We offer 2 types of such tour: 1. Bear photo-safari (below) & 2. Siberian Deer photo-safari with a slightly different program and price. Please enquire.
Any photo safari trip is accompanied by an armed ranger that leads the group on a tour (the weapon is used only in rare cases, to scare away the bear). However, as a rule, the animal itself is so cautious that only an experienced guide will be able to show it to you and to draw the animal quietly for you to take a photo.
Despite poor eyesight, the bear has an excellent sense of smell and hearing. He feels and hears humans almost always earlier than being noticed himself and tries to escape. Mother bears demonstrate a different behavior, though: in case she runs across humans with her offsprings, you better give her way or simply step back. Before every trip to the mountains. tourists are given the detailed briefing on how to behave when coming across a wild animal.
Siberian deer is one of the most popular objects of the photo safari. It is extremely sensitive, fast, careful, and it takes the photographer uncommon endurance to follow this animal. The result though is the pictures that can be proudly displayed to your friends and family. Nature has generously endowed deer with luxurious appearance: proud poise, luxury branched antlers and graceful proportions of the body.
07:00 Departure from Ust-Kamenogorsk
10:00 Arrival to Ridder. Departure to Black Uba Settlement
12:30 Arrival to Settlement
13:00 – 14:00 Hot homemade lunch
14:00 – 18:00 – Leisure time. There are different options to choose, such as going on a stroll along the Black Uba or beautiful scenery photos. Moreover, you may decide to go fishing and catch a fresh graying for your dinner. If you follow some forest paths, you will surely find some berries, mushrooms and gather sweet-scented herbs for your tea ceremonies. Taiga is generous during any time of the year!
18:00 – 19:00 Dinner and warm gatherings over a cup of tea
19:00 – 20:00 Presentation on the nature of our region and detailed briefing on how to behave in wild nature. After it, you are more than welcome to try Russian banya /sauna/ (extra cost), that will make you feel as if you are born again.
Night in the settlement.
Day 2. Upper reaches of the river Boma, start of photo safari
08:00 Breakfast made of natural farm products and hitting the road!
09:00 The 1.5-hour jeep ride is going to take you to the mountain lakes. Although the road may be quite bumpy at times, the breathtaking views will make you forget about all the inconveniences. Then, we will camp in the upper reaches of the river Boma. An experienced instructor will teach you to pitch a tent in the woods and kindle a fire. While our guide sets the table and makes tea, we will make a walk around the camp and settle on the ground.
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch (snacks, tea and non-alcohol beverages)
14:00 – 18:00 In the afternoon, armed with binoculars and cameras, following the guide we go to a nearby lake which bears love to visit. Reaching the vantage point, we begin to view the slopes in anticipation of the master of taiga. The most patient must be lucky but even if you are not very assiduous, you will be able to see a lot of interesting things.
Tired but full of impressions, we will go back to camp for dinner.
18:00 Dinner made on a camp stove by our guide. Warm gatherings around the campfire – we are going to scare each other by telling some horror stories.
Day 3. Going deeper into wilderness
08:00 Starting a new route to the distant lakes
13:00 Lunch in the middle of our route: in order to get back to camp before dark, we will have some snacks and hot tea
18:00 . Dinner made on a camp stove by our guide. Warm gatherings around the campfire – hunting stories, songs with a guitar, sparks of the fire soared up into the night sky will give you a true feeling of the romance.
Day 4. Final day of shooting, drive back to Black Uba
Today photo hunting takes place on the slopes of the mountains located in the opposite direction from the lake.
13:00 – 14:00 Tea and lunch
14:00 – 14:30 Getting ready for going back to the settlement. It is sad to go back, because we are already used to being a tourist with some simple routines.
14:30 Departure to the Settlement “Black Uba”
16:00 Arrival to the settlement
16:00 – 18:00 Free time
Banya (upon request, extra cost)
Night at the settlement
Day 5. Departure to Ust-Kamenogorsk
07:00 – 08:00 Breakfast made of natural farm products
08:30 Departure to Ridder
11:00 Arrival to Ridder. Departure to Ust-Kamenogorsk
Please don`t forget to pack warm clothes, spare shoes and mosquito repellent.
Tour price per person:
2 people – 693 $
3 people – 479 $
– transfer on the route:
Ust-Kamenogorsk – Ridder – Ust-Kamenogorsk on comfortable transport
– meals BLD (Breakfast, lunch, dinner)
– excursions along the route
– Russian-speaking park ranger-guide
– medical insurance
– translator (upon request)
– banya (sauna).