I’m an enthusiastic amateur wildlife portrait photographer. The bison was missing from my collection and I chose Wild Poland to help me find it. April is not ideal weather in Eastern Poland, but when the sun comes out, the light is great. Lukasz knows where to go and how to approach wildlife in and around the Białowieża Forest without stressing the animals or endangering the photographer. The bison is Europe’s heaviest mammal and you don’t want to get too close to the males or the females with their calves. We also searched for elk foraging in the marshes of Biebrzański Park Narodowy. There is quite a lot of walking but it is worth it in the end. The flooded landscape also offers opportunities to have a stunning backdrop for shots of flying birds. Many thanks to Lukasz.
– Charles J Sharp, UK, April 2023
Spend three nights in the Białowieża Forest, find European Bison and go tracking Wolves in the wild
Let our most experienced local guides take you to the best sites of the Primeval Białowieża Forest, UNESCO World Heritage Site, see Europe’s biggest land mammal – the European Bison and go tracking Wolves in the wild.
Białowieża Forest is the last remaining primeval forest in the lowland Europe. It covers an area of over 1500 km2 in the tranquil corner of Poland and Belarus. Saved from logging, this forest became home for hundreds of rare species of birds, insects or mushrooms. Most importantly, it became world’s last refuge for European Bison – the largest land mammal on our continent. Centuries old trees grow here together in a tremendous variety of habitats making it recognised by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve and a World Heritage Site now visited by thousands from all over the world.
We will spend three nights at a comfortable, family run guesthouse/hotel in a centrally located Białowieża village and go on daily walks into the forest as well as a safari style drive – all in order to show you the full range of Bison habitats, explain the species dramatic history as well as biology and habits. We may see individual bulls, small groups and larger herds, depending on the season.
There have been well over 200 bird and 50 mammal species recorded here and we often see some of the rare woodpeckers or a Pygmy Owl – Europe’s smallest owl on this trip. There are a few packs of Wolves and several Lynx in the Białowieża Forest, too and as we frequently see their tracks and signs, a few of our groups every year also see Wolves!
Our local guides are experienced, have access to the best areas and see wild Bison and Wolves regularly. Our customers say they are a wealth of knowledge and even fun but best to check it out yourselves. What is more, the eastern Polish traditional landscape with small, wooden houses and locally grown, gorgeous food as well as a short visit at the Warsaw old town will add a unique taste to this tour.
See real wildlife in a respectful way
Day by day itinerary
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Day 1: Pickup at Warsaw, transfer to Białowieża Forest
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 a 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. If time allows we will also offer a short evening walk already on the 1st day so that you can get accustomed to the area, see some wildlife or hear Wolves howling!
Gawra guesthouse or similar
Meals included: lunch en route, dinner
Day 2: Bison Safari & Strict Reserve of the NP (UNESCO core area)
At dawn we will go after wild European Bison, trying to get you close to these magnificent animals.
There are over 500 Bison living in the wild here and we have the best local knowledge on where to find them. We will transfer in our minibus through the forest and go for a few short walks and visit a number of different lookout sites in a more safari style. We may see individual old bulls, small herds of younger animals or large mixed herds of cows with calves. Our guides see wild Bison regularly and we have had some really close encounters on most trips, especially in the autumn, winter and early spring (by far the best seasons).
After lunch we will meet the National Park local guide and take a few hours walk through the strictly protected part of the Białowieża National Park, the Biosphere Reserve and the core area of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a must-see for every visitor in Białowieża. This trip takes you back in time a few thousand years, when most of Europe was covered with a similar forest. The dense forest of huge, centuries-old trees that host thousands of creatures on the verge of extinction.
It became a highlight of the tour for many of our previous visitors. Our expert guides share their deep knowledge with enthusiasm that will change your view of nature. You will also have a chance to see some of the rare woodpeckers like Black, White-backed or Three-toed as well as other birds, depending on the season. All our guides are experienced birders and will point out everything that there is to see.
