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Natourest

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Tudu, Estonia
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About Natourest
We offer the possibility to spend a night in Alutaguse Brown Bear and Wildlife watching hide. Alutaguse is huge taiga forest and bog area in N-E of Estonia where about half of 700 Estonian brown bears live. We opened 2 new hides in a new location in 2017! The new hides have windows opening to two sides. Northern windows overlook a taiga forest and the most common mammals you might see are raccoon dogs and brown bears. Southern windows offer a view to a stream and flooded meadow. Sometimes elk and roe deer come to feed on the meadow and beavers occasionally swim by. Ural owl and fox come here, hunt for mouses and sometimes also goshawk, sparrowhawk, golden eagle, white-tailed eagle and buzzards appear looking for food. Rare visitors of the scenery include wolf, lynx, otter, mink and wild boar. Hides are simple, comfortable and cosy, they have separated cabins with bunk beds and dry toilet. It is possible to take pictures through glass and photo hatch.
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kxtp4i wrote a review Sep 2019
Glommen28 contributions13 helpful votes
Many funny racoon-dogs but unfortunally no bears. Nice place though with many birds and other animals. You need to walk 2 km from the car park.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Harm I wrote a review Aug 2019
2 contributions1 helpful vote
We booked the hide a half year in advance. Seeing a bear would be the highlight of our holiday since we are both animal lovers. Peep was really helpful during the arrangements! On the night itself we didn't see bears which was really disappointing. Maybe the rain had something
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Sylvia wrote a review Jul 2019
England11 contributions5 helpful votes
I was thrilled to discover Natourest's overnight stay in a bear hide! The staff at Natourest were hugely helpful and helped me to find the best opportunity and travel options. The hides are comfortable, completely bug free, and are split into two to allow for some privacy. As a
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Rosie R wrote a review May 2019
Barton-upon-Humber, N Lincs39 contributions10 helpful votes
We went to see the bears in the height of season. I think we were quite unlucky but we waited from 5.30pm until 11.30pm and didn't see a single bear! Luckily we woke up around 4am and did manage to see 2, I would have been disappointed if this hadn't happened but obviously
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Response from PeepR3, NaTourEst at Natourest
Responded May 28, 2019
Hi Rosie, Thank you for the feedback. Great to hear that you saw bears, but sorry about the miscommunication, both beforehand and on site. I think the problem lies there that there are 2 bunk beds(4 beds) on one side of the hide and 2 bunk beds (4 beds) on the other side of the hide. And these 4 beds on both sides are more private. Our homepage stated - "they have separated cabins with bunk beds". During days when there are not so many bookings, there's, of course, more privacy and 2 people can take the place of 4, but on some days there are more people in the hide. You happened to come on the busiest day the season so far - 15 persons divided into 2 hides. I will change the description on our homepage so people get a better understanding of what awaits them. And I will talk to Andres about what happened. Hopefully, seeing Brown bear outbalanced at least in some part, the lack of sleep.
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Patrick M wrote a review Sep 2018
3 contributions1 helpful vote
Firstly, let me just say the older reviews referring to bugs in the huts and noisy at night, etc. are for the old hides, they’ve now got newly built upgraded hides that are clean, comfortable, warm, completely bug-free, quiet and all around fantastic for sleeping and nature
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Date of experience: September 2018
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Response from Peep R, Staff member at Natourest
Responded Sep 6, 2018
Thank you, Patrick, for the positive feedback. We improved our hides and made them more comfortable. But sometimes, a mosquito or two will find a way to enter the hide, but that depends on the time of the year and in the Nordic wilderness, it's sometimes inevitable. Two brown bears sightings during one stay is a really great observation, we are happy that they cooperated :)
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