Join this unique tour to see the wild European Bison, Elk (Moose) and Beavers. Go tracking Wolves and enjoy the birdlife of Primeval Białowieża Forest and Biebrza Marshes.
- Visit the Primeval Białowieża Forest – UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Watch European Bison, Elk and Beavers
- See the rare White-tailed and Spotted Eagles
- Enjoy the rich birdlife of the Biebrza National Park
- Search for Wolf and Lynx at night
- See the traditional Eastern Poland
- Visit Warsaw Old Town
This tour aims at showing you the best wildlife that Eastern Poland has to offer at summertime. In the Białowieża Forest we will go out tracking Wolves, Bison and birdwatching after rarities like White-tailed Eagles and some of the rare Woodpeckers. In the Biebrza Marshes, we will go for Elk (Moose) Safari, have a boat cruise down the river watching Beavers and watch the rare Lesser and Greater Spotted Eagles. We will also see a huge variety of Poland’s flora with their butterflies and dragonflies.
What is more, the eastern Polish traditional landscape with small, wooden houses and local, gorgeous food as well as a short visit in the Warsaw old town will add a unique taste to this tour.
All dates offered give us equal chances of finding the mentioned mammals and Eagles. We will do our best to find other birds, however, summer is not the optimal time for birdwatching. In July there are chances of finding the Red-breasted and Collared Flycatchers as well as some of the rare Warblers: Barred, River and Aquatic. Butterflies and Dragonflies are also plentiful. In August you can expect the Woodpeckers as well as large flocks of Storks and Cranes.
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.
This tour requires basic fitness to walk 4–12 km a day, divided between 2–3 walks, at a moderate speed of 3–4 km/h.
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. For the next two full days (Days 2 and 3) we will be exploring the Primeval Białowieża Forest and surrounding areas.
Day 2 – Sun
After a substantial breakfast, we will go for a few hrs walk to get you acquainted with the forest. We will aim to see some of the local birds as well as the rich meadows full of wild flowers and butterflies.
We will have our lunch in the middle of the forest and continue visiting the best sites in the afternoon. You will see some of our favourite trails that wind through a variety of different forest habitats deep in the centre of the Białowieża Forest. Species seen on such walks include some of the rare Woodpeckers, birds of prey or mammals such as Bison, Deer, Wild Boar and Pine Marten.
After a hearty Polish dinner back at our guesthouse we may offer an extra trip, a a dusk patrol trying to find Bison and other mammals or decide to pay a visit at a local Beavers family.
Day 3 – Mon
Early morning (ca. 4:00 am) we will explore some glades and meadows in search for wild European Bison and we will also have a short walk in the forest and meadows trying to find some of the rare birds of the area.
After a substantial breakfast we will go for a few hrs walk in the Strict Protection Area of the Białowieża National Park. 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. Bird species seen here include Black, White-backed, Middle Spotted and Three-toed Woodpeckers.
In the evening, we may traditionally offer a dusk patrol in the forest spotlighting for mammals.
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 White-winged and Whiskered Terns (June and July), Great White Egrets, White-tailed and Lesser Spotted Eagles, Citrine Wagtails (June and July) and numerous waders and waterfowl. Some other typical birds like Marsh and Montagu’s Harriers, Hoopoes (June and July) 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 and species like Purple Emperor, Camberwell Beauty or a few kinds of Whiteface dragonflies can be seen. Furthermore, many rare amphibians like Fire-bellied Toads or Tree Frogs can be found and reptiles like Sand Lizards are plentiful.
Day 5 – Wed
After an optional early morning mammal patrol in the forest and a yet another hearty breakfast, we will set off for a journey to the Biebrza Marshes. We will visit numerous small ponds with abundant White-tailed Eagles, Harriers, Whopper Swans, Black and Red-necked Grebes, Marsh Terns, waders and a lot more.
We may also have one or more short walks in the heart of the Biebrza National Park to see if Aquatic Warblers are still there (June and July). Chances of spotting Elks on this day are high.
We shall arrive at our cosy guesthouse in the Biebrza on time for dinner after which we will once again have a short talk about the plans for the next days over a pint or desserts. The next two full days we will spend exploring the Primeval Biebrza Marshes and the National Park.
Day 6 – Thu
This morning our guide will take you into the restricted area of the Biebrza National Park, the famous Red Bog Reserve, home for one pack of Wolves. During this 10 km walk in complete wilderness you will learn the advanced Wolf tracking skills, investigate Wolf prey and see some of the most stunning landscapes. We will spend some time on the glacial sand dunes at the edge of the marsh where snakes and lizards are often found and we will have our packed lunch in the heart of the National Park overviewing the vast marshland.
