Short Bear Watching Experience from BrasovWith: Simona 20
What you need to know about this bear watching trip in Brasov:
- A small group tour from Brasov in the afternoon. Duration: 4 hours. Limited spots available and NOT running on Sundays!
- Included: transport and guidance from a local wildlife researcher. Meeting details will be sent after your booking is confirmed, and you need to come on your own
- From Brasov we will go with a 4x4 about 30 min in the hills and walk in the forest 15 min to a bear observation hide operated by the National Forest Authority
- Rangers will use food to attract bears (and possibly other wild animals) to a visible spot. We will wait and observe them in silence for 3h in the bear hide
- This is an eco-friendly responsible tour with maximum safety conditions. Please read the additional information on the next page.
- 'Bear season' starts from mid/late March to mid/late October, depending on weather. Bookings will be confirmed depending on this
Please be aware that the bear hide does not have a toilet. No food or drinks are allowed on this tour and we don't recommend bringing anything else than a bottle of water. Don't wear perfume - animals have highly sensitive smell, and very good ears!
No flash or red light allowed when taking pictures as they scare the bears away. Do not wear perfume or strong odours.
Please wear appropriate clothing and shoes for walking in the forest for about 5-10 minutes (dull colours, layer clothing including wind/water proof depending on weather).
Meeting point and exact start time will be agreed after request, depending on season.
Moments to expect during the bear watching tour near Brasov:
To the bear hideout in the forest
We will drive to a nearby forest up in the hills around Brasov where our bear observation hide is located. This is where we stay for the next 2-3 hours. You must keep silent, remain patient and prepare your cameras ready. Children can come but need to stay quiet. The forest is silent and we don't want to scare the bears and wild animals away!
Waiting for the bears to show up!
The hide offers an excellent viewing point - we just need to be ready! As bears are wild animals, they come and feed only when they want, as nature cannot be controlled. So even though the chances of seeing them are very high, there are no guarantees they will come. It's also possible that other animals will show up (lynx, foxes or wolves) - so you might be very lucky!
Bear season and other wildlife
The brown bears of Romania come out when they want :) at the end of winter (late March or early April). They spend the summer roaming the Carpathian Mts, raising their cubs and looking for food. As do other wild animals like foxes, deer, wolves or boars. Bears retreat to their dens in mid-October - so this is a perfect summer activity!
- Starting point: Brasov
- Nearest airport: Bucharest
- Nearest train station: Brasov
- Landscape: forest terrain (easy/medium difficulty)
Reviews from travellers
A wonderful experience! The guides were great - knowledgeable and helpful. It was very special to be able to see bears in the wild. Loved it!
Great in one word! Saw a lot of bears, beautiful nature. The guide Simona was very, very knowledgeable, and was in 1 word: fantastic. I recommend this tour to everyone!
This activity was amazing, Simona was incredibly friendly, knowledgeable and we had a wonderful time - despite being early in season we saw 13 bears approx (5 females, 3 males and 5 cubs). A brilliant experience all around and great valley for money. Simona was very responsive by email and we would certainly do this again if we were in the area in the future.
The walk through the forest to the hide was great. Our guide, Simona was very knowledgeable and speaks English well. We were delighted to see three adult bears and three cubs! Thanks for a wonderful tour! Multumesc!
Romanian Friend was excellent to deal with and very good at communicating with me with regards to my booking. The guides were good to talk with and knowledgable about all wildlife in Romania, they were punctual and friendly. We saw 3 bears including a cub which was brilliant and the walk though the forest to reach the hide was also very pleasurable. Highly recommend this service.
We took the bear watching tour and that was the highlight of our stay in Romania. Tour was well organized with guides that had lots of experience with wildlife. Both guides spoke good English, so it was easy to follow their information on Romanian wildlife. We were fortunate to see 8 bears on the spot, with three being cubs. I would highly recommend this tour to any wildlife lover!
The bear watching tour we booked on Romanian Friend was very interesting and the best experience on our journey in Romania. It was professionally held by our guide who was very nice but also had a lot of knowledge about the bears. We had such a good time and will remember the experience for a long time. Special thanks for taking so good care of my 84-year-old mother who really loved the tour.
We had a lovely time watching bears from the hide. I recommend this tour to anyone interested in seeing wildlife.
The trip was simply amazing. We saw bears almost immediately (males, females and cuddles) and thus we totally enjoyed the three hours of bear-watching. Simona, the guide, explained us everything about what the bears were doing in front of our eyes, so it was really like a living documentary. She also showed us bear footprints in the forest and the signs they leave on trees. I would recommend this tour to anyone in Brasov, thanks!
It was epic! Thanks to this tour we spotted 5 wild Bears, 1 fox and 2 wild boars. Thank you very much guys, it was one of the best experiences in Transylvania!
Myself and my two children enjoyed the bear watching immensely! It was the higlight of our holiday and we would recommend it to everyone visiting the area. We saw about six bears, a huge wild boar and a fox. We also enjoyed hearing all about bears and the stories about various bear encounters.
It was a great experience and well organized. We saw two mother bears with each three young. Also six other bears. Easy and fast booking, thank you!
Missed a tour dinner to have this amazing experience. Just finishing looking at photo's and video record of our visit. Two mature females, two adolescents and three new cubs. Excellent viewing point. The silent stroll through the walk to the hide was enchanting and we would have loved it. It was a delight - thank you!
This trip was fantastic! Simona and the ranger were very knowledgeable about their bears and we were incredibly lucky to see 12 bears during the time we were watching! Thank you very much!
My wife and I had a fantastic time on the bear watching tour from Brasov. We were really pleased to get to see the bears. In the end I think we saw about 7 in total. Simona was a fantastic guide. She is very knowledgeable about the local wildlife and provided us with a lot of information about the local area as well. Romanian Friend made planning our trip much easier and all the more enjoyable, so thank you!
Lovely tour with Romanian Friend and Simona. We saw bears and many wild boars and the tour guide and ranger were very informative and friendly. Highly recommend!
We really enjoyed this tour! It was incredible to see wild bears up so close. We saw 2 grown females and a grown female with her 3 cubs. Simona was really helpful and informative and was able to answer all of our questions. It was an invaluable experience and Romanian Friend were a great company to work with. They were able to accommodate us on very short notice and it was great value for money! Would recommend to anyone! Thanks guys!
We had a brilliant time Bear Watching, thank you very much. Simona was excellent and did a really good job. We were delighted to actually see five bears and the whole process was done very professionally. Our group of six all felt the same and it was the highlight of our week in Romania. Thank you once for your input and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend you to anyone!
We really enjoyed the bear watching experience in Brasov! Simona was a knowledgeable and friendly guide, the short walk to the bear hide was really beautiful and we had a really great view of the bears from the cabin. We would definitely recommend this tour to others visiting the Brasov area! We also found the Romanian Friend website really helpful in general for our trip to Romania, particularly the city travel guides which gave us lots of useful tips on what to see and where to go.
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