Bear watching in Carpathian Mountains

Small group bear watching experienceWhy bear watching in Romania?

Thanks to the relatively low level of human intervention, Romania has become home to the largest brown bear population in Europe. Here, in Transylvania, in the heart of the Carpathian mountains, you have the chance to observe these majestic animals in their natural habitat. Find out interesting facts about the bear life in the wilderness and capture unique moments with your camera. Bear watching has become more popular as people started to prefer this sustainable way to deal with bears and other wild animals.

Join us for a short bear-watching adventure trip in the forests near Brașov, together with a specialized forest ranger that will answer all your questions.

But before joining read more about bearwatching, what to do and what not to do in this tour. Check wikipedia’s page about the brown bear to learn more about this fascinating animal.

About this activity

  • The bear watching tour takes place late in the afternoon, starts around 5 PM – 6 PM and it lasts for about 3 hours. It is available from Monday to Friday from mid-March to late October.
  • We drive to a forest and walk to a specially designed bear hide.
  • Wait quietly for the bears to arrive.
  • Usually, the bears arrive just minutes after you get there but in rare occasions the animals might be there already, so please keep quiet and don’t scare them.
  • Take photos and learn interesting facts about the lives of these animals.
  • Sometimes it is possible to see other animals too: wild boars, deer, lynx or even wolves.
  • Get back to the cars and leave the area just before darkness falls.

Important information

  • Bears have a very sensitive smell so please don’t bring any kind of food or snacks. Also, please don’t use perfume or other scents.
  • Dress adequately. Wear sturdy shoes and don’t wear brights colors.
  • During the activity don’t use flash or any other lights, as these might scare the animals. Please turn off your camera’s focus assist light.
  • Bears are dangerous and unpredictable wild animals. Please don’t try to feed them or act like they are pets. In case you encounter one avoid eye contact, don’t try to run or climb into trees and listen to the forest ranger’s advice.

About the brown bears

Although the brown bear is considered to be the largest carnivore in Europe, its main diet consists of forest fruits, plants, grass, nuts, worms, ants, termites, insects and also other animals, if available. So we can say they are omnivorous. They are at the top of the food chain so they don’t have any predators.

Unfortunately, humans threatened their habitat by expanding too much into the forests and hunting them for trophies. Intensive deforestation also threatens to isolate them into smaller and smaller patches of forests but fortunately, by organizing bear watching activities, people learnt to protect and respect these animals.

Romania’s mountains are home to over half of Europe’s population of brown bears (Ursus Arctos). Partly due to less pressure and deforestation during the communist regime, partly due to groups of enthusiasts that are trying to protect this magnificent animal.

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