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ABOUT US

 
Welcome


Dear Nature Lover,

Estonia is a land of great natural beauty. With its Siberian-like forests, Scandinavian peat-bogs, watermeadows full of geese and waders, and a fascinating coastline, together with a low human population, empty roads and excellent infrastructure, Estonia has rapidly become a favourite wildlife destination in Europe.
It is cosy and safe in Estonia. We have four seasons, plenty of space and quietness and unspoiled nature. Although it takes no more than a few hours to drive from one end of Estonia to another, no matter in which direction, you realize - once you are there - that it takes more than a couple of days to wander around locally. Swamps and bogs, floodplains and sea-shore meadows, old-growth forests and reed-beds, sea and coastal dunes, northern and western klint, a multitude of small islets in the west and hill country in the south – so much surprise and variability our small country has to offer.
One more thing that makes Estonia really special: these are people who care about their assets and give their best to preserve this wealth for their descendants. Nature conservation in Estonia is motivated and strong.

For me, it has been an honour and a privilege to bring people closer to nature, and exploring new species and habitats together only nourishes the pleasure in my heart. I would like to express my gratitude to each and every client for helping me to open my eyes and my heart and teaching me to be proud of my country and its wildlife.

Come and see for yourself – I would like to share it with you!

On behalf of the Estonian Nature Tours team  
Marika Mann    


Who we are?

Estonian Nature Tours (ENT) is a ground tour organiser specialized in birdwatching, mammal tours and other wildlife holidays. We have 10 years experience in organising outstanding wildlife holidays in Estonia and the feedback from our clients has always been excellent.

Estonian Nature Tours has been a pioneer in developing nature and bird tourism throughout Estonia. Our individual and specialised approach to tourism was developed over a number of years of organising local travel services in Matsalu National Park, before broadening our operations in the spring of 2003 to include visits to a wide variety of nature reserves also elsewhere in Estonia. 

What is an Estonian Nature Tours holiday?

The principal aim of these trips is to introduce visitors to the unique natural heritage and wildlife of Estonia, which have fortunately been preserved at many places in our country thanks to enlightened attitudes towards conservation, and a deep-rooted tradition of respect for the natural world. Each trip is escorted by a skilled Estonian leader with local expertise, often a professional biologists or nature reserve employee. Our services can also include the reservation of accommodation, meals and transport to form a fully inclusive tour in accordance with the specifications of our clients.

 

Estonian bog
Total area of Estonian fens and bogs is about 140 000 ha / Mati Kose

 

Mission

Our mission is to introduce the country's natural heritage, promote ecological thinking and improve local tourist services. 

Philosophy 

ENT considers cooperation with the local community an essential part of organising nature trips. Lunch at a gourmet restaurant cannot compare with the direct experience that guests receive having conversations with locals at a farm picnic or buying handicrafts and farm products. This creates a much more relaxed and enjoyable experience and a feeling that we and our guests have been able to give something back by making contact with locals, thereby valuing them and leaving warm feelings in the hearts of all the guests... and we find that gratitude for this towards the tour organiser is experienced over and over again.

Vision
Our vision is to develop into a well-known and respected trademark of sustainable tourism in Europe.
Where are we located?

The ENT office is located in the Lihula Manor House in Lääne county. The local tourist information centre, established by us and co-financed by the surrounding six municipalities, shares the same office. The space itself was renovated with the assistance of the start-up programme, Enterprise Estonia, with a grant from the Heritage Protection Society. During the renovation process, we followed architect Aet Maasik's guidelines for sustainable renovation.

The town of Lihula is located just off of the Tallinn-Virtsu highway, 125 km from Tallinn and 55 km from Pärnu.

Office address:

Linnuse 1
90303 Lihula, Läänemaa
ESTONIA

Open:

March-October
Mon - Fri  09.00 – 17.00
Sat, Sun closed

November-February
Mon - Fri 09.00 – 15.00
Sat, Sun closed

ENT & Responsible Tourism

Natural history tourism, and especially Birdwatching, are highly specialised areas of tourism that demand a high level of professionalism and an intimate knowledge of the subject matter from the ground agent. Estonia is enjoying an increasing recognition as an attractive birdwatching destination which each year brings ever more birdwatchers from all over Europe in search of the many interesting bird species found in our country. We are proud of this interest in our natural attributes but also aware of the potential dangers that uncontrolled tourism can pose to the fragile eco-systems supporting the birdlife, and the organisation of 'Responsible Tourism' through liaison with the management of our National Nature reserves is the ethos that dictates all our actions at Estonian Nature Tours.

We participate in the Väinameri project, which aims to unite nature conservation and rural development. This co-operation brings together farmers, artisans, local enterpreneurs and nature societies since 1997. The project is supported financially by WWF-Sweden and the governments of Estonia and Sweden, and through the work of local people.

