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Meet your driver-guide/forest ranger in central Brașov in the late afternoon and set off by air-conditioned minivan or car into the Carpathian Mountains of Romania's Transylvania region.
The area’s 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.
There’s 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 Brașov.
Please note: The forest ranger accompanying you in the forest may carry a handgun for your protection in extreme situations.
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Overview
Head into the wild and see Carpathian brown bears up close on this 3-hour tour from Brașov. Meet your guide in the city at sunset, then journey into the Carpathian Mountains, where you'll join up with a ranger. Trek into the forest in search of a hide, then wait quietly in hope of spotting the bears that inhabit the region. You might also see deer, wild boar, lynx and other native wildlife. Numbers are limited to six on this small-group tour.
Highlights
  • 3-hour bear-watching experience from Brașov
  • Travel to the forests of the Carpathian Mountains to see Carpathian brown bears in the wild
  • Watch for bears and cubs in the woodlands from a secure hide
  • Spot other wildlife, such as deer, lynx, wild boar and game birds
  • Be escorted to and from your hide by an experienced forest ranger
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Reviewed yesterday
Once in a lifetime unbelievable experience....bucket list material

This was one of the highlights of our trip. We ventured into the Carparthian forests to view wild brown bears. We were fortunate to see 6 brown bears playing, roaring and climbing trees. It was a mother bear with her offspring. It was such a...More

Thank Ellie A
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile
An unforgettable experience

We had a wonderful moment during this visit, we could see many foxes, birds and... after some waiting... bear! Our guide was really friendly and gave us all the information we needed to reach the observation point in security speaking perfect english, he also told...More

Thank Valeria R
Marian T, Owner at Active Travel, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you Valerie for your feedback!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Better than Imagined - Loved the Guide too

So glad we did this. A highlight of our 20 day Eastern Europe trip for many reasons. Of course, bears were first objective for this tour choice. However, we have to say first that the young man, Alax, our driver and guide, is amazing in...More

Thank Amy K
Marian T, Owner at Active Travel, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

What can I add more, Amy? It was a real experience! Thank you so much for your review!

Reviewed July 1, 2018
Bear observation

Even if the weather was really bad, we've seen 1 bear and 2 fox ! It was an amazing experience ! Alex is very nice, know many things about those animals and speak perfectly English. He took us in the center of Brasov and he...More

1  Thank clyon2018
Marian T, Owner at Active Travel, responded to this reviewResponded July 2, 2018

Thank you for booiking with us and for beeing patient for the brown bears observation program!

Reviewed June 22, 2018
Booked at the last minute and lots of bears!

Marian helped us to organise this tour at very short notice (same day) which was much appreciated! Alex picked us up from town in the late afternoon and drove us to the meet up point with the ranger. On the way there and back he...More

4  Thank Pearl L
Marian T, Owner at Active Travel, responded to this reviewResponded June 22, 2018

What can I add more, Pearl? We try do to all our best to organise every tour at a very short notice (same day)! Thank you for booking with us!

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