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Small-Group Brown Bear-Watching Experience from Brasov
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Small-Group Brown Bear-Watching Experience from Brasov

By Active Travel
Recommended by 97% of travelers
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Increase your chances of spotting wild brown bears on a day trip to the forests of the Carpathian Mountains from Brasov. The ultimate trip for naturalists, this small-group tour—which is limited to an intimate group of twelve people—includes stress-free hotel pickup and drop-off, and, with luck, also reveals deer, wild boar, lynx, and other native wildlife.
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Ages 12-99, max of 12 per group
Duration: 3–4 hours
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Live guide: English
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Highlights
  • An obvious choice for naturalists and wildlife enthusiasts
  • Observe from a camouflaged hide to increase your chances of spotting brown bears
  • Learn more about the habits and habitats of wildlife from a naturalist guide
  • A small group means more attention from your guide

  • Professional driver-guide
  • Round-trip transport by air-conditioned car or minivan
  • Forest ranger escort in forest
What's not included
  • Food and drinks
  • Photography tax if photos for professional use
  • Gratuities
  • Drop off at your location in Brasov
  • Entry/Admission - Brasov


Start:
  • "George Barițiu" County Library, Bulevardul Eroilor 33-35, Brașov 500036, Romania
    In front of Biblioteca Județeană "George Barițiu", Bulevardul Eroilor 33-35.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 9143BEAR

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Most travelers can participate
    • 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. In case we have other tourists, we refund the difference you paid as solo traveler, after the tour.
    • Minimum age allowed: 12 years old.
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
    • At the end of the tour we can drop you off at your location in Brasov, for an extra fee. Please inform the driver about it.
    • We cannot guarantee 100% that you will be able to see any of the wildlife listed above. Do not forget that wildlife have their own way of living and we, humans, try to approach them as much as possible in their natural habitat.
    • The starting time is between 16:00 - 18:00, depending of the month! We inform you about the exact pick up time from Biblioteca Județeană "George Barițiu", Bulevardul Eroilor 33-35 with 2-3 days before! Extra charges apply if you are staying in Poiana Brasov resort!
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 9143BEAR

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    • Bulevardul Eroilor 33-35, Brașov 500036, Romania
      In front of Biblioteca Județeană "George Barițiu", Bulevardul Eroilor 33-35.
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      Meet your driver-guide/forest ranger in front Biblioteca Județeană "George Barițiu, Bulevardul Eroilor, 500036 Brașov, in the late afternoon and set off by air-conditioned minivan or car into the Carpathian Mountains of Romania's Transylvania region. The starting time is between 16:00 - 18:00, depending of the month! We inform you about the exact pick up time/meeting time with 2-3 days before! Extra charges apply if you are staying in Poiana Brasov resort! After roughly 40 minutes, arrive at the hide and settle in to watch for bears. Stay quiet and enjoy ample time to look for these magnificent animals. Note: we cannot guarantee 100% that you will be able to see any of the wildlife listed above. Do not forget that wildlife have their own way of living and we, humans, try to approach them as much as possible in their natural habitat.
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    • Active Travel
      1,625
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      Joined in November 2011
    • LucyB252
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Wonderful Romania
      I would strongly recommend this trip for a real insight into Romania. Active Travel's brilliant Tour Guide, Charlie Andras, drove us 1,800 kms round Transylvania - highlights were 10 kms walk through rural villages of Magura and Pestera, visiting Biertan, Rimetea, Sighisoara and Sibiu. So many extraordinary images from storks nesting on top of telegraph poles, horses and carts, forested hills, wildflowers and of course spectacular medieval castles.
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    • alexLaNoire
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      A wonderful day
      Dan is a really friendly and easy going guide. We had a lovely day with him; he is knowledgeable and great to spend time with. He's very thoughtful, and always made sure we felt good and were enjoying our tour. He took us around some wonderful, unforgettable countryside, and to a charming place for lunch, making sure our dietary needs were respected. We felt really well looked after and his depth of understanding of the countryside meant we always felt completely safe. We will certainly join him for more tours next time we visit Brasov, and recommend him for anyone who wants to see and learn about the surrounding area.
      Written June 13, 2024
    • U5470QVzoeb
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A trip worth seeing
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      Written June 11, 2024
    • timlH5145HN
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great experience, even better guide
      Absolutely recommend our guide Dan! He spared no effort in sharing his vast knowledge of Brasov history and proved to be excellent, genuine company. All music fans should definitely book him too as you'll be sure to find yourself in great conversation and in aura of excellent tunes 👌 thanks again for the great experience!
      Written June 10, 2024
    • 124grantc
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      Excellent Castle Tour
      We had a fantastic time on this 1 day tour. Our guide Charlie was very knowledgeable as he guided us though the 3 main stops throughout the day. It was a small group and Charlie regularly checked in on everyone to check comfort and gain agreement whenever there were different options available. The minibus was spacious and comfortable. Unlike similar tours I have been on, it didn't feel like anything was rushed or drawn out and we arrived back to town at a suitable time to make the most of the evening. Would highly recommend!
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    • hortn
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      An accessible hike in an astonishing place
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    • LondonFrogInTheFog
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      Perfect day of hiking in Bucegi Mountains
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      Written May 20, 2024
    • T7593VMjohns
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    • mickyb10
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    Eurofolk
    Herent, Belgium497 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A second booking with ActiveTravel for bear watching about an hour from Brasov.

