Private Brown Bear Watching Experience In The Carpathians - Sighișoara

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Tour Information

Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 5 Hrs
  • Departure Time :
    4:30pm or 5:30pm depending on sunset time (the exact departure time will be confirmed after booking)
  • Departure Details :
    Main square of Cristuru Secuiesc (Liberty Square/Piata Libertatii, 22 km from Sighisoara)
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable

Overview

Experience the Carpathian wilderness, and see wild brown bears in their natural habitat from the security of one of the many wildlife hides operating in the area. Your guide, an experienced local ranger, will take you with his 4wd car deep into the forests of the Eastern Carpathians, which has one of the largest population concentrations of brown bears in the Carpathian Mountains. Follows an easy to moderate 500m walk from the car to a specially-designed observation hide where you will wait quietly for wildlife. The private experience will last 4-5 hours.

Highlights

  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • See native wildlife in their natural environment
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included

Know More about this tour

Your Carpathian brown bear experience starts in the small Szekler town of Cristuru Secuiesc (22km from Sighisoara) where your guide awaits you to set off in his 4wd car into the forests at the foothills of the Harghita Mountains. In recent years, it has become a popular destination for wildlife watching as the population is most dense in Harghita, Covasna, Vrancea, and Brasov counties. After a 20- to 45-minute drive (depending on which spot has the greatest chances for watching on that day) you will be safely escorted down a roughly 500m long trail.
Occupy your place in the hide, stay quiet, listen to the forest wildlife sounds, and enjoy the excitement of waiting for the bears to come. There is usually success in seeing bears, but as there are wild animals involved, nothing is guaranteed. If you are lucky, you may observe bears feeding, playing together, courting, and mating. You may even see other species like wild boars, roe deer and red deer, foxes, badgers, and some game birds. In the past a few sightings of lynxes and wolves were had as well, but these animals, although in great numbers in the Carpathians, are very secretive and rarely seen.
After approximately 3 hours of watching, head back to the car accompanied by your guide and ride back to Cristuru Secuiesc. The entire trip takes 4 to 5 hours and watching from the hide can be complemented with following the animals footprints in the forest upon request. Be prepared by wearing hiking boots and weatherproof clothing, and bring binoculars, a camera, an extra battery, and a memory card to record this unique experience.
Wildlife watching tours in the Carpathians allow wildlife to be viewed in close proximity without being disruptive, and generates revenue for local rewilding efforts. 
Please note: 

  • Your forest ranger guide accompanying you may carry a handgun for your protection in extreme situations.
  • The tour usually ends around 9:30-10:00pm, so please plan your dinner time accordingly.
There are high chances (statistically more than 75%) to spot the Carpathian brown bear, sometimes a female with cubs, sometimes a larger male bear. As a bonus, your guide can share some of the stories about the Communist dictator Ceausescu's hunting in the area.

Inclusions

  • Local wilderness guide during the whole itinerary
  • Round-trip transport by a 4wd car
  • Photo fee for non-commercial purposes
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Odorheiu Secuiesc and Cristuru Secuiesc

Exclusions

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Sighisoara can be offered on request
  • Ifhotel pick-up and drop-off is requested, the fuel surcharge is estimated after booking and payable at the time ofdeparture
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability

Generally, children should be around 8 years old to participate and understand the importance of the environment we operate in

Children must be accompanied by an adult

A moderate amount of walking is involved

Dress warmly: sturdy, waterproof footwear and warm clothing recommended

A maximum of 8 people per booking

There are no bathroom facilities in the hide

Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather and less chances to spot bears, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund