Bear watching and lynx watching trip in Transylvania

/Bear watching and lynx watching trip in Transylvania

Bear watching and lynx watching trip in Transylvania

This trip gives you an excellent opportunity to live for a few days in wilderness watching bears, red and roe deer, chamois, etc., then move to the comfort of a guesthouse and take morning and evening walks to see bears and – depending on how early in the year you take the trip – even lynx and wolves!
Important!  As we are talking about wildlife in natural conditions there are no guarantees that you will see anything. We will take you to the best spots and maximize your chances to enjoy wildlife and especially lynx and bears, but weather and other uncontrollable factors can cause lack of success. From your side, you should make sure to wear appropriate clothing, wear comfortable walking boots/shoes and absolutely no „smelly” things (perfumes, detergents, creams etc)!

available 15th of April-1st of June

for environmental reasons the maximum size of the group is 4 persons

difficulty grade: D – click here for explanations

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Program Description

This is a trip for the physically and mentally fit people! The accommodation for the first part of the trip is a tourist cabana, with no proper toilet or shower. The food on the first part of the trip is mountaineering food (one warm meal per day at the cabana, the rest – cold food which you will have to carry in your backpacks. You will not sleep long, as you need to be in the field before sunrise (app. 6am) and you go back to the cabana/guesthouse after dark (8pm).

Transfer to Brasov area, where you will set the tent and prepare for the first night of the trip. The cooking is done by your guide, but your input is always welcome!
Warning: The living conditions are rudimentary. On the first night you will sleep in a tent and there is no proper toilet or shower, so if you are looking for comfort – please check our trips under „Wildlife watching in the wild” section.

Early morning you will start hiking towards the tourist cabana through an area where the animals are little used to the presence of humans at this time of the year. As bears are nocturnal animals, you will need to start hiking before sunrise to have a chance to see them on the way up!
Warning: you will need to carry your equipment plus part of the common luggage (food). You will sleep in a tourist cabana in a proper bed with linen, so you will not need to carry your sleeping bags as well. There is no proper toilet or shower, so if you are looking for comfort – please check out our trips under „Wildlife watching in the wild” section.

Wildlife watching with a researcher. As bears are nocturnal animals, early in the morning and in the afternoon/evening you will need to be out in the field to see them! In fact, the more time you spend out of the cabin – the more chances you have to see different wildlife, so get ready for little sleep!
After the morning bear watching session, you will pack your backpacks and start hiking back to the car. You will be driven to a nice but basic 2* guesthouse in Zarnesti, with very warm hosts and an excellent cook. You will have an early 3-course dinner followed by a visit to a bear hide. This is a facility where wild bears are attacted with food for close-up observations. Usually we are successful in seeing bears at the hide, but do take into consideration that nothing is guaranteed when it comes to wildlife! Distance – 10-70m.

These days are dedicated to seeing wildlife in different conditions, with special focus on lynx and bear. As they are nocturnal animals, the activities related to seeing them will be undertaken in the morning and evening. The morning departure will take place at app. 4am. You will be driven to one of the valleys with recent lynx or bear activity. From the place where you park there will be about 1h hike (medium to hard difficulty, depending on the valley) to places where you have a good visibility over the area. This is where you will sit quietly for a couple of hours in order to watch wildlife in it’s natural habitat.
Important!
As we are talking about wildlife in the wild there are no guarantees that you will see anything. We will take you to the best spots and maximise your chances to enjoy wildlife and especially lynx and bears, but weather and other uncontrolable factors can cause insuccess. From your side, you should make sure to wear appropriate clothing, wear comfortable walking boots/shoes and absolutely no „smelly” things (perfumes, detergents, creams etc)!
You will return to the guesthouse after 10am, have a late breakfast and rest. Still, for the more active of you, as extra activities, during day-time you can do some hiking and wildlife tracking, visit a shepherd camp, some of the local historical places (e.g. Bran Castle, Peles Castle or the fortified church in Prejmer), go by horse drawn cart on one of the beautiful valleys close-by, hike, bike, paraglide, horse ride or just relax in the garden with a glass of home-made bilberry liquor or plum brandy, or the local “bear beer”.
In the afternoon, after a delicious late lunch we drive and hike (medium to hard difficulty) 30’-1h to special places in order to see wildlife in their natural habitat. The chances to see lynx and bears are quite high (about 40% for the lynx and 85% for the bears), as the researchers know the perfect spots for watching these magnificent animals. Late in the evening (about 10-11pm) we return to the guesthouse for a good night sleep.

Transfer back to the airport.

Profile

VERY GOOD level of fitness required (grade C). Also you need to be able to cope with the lack of sleep for several days in a row.
Accommodation in a tourist cabana (days 1-4) and local guesthouse (1*, 2* or 3*), in double room with en suite facilities (days 5-8)
Meal basis: full board included throughout (mountaineering food for days 1-4).

Costs

Cost: 749 Euro (565 GBP)/person

These costs are calculated for a group of 4 persons.

Included: 3 days full-board accommodation in a tent and a very rudimentary cabin located in the heart of a wildlife reserve, 4 days full board accommodation in a double room with en-suite facilities in a 2* guesthouse in Zarnesti, local English-speaking wildlife researcher throughout, transfer from/to the airport, local transportation for the included activities, 5 days wildlife watching&tracking with a wildlife researcher, 1 visit at a bearhide (extra fee only for commercial photos and videos).

Single room supplement: 39 euro (29.44 GBP) for days 4-8

To be paid locally: local transportation for the extra activities, guiding for extra activities (30 euro (22.65 GBP)/day), biking (15 euro (11.32 GBP) bike rental, 30 euro (22.65 GBP) local guide), entrance fees to places of interest, visit to a shepherd camp, alcoholic beverages unless specified in the itinerary, any other personal expenses.

Thank you for choosing us for your trip in Transylvania focused on lynx watching and bear watching!

 



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