In the evening, we will transfer closer to the river and when the time is right, just about sunset, we will board our stable flat-bottomed boat for a gentle cruise. You will spend a good hour or more on the water having chances to spot several Beavers as they swim in front of us, get out to the shores grooming their fur and feeding on twigs. We have run this very popular trip for several years now and never missed a Beaver sight!
Day 7 – Fri
This early morning we will go for an Elk (Moose) Safari. Depending on the current wildlife situation we will either go for a walk along a mid-marsh dike, or take a slow drive visiting a few lookout sites. Our guides know the area like the back of their hands and we have seen Elks on most trips since 2001.
After a hearty Polish breakfast we will continue visiting the Biebrza top sites for Lesser and Greater Spotted Eagles, Black Stork, waders, Hoopoe (June and July), Marsh Terns (June and July), a variety of wildflowers, dragonflies, butterflies and a lot more.
Breathtaking landscapes, birds, Elks – this is the Biebrza’s best-of for an unforgettable finish of our tour.
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.
This tour runs at summertime which is not the optimal time for birdwatching or mammal watching. Our guides will do their best to take you to the very best sites and will point out everything that can’t be missed, however, for highest chances of finding the mentioned species, we run other tours in spring and autumn.
Just a sample of photographs from our previous Summer Wildlife Tours to give you an idea of what it’s like here.
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This tour gives a great chance to see the wild animals, experience N/E Poland, visit diverse ecosystems in the area. Andrzej was very helpful and worked long days to assist our sightings of Bison and Elk. He is extremely knowledgable about plants, animals, fungi, birds, grasses…
– Margaret Anderson, UK, 1 Sep 2016
An unforgettable experience from start to finish. The variety and intensity of the programme, plus of course, brilliant leadership from Lukasz. There were just too many highlights to be able to single one out.
– Tim Tonkin, UK, 27 Aug 2016
Dawn walks. Beavers. Detailed information about habitat formation. Wild flowers. I enjoyed everything!
– Francesca Tonkin, UK, 27 Aug 2016
I particularly liked the focus on preserving the habitat. Seeing the wildlife was awesome and a bonus. More impressive though was the much deeper understanding I went away with of how nature creates itself, renews and adapts itself in the forests, marshes and fens.
– Karen Richmond, UK, 27 Aug 2016
Quality from start to finish. I was lucky because we saw, for late August, good wildlife. Even without some of the sightings the trip would still have been outstanding because of what Lukasz taught us about the wonderful and varied habitats we visited and the wonderful views we got of most sightings. Can’t wait to return at other time of the year.
– Graham Ferguson, UK, 27 Aug 2016
Excellent guiding – we learnt such a lot. Tomasz is so knowledgable about so many aspects. Gentle pace – not too exhausting. Saw wonderful things. Enjoyed the food, especially at Wejmutka. Great tour – I would recommend it to anyone wishing to explore the wonders of Primeval Białowieża Forest and Biebrza Marshes.
– Jonathan & Barbara, UK, 9 July 2016
The pace of the holiday was perfect with well balanced days. Enjoyed it totally.
– Flor & Graham Sonley, UK, 9 July 2016
The itinerary is very well thought out and balanced. Our guide Tomasz knew everything and was very well organised and skilled in all aspects of leading a group. Wonderful experience!
– Maren, Germany, 9 July 2016
The variety of wildlife we saw: it went way beyond my expectations. The national parks were also very beautiful. Loved the raccoon dogs, beavers, green toads and woodpeckers.
Tomasz worked incredibly hard to ensure we saw everything there was to see. An illuminating and amazing trip!
– Di Robinson, Australia, 18 June 2016
I loved the Beaver boat trip – awesome close views. An amazing experience seeing the raccoon dog family – a really special view.
– Joanna Munnelly, Sydney, Australia, 18 June 2016
I was astonished at the sheer number of species we were able to see & get good views of, especially liked the woodpeckers, raccoon dogs and snipe. This was a wonderful glimpse of an ecologically wealthy region.
– Jane Wilson-Howarth, UK, 18 June 2016
A wonderful taste of the ancient forests of Central Europe. Particularly liked the sightings of woodpeckers in the Strictly Protected Forest. Incredible knowledge, versatility and adaptability of our guide Tomasz.
– Julie, UK, 18 June 2016
It was fun, endlessly interesting and I learnt so much about wildlife. Tomasz was the best guide I have ever experienced. Would like to return in winter.
– J. N. Crowley, UK, 18 June 2016
It was a wonderful way to learn about the flora, fauna and culture of this part of Poland – through excellent service of all involved, thoroughly recommend it!
– Prudence Crowley, UK, 18 June 2016
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