Experience the abundance of colourful Mushrooms, Eagles and Cranes migration, Woodpeckers and Owls activity as well as Elk and Deer rutting in the stunning, unspoiled landscape of eastern Poland.
- Explore the Primeval Białowieża Forest full of colourful fungi
- See up to 8 species of Woodpeckers as well as Pygmy Owl and Hazel Grouse
- See White-tailed and Spotted Eagles
- Search for Bison, Wolf and Elk (Moose)
- Take a boat cruise for Beaver watching
- Visit Warsaw Old Town
This unique tour aims at the high autumn activity of rare Woodpeckers and Owls, migration of waders and birds of prey and rutting season of large mammals like Bison, Red Deer and Elk (Moose). This is also the best time of the year for numerous fungi.
Walking through the Białowieża Primeval Forest, full of colourful mushrooms at this time of the year, we hope to see Pygmy Owls, Black, White-backed, Three-toed and Middle Spotted Woodpeckers. We will also set out early and stay out until dusk aiming to watch European Bison, Wild Boar and Red Deer. Occasionally, even Wolves and Lynx have been spotted.
In the Biebrza Marshes we will go after Cranes, White-tailed, Lesser Spotted and Greater Spotted Eagles as well as plentiful migratory waders, White and Black Storks. We should also have some good views of Elks and Beavers during an unforgettable boat trip.
As usual, the traditional eastern Polish landscape with small wooden houses and gorgeous local food will add a special taste to this holiday.
Day 1: Pick up from Warsaw Airport and transfer to the Białowieża Forest
Days 2/3/4: Białowieża Forest + Siemianówka Lake
Day 5: Transfer to the Biebrza Marshes, several birding stops en route
Days 6/7: Biebrza Marshes
Day 8: transfer to Warsaw, walk and lunch in the Old Town
FB: hearty Polish breakfasts, packed lunches and plentiful 3 course dinners
Quality family run guesthouses. Twin or single rooms with private facilities.
The tour starts and ends in Warsaw. Participants arrive in Warsaw F. Chopin Airport Okecie (WAW) at their own expense. We pick you up in Warsaw downtown or WAW airport on day 1, no later than 13:00. If you fly into Warszawa Modlin (WMI), you should account for ca. 2 hrs to get to WAW airport.
See our How to prepare for the trip › page for more info and many other practicals.
The tour starts and ends in Warsaw. Participants arrive in Warsaw F. Chopin Airport Okecie (WAW) at their own expense. If you fly into Warszawa Modlin (WMI), you should account for ca. 2 hrs to get to WAW airport.
Day 1 – Sat
13.00 (at the latest) pick up from Warsaw F. Chopin Airport Okecie (WAW) and transfer to Białowieża Forest. After ca. 4 hrs drive we will check in at an atmospheric and comfortable guesthouse in the Białowieża village. After a hearty Polish dinner the guide will introduce you to the area and talk about the plans for the next days.
Day 2/3 – Sun/Mon
For the next two full days we will be exploring the Białowieża Forest in search of the woodpeckers like Black, Grey-headed, White-backed, Three-toed or Middle Spotted.
At dusk and dawn we will go out for Hazel Grouse, Pygmy Owl as well as Deer, Wild Boar and of course European Bison.
This forest also holds substantial population of Wolf and Lynx but seeing these elusive predators would require a lot of luck, or as we say it, incredibly good wildlife karma 🙂
Other likely species here include Nutcracker, Hawfinch, Coal and Crested Tits or Crossbill. Red Squirrels are still abundant in this part of Europe and we may get some good views here. Pine Marten have also been seen on many of our trips. Eventually, Red Deer are having the rutting season at this time of the year so expect some very atmospheric moments at dusk and dawn when the mist condenses quickly and the air fills with roar.
On one of the days we will also visit the Strict Protection Area of the Białowieża National Park for a few hours walk with a National Park guide. We will enter the core area of the forest, the Man and Biosphere Reserve and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The forest of huge, centuries-old trees of over 20 species that host thousands of creatures on the verge of extinction. Our guide will share his great knowledge with enthusiasm that may change your view of nature.
If you are into fungi, this will be the time to bring your mushrooms field guide as you will see dozens of unique species. But don’t worry, our guides know them all and will be pointing out everything that shouldn’t be missed.
Day 4 – Tue
After another hearty Polish breakfast we will set off for a full day birding trip up north of the forest towards the famous Siemianówka Reservoir. Species seen here include Black Stork, Great White Egrets, White-tailed, Lesser and Greater Spotted Eagles, numerous waders and waterfowl. Some other typical birds like Marsh and Montagu’s Harriers or Great Grey Shrike are also often seen there.
But it won’t be just birds. This area also holds significant numbers of butterflies and dragonflies. Furthermore, many rare amphibians can be found and reptiles like Sand Lizards are plentiful.
Day 5 – Wed
After the usual, substantial breakfast we will transfer to the Biebrza Marshes visiting a few sets of ponds on the way where waterfowl, waders and migratory birds of prey are plentiful.
This is the day when we expect to see more White-tailed Eagles, Marsh Harriers, Great White Egrets and various waders and waterfowl. We may also see several species of amphibians or some late butterflies and dragonflies.
