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Early Spring Wildlife Tour

7 days in the Białowieża Forest & Biebrza Marshes
in search of Poland's Big Five and early spring Birds

Early Spring Wildlife Tour

7 days in the Białowieża Forest & Biebrza Marshes
in search of Poland's Big Five and early spring Birds

Early Spring Wildlife Tour

7 days in the Białowieża Forest
& Biebrza Marshes
in search of Poland's Big Five
and early spring Birds

The best time of the year to watch the big five of Poland: wolves, lynx, bison, elk and beaver, as well as woodpeckers & owls

This tour is timed for fantastic activity of bird rarities like Pygmy Owl, Hazel Grouse, White-backed, Three-toed or Grey-headed Woodpeckers, as well as excellent Wolf tracking, searching for Lynx and mammal watching for Bison, Elks (Moose) and Beavers.

We will spend this week in the Białowieża Primeval Forest and Biebrza Marshes, in the far east of Poland. Early spring all the Woodpeckers, Owls and Hazel Grouse just go mad. Wolves would have just mated and Lynx just start. Bison, Elks, Beavers and other large mammals become very active and easier to watch.

This tour is timed for fantastic activity of many rare species which are a lot more difficult to see later in the year. Did you know it is possible to see 8 species of Woodpeckers here? Seeing Pygmy Owl and Hazel Grouse is almost guaranteed and Tengmalm’s (Boreal) Owl – highly likely. But there is so much more! Larger Owls, Cranes, Eagles, Whooper and Tundra Swans, Otters, Martens or hundreds of amphibians on the move. If the weather is right, we may even witness a rare spectacle of Moor Frogs turning blue for a few days of spawn.

You will get a chance to visit the Strict Protection Area of the Białowieża National Park for a few hours walk. We will have the permission to enter the core area of the forest, the Man and Biosphere Reserve and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The pristine, natural forest of huge, centuries-old trees and home to the rarest Black, White-backed and Three-toed Woodpeckers.

Our experienced and enthusiastic nature guide will point out all the wildlife around as well as keep you informed about the region’s history and ethnic diversity.

17-23 March 2024


7 days, 6 nights
Start and end: Warsaw

Board & lodging

6 nights guesthouse/hotel
All meals included




Walking (flat surfaces)

Small groups

6-12 persons
Minimum age: 15 yrs


From 7450 PLN (€1730) per person
Deposit: 500 PLN
Single room: +450 PLN

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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) or your hotel in Warsaw and transfer to Białowieża Forest. After ca. 4 hrs drive we will check in at a comfortable guesthouse/hotel 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 three full days (Days 2 to 4) we will be exploring the Białowieża Forest and the surrounding areas.

If time allows, our guide will offer a short evening walk already on the 1st day so that you can get accustomed to the area and possibly see some wildlife!

Dworek Gawra guesthouse or similar

Meals included: lunch en route, dinner

Day 2: Bison Safari and birdwatching in the Białowieża Forest

At dawn and dusk we will go after wild European Bison, trying to get you close to these magnificent animals.

There are over 800 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. We have seen wild Bison on all our previous trips so far and have had some really close encounters, especially in early spring and autumn.

At midday, we will take you further into the wild. You will see some of our favourite trails that wind through a variety of different habitats deep in the Białowieża Forest. Species seen on such walks include some of the rare woodpeckers like Black, White-backed, Three-toed, Middle-spotted, Grey-headed and others, Pygmy Owl or even Wolves and Lynx, if you’re lucky.

Dworek Gawra guesthouse or similar

Meals included: breakfast, packed lunch, dinner

Day 3: Wolf & Lynx tracking, Unesco site

We will start our days early, to be in the predators’ territories by sunrise. Using our best local knowledge we will try to predict Wolves and Lynx whereabouts and follow the tracks and signs we find. Seeing these elusive predators is rare, but it only happens if you try and we have proven this on our previous tours! The time is perfect and we sometimes hear them howling and calling.

At midday will invite you for a walk through the only accessible part of the Strict Protection Area of the National Park in Białowieża, the Man and Biosphere Reserve and a 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 treesthat host thousands of creatures on the verge of extinction. Our expert guide will share his great knowledge with enthusiasm that will change your view of nature. This excursion will awaken and educate. You will feel as if you have been transported into a BBC wildlife documentary.

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.  All our guides are experienced birders and will point out everything that there is to see.

Dworek Gawra guesthouse or similar

Meals included: breakfast, packed lunch, dinner

Day 4: Wolf & Lynx tracking, birdwatching

We will continue our search of large mammals using the tracks, signs and knowledge we gain on previous days. Our detailed plans will be carefully made on the go so prepare for longer treks through the Primeval Forest. We will focus our efforts on looking for Wolves and Lynx but other large mammals like European Bison, Red Deer or Pine Marten are also likely.

There will also be enough time to catch up on some of the birds or amphibians, particularly season’s best: woodpeckers, Pygmy Owl, Hazel Grouse, Nutcracker etc.