Gawra guesthouse or similar
Meals included: breakfast, packed lunch, dinner
Day 3: Wolf tracking in the Białowieża Forest
This day, we will take you further into the wild, deep into the Wolves’ territory. There are 4 packs of Wolves in this area and our local guides follow them regularly so we are always up to date with their whereabouts.
Walking along the edge ot the wolves’ territory we often see numerous footprints, scratching and other signs of their activity. Each year we also find some freshly killed prey near the track. Seeing wolves is rare, but each year some groups do see them! – late autumn, winter and early spring are the best time. And hearing Wolves howling is an unforgettable experience.
Depending on the season, we may visit two-three or even four different sites for tracking wolves so you will also see a tremendous variety of different habitats. Species seen on such walks include some of the rare woodpeckers, birds of prey or mammals such as Bison, Red Deer, Wild Boar or Pine Marten.
Gawra guesthouse or similar
Meals included: breakfast, packed lunch, dinner
Day 4: Transfer to Warsaw, visiting Old Town for lunch
This morning, after our usual substantial breakfast (don’t worry, you will get used to it by the end of the holiday) we will set off for a ca. 4 hours journey back to Warsaw. We plan to arrive at Warsaw by 13:00, 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.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch
Reports from previous tours
You should bring the following necessary items:
- above-ankle waterproof trekking boots,
- waterproof jacket & trousers,
- warm hat & gloves (autumn, winter and spring),
- sunhat (summer),
- insect repellent (spring and summer),
You may consider bringing the following useful items:
- wellington boots,
- walking stick,
- scope on a sturdy tripod,
- thermo flask/cup,
- small torch/headlamp.
Eating & drinking
Polish food is very good, usually made from fresh produce. We are certainly meat eaters, not shunning from the fatty cuts. Pork and poultry are most popular. Soups are also a very Polish dish and while we do like our broth and borsch, many other soups are a full meal in itself.
Breakfasts tend to be hearty and often consist of fried or scrambled eggs, boiled or fried sausage, cold cuts, cheese, tomatoes and bread. A sweet version consisting of cheese/jam filled pancakes or racuchy (pancakes with apples) is also quite common.
For lunches we will take packed sets (two sandwiches, piece of fruit, chocolate bar, water) to eat in the field or stop at a local cafe where possible.
Dinners are a substantial 3-course meal served back at our guesthouse.
Vegetarians & vegans
These days vegetarians are usually well catered for, but please let us know at the time of booking. However, it can be difficult for vegans, as dairy produce and eggs occur in the vast majority of meals. Therefore we recommend that you bring some supplementary items.
Travel & medical insurance
We (Wild Poland) are fully insured tour operator as required by Polish and European law. However, all participants must additionally be covered by personal travel and medical insurance, preferably from the time of booking. This should cover you fully against the cost of cancellation by you, lost baggage, medical care and repatriation.
We do not provide or check personal travel insurance policies. See our booking conditions › for more details.
How is my money protected?
First of all, we are a registered tour operator in Poland. All holidays by Wild Poland are protected by the Mazovian Province and our AXA tour operator insurance. In the unlikely event of our insolvency, the Province executives guarantee to refund any money you have paid to us for any future booking.
Secondly – you get 100% money back guarantee with Wild Poland. By booking, you will be asked to pay a small deposit to confirm your place. It allows us to book the hotels etc. in your name. In a rare case that we have to cancel the departure because of insufficient number of participants, you will be refunded the full deposit amount. If your card is held in EUR or GBP small differences in the refunded amount may occur because of varying exchange rates.
Finally, we use Poland’s leading online payments gateway called PayU ›. Any critical credit card details are only entered at their secure pages and we have no access to, nor do we withhold any credit card details.
Dates, prices & booking
100% Money Back Guarantee with Wild Poland
By booking, you will be asked to pay a small deposit to confirm your place. In a rare case that we have to cancel the departure because of insufficient number of participants, you will be refunded the full deposit amount.
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