* For more than 8 participants, prices available upon request.
* services of a professional English / French speaking guide
* all transportation by private vehicle or minibus (gas, road tax and parking fees included)
* access to a virgin forest UNESCO heritage
* specialized bear tracking and wildlife guide
* contribution for the conservation of the area
* transfer by car to the bear observatory
* bear watching from an observatory
* traditional plum brandy tasting (palinca)
Package does not include:
* your meals and drinks (picnic lunch and diner recommended)
* personal expenses
This tour is a must do in Transylvania. No person who enjoys hiking should miss the chance to see a European brown bear (Ursus Arctos) in it’s natural habitat. There are approximately 6000 individuals in the Carpathian region of Romania. The brown bears are amongst the largest living carnivores and can grow to an enormous size, males up to 350kg, and females to 200kg, with the biggest on record being caught in Romania weighing 480kg. Adult males tend to be on average 8 to 10% larger than females. They have good hearing, an excellent sense of smell and can live for up to 30 years.
In autumn bears frantically search for high calorific foods to lay down fat before they start their ‘winter lethargy’. Contrary to popular belief bears do not hibernate. Yes, body temperature, pulse and respiratory rate all decrease but not to the levels associated with true hibernation.
According to Chris Morgan (bear biologist & wildlife researcher) bears make great barometers of ecosystem health, stating “What’s good for bears is good for people”. Given their dependence on large natural areas, it could also be viewed that bears are important management indicators for a number of other wildlife species too.
Departure from Cluj at 8am. After two hours of driving you shall meet the wildlife specialized guide. Transfer by car to a mineral water spring from where you will start a 2-3 h bear tracking hike through the virgin forest. You will stop on the way for explanations and pictures. Picnic lunch in a shelter at the end of the hike. Transfer by car in the afternoon for the bear observatory. The observation will end the latest at night fall.