 she set off with Miriam Lancewood (author of “Woman in the Wilderness”), on an Epic Female Expedition in New Zealand: two girls, two guns, almost 3 months surviving on hunting and gathering edible plants. They roamed with heavy backpacks and rifles over 8 mountain passes, well away from trails and tracks, and discovered the heart of the wilderness (see images below).
“Tamar is a unique combination of a well spoken, intelligent lady & a strong and wild survivor. She thrives in extreme situations because of her hunger for adventure and desire to explore the unknown, both psychologically and physically. We ventured together for 3 months, and I have only seen immense courage and optimism. She was able to hunt: to observe, stalk, and to shoot with precision. And thanks to her background as a high-end chef, we had a most delicious meal every day.”
Just to get an idea of the life of a full-time adventuress, this is what 2019 looked like: Having survived New-Zealand, Tamar set off straight away to Jordan where she walked from the Syrian border to the Red Sea: >600 km with her donkey Yustra in amongst the bedouines. Then she cycled 1000 km on a tandembike through Europe before heading back to Mongolia for another two months of horseriding. She spent 6 weeks hiking the mountains of Japan, trekked the Himalaya and Vietnam and she ended the year training with the Maasai in Kenia. Her life is one big adventure which she is happy to share or tell about.
Passionate about the wilderness and survival techniques, Tamar completed in 2018 her qualifications as a wilderness guide. In the Canadian Rockies she learned about the local edible plants, herbal medicine, animal tracking and survival-skills. She is qualified for Wilderness First Aid both under the International Wilderness Association and the Canadian Red Cross. She is an Interpretive Guide (IGA Canada), an International Wilderness Guide (WGA) and Canadian Woodsland travel and survival instructor. She organizes her own trips and works for different companies like JustChallenge, Re-wild and Camel Connection.
Join her, ask her to guide for you or book in a presentation, inspiration guaranteed.
Contact Tamar Valkenier to organize adventurous trips, to be your wilderness guide and/or bush-cook, on (your own tailor-made) expeditions or invite her to tell her stories and share her knowledge.