"On my first trip to Naliboki Forest last year, I noticed that my camera was not good enough
So for this trip I bought a new camera with a big tele.


I’m not a good photographer at all, and I don’t have the patience to read the entire manual, but I wanted to try to have at least photos of a higher quality.


The first d...

March 3, 2020

Day 1: Friday 10/01

The first day starts great, we drive to see some bison, and there they are. Three males in the mist in an open field with old oaks, it is a beautiful sight. Afterwards, we start walking to check some camera traps next to a small canal. We stop at a former wolf den, while Vadim is explaining to us th...

April 22, 2019

I had the fantastic opportunity to go for two days to the Naust Eco Station of Professor Vadim Sidorovich and his wife Ira Rotenko in the Naliboki Forest.

We were with a group of 10 persons and got a very warm welcome in the station. The lodges are not luxurious but very cosy and furnished in a beautiful authentic arti...

May 5, 2018

A primary archetype in literature illustrates that when a character enters the woods, said character emerges a changed person. I think 11 lives emerged changed from the forest thanks to the magic, knowledge, and genius of Vadim and Irina. 

When I first approached Vadim about the possibility of hosting a student trip, h...

When our plane takes off from Brussels South Airport it’s snowing. We are wondering what the weather would be like in Belarus. What would Belarus be like? We - Sam&Erica, Bernd, Laura, Pepijn from Wild Naliboki and Hans&Els – are very excited to leave!

We are welcomed in Minsk by Vadim, Ira and their adorable son Vince...

November 13, 2017

For anyone who has wondered what it was like to be Little Red Riding Hood or Hansel and Gretel wandering through a great European forest surrounded by trees and nature, and with the looming threat of large predators all around – a week with Vadim and Ira at the Naust Eco Station in Naliboki Forest will more than answe...

We were 8 teachers from QSI Minsk, on a Belarus adventure organized by Josh and Jaclyn Smalley. Only 1 1/2 hours from Minsk, but a world away. Vadim and Maximilian met us at the edge of the Naliboki Forest. They took us on a wild Lada ride through the now dark forest along a headlamp-lit, bumpy, puddled-filled road.

A...

It was 5 of us who decided to come and get to know Naliboki from the inside. We came with the idea of finding new wolf litters, all the time helped and advised by Vadim Sidorovich who, we knew, had been carrying that work for 30 years and was an expert on the field, the best we were told. With that in mind, we didn’t...

June 3, 2016

In January 2016, I visited Naliboki Forest together with my friends during a wildlife tour. The target species of this trip were lynx and wolf, and two of our group were lucky to see a lynx. Despite several signs of wolves, they were unfortunately not seen. We had the chance to see many other animals, though, and guid...

 

As a group of 7 nature fanatic friends we wanted to spend a week in Belarus, Naliboki forest. Maarten and Pepijn, who had been there before, were very enthusiastic about this vast forest, one of the last real wilderness areas in Europe. We aimed to see several species of rare woodpeckers, grouses and owls and silentl...

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