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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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Nikhil A wrote a review Oct 12
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I had been to the Bear watching expedition in the second week of October 21. The days were shorter but we spotted a bear as soon we were walking towards the hide at 3 pm. Then we were lucky to spot the medium sized bear again in the night around 8 pm. We again saw a really big bear with its cub after 30 mins. They were around for a very long time. It was truly breathtaking. We saw lot of racoons as well. Overall The hide was super clean. No complaints. Kärt picked me up from the tudu bus station and Andrei dropped me to Rakvere making it convenient. Both really kind and helful. I would recommend the experience definitely.
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Date of experience: October 2021
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kxtp4i wrote a review Sep 2019
Glommen27 contributions12 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 to do with it. We arranged a second night and boy were we glad we did. We saw a bear coming walking out of the woods a couple of times. An amazing sight! Definitely worth it. The first night we shared the cabin with two other people but we still had our own (private) part of the cabin. The second night we had the whole cabin for just the two of us. This experience was great, I recommend it!
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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 woman travelling on my own I had no concerns at all about overnighting in the wilderness! I was SUPER lucky and we had multiple bear sightings, as well as raccoon dogs and a wide variety of birds. I highly recommend this experience!
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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 contributions20 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 nothing is guaranteed with nature. However we did not have a good experience with the sleeping arrangements. There are two hides - Andres told us to go into the one on the left. We were in there for 10-15 minutes, unpacked our things and settled in. Shortly afterwards, he knocked on the window and asked us to go out. He said 'if you like, you can move to the other hide'. I thought this was strange, why would we want to move? I asked him if that is what he would prefer us to do and he replied 'do it'! This may have been partly due to the language barrier. He did apologise. We packed up our things and moved to the other hide. There were already 6 people in there and we found ourselves sharing a bunk with 2 others. The description on the website says the bunk area is private but this is not the case! It is shared! If you go in a couple, you could be sleeping on bunks right next to another couple. This really made me feel quite uncomfortable and wasn't what we were led to believe. We struggled to sleep as a result. I would recommend the experience (although perhaps go for more than one night to increase your chances of seeing the bears) but do not think the accommodation was as it was described to us and this did slightly marr the experience. Peep's communication beforehand was fantastic.
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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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