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Bear Watching

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During this tour you spend a night in brown bear watching hide and from there it is very good possibility to see the bears. The hide is comfortable and cozy, inside are bunk beads, dry toilet. It is possible to make pictures is thru glass.  The tour takes place in Alutaguse, N-E of Estonia, the core area of Estonian 700 Brown Bears. It takes 1,5 hours drive from Tallinn or Tartu to Alutaguse. Besides the bears it is the great chance to see Racoon Dog, different birds, sometimes Fox, Wild Boar  and rare visitors are Pine Marten, Wolf, Elk, Badger, Golden and White -tailed Eagle.

 

Highlights

  • An up-close look at brown bears and their habitats
  • Night in comfortable brown bear hide

Duration

About 15 hours, including a night in the Brown Bear hide. 

Level

Easy walking. Warm clothes and comfortable footwear are necessary.  It can be quite chilly at night.

Departures

End of April – beginning of July and September-October. Tour takes place every night,  17.00 – 8.00 

What´s included:

  • Brown Bear Watching from the hide
  • Sleeping bags in the hide

Cost

85 EUR per person,

45 EUR per child,

190 EUR per family ( 2 adults, 3 kids),

500 EUR  group until 10 person.

Booking

Triin Ivandi  See e-posti aadress on spämmirobotite eest kaitstud. Selle nägemiseks peab su veebilehitsejas olema JavaSkript sisse lülitatud.  phone +372 55 55 87 55

Partisipants are saying

Ben Hoare from BBC Wildlife visited Natourest Brown Bear hide in May 2010

I was determined to see my fist brown bear. Not least beacuse bear tourism has become big business in Europe, with hides in Sweden and Finland offering success rates of higher than 90 per cent. By now, our party had recorded bear prints, scats and claw marks raked across tree bark, and even the remains of a boar that had been stripped to the bone by these opportunist omnivores. So we were quietly confident of observing the real thing.

Waiting for the bears to appear was nerve-racking. Two ravens and, bizarrely, a nuthatch of the ghosty northern race visited the site to pick at its flesh, while a pine marten zipped across the cleaning and vanished up a tree. And then, illuminated by the setting sun, a mother bear and her cub ambled into view.

 

Dipl. Biol. Sebastian Rogahn in May 2011

Watching time really was great!  The adult male (Brown Bear) came out at 21:03 PM and stayed there for almost half an hour! Before there only was one red fox, a goose hawk, ravens and one magpie.

 Brown Bear. Photo Sven Zacek

 

Young Brown bear in Alutaguse in 2011. Photo Hannes Saag

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