Tonight, we will check in at a cosy guesthouse in a tiny village of Dobarz in the heart of the Biebrza National Park. Here, they will try to immobilise us with masses of delicious, home made food. But we will not surrender and continue our exploration of the Biebrza Marshes for the next two full days.
Days 6/7 – Thu/Fri
For these two days we will be driving around the Biebrza National Park visiting the most scenic sites where apart from the vast landscape of peatbogs we will get a chance to watch White-tailed or Spotted Eagles, large flocks of Cranes and migratory waders.
Thatch roofed houses build of post glacial stones and friendly farmers add an exceptional taste to this area. In fact, as usually on our trips, we will get a chance to visit one of the farms with traditional livestock for a more in-depth experience of Eastern Poland.
Biebrza Marshes are a Polish stronghold of Elk (Moose) and we will have our dawn and dusk excursions to get the best views of these majestic animals. But we take your wildlife experience even further. On one of the evenings we will take you on a short boat trip along the river where Beavers are highly likely to be spotted swimming or even feeding and grooming their coat ashore.
Although we cannot guarantee any wildlife, especially larger mammals, we can gladly say that none of our previous tours in the Biebrza Marshes have missed Elks or Beavers!
Day 8 – Sat
This morning, after our last substantial breakfast (don’t worry, you will get used to it by the end of the holiday) we will set off for a ca. 3 hours journey back to Warsaw. We plan to arrive at Warsaw by 12:00, have a short walk in the Old Town and sit at a small restaurant for a traditional Polish lunch.
The tour ends when we arrive in Warsaw. Participants book a hotel there and flights home at their own expense. Around 16:00 we will drive you to the WAW airport or drop you off at a hotel, if you stay in Warsaw.
Just a sample of photographs from our previous Autumn Birds & Mammals Tours to give you an idea of what it’s like here.
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Perfectly organised trip! The highlights were Beaver watching boat trip and guided walk in the Bialowieza Forest Strict Protection Area with Irek.
– Frans & Cora Gesell, The Netherlands – 8 Oct 2016
This is not a holiday but ‘it’ is a fantastic experience! River trip to see Beavers – exceptional.
– Liz Rainer, UK – 24 Sep 2016
An excellent tour which catered for everyones needs and enjoyment. Wide range of of habitats and wildlife with varied itinerary.
– Matthew Rainer, UK – 24 Sep 2016
Great tour. I never knew it was possible to see so many animals in such a short timespan and learn so much about the animals and the Polish Country.
– Willem Miellet, The Netherlands – 19 September 2015
Wild Poland is great. I loved to see the stoat, the bison, the beavers, the woodpeckers… Thank you very much! 🙂
– Selina, Switzerland – 19 September 2015
Awesome wildlife experience – highly recommended!
– Alain, Switzerland – 19 September 2015
I would highly recommend this tour to anyone – whatever their interests!
– Sherry O’Shea, USA – 19 September 2015
Many thanks for a magical week in Biebrza and Białowieża. It couldn’t have been better. It was just great that we managed to see and photograph so much wildlife – and so close. Local knowledge and superior fieldcraft always pay dividends!
– James, Perthshire, Scotland, 19 Oct 2013
Operating a safari firm in Tanzania I know the value of local knowledge if you want to truly enjoy nature especially if you are also keen on nature photography as I am.
Lukasz came strongly recommended by another photographer and I have to admit he is one of the most kowledgable, persistant and pleasurable people to be out in the wild with. Knows his stuff, other guides keep calling him to ask where he saw the Bison, Deer or what ever you might be after. As you can see from his pictures here he is also an acomplished photographer and that definatly helped me s as well!
On top of all that he is a joy to hang around, his dry sense of humor not only makes you laugh it will also help you get through those though moments when you are tired from a hike…because he will also push you to your limits….to get what you want!
Thank you Lukasz for an amazing trip and i will be back!
– Andre Vondeling, The Netherlands – 9 October 2013
Lukasz, first of all, let us thank you once more for an absolutely fantastic trip – you’ve been a wonderful, reliable, very pleasant, remarkably informative and highly professional guide. Kudos to you!
– Andrea Ferrari, Italy – 7 Oct 2010
Here is a part of Andrea’s and Antonella’s review from their FREE quarterly wildlife photography magazine Anima Mundi ›
“(…) a seriously motivated, experienced wildlife guide. We have been exceptionally lucky in this respect having secured the services of Lukasz Mazurek, the founder and owner of WildPoland.com and author of the highly recommended and exhaustive WildPoland Bialowieza and Biebrza Site Guides – an enthusiastic, highly motivated, exceptionally informative young man who, besides being a very pleasant companion, was able to successfully track down our wary subjects – thanks in no small measure to his relentless obstination in making us happy. Make no mistake, the animals are there – but it takes a lot of experience in the field to find them in the right place and at the right time, so the contribution of a local experienced guide is absolutely essential if one does not want to rely on luck alone or be sorely disappointed, and we can safely recommend Lukasz and his small but highly professional company for a custom-designed trip.”
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