We have wanted to see Polar Bears in the Wild for years now but didn't fancy going on the tundra buggy looking down on them so Nanuk fitted the bill perfectly - it was just a case of saving up enough money so we could go!
We were delayed on our flights in but arrived to beautiful sunshine and a polar bear in the scope out the front of the lodge, which we went to have a closer look at as soon as we had our lunch. It was settled in the water to "cool off" so Andy was just giving us the safety talk about how to approach the bear and NOT to run when the bear decided to come and have a closer look at us - much closer! Wow absolutely fantastic and so worth saving up for.
The bear came really close but we never felt threatened, it was just being curious and even stood up on its back legs to have a closer look at us.
In the evening we had talks on the wildlife of the area, the lodge and watched a DVD of 2 people following the Caribou migration.
At night Andy got up regularly to check for Northern Lights and we were delighted to see them on our first night, although it is VERY cold outside at 3am! But a real bonus to see them too.
The weather changed to wet and very cold and windy but we were still rewarded with sightings of beautiful Polar Bears and Black Bears - some were even right up to the fence, allowing for some great close up photos.
The accommodation is described as basic but is very comfy and warm, with meals being served in a central building with cosy fire and huge viewing windows.
Nolan and his team were all very friendly and welcoming and Butch has a wealth of knowledge and great stories to tell. Saving up already for a return trip!
- Also Known As:
- Nanuk Polar Bear Hotel Manitoba