One week in Bear Land

  • Local experts Guides
  • Walking through virgin forests
  • See Europes mega fauna
  • Rare birds from Europe
  • You have access to protected areas with local experts
  • Experience the Romanian culture and cuisine
  • Observe wildlife from observatory
  • Tracking the large carnivores

Romania is the most important destination to observe the brown bears. With approximately 6,000 bears, Romania has the largest population of bears in Europe. From spring to late autumn, Romanian Carpathians offer excellent opportunities to observe and photograph the brown bear (Ursus arctos). You will observe the brown bear from one of our wooden observatories, with comfortable  chairs, windows, camera viewfinders and beds, located in Carpathians. This is a unique experience, offering often the most rewarding results, being closer than you think, just 3 hours from Bucharest.

The main attractions

Day 1 Bucharest - Lepsa

imageSlideWe start the tour in Bucharest, capital of Romania or in Focsani. Upon arrival at the Bucharest airport or Focsani train station, you’ll meet a local guide that will accompany you throughout the holiday. We will travel to Lepşa village, located in the Eastern Carpathians, just 3 hours of Bucharest and only an hour from the city of Focsani. Lepşa tourist village is located on the border between Moldova and Transylvania, here we will stay in a traditional guest house and we enjoy a traditional Romanian dinner. Upon arrival in Lepşa, we will meet to make a brief summary of the tour and rules for photo safari.  Then you are invited to relax in order to be prepared to encounter bears and explore the virgin forests of the Carpathians or if you are not tired we can go to one of our observatory and wait for seeing bears.

Day 2 Lepșa - Tișița Gorges - Observatory

Early in the morning, after we eat breakfast, we will be ready to follow the tracks of the bear and other large mammals in the forests of the Carpathians. We will have a chance to see traces of bears and wolves paths entering in the mountain wilderness and near human settlements. We will install together camera traps in order to capture images of  the wildlife in the area. In the afternoon we return to the guesthouse and take lunch. In the evening we go to see bears from an observatory, with a 4 x 4 car (30 minutes) where we have the chance to observe and photograph bears safely. In this place bears come very close to our observatory, so you will be sure that you will take good photographs and have a unique experience. Some nights were counted over 5 bears. You can choose if you want to return to the guesthouse to sleep or if you want to spent the night here in the observatory to increase the chance to see the bears also in the morning that comes.

Day 3 Observatory – Lepșa vilage – Observatory

ObservatorBefore sunrise we have breakfast and we will observe and photograph the bears that come in the morning at the observatory. We go to lunch at the guesthouse  where we are waited a to enjoy a delicious meal. We’ll rest a few hours after the meal in order to be prepared to see bears and other animals that will appear in another observatory.

In the evening, when we return from the observatory, we will start with a 4×4 pick up car equipped with powerful light projectors, to observe and photograph animals that have a predominantly nocturnal activity like: raptors, bears and other species of carnivores. After the hours spent observing the density and diversity of species living in the primeval forests of the Carpathians, we go to the accomodation, and think about the experiences spent in this tour.

Day 4 Lepsa - The center for monitoring and rehabilitation of large carnivores - Observatory

centrul de monitorizare și reabilitare a carnivorelor mari

After an evening spent on the field we have breakfast and we go to visit the center for monitoring and rehabilitation of large carnivores where we encounter large carnivores specialists, colleagues of your guide, who worked in various large carnivores conservation programs, with extensive experience.

You will see and even use equipment for monitoring, rehabilitation and capture large carnivores, like bears. Also here our specialists will present each of these equipments and many aspects of the ecology and biology of large carnivores, particularly bears.

We will lunch at the  center for monitoring and rehabilitation of large carnivores talking about large carnivores, afterwards we go to a very picturesque observatory located near the center, where we will spend the evening, having chances to see birds of prey, singing birds, mammals such as: wild boar, roe deer, red deer, various species of carnivores including bears.

Day 5 Lepșa - Bear dens - Observatory

ObservatorWe wake up in the morning, we serve breakfast and we turn back in to the wild. This day will require more physical activity because we will need to follow the tracks of the wild animals and to visit bear dens. In this trip we will go on the trail of wild animals in old and very dense forests, which makes mammals observation quite difficult but with the help of our specialists who will accompany you, the observation of wild animals will be possible. After a long day we saw different types of bear dens we go back to the guesthouse for lunch and return to the observatory with a 4×4 car, this time another observatory located in the heart of the forest, ready to spend the night here. Here we have a good chance to see bears, but there will be also the opportunity to observe a wolf or lynx. This night will be spent in the observatory and early morning we wake for a new day observing the brown bear.

Day 6 Lepșa - Observatory

1614467_569536806476196_280730555_oWe will spend the morning taking pictures and admiring the bears again if we are lucky. In the afternoon we head to the guesthouse to have a traditional lunch.

We rest for a while and start to check and we will go to check the installed camera traps to see if they captured photos or movies with wildlife. At the end of the day we return to the guesthouse and see what Carpathian wildlife have been captured in the photos and movies. Being the last evening spent here, we will enjoy a festive event.

Day 7 Lepsa - Bucharest

The beginning of the day depends on flying hours from Bucharest. We will fill the lungs with fresh mountain air for the last time and we headed to Bucharest airport to take the flight back home.

Additional Information

What\'s Included?

Everything is included in this tour. All meals and drinks, accommodation, local guide, airport transfer, local transport, sightseeing fees.

Equipment

  • Included equipment

Available to you will be made all the necessary equipment for this tour: binoculars, compass, map, camping equipment, sleeping bag, hammock, and more. You will also receive small field guides, a representative list of wildlife in the area and a DVD with an image gallery and documentation in this area. You will also have access during your stay to our travel agency library you will find many books that will interest you and will answer your questions.

  • Personal equipment

We recommend that you bring your own binoculars. The clothing must be warm, including long pants, fleeces, thermal underwear and socks, scarves, wool hats, gloves and impermeable clothing. Although the weather is particularly chilly, the sun may shine strong, so we recommend you bring sunglasses and cream with high UV protection factor. Obviously, a pair of comfortable and waterproof boots are a must. Do not forget any other items of a personal nature, such as medicines. Do not forget to bring many memory cards for your camera.

Additional Costs

Almost everything is included in this tour. The only things not included are international flights, travel insurance (please contact us for more information that is required to achieve the insurance policy), any food bought outside the three main meals, drinks outside of anything offered at meals and bottled water provided throughout the day and any items of a personal nature such as souvenirs

Visa and Health

If you are a citizen of one of the EU countries you do not need a visa to enter Romania. The citizens of other members states, other than those of the European Union we kindly ask to contact the embassy to find out if there are visa restrictions. There are no health restrictions or recommendations to visit Romania, but please consult your local doctor for more information.