Go tracking bison, wolves, bears and lynx in the wildest part of Polish Eastern Carpathians, the Bieszczady Mts. Experience the real wilderness with chances of actually seeing these elusive mammals!
- Visit Poland’s wildest area, the Bieszczady Mts in Eastern Carpathians
- Experience the unscathed wild nature & traditional countryside
- Go tracking Bison, Bears, Wolves and Lynx with a local expert
- Extend your stay and visit Kraków, Auschwitz and more
This is an intensive mammal tracking tour in some of the wildest parts of Poland, the unscathed and undiscovered Bieszczady Mts in the Eastern Carpathians.
Bieszczady belong to the lowest mountain ranges of Eastern Carpathians (max. 1346 m n.p.m./4416 feet a.s.l.). Scarcely populated and largely forested these mountains are now teeming with wildlife and have become the most important Polish refuge for Brown Bears, Wolves, Lynx and even Wild Cats. Moreover, there is a large herd of wild European Bison living here and we will aim to see them, too.
We offer quality accommodation and food, either at a small family run wooden guesthouse or a comfortable hotel (depending on availability) and most importantly – quality wildlife guiding by our staff and a local National Park large mammals expert. We will mostly go out at dawn and dusk (that’s when mammals are active!) leaving some free time at midday to rest.
We don’t use any hides or artificial feeding or other ways of altering wildlife behaviour. Instead, we offer an unscathed nature and real wildlife experience.
This tour can be intensive in terms of little sleep, long distances on foot in a difficult terrain. We may walk across or along rivers. We may decide to stay outside a bit longer and be late for a meal so your flexibility in this matter is important.
Day 1: Pick up from Kraków Airport (KRK), transfer to Bieszczady Mts, Eastern Carpathians
Days 2-6: Five full days tracking large mammals, dawn and dusk treks
Day 7: Transfer to Kraków
Fitness – important!
This tour can be physically intensive and requires fitness to walk for several hours a day in the mountain area, uneven terrain and often at a quick pace. You are highly likely to get your feet wet and boots muddy.
Children must be at least 15 years old to join this tour. If your children are younger, please contact us and we’ll see how we can help organise your trip.
FB: hearty Polish breakfasts, packed lunches and hearty traditional Polish dinners
Small family run wooden guesthouse or a comfortable hotel (depending on availability). Twin or single rooms with private facilities.
The tour starts and ends in Kraków. Participants arrive at Kraków Balice Airport (KRK) at their own expense. We pick you up at the airport or your hotel in Kraków on day 1, no later than 13:00.
See our How to prepare for the trip › page for more info and many other practicals.
The tour starts and ends in Kraków. Participants arrive at Kraków Balice Airport (KRK) at their own expense. We pick you up at the airport or your hotel in Kraków in the morning of day 1 but no later than 13:00.
Day 1 – arrival
13.00 (at the latest) pick up from Kraków and transfer to Bieszczady Mts. After ca. 5 hrs drive we will check in at our lodge and following a hearty Polish dinner we will sit down over a map to introduce you to the area and talk about the plans for the next days. We will also cover safety and proper behaviour when tracking large mammals.
You will be accompanied by an experienced wildlife guide from our team and additionally, for two days, we will also take on a local guide. Our local guide, an experienced mammal tracker, has worked with monitoring large predators here for the last several years and knows the area like the back of his own hand.
Days 2-6 – exploring the wildest parts of Bieszczady Mts.
This area is large and forested so each day we will cover some distance in a minibus and go for a few kilometres long treks through the forest, along rivers and glades with good vantage points.
We will start our days early morning, when it is still dark, to be at the right spots at dawn. Our aim is finding the wild European Bison and large predators: Brown Bear, Wolves, Lynx and Wild Cat. We shall be back at the guesthouse for a hearty breakfast/brunch followed by a few hrs break at midday. You can use the break to catch up with sleep (suggested), enjoy the silence chilling out on the veranda or go for a short walk in the forest. In the afternoon, after an early dinner, we will gear up again and continue our exploration of the area in the car and on foot, until dark.
Seeing all the five species on one trip is very rare but we usually see at least one or two of them and we can guarantee that our crew does their best to get you close to these elusive mammals. You are also likely to see their tracks, other signs of activity and even a freshly killed Wolf or Lynx prey. On top of learning the basic tracking skills, you can expect to gain an understanding of the pristine Carpathian forest and the whole natural ecosystem complexity as our guides are passionate naturalists and well trained general biologists.
Although our focus will be large predators, other wildlife will not be left behind. We usually see good numbers of Red and Roe Deer, while other mammals like Wild Boar, Pine Marten or even Beavers are likely. Birdlife of this area is equally rich and includes Black Stork, Lesser Spotted and Golden Eagles, Nutcracker, the resident Pygmy and Ural Owls, White-backed, Three-toed, Black and Grey-headed Woodpeckers and numerous warblers.
These days will be intensive but hopefully also rewarding in terms of wildlife and natural landscapes. What is more, dawn and dusk are the best time of day for beautiful light, mists and picturesque sunrise and sunsets.
Day 7 – Kraków
This morning, after our usual substantial breakfast we will set off for a ca. 5 hours journey back to Kraków. We plan to arrive at Kraków by 15:00 and will drive you straight to the KRK airport or drop you off at a hotel.
As we finish on Friday, it might be a good idea to prolong your trip and stay in Kraków for a weekend to enjoy its medieval market square or to visit the two UNESCO World Heritage sites – Auschwitz Birkenau or Wieliczka Salt Mines.
The tour ends when we arrive in Kraków. Participants book a hotel there and flights home at their own expense.
Here are a few short videos by our local guide (Polish subtitles only) and a few photographs to give you an idea of what it’s like here.
All footage was recorded in nature, without feeding, calling or any artificial attracting.
The guides were exceptionally knowledgable and we loved the no-nonsense approach to trekking which allowed us maximum time in the field. We felt the guides did everything they could to locate wildlife.
– Private pilot tour, UK customers – 10 Oct 2017
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