Let our most experienced local guides take you to the best sites of the Białowieża Forest and Biebrza Marshes in the height of each season. Visit places you wouldn’t find on your own and spend plenty of quality time out in the wilderness.
- Visit the Primeval Białowieża Forest and Biebrza Marshes
- See European Bison, Elk (Moose), Beavers and other mammals
- Watch the rare birdlife of Poland’s most precious National Parks
- Experience the traditional Eastern Poland with an enthusiastic local guide
- Visit Warsaw Old Town
This tour takes you around the best sites of Poland’s two most precious national parks, the Białowieża Forest and Biebrza Marshes.
In the Białowieża Forest we will go out tracking Wolves, Bison and birdwatching after rarities like White-backed Woodpeckers or Pygmy Owl. In the Biebrza Marshes, we will go for Elk (Moose) Safari, take a boat cruise down the river watching Beavers and watch some of the world’s rarest birds.
What is more, the eastern Polish traditional landscape with small, wooden houses and local, gorgeous food as well as a short visit at the Warsaw old town will add a unique taste to this tour.
APRIL – MAY
The best time for flooded meadows with Marsh Marigolds as well as Ruffs and other waders in breeding plumage. Very good for large mammals like Bison, Elk and Beaver. Best time for early migrants such as Collared Flycatcher, Bluethroat, Marsh Terns as well as some Woodpeckers and Owls. No mosquitoes in April!
The best time for late birds like Thrush Nightingale, Aquatic Warbler, Corncrake, Red-backed Shrike, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Barred & River Warblers, Rosefinch. Still a good time for large mammals like Bison, Elk, Beaver and others. Explosion of wildflowers, butterflies, dragonflies and other invertebrates.
JULY – AUGUST
Outburst of wildflowers, butterflies, dragonflies and other invertebrates continues. Only some birds are still active and mostly at dawns. Last months to see Storks and other birds before they leave. Bison mating season starts and large Bison herds can be found at glades. Perfect months for Beaver watching at our boat cruise but other mammals can be a bit more difficult to find and therefore we will focus on dusks and dawns more, as the days can be hot.
High activity of Woodpeckers and Owls, migration of waders, birds of prey and Cranes. Bison, Red Deer and Elk have their rutting season and males of Deer and Elk wear impressive antlers. This is also the best time of the year for numerous fungi. The foliage starts turning yellow but most of it still remains green.
The best time for picturesque autumn colours and wildlife in mist. Good for Bison, Beavers (during our evening boat trip), Elks (Moose) with antlers, large flocks of Cranes. Not many birds left at this time but the stunning autumn colours make up for it and there is more time to focus on mammal and landscape photography.
Day 1: Pick up from Warsaw Airport and transfer to the Białowieża Forest
Days 2/3/4: Wildlife watching in the Białowieża Forest
Day 5: Transfer to the Biebrza Marshes, several stops en route.
Days 6/7: Wildlife watching in the 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
Small, comfortable guesthouses/hotels. Twin or single rooms with private facilities. Please note that some of our guesthouses host dogs and cats and may not be suitable if you have a severe allergy.
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.
This tour requires basic fitness to walk 2–12 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.
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 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!
Day 2 – Bison safari
At dawns and dusks 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 probably 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 early spring and in autumn.
At middays, 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 centre of the Białowieża Forest. Species seen on such walks include some of the rare woodpeckers, birds of prey or mammals such as Bison, Red Deer or even Wolves and Lynx.
Day 3 – Primeval Forest Reserve
On one of the days in the Białowieża Forest our expert nature guide 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 trees that 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, depending on the season. All our guides are experienced birders and will point out everything that there is to see.
Day 4 – Wolf tracking, birding and more
Our guide will take you for a few more walks in the Białowieża Forest and the surrounding areas to show you season’s best at a variety of habitats.
Early spring you will have a chance to watch the Three-toed and White-backed Woodpeckers, Hazel Grouse or Pygmy Owl while late spring is the best for Thrush Nightingale, Collared and Red-breasted Flycatchers, Rosefinch or the numerous Marsh, Barred and River Warblers.