    A great guide, Tiberius, passionate about nature and ecology who explained a lot ahead of arriving in the hide, where we sat quietly for over a couple of hours, during which two, skittish bears showed up five times, but always executing a hit and run action in the food, so there was barely time to photograph them.

    You were sufficiently close to get a great view, but far enough away to feel completely safe. Just spending time still, watching and listening was such a welcome change from normal life.

    All arranged by ActiveTravel. Good contact in advance with Marian Tirla, responding rapidly to questions and clearly working with a first class team of guides.
    Written July 26, 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
    Thank you so much for booking with us our Small-Group Brown Bear-Watching Experience from Brasov, Peter! We appreciate your honest feedback!
    Written July 27, 2022
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    Ulli
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2022
    I booked the tour online and was contacted by Marian from Active Travel well in advance with details about the tour departure. Our guide picked us up on time, we were a total of six people plus the guide. We drove about an hour. Before walking to the watching spot, we were told what to expect and instructed how to behave when moving through the forest.
    We were lucky to see several bears. Our guide competently answered all our questions about brown bears in Romania.
    I recommend this tour to everyone who loves nature and who likes watching animals in their natural habitat.
    Written July 28, 2022
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    We appreciate a lot your detailed review for our Small-Group Brown Bear-Watching Experience from Brasov, Ulrike! Indeed, it is an experience recommended for nature lovers!
    Written July 29, 2022
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    Martyn B
    Peterborough, UK4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    May 2024 • Family
    After a sticky start, our booking said to meet at 4.30 but nobody came, managed to get in touch with the company though and it turned out that the pick-up time had changed on 1st May to 5.00 but nobody had told us!

    We were indeed picked up at 5.00 along with three other people, making five of us in total. When we arrived, upon entering the hide it was immediately apparent that there was a young bear already there! From then on it just got better and better, there was rarely a moment when no bears were present! In the end we saw six different individuals with sometimes two and even three bears there at one time on occasions!

    All in all then a very successful trip was had by all, although we were particularly fortunate how could I do anything other than heartily recommend this experience.
    Written May 22, 2024
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
    We appreciate your very detailed review for our Small-Group Brown Bear-Watching Experience from Brasov, Martyn! We always inform our clients with 2 days before about the meeting details. Probably the message sent to you was lost somehow and please accept my apologizes for this. Anyhow, you had a very successful evening with us!
    Written June 2, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    liekevanwilpen
    Tilburg, The Netherlands9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jun 2022
    Alexandru is a great, knowledgeable, guide since he has a background in forestry. Therefore, the trip and bear-watching experience were both fun and informative. We were able to see at least eight different bears up close and also a family farther away. Also, trying Grandmother's palinka recipe was also very nice!

