Encounter a wilder nature in the Bison Hillock | WWF

Encounter a wilder nature in the Bison Hillock



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Tarcu Mountains
© 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:

4 days & nights wildlife experience:
bison, bears, chamois, old growth forests


day1+2: track wild bison & spend the night in the wild

Where?

Armeniș, Caraș-Severin, Romania

What will you experience?

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

Day 1:

  • Arrival at Visitor’s Center after 12:00pm in Armenis and meet with wilderness guide; Depart to Plopu with own transport and guide (4x4 transport can be arranged  if needed)
  • Pick up local Food Pack for the two nights in the Tented Camp.
  • Arrival in Plopu and walk to Camp; Drop unnecessary equipment for the afternoon activity exploring area by foot (2-3 hours)
  • Campfire dinner and overnight in safari-style tents

Day 2:

  • Early wake up to campfire breakfast and coffee/tea; Morning activity tracking wild bison and exploring area (3-4 hours)
  • Lunch break and recharge batteries during hot hours of day
  • Afternoon activity tracking wild bison (3-4 hours)
  • Campfire dinner and overnight in safari-style tents









day 3+4: play hide and seek with bear and chamois

Continue your adventure in the Țarcu Mountains with a bear watching experience:

Where?

Rusca Teregova, Caraș-Severin, Romania

What will you do?

  • Spend late-evenings in a wildlife watching hide and get a chance to see the ghostly bear amongst other elusive wildlife in the Southern Carpathians.
  • Wilderness trails, in search of the agile chamois as it traverses across the woody cliffs of the Țarcu Mountains.
  • Throughout the experience you will be accompanied by an experienced nature guide who will keep you safe and informed along the way.
  • Spend 2 nights thereafter in a near-by cabin and reflect on your experience and sightings. Wake up to coffee and view over the Rusca Lake.
















 

Day 3:

  • Leisure wake up to campfire breakfast and coffee/tea
  • Pack up and depart from camp to Plopu to transfer to Rusca (Next-door village)
  • Arrive in cabin and settle in after lunch
  • Depart with local 4x4 transport to wildlife trail with good chances to see wild Carpathian chamois (2-3 hours)
  • Return to cabin for dinner and prepare for late-evening wildlife hide with chances to see bears
  • After hide experience (2-3 hours) return to cabin and overnight stay

Day 4:

  • After breakfast and coffee/tea depart to morning activity on wildlife trail (2-3 hours)
  • Return to cabin for lunch and leisure time, possible to go to close-by lake
  • After dinner depart to wildlife hides (2-3 hours)
  • Return to cabin and overnight stay

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

Book your trip:

We recommend you get in touch with the team before planning your trip, we'd love to customize the experience to your needs.
 
How much does the 4 days & nights experience cost?
€300 per person sharing;

Group size
preferred: 2-4 / maximal: 8 / minimum: 1 (however single guided trips cost a bit more considering standard transport and guiding costs).

Choose an interval below, to check availability for a 4 days experience in the Bison Hillock. The visiting season runs from the begining of April until the end of October.

A message from the host:

This experience is coordinated by a small start-up and a network of locals, with support from the WWF team and our friends at the European Safari Company. Your visit is employing and engaging members of the local community, while you learn about the beauties and challenges of nature conservation.

By visiting us you play a direct role in helping nature thrive in the Southern Carpathians! 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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