In summer you will spend some time at the shores of the lakes where Black Stork, White-tailed or Lesser Spotted Eagles can be seen. Finally, autumn brings the numerous colourful fungi and rutting season of Bison, Red Deer and Elk.
But there is so much more to see: wildflowers, plentiful frogs and toads, snakes and lizards, butterflies, dragonflies and underwater invertebrates. Your days will start early and finish late – all to give you a full experience of the unscathed nature of north-eastern Poland.
Day 5 – to the Biebrza Marshes
After the usual hearty Polish breakfast, 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.
At spring and summer we will visit a few small ponds with abundant White-tailed Eagles, Marsh Harriers, Black and Red-necked Grebes and a lot more (the usual frogs, toads and insects).
We will end the day with a short walk in the Biebrza National Park and try to spot our first Elk (all seasons) or one of the rarest birds in the world – the famous Aquatic Warbler (spring and summer) at one of the largest peat-bogs of Europe.
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.
Day 6 – Elk & Beaver safari
This early morning we will go for an Elk (Moose) safari driving through the 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, Lesser and Greater Spotted Eagles, Hoopoe, Black Stork and other common birds. We may also pay a short visit at a picturesque raised bog with its variety of rare flora.
We shall get back for an earlier (but still plentiful) dinner on this day and 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 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.
Day 7 – Red Bog trek, birding and a lot more
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 and plenty of other wildlife. You will learn the advanced tracking skills 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 spring and autumn we may change the red bog trek for a drive around a few other sites in the Biebrza National Park where a lot more is likely to happen – the spectacle of lekking Ruff and Snipe, breeding White-winged Terns, Black-tailed Godwits or spawning frogs and flocking Cranes.
Day 8 – back to Warsaw
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. 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 few videos and a few more photographs from our previous Primeval Forest & Marshes tours to give you an idea of what it’s like here.
For more videos, please visit our YouTube channel here ›
Great family holiday with outstanding wildlife and landscapes. Well informed, helpful and opened guide. We particularly liked the stillness of this beautiful region. A highlight was having a beaver glide right next to our boat on the beaver safari!
– John Clark and Jess Clark-Jones, UK – 19 Aug 2017
Everything about the trip exceeded our expectations, from the superb guiding, huge range of wildlife and the excellent accommodation and food. Our first experience of Poland has been a real joy and we would love to return!
– David Corns, Birmingham, UK – 27 May 2017
Superlatives roll off the tongue for this trip. Excellent, amazing and extremely well organized will have to suffice. We had good views of so much wildlife with great birds and terrific mammals. The forest with immense trees, the Biebrza Marsh and flooded fields will stay long in the memory. Andrzej is a star. Considerate to all and coupled with a terrific sense of humour. He has superb knowledge and he worked hard for us. Our journeys were safely driven.
– John & Michelle Edwards, Spain – 18 Mar 2017
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
Dawn walks. Beavers. Detailed information about habitat formation. Wild flowers. I enjoyed everything!
– Francesca Tonkin, 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
The enthusiasm and great knowledge of our guide Peter – on par with that of renowned ornithologists in our party. The whole group very much enjoyed his positive approach to everything. His eagerness to show us everything nature holds in store and first and foremost his overwhelming friendliness. This holiday was a lifetime experience for everybody in the party.
– Dietrich Traitler, Austria – 10 May 2016
Fantastic scenery, lots of gorgeous birds and mammals, great company and excellent guide, very knowledgable & with great sense of humour. Would recommend it to friends!
– Elisabeth Grynberg, USA, 4 May 2016
The excellent knowledge of guide, his helpfulness, nothing was too much trouble. Great views of the wildlife.
– Rosemary Richards, UK, 4 May 2016
We were amazed by the richness and the variety of species we have seen and by the knowledge of our guide Piotr. He is an excellent guide and a bird wikipedia. Whenever a bird makes a sound he can immediately tell what and where it is. Białowieża and Biebrza National Parks offer the real wilderness.
