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Small-Group Brown Bear-Watching Experience from Brasov

  • 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
Small-Group Brown Bear-Watching Experience from Brasov
From US$52.20
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Small-Group Brown Bear-Watching Experience from Brasov
From US$52.20
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.
What to Expect
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.
Reviews (53)
1 - 5 of 12 reviews
Reviewed 28 September 2018
Really fascinating

This was definitely one of the highlights of our trip! After a short drive from the Brasov city center, we did a short hike to the hide in the forest, and it was amazing to sit quietly and watch the bears appear to eat and...More

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank daniellerubin
Marian T, Owner at Active Travel, responded to this reviewResponded 1 October 2018

Thank you Danielle for your review!

Reviewed 11 September 2018 via mobile
Amazing experience

Absolutely a must if in Brasov, our guide Tiberius was so knowledgeable and it was heart warming to meet someone so dedicated to his job. The journey to the woods is only about 40 minutes from the city and then a 10 minute walk to...More

Thank Loulou15_11
Marian T, Owner at Active Travel, responded to this reviewResponded 11 September 2018

You are right: it is one of the greatest experience you can have! The brown bear is an amazing animal and we try to protect them as much as we can! Thank you for booking with us!

Reviewed 24 August 2018 via mobile
Most amazing experience in the Carpathian mountains!

We had an amazing time watching the brown bears and were very lucky to see 22 appearances from 15 bears. Watching the interactions between the bears was fascinating and something I am very glad that we got the chance to see. Seeing bears in the...More

2  Thank mltownley
Marian T, Owner at Active Travel, responded to this reviewResponded 27 August 2018

Quite an experience, indeed! Thank you!

Reviewed 16 August 2018
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

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Ellie A
Marian T, Owner at Active Travel, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2018

What can I add more, Ellie? Thank you for your review!

Reviewed 12 August 2018 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 13 August 2018

Thank you Valerie for your feedback!

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