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Go tracking wolves with a local specialist in the wildest part of Poland and Slovakia, the Eastern Carpathians. Spend two intensive days in the wild with chances of actually seeing these elusive predators!

This tour runs Friday to Monday, a few fixed dates from September to May.

  • Visit Poland and Slovakia’s wildest mountains – the Eastern Carpathians
  • Go tracking Wolves with a local expert
  • Extend your stay and visit Kraków Old Town

This is an intensive short tour in some of the wildest parts of Poland and Slovakia, the unscathed and undiscovered Beskidy Mts in the Eastern Carpathians.

Beskidy belong to the lowest mountain ranges of Eastern Carpathians (max. 1000-1400 m/3300-4600 feet a.s.l.). Scarcely populated and largely forested these mountains are now full of wildlife that includes not only several packs of Wolves but Brown Bears, Lynx and Wild Cat, too.

We offer cosy accommodation, either at a small, family run wooden guesthouse or a modest hotel, depending on availability. All the venues serve gorgeous home made traditional Polish food and most importantly – we provide quality wildlife guiding by our staff and a local National Park Wolf expert.

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 and having to move and change sites quickly. We may walk across or along rivers. We may even skip a meal or decide to stay outside overnight so your flexibility in this matter is crucial.

Outline itinerary

Day 1: Pick up from Kraków Airport (KRK), transfer to Eastern Carpathians
Days 2/3: Wolf Tracking in Poland and Slovakia
Day 4: Optional morning trek, 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.

Minimum age

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.

Food

FB: hearty Polish breakfast/brunch and hearty home made dinners

Accommodation

Quality family run wooden guesthouse or a modest hotel. Twin or single rooms. Not all of the rooms are equipped with private facilities. You may have to share a bathroom. We will inform you in advance about your room. Please note that the guesthouse hosts dogs and cats and may not be suitable if you have a severe allergy.

Joining

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.

Our lodge in the Beskid Niski Mts

One of our lodges in the Beskidy

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.

Day 1 – arrival

13.00 (at the latest) pick up from Kraków and transfer to Beskidy Mts. After ca. 3 hrs drive we will check in at our cosy lodge and following a hearty Polish dinner we will meet our local wolf expert to introduce you to the area and talk about the plans for the next days.

Our local guide, an experienced wolf tracker, has worked with monitoring large predators here for the last several years and knows the area like the back of his own hand. He will also brief us on safety and proper behaviour when tracking large mammals.

Days 2/3 – Wolf tracking

Wolves in the Beskid Niski Mts by Zenon Wojtas

Wolves in the Eastern Carpathians

We will be leaving early morning, when it is still dark, to be at the right spots at dawn. Our local wolf tracker will take us for a drive and/or a trek in the mountains and river valleys, tracking Wolves and trying to spot them in the distance. A safe distance of course – as our priority is never to disturb wildlife in the first place but watch them without altering their behaviour.

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 in the garden or go for a short walk in the forest.

In the afternoon, after an early dinner, we will meet up with the guide again and continue our exploration of the area in the car and on foot, until dark. Seeing Wolves in the wild is rare but we can guarantee that our crew does their best to get you close to these elusive predators. You are also likely to see their tracks, other signs of activity and even a freshly killed prey.
We will have to be swift and flexible as weather and wildlife conditions can change rapidly. Being able to adjust and quickly change our location greatly influences our success rate.

Wolves in the Beskid Niski Mts by Zenon Wojtas

Wolves in the Eastern Carpathians

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 Lynx, Wild Cat or even a Brown Bear 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 Woodpeckers and numerous warblers.

These two 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 4 – Kraków

In the Kraków Old Town

In the Kraków Old Town

This morning we may offer an optional short trek and after our usual substantial brunch we will set off for a ca. 3 hours journey back to Kraków. We will stop for lunch en route and plan to arrive at Kraków Airport by 15:00. The tour ends when we arrive in Kraków. Participants book a hotel there and flights home at their own expense. If you choose to extend your tour and stay in Kraków (a good idea) we will drop you off at your hotel.

Here is a short video by our local guide and a few photographs to give you an idea of what it’s like here.

All was well organised and great guiding and variety. We saw a wolf and a wild cat. Plus we stayed at a beautiful place off the beaten track.

– Götz, Germany – 11 Dec 2017

The flexibility of walking with the weather and the groups interests was thought of first. The setting and accommodation I thought was well placed and a beautiful area. The guides were passionate and made sure everybody was comfortable. Walking is the best part and the views were definitely the icing on top of the cake.

– Murray, Switzerland – 11 Dec 2017

Well equipped for varied terrain and weather conditions. Considering the nature of the area we were taken to areas where we saw wildlife (wolf, wild cat, many deer, eagles, ural owl). A good management and understanding of the trip and the expectation of how much wildlife is in the area is well managed.

– CM, Switzerland – 11 Dec 2017

Very well organised, very very nice food (vegetarian).

– Claudia, Switzerland – 11 Dec 2017

Fabulous location, everything was very well prepared, great guides and great adventures – another Wild Poland special! (my 3rd trip with Wild Poland).

– Sam, Belgium – 11 Dec 2017

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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. If your card is held in EUR or GBP small differences in the refunded amount may occur because of exchange rates.

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7 Sep – 10 Sep 2018

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9 Nov – 12 Nov 2018

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Details

4 days, 3 nights

Cost per person

PLN 3850 (ca. €940)
Deposit: PLN 800
Single room: PLN 400

Very small groups

4 – 6 participants

Accommodation & Food

included

Transportation & Guiding

included

Flights to Kraków

NOT included

Tour map

Tour downloads

Tour itinerary › (pdf, 1.1 MB)

Tour reports:

December 2017 ›

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