– Philip Holoch & Natascha Leisi, Germany, 9 April 2016
We wanted to see Bison, which we did. But this holiday was so much more than this. Lots of great memories – getting close to Elk, Lynx footprints, the first Crane of the year all made possible by our excellent guide.
– Lesley Gretton – 6 February 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
We had a wonderful trip to see birds and mammals in early spring in the Bialowiesza Forest and Biebrza marshes. We had excellent views of bison, elk, beavers and other mammals. The boat trip to see beavers at work was fantastic. We also saw lots of birds, the most memorable for us being the white-tailed eagle, all three types of spotted woodpecker plus black, white-backed, grey-headed and three-toed woodpeckers – quite a set!
Lucasz Mazurek is a knowledgeable naturalist and superb guide. Food and accommodation were very good. We recommend the holiday!
– Anne and Robin, UK, 26 May 2015
This was an action packed tour that contained every ingredient for success – wonderful outdoors, an abundance of interesting wildlife, a fantastically knowledgable and expert guide, and a carefully chosen and researched itinerary.
– Buzz Carter, UK, 24 Apr 2015
Perfect tour! Excellent guide and a fantastic view into wildlife in Poland. Feeding Beaver 10 m from the boat, grazing Elk and Bison very near and around 130 bird species and a lot of different habitats visited. Highly recommendable!
– Jørgen Nielsen, Denmark, 24 Apr 2015
Absolutely fantastic! The guide was very knowledgable. Saw Bison, Lynx, Wolf, Wild Boar, Moose and many more. I would highly recommend this company!!
– Chris Pollard, UK – 26 March 2015
Poland turns out to be a new star on the ecotours firmament! The excellent guiding by Lukasz Mazurek opened the unknown/unexpected beauty of Polish wildlife. Close encounters with Bisons, Elks, Otters & Beavers were magical moments!
– Marc & Kris Dauwe, Belgium – 15 February 2015
What a fabulous week we had under the expert guidance of Lukasz. His attention to detail was superb and his knowledge of the area was second to none.
He was able to take us to numerous wildlife sites in both the Biebrza Marshes and the Bialowieza Forest which allowed us to maximise the number of bird species (145) and mammal (9) sightings. He was able to find us Elk, Bison, Wild Boar and Beaver among others. The trip was intensive (early mornings and late evenings) but was very rewarding.
Lukasz is very client focused, nothing is too much for him. We cannot thank him enough and would recommend both him and his company to anyone.
– Ray & Ruby Lumley, England, 2/9 May 2014
I am just back from a wonderful winter wildlife watching holiday in remote North East Poland with naturalist Lukasz Mazurek, owner of Wild Poland.
We were based in two places: Bialowieza forest, one of the last remaining primeval forests in Europe, and the Biebrza marshes, one of the largest European wildlife refuges. These areas are the home of wild European bison, wolves, lynx, elk, beavers, wild boar, otters, eagles, to name just a few species.
We walked and drove on special routes through the forest and marshes designed with great insider knowledge by Lukasz. It was stunningly beautiful, and full of wildlife and their tracks in the snow. We did not see wolves or lynx (you would have to be insanely lucky), but pretty much everything else (e.g. bison, elk, otter, and white-tailed eagles from close-up), and we saw loads of fresh wolf tracks and followed them through the snowy landscape.
Lukasz is a superb naturalist and guide, always finding animals, birds and tracks, but also sharing his large knowledge and insight in the history, culture, and politics of the areas you are in. The week-long trip was very well organised (if you fly to Warsaw you are picked up there), we were a small group of 5 from different countries, and we had a lovely time. We stayed in two lovely Polish guesthouses, and ate brilliant food. I did not know Polish food was so good, and I am vegetarian too!
If you are looking for an authentic, richly rewarding (and affordable) wildlife holiday in a remote European region, you have found it. Check out the Wild Poland website for their wildlife trips at other times of the year too.
– Francoise, UK – 28 January 2014
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