Dworek Gawra guesthouse or similar

Meals included: breakfast, packed lunch, dinner

Day 5: Bison, Wolf & Lynx tracking, transfer to the Biebrza Marshes

This morning we will set off into the forest tracking Bison, Wolves and Lynx as well as going after the woodpeckers and owls – to make sure we have made the best use of the time there.

After lunch at a local restaurant, we will set off for a few hours journey to the Biebrza Marshes.

Driving through the countryside you will see some traditional wooden architecture and we will also have a chance to stop at one of the many colourful villages for a short walk and a full eastern Poland experience.

We shall arrive at our guesthouse in the Biebrza on time for a substantial dinner after which we will again have a short talk about the plans for the next days.

Dwór Dobarz guesthouse or similar

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6: Elk & Beaver safari in the Biebrza Marshes

This early morning we will go for an Elk (Moose) safari driving through their winter habitat and willow shrub and vast fens. We may also have a short walk to one of the wooden hides overviewing the marshes. There are over 1000 Elks in this area and our guides know the wetlands like the back of their hands. We have had some fantastic close encounters with Elks on most previous trips, especially in early spring.

After a hearty Polish breakfast we will continue visiting the best sites that Biebrza has to offer at a given season. We may take a walk in the bog alder forest for woodpeckers or scan the vast marshes for White-tailed Eagles, Cranes and migratory Swans and Geese. We may also pay a short visit at a picturesque raised bog with its variety of rare flora.

In the evening we will set off for a Beaver safari. When the time is right, just about sunset, we will board our stable flat-bottomed boat for a gentle cruise down the river. You will spend a good hour or more on the water (warm clothes obligatory) having chances to spot several Beavers as they swim across the river, get out to the shores to mark the territory, groom their fur and feed on twigs. We have run this very popular trip for several years now and never missed a Beaver sight! It actually became a highlight of the whole tour for many of our previous participants.

Dwór Dobarz guesthouse or similar

Meals included: breakfast, packed lunch, dinner

Day 7: Elk (Moose) safari, transfer to Warsaw

Early morning we will once again go for an Elk (Moose) safari, trying to spot these magnificent animals at sunrise. Other species possible include Red Deer, Red Fox, but also Cranes, Geese, White-tailed Eagles and a lot more.

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. 3 hours journey back to Warsaw. We plan to have lunch on the way and arrive at Warsaw by 16:00. The tour ends when we arrive in Warsaw. Participants book a hotel there and flights home at their own expense.

Hotel: none

Meals included: breakfast, lunch

Reports from previous early spring tours

To give you an idea of previous sightings at this time of the year

Key information

Board & lodging

We will spend 6 nights at a comfortable family run guesthouse or a hotel, depending on availability and distance to the best sites at a given time to save on driving. All accommodation is based on twin-share, with private facilities. Additional single room suplement rate applies if you travel alone. We do not offer twin rooms to share for single travellers. Please note that some of our guesthouses host dogs and cats and may not be suitable if you have a severe allergy.

All the venues serve traditional Polish food. Breakfasts are a hearty Polish treat that can set you up for the day. We will take packed lunches to eat in the field or take a midday break at a local cafe or restaurant. In the evenings we will once again dine at our guesthouse.


Our professional driver and tour leader will pick you up at the airport or a hotel in Warsaw with a comfortable minibus that will accompany us for the rest of the tour.

Fitness level - is this tour for me?

This tour can be intensive and requires basic fitness to walk for several hours a day. On average, we will walk between 6–16 km a day, divided between 2–3 walks, at a moderate speed of 3–4 km/h. NE Poland is generally flat so altitudes are not a problem. Most of the time we will walk on decent tracks but we may walk short distances off trails on uneven terrain where you are likely to get your boots wet and muddy.

Tour leader - an experienced local guide

You will be accompanied by an English speaking Wild Poland guide, an experienced naturalist and birder throughout this tour. We may take on additional local guides for a visit in the National Park (entrance tickets also included).

Joining & departure

The tour starts and ends in Warsaw. Participants arrive in Warsaw at their own expense. We will pick you up at the WAW airport or your hotel in Warsaw 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.

The tour ends on day 7 when we arrive in Warsaw. Participants book a hotel there and flights home at their own expense. After 16:00 we will drive you to the WAW airport or drop you off at your hotel, if you stay in Warsaw. Your plane home should not leave earlier than 18:00 from WAW, please make sure with us you will be on time for your flight back.

What to bring - essential luggage & clothing

It is particularly important that your outer clothing is in dark colours: green, brown, black etc. Please avoid bright colours like white, yellow, blue but also bright green or pale sand brown. This includes a hat and gloves as well! A pale hat sticks out and can be seen in a long distance.

You should bring the following necessary items:

  • above-ankle waterproof trekking boots,
  • waterproof outer layer
  • warm middle layers,
  • warm hat & gloves,
  • binoculars.

You may consider bringing the following useful items:

  • wellington boots,
  • gaiters,
  • walking stick,
  • scope on a sturdy tripod,
  • thermo flask/cup,
  • small torch/headlamp.

Common questions

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 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 gateways. 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.


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.

When booking a guaranteed tour within 30 days of departure you will be asked for a full payment instead of just the deposit.

17 – 23 Mar 2024



7450 PLN

+450 PLN

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