Encounter a wilder nature in the Bison Hillock | WWF

Encounter a wilder nature in the Bison Hillock



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Bison bear encounter stencil
© Staffan Widstrand / Rewilding Europe
Iconic wildlife is coming back to the heart of the Carpathian Mountains. Bison have disappeared from the wild in Romania 200 years ago, but WWF, Rewilding Europe and the Bison Hillock Association (AMZA) are working together to bring them back in the Țarcu Mountains. The European bison is an umbrella species, a missing link in the trophic chain, with a real impact on maintaining ecological processes that are specific to wilderness areas. Visit the Bison Hillock to find out more about these animals that used to roam freely in forests across Europe and are now rarer than the black rhinos. We recommend that you experience nature conservation at its grass roots, by booking a guided tour to the Bison Hillock. Our local partners, AMZA, the community association in Armeniș, Romania have put together a great ecotourism experience. Here is what's you can do:










Day 1: Track the mighty bison like a ranger

What will you do?

  • See the bison’s importance to the ecosystem, guided by the local bison rewilding team and experienced nature guides
  • Learn how to interpret and identify the actors of flora and fauna on the stage of the Romanian wilderness and get a taste of the traditional lifestyle in the Southern Carpathians.
  • Get a first hand experience of nature conservation

How long does it take?

Tracking the bison will take up to 3-5 hours hiking.

How to dress?

  • It’s recommended that you wear neutral coloured clothing (no bright colours, try to blend in).
  • Bring good waking shoes and a raincoat.
  • And don’t forget your sense of adventure.

How much does it cost?

€120 / 2 people
€135 / 3 people
€150 / 4 people

This covers specialized guiding, 4x4 transport & a traditional picnic.

The products provided in the picnic are all locally sourced so you are contributing to helping keep local agricultural practices alive.

This price includes a €5 per person contribution to the conservation of the bison. The funds will be used directly for the development of ecotourism (better gear for bison tracking, trails exploration, guide training and wildlife monitoring activities).

Stay overnight in the Bison Hillock

Spend the night in the Bison Hillock

€45 Tented camp experience

Sleep in the wild, listen in on nature and nourish yourself with a campfire breakfast and dinner.


€20 Spend the night with a local family

You will experience a simple and delightful way of life

















 

Day 2: Play hide and seek with bear and chamoix

Continue your adventure in the Tarcu Mountains with a bear watching experience

Where?

Rusca Teregova, Caraș-Severin, Romania

What will you do?

  • Spend a late-evening in a wildlife watching hide and get a chance to see the ghostly bear amongst other elusive wildlife in the Southern Carpathians.
  • Throughout the experience you will be accompanied by an experienced nature guide who will keep you safe and informed along the way.
  • Spend the night thereafter in a near-by cabin and reflect on your experience and sightings. Wake up to a coffee and view over the Rusca Lake.
  • After breakfast, a local guide will take you in search of the agile chamois as it traverses across the woody cliffs of the Țarcu Mountains.

How long does it take?

Transfer between Armeniș and Rusca Teregova takes 30 min by car.
The hike to the bear watching hides is also 30 min. Bear watching takes place after dark.
On day 2, you will hike for no more than 3 hours.

How to dress?

It’s recommended that you wear neutral coloured clothing (no bright colours, try to blend in)
Bring good waking shoes, warm clothes and a raincoat.
For the bear watching experience, it’s important that you don’t wear perfume or freshly washed clothes that day, as the bears may turn away to avoid the unknown.

How much does it cost?

€420 / group of 2
€350 / group of 3
€320 / group of 4


This covers specialised guiding, 4x4 transport, accomodation in a mountain cabin, traditional breakfast & dinner

Your meals are all locally sourced so you are contributing to helping keep local agricultural practices alive.

This price includes a €5 per person contribution to the conservation of the bison. The funds will be used directly for the development of ecotourism (better gear for bison tracking, trails exploration, guide training and wildlife monitoring activities).


















 

Book your trip:

Choose an interval below, to check availability for a 1 or 2 day experience in the Bison Hillock. The visiting season runs from the begining of April until the end of October.

A message from the host:

By visiting us you play a direct role in helping nature thrive in the Southern Carpathians!
Your visit is employing and engaging members of the local community, while you learn about the beauties and challenges of nature conservation.
When you leave, your experiences and stories will travel further than any flyer we can make.


The Bison Hillock Association (AMZA)

Field Journal: Ranger in the Bison Hillock

 
	© © Matei Miculescu

Find out about WWF & Rewilding Europe's bison rewilding initiative

Ask us anything:

E: magurazimbrilor@gmail.com
T: +40 757 810905 (MATEI)

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