Our staff
Marika Mann
Tarvo Valker
Raili Mets
Our agents

Our sales agents in Europe are:

The Biggest Twitch / UK 2014 -

New Horizons / UK 2014 -

Swallow Birding / UK 2013 -

Avifauna / Sweden 2013 -

EBN Italia / Italy 2013 -

Scotnature / UK 2012 -

Nature et Terroir / Belgium 2011 -

Sundowner / Holland 2011 -

WildWings / UK 2011 -

Bird Holidays / UK 2011 -

Birdfinders / UK 2011 -

Tuglas-seura / Finland 2011 -

Suomen Luonnonsuojeluliitto / Finland 2010 -

Danmarks Rovfugle / Denmark 2010 -

Travelling Naturalist / UK  2010 -
 
Tringa / Finland 2008 -

Speyside Wildlife / UK   2007 -
 

Naturetrek / UK
    2003 -

We support
ENT supports the yearly Young Conservationist Award through independent NGO Estonian Fund for Nature, also Sõrve Bird Station and bird conservation charities through Birdlife International.

Results

Estonian Nature Tours (ENT) is a ground tour organiser specialized in Birdwatching and Botanical Tours. Our individual and specialised approach to tourism was developed over a number of years of organising local travel services in Matsalu National Park, before broadening our operations in the spring of 2004 to include visits to a wide variety of nature reserves throughout Estonia. Our mission is to introduce the natural heritage preserved by moderate human activity, to design ecological thinking and awareness of nature and to improve local tourist services.

Also, ENT has been a pioneer in developing nature and bird tourism all over Estonia. We have long term experience in organising botanical and bird watching tours and the feedback from our clients has always been highly positive. Every year we develope one or two new tour packages.

- The founder of Estonian Nature Tours, private entrepreneur Marika Mann, was awarded Best Tourism Developer of 2002 in Läänemaa county.

- In 2005, ENT (Estonian Nature Tours) participated in the contest "Top Environmentally Friendly Organizations", in which he Ministry of the Environment recognised our company for developing an environmentally friendly enterprise.

- In 2007, ENT was one of the top five Entrepreneur Award nominees in the category, "Tourism innovator 2007".

- In the autumn of 2007, we introduced our new offering, “Estonia in Early Spring”, which has proved very popular among our clients.

- In spring 2008, our oldest tour, “Estonia in Spring” , was accredited with the brand EHE  (Quality System Pure and Interesting Estonia).

- In 2008-2009, the President of Estonia, Toomas Hendrik Ilves praised Estonian Nature Tours, who promotes nature tourism by bringing birdwatchers from Europe to Estonia and thereby introducing Estonia as an extremely interesting country for nature tourism. Read more...

- In autumn of 2009 we came out with totally new opportunities in Estonia – "Estonia in Summer“ (wild flowers, birds & butterflies) and "Mammal Watching“ (mammals & birds).

ENT is a member of the Rural Tourism Association and NGO Läänemaa Tourism. Our permanent clients include NGO Terra Maritima  (nature tourism, study tours and seminars), Environmental Board  (seminars and study tours), Ministry of the Environment (seminars and study tours) and many nature educational nature NGOs (outside studies). Executive manager of ENT, Marika Mann, is also a member of the Estonian Ecotourism Association and the Läänemaa  Bird Club.

Estonian Nature Tours (ENT) is a trade mark of Kumari Reisid OÜ offering  Birdwatching, Botanical and Mammal Watching Tours.

Kumari Reisid OÜ is registered in the Register of Economic Activities.

Media about us

Estonian bird race breaks record Birdwatch / 29.08.2014

Estonian Nature Tours osales Itaalias linnuvaatlejate messil Lääne Elu / Urmas Lauri / 21.05.2014

OÜ Kumari Reisid: loodusturism sai naljast hinnatud äriks Lääne Elu / Madiken Kütt / 08.06.2013

ESTONIA – A Northern Adventure; Birds and mammals in Estonia 4-11 October 2013 Bird Watching magazine / Luke Massey / March 2013

Estonian Nature Tours: Alla Scoperta di una Natura Incontaminata notizie.it / 07.03.2013

20 of the best bargain holidays in Europe for 2013 The Guardian

Ettevõtja plaanib Penijõele spaad ja turismikeskust Lääne Elu / Kaie Ilves / 15.01.2013

Loodusretked: välismaalane reisib 8 päeva, eestlane piirdub 8 tunniga Õhtuleht / Elo Odres / 12.01.2013

Butterflies in Estonia Bedfordshire Natural History Society newsletter / Wilfred Powell / Winter 2012/2013

Estonia Nel cuore della taiga Quaderni di Birdwatching / Marika Mann, Tarvo Valker / December 2012

Eurooppa on löytänyt Viron luonnon The Batlic Guide / Mikko Virta / Janurary 2012

A Drive on the Wild Side  Ryanair Magazine / James Parry / November 2011

Briti kiili- ja liblikaspetsialistid külastasid Eestit Bioneer / 29.09.2011

Estonian Nature Tours'i juht esines Zambias konverentsil Läänlane / June 2011

Päev Matsalus – puhkus, mis tuulutab pead Bioneer / Agnes Männiste / May.2011

Kuidas turundada Eesti loodust Aafrikas? Õpetajate Leht / Eva Helbe / May 2011

Estonia – The Next Big Thing In Eco-tourism? Argophilia / Mike Wheatley / March 2011

Fågelrikt i Österled Sveriges Natur / Jesper Nyström September 2011

Wild zoeken in Estland. De dans van de kraanvogels Grasduinen / Paul Böhre February 2011

Cranespotting Bird Watching magazine / Mike Weedon 2011

Estland – eldorado för naturturisten Finlands Natur / Magnus Östman no 6 / 2010 

Weedon´s World in Bird Watching magazine by Mike Weedon / October 2010

Mammal watching in Estonia BBC Wildlife Magazine / Ben Hoare 29.10. 2010

Marika Manni on edasi aidanud soov ise oma elu muuta Bioneer 20.01.2010

Eestisse on koos rändlindudega saabunud ka linnuvaatlejad. ETV AK 05.04.2009

Tarvo Valker: Eesti võiks olla linnuturismimaa Postimees / Tarvo Valker 15.09.2008

Eestist võiks saada linnuturismimaa Postimees / Marina Lohk 18.09.2007

KUKU raadio Keskkonnatelk:  seminar "Linnuturism Eestis" Kuku Keskkonnatelk. 02.12.2007

Marika Mann müüb Eesti loodust  Äripäev / Elo Odres 09.05.2007

Kuidas minust sai Matsalus parem inimene Postimees / Kai Lippasaar 15.09.2006  

Laupäev linnuturistina. Postimees / Agnes Männiste 09.10.2004

Kuksema meelitab vaatlejaid. Järvamaa Teataja / Kaarel Aluoja 14.04.2005

Hooaeg algab: linnuvaatlemine. Äripäev / Hendrik Aavik 31.03.2006

Ka kodumaine linnuvaatlus võib tulu tuua. Äripäev / Kaarel Aluoja 19.04.2005

Lihulas avatakse loodusturismi infopunkt Roheline värav / Silvia Lotman 13.07.2006

Välismaalased tuuakse Eestisse linde vaatlema. Eesti Päevaleht 20.06.2007

Read More

Lihula mõisahoone saab uued aknad Lääne Elu / Kaie Ilves 23.01.2007

Inglise turistid otsivad Matsalust võtmelinde Lääne Elu / Kaie Ilves 13.09.2005

Messil on ka väike nähtaval Lääne Elu / Lehte Ilves 22.02.2005

Linnuturistid vallutasid Läänemaa Lääne Elu / Kaire Reiljan 22.05.2003

We write in media

Linnuturism Eestis ja mujal. Tiirutaja nr 12/2010 / M. Mann Detsember 2010

Loodusturist – õnn või õnnetus?  Ööviiul nr.6 / 2007 / Marika Mann

Loodusetundmine aitab näha tervikut. Õpetajate Leht / Marika Mann 03.02.2006

Press releases from Estonian Nature Tours

European Bird and Nature magazines in Estonia  07.10.2010

Birds and nature journalists again in Estonia 21.09.2010

Eesti loodusturismi tippsündmus 2010. / M. Mann 07.08.2010

Linnuvaatlusturism Eestis. Seminari kokkuvõte. Infoturism / M.Mann  14.12.2007

Kas Eesti vajab linnuvaatlusturismi? Seminari kokkuvõte. Infoturism / M.Mann 08.03.2005

Releases in media of the FAM-trips for journalists of the birdmagazines

Fågelrikt i Österled Sveriges Natur / Jesper Nyström September 2011

A Drive on the Wild Side  Ryanair Magazine / James Parry / November 2011

Wild zoeken in Estland. De dans van de kraanvogels Grasduinen / Paul Böhre February 2011

Cranespotting Bird Watching magazine / Mike Weedon 2011

Estland – eldorado för naturturisten Finlands Natur / Magnus Östman no 6 / 2010 

Weedon´s World in Bird Watching magazine by Mike Weedon / October 2010

Mammal watching in Estonia BBC Wildlife Magazine / Ben Hoare 29.10. 2010

Mammal Watching in Estonia / FAM trip 2010


 

 

Who we are?
What is an ENT holiday?
Mission
Philosophy
Vision
Where are we located?
ENT & Responsible Tourism
Our staff
Our agents
We supported
Results
Media about us
We write

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BirdLife

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