Dutch born Tamar Valkenier, gave up her promising career in 2015. Graduated cum laude as a criminologist as well as a psychologist, she worked as a Investigative Psychologist for 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. Passionate about survival techniques, she completed in 2018 her papers to become officially 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.
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 learned how to hunt: to observe, stalk, and to shoot with precision. Thanks to her background as a high-end chef, we had every day a most delicious meal.”
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. 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 ends the year training with the Maasai in Kenia. Her life is one big adventure which she is happy to share or tell about.
Join her, ask her to guide for you or book in a presentation, you won’t be disappointed!!
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.