    We were lucky to get the chance to book this experience on such short notice (2 days upfront). But I would recommend scheduling it earlier if possible since these kinds of experiences are in high demand.
    Written July 3, 2022
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    We thank you so much for your detailed review about our Small-Group Brown Bear-Watching Experience from Brasov, Lieke!
    Written July 4, 2022
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    Dazmeister22
    Hemel Hempstead, UK105 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jun 2024 • Couples
    What a fantastic trip we had in search of seeing some bears. We were not disappointed. Our guide Lucian picked us up on time and we realised that only 2 of us were on the trip, an added bonus and a credit to the company that the trip still went ahead. After about a 50 minute drive including a comfort stop we made our way to the hide. It started to rain and we waited nearly an hour hearing the rain falling and enjoying the lush green scenery. First one and then a second bear appeared in the vegetation, at times poking their heads up and eventually both walking out to the track in full view. They stayed for around 50 minutes in total and we could watch their natural behaviour. Lucian was knowledgeable and as others have commented a man in love with nature and the bears. A magical experience and worth every penny. Sightings can of course not be guaranteed but what makes it special is everyone’s experience is different. The highlight of our holiday. Romania is a lovely country and well worth a visit. Brasov is a great place to stay. We received confirmation of the arrangements by email and by text from Active Travel. Just a shame there is no 6 stars!
    Written June 10, 2024
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    Thank you so much for your very detailed review for our guide and our Small-Group Brown Bear-Watching Experience from Brasov! It helps us a lot and the future clients, also!
    Written June 13, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    galbers1892
    London17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sep 2022 • Solo
    I booked this tour while staying in Brasov. Marian was very good at keeping in touch and updating me with meeting times and places. As for the tour itself, we were picked up by Alex and driven to a national park where there was a short walk to the hide. It took a while but we were finally rewarded for our patience by seeing a huge male come out of the woods and feed on some of the bushes nearby. It was incredible to witness such a sight up close. While you have to stay quiet in the hide, I found Alex very informative and he answered my many questions. He clearly has great fondness for his job, so a big thumbs up must go to him. If you happen to be in Brasov and like nature, give this a go, it's worth every penny.
    Written September 17, 2022
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    We appreciate a lot your detailed review for our Small-Group Brown Bear-Watching Experience from Brasov, Paul! Indeed, it is an experience "pour les connaisseurs" and you are one of them!
    Written September 18, 2022
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    Philipp
    4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    May 2023 • Solo
    A magical experience to walk into a forest knowing that bears are present. And we were lucky to see two of them (and the glance of 1-2 others far away). Also the ranger did a great job - he made us feeling safe and told interesting stories and facts about the bears in Romania.
    Written June 1, 2023
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    Thank you for reviewing our Small-Group Brown Bear-Watching Experience from Brasov, Philipp!
    Written June 3, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    JT
    Den Bosch, The Netherlands3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Apr 2022
    On this trip we seen 3/4 bears, a fox and a deer. It was a very good experience and I would definitely recommend anyone. The local guide was a bear hunter/watcher himself, a nice man who knows a lot about the Romanian bears and Schnapps :)

    The other personnel of the bear watching were very friendly too and the price is very good too.

    I went bear watching before but it wasn't like this one, we didn't see any bears then and now we seen 3 of them which was very nice.

    If we ever come back to Romania we are definitely doing this again.
    Cheers!
    Written April 29, 2022
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    We really appreciate your detailed review about our Small-Group Brown Bear-Watching Experience from Brasov, JT! Thank you a lot!
    Written April 29, 2022
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    mickkaren1231
    Corby, UK396 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What an experience! We were met at the pickup point by Alin, our guide, who then drove us to the Forrest, about 50 minutes away.

    Alin stopped off at a point just before our final stop for a toilet break, we then drove up a track for around 10 minutes, stopped and walked for about 10 to 15 minutes to the hide.

    Chairs are provided in the hide, so you're relatively comfortable and you basically keep very quiet and observe the ground in front of you.

    After an hour and twenty minutes some ravens suddenly took off, this was followed almost instantly by a big Brown Bear, utterly amazing. A few minutes later another one turned up. We watched them for a good while before heading back.

    These bears are completely in the wild, which makes this tour absolutely fantastic and Alin, our guide is very knowledgeable and obviously passionate about what he does. I would definitely recommend it.
    Written April 4, 2024
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    We thank you so much for your detailed review for our guide and our Small-Group Brown Bear-Watching Experience from Brasov, Michael!
    Written April 4, 2024
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    robin w
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2022 • Couples
    I loved this tour and our guide, you get to see the bears, not very close, but close enough to really get a sense of them in their natural living space. I would recommend, but, if I would have one advice, is to have a smaller group and be more strict in being silent. Our 14 people group had laughing, phones ringing and soo much coughing, i believe we missed a lot from that. We still got to see 4 bears, I saw one really close from the back door even, and there was one deer, so all still 5 stars.
    Written August 8, 2022
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    We thank you so much for your detailed review for our Small-Group Brown Bear-Watching Experience from Brasov, Robin! We appreciate your comments. Anyhow there were 12 tourists and 2 guides.
    Written August 9, 2022
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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