Posted July 5th, 2012, 11:14 AM
Your primary comment is the time on the bus. So with that I would certainly forget about Kantishna- a significant part of this tour, is lunch, with little time for anything else at the lodge.
I recommend you look at www.nps.gov/dena
and find out about the Eielson SHUTTLE bus. If bears are your priority this is what you should be considering and not the TWT. It is very likely to see bears, but for the first time, I was skunked on an Eielson shuttle bus last year for bear sightings.
Returned the following week for a Wonder Lake bus, and did see bears in the Toklat/Eielson section.