Small-Group Brown Bear-Watching Experience From Brasov

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Overview

Seize the opportunity to witness Carpathian brown bears in the wild on this 3-hour bear-watching experience from Braov. Leaving at sunset, travel by minivan or car into the Carpathian Mountains, and, accompanied by a forest ranger, walk into the forests to a secure hide. Then, wait quietly to spot the beautiful brown bears that roam the woodlands. Look for youngsters, large males, and females with their cubs, and for other wildlife including deer, lynx and wild boar. Numbers are limited to a maximum six people for a personalized experience.

Highlights

  • Instant Confirmation
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
  • Small-group tour
  • Get up-close to native wildlife

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Meet your driver-guide/forest ranger in central Braov in the late afternoon and set off by air-conditioned minivan or car into the Carpathian Mountains of Romania's Transylvania region.
The areas forests are known as bear country and home to the wild Carpathian brown bear. Around 5,000 of these animals are believed to live in the dense forests, hills and mountain meadows, alongside other wildlife including lynx, wild boar, wolves and deer.
As you travel, gain fascinating insights into the brown bears, hearing how they can grow to enormous sizes, with some males reaching up to 770 pounds (350 kgs). Learn about their lives in the wild, and how their sharp sense of smell is vital in ensuring their survival.
On arrival, your forest ranger will escort you to one of the numerous, specially designed bear hides in a restricted area of the forest. After a safety briefing, set off with the experienced ranger, following a wooded path to the secure and camouflaged hide.
After roughly 20 minutes, arrive at the hide and settle in to watch for bears. Stay quiet and enjoy ample time to look for these magnificent animals.
Theres around an 80% chance of sightings, and you may be lucky enough to observe everything from large males lumbering through the trees to females playing with their cubs: it's an unforgettable experience to see them roam free in their natural habitat. Snap photos and watch for other wildlife such as boar, roe and red deer, and the game birds known to live here.
When your viewing time is up, walk back through the forest accompanied by the ranger and reconvene with your driver-guide. Your experience then ends with drop-off in central Braov.
Please note: The forest ranger accompanying you in the forest may carry a handgun for your protection in extreme situations.

Inclusions for Small-Group Brown Bear-Watching Experience From Brasov

  • Professional driver-guide
  • Round-trip transport by air-conditioned car or minivan
  • Forest ranger escort in forest

Exclusions for Small-Group Brown Bear-Watching Experience From Brasov

  • Food and drinks
  • Photography tax if photos for professional use
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Dress warmly: sturdy, waterproof footwear and warm clothing recommended

Do NOT dress in bright colors

Do NOT use any perfume

Do NOT bring any food with you

Minimum booking numbers apply (2 pax). If you would like to join as 1 person please note that the price for 2 is be applicable

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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  • We had a great time on this bear-watching trip. We were picked up from our lodging and driven about 30 minutes to a hide in the forests. The guide made sure to brief us on safety, about how we should be quiet and remain at a safe distance from the animal. We saw 5 bears, 2 of which were females. The only thing is that the foresters bait the bears with chocolate, and from an ecological point of view, we are not sure if it is a recommended thing to feed the bears something that is arguably unnatural in their diet. Nonetheless the rangers were very respectful of the animals.

  • Guide was both very knowledgeable and friendly .
    We were picked up from the hotel in Brasov and were just the two of us.
    After a ride to the woods with a safety briefing enroute we walked 10 minutes to the hide. We were there for a couple of hours and were lucky enough to see and hear 6 bears a couple of foxes. Which was truly amazing experience. Walked back at dusk kind of scary with bears near by !!
    Dropped off back at hotel

  • This tour far exceeded our expectations.
    we were picked up from the door of our hotel promptly and taken with 2 other guests into the forest. We went into this thinking we would be happy if we could at least just see one bear and then any more than that wouldbe a bonus, but we were actually lucky enough to see 9....!!!!!! Yes, 9 of different ages and sizes. The guide was very knowledgeable and told us how old the bears were and how many approximately were in the area, how old they would grow to and how much they would weigh etc...
    We were totally blown away by them, they were just utterly gorgeous and adorable to watch. Another guide had previously gone on ahead and planted some chocolate for the bears to eat and they appeared within 2 minutes of us arriving..!!! With the windows to the hide open, we could also hear them coming...
    we saw 2 to start with and watched them eating and then it went quite for a little while, but towards the end of the trip just as it was starting to get dark, the forest started coming alive and we saw several more all coming out of the trees...
    it was absolutely awesome to see these beautiful creatures, I just can't describe how amazing they are. This is a must for anyone coming to this area. Definitely worth the money
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  • A very special and unique experience. Good overview of what to expect and what to do once we got there. Deer and an owl sighted on the way in. Five bears and two foxes, and even a disagreement between two of the bears. Mesmerizing to watch. A must-do if you are in the area.

  • We are from Norway where we have brown bears, but they are very rare and inaccessible. In Romania they are more common so this was an interesting opportunity. Our guide Calin picked us up punctually at our hotel and together with another couple we drove about 50 minutes north to the forests. There we walked for about 20 minutes through the forest to a hide. In the course of about 1 hour we saw about 6 bears. This is probaby the only chance you have of observing wild bears in the true wild in Europe. A very interesting experience

  • This was the reason for our visit to Romania, to see bears in the wild. We wanted to do this as responsibly as possible so We chose this tour. I didn't want to see bears roadside or hand feed them as some cheaper tours do. Not good for bears or people!! We wanted a wild experience. Our guide Alex is so passionate about Romanias wildlife and protecting it, he is knowledgable about wildlife and the native brown bear. Alex drove us into the forest where feeding sites have been set up, we then had a steep climb to reach a hide opposite a feeding station and we then wait. Quiet is essential, we spotted 5 different bears!!!! Some juveniles messing around which was fun to watch, you can hear the bears approaching through the woods. Just before nightfall we headed back to the car, it certainly got the heart pounding as we could hear bears to the right of us in the woods. It was a truly amazing experience, never to be forgotten. Thank you Alex for your knowledge, experience and good coughing skills :-

  • A fabulous trip and an amazing experience to see these wonderful animals in their natural habitat up close.

  • Highly recommended! We were picked up at our hotel by Alex, who has lived all his life in the nearby village to the forest he was a superb guide and gave us lots of information about the locality and the bears habits. The hide is comfortable and offers great views for the bear watching. We saw about 8 bears in total and the experience was amazing, especially the two brothers interacting.

  • What an amazing experience. We booked last minute, the day before we wanted to go but this was no problem. I received a phone call arranging a meeting point 50 meters from the hotel in Brasov. The driver arrived on time, took us to meet our ranger Alex then travelled to the Carpathian mountains. We were given safety instructions and told to remain as quiet as possible. then walked about 15 mins to the hide. Just before we reached the hide Alex stopped us and indicated to a gap in the trees. A bear was already there searching for chocolate. Amazing! We entered the hide and waited for more bears. Eventually, one by one, 3 more bears appeared. Alex obviously loved bears and gave us lots of information about them, recognising each bear and told us how old they were.

    This is an amazing experience, so magical to see these magnificent beasts in their natural habitat. by the way - guy who took his girlfriend there as a complete surprise birthday treat - you missed a perfect proposal moment!!!!

  • What an amazing experience! Alex was an enthusiastic and knowledgeable tour guide who gave us lots of information about the bears and their habitat, as well as a local's point of view on Romanian culture. Seeing the bears in such a beautiful setting was breathtaking - it was a magical moment. I would recommend this trip to anyone.

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