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BROWN BEAR TRACKING AND WATCHING

 
Brown Bear Tracking and Watching
Scheduled trips 2015:  16.-17.05 / 23.-24.05 / 30.-31.05 / 19.-20.09

Period: May-June / September-October
Group size: 4/8 pax
Duration: About 24 hours, including a night in the Brown Bear hide
Grading: Walking is mainly on good level tracks but we may also enter the forest in search of tracks and signs and this terrain can be a little more difficult
Meet the guide: at 2:00 pm in Tudu village (North-East Estonia, from Tallinn ca 200 km)
Price: 115 Euro pp. Min group price is 400 Euro.
Includes: a night in the Brown Bear hide (plus sleeping bags and mats), guided Brown Bear tracking, tea/coffee in the hide.
Excludes: transfer from Tallinn to Alutaguse and back, accommodation.

See the Brown Bear watching video...

Brown Bear / Valeri Štšerbatõh

These trips fill quickly so try to plan your dates and book your holiday as soon as possible!  We also have the expertise to discuss your requirements and arrange suitable accommodation and a rental car for your itinerary. When you would like to travel with your friends we would be happy to give you more information or offer an extra tour with special price whenever you find a suitable time.

   Brown Bear / Remo Savisaar

Brown Bear


The Brown Bear population in Estonia is 600 and rising. Their primary "home" is in Alutaguse, the large forested region that includes a nature reserve and a bog in north-eastern Estonia, close to the Russian border.  Bears hibernate from the mid of November till the end of March. Wandering through forests at the beginning of April you can sometimes unexpectedly come upon bears freshly emerged from their winter sleep accompanied by young and still foolish cubs. The best time to observe and photograph the bears at feeding places is during May till mid of July, when the nights are bright. In August and in the beginning of September bears find enough food from the oat fields or collecting wildberries but return to feeding places again in September and October to gorge before  hibernation.



Brown Bear / Sven Zacek

Itinerary

We will spend the early afternoon exploring on foot and by vehicle in one of the Estonian´s best known Brown Bear regions looking for signs, droppings and scratching on the trees with our local specialist. As you walk, you will need to be as quiet as you can. You have a slim chance of seeing one of the more elusive residents such as Wolf, Lynx and Wild Boar! Even if you don´t see any of these animals, you will have plenty of fun deciphering the many mammal tracks we find along the way! At the late afternoon (6:00 pm), the local specialist will guide you through the forest (1 km) to the Bear Hide. The wooden hide is cozy, with comfortable 8+1 seats and viewing slots at the front, beds at the back for those not prepared to sit up all through the night. Plus sleeping bags and mats for everyone. At the far end is a separate dry toilet (wet napkins/tissues offered by us). You need to be prepared for staying in the hide for through until 8:00 am at least, however, it is possible to sleep in hide as well. Brown Bear can appear at any time during the night (sometimes even before dark). Racoon Dogs and sometimes even wolves can also occasionally


Tracks of Brown Bear / Bert Rähni

Field clothing

Normal outdoor clothing is recommended. We recommend to dress in layers, because it can be quite chilly during the night and in the early hours in the morning. Rubber boots are necessary during day-walking! Mosquitos can be plentiful in May-June, they are not so much of a problem in September-October.

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