Tarcu Mountains, Romania

Bison Tracking, Bear Hides & Chamois Trail

Track wild bison in their natural habitat and try to spot bears from our forest hides.

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Overview

Join this immersive wildlife tracking experience with a focus on trailing the iconic European Bison in the wild. Here in the Bison Hillock, WWF & Rewilding Europe with support from the local community are working to create a free-roaming population. During this experience you will be on the trails of this impressive species guided by the local conservation team. You will spend the night in nature, immersed in the soundscape, incredible night skies and be cared for in an all-inclusive camp facilitated by locals. You will also enjoy a walk through the area of the chamois, at the edge of Țarcu Mountains and in the evening you will try your luck of seeing a bear from our hides in the forest, before spending the night in a comfortable cabin. Your visit is contributing to this ambitious rewilding project by engaging the local community, the host of the European bison back in the wild, the people which made the reintroduction efforts possible.

Highlights

Explore the wilderness

Explore the wilderness

Be on the frontline of nature conservation and discover the importance of bison to the ecosystem, guided by the local bison rewilding team and experienced nature guides. Track and trail wild bison while uncovering signs of their behavior and role in the food chain.

Reconnect with nature

Reconnect with nature

Learn how to interpret and identify the actors of flora and fauna on the stage of the Romanian wilderness.

Live the traditional way

Live the traditional way

Get a glimpse of the traditional lifestyle in the Southern Carpathians by tasting the local food and meeting the local chefs, living in a traditional house and learning about the old rural ways.

Hosts

Whether it's in the wild or at the table, our experienced and knowledgeable hosts are conscious to create a welcoming space of comfort where each participant can relax and enjoy nature.

Matei Miculescu

Matei Miculescu

Matei is an experienced nature guide and ranger and will take on an incredible journey on the tracks of the wild bison. You will have a chance to get to know the story of this ambitious bison rewilding initiative, its impact on nature and local people. He is an involved member of the community and a local facilitator. He speaks fluent English and Romanian.

What's Included

What's Included

Hosted overnight in a comfortable safari camp, with cozy double tents with beds, pillows, duves and linnen.

100% natural plastic free soaps, shampoo and toothpaste.

Local 4x4 transfer from the village, closer to the wild to the safari camp area.

Specialised guides, part of the local conservation team.

Craft drinks like locally roasted coffee, wild harvested teas, beer or wine, from small artisanal producers in the region.

All meals, catered by local chefs made with seasonal produce from small scale farming.

Transfer to Armeniș from airport/train station

Water bottles

Trekking gear

Tickets

3 nights

Bison tracking for up to 8 people. Price per person varies depending on group size. Bookable upon request at least 2 days prior to the event.

FROM$426.21/pp

4 nights

Bison tracking and safari camp for up to 8 people. Price per person varies depending on group size. Bookable upon request at least 2 days prior to the event.

FROM$628.10/pp

Măgura Zimbrilor

Where bison roam free & wild

We are based in the Southern Carpathians near the Bison Hillock rewilding area, where over 100 bison roam free across one of Europe's most bio-diverse natural landscapes. Experience the wilderness for yourself and activate your everyday nature awareness, thus contributing to this rewilding project by engaging the local community and supporting local green services.

Măgura Zimbrilor

Trip Tips

What to bring

What to bring

Day backpack, water container (min. 1 L), warm clothes, rainproof gear and shoes, binoculars, personal medicines, some snacks from home if you’d like, small field notebook and sense of adventure.

10% of revenues are dedicated to creating a community conservation fund

10% of revenues are dedicated to creating a community conservation fund

This is an instrument that keeps giving back to nature by funding small conservation projects to help maintain the wildness of the area. The fund is managed by WWF involving locals in choosing and implementing the local projects. From small river restoration projects to reducing pressure on certain habitats, we give back 10% of what you pay to nature.

Reviews

The WeWilder experience opened up a gateway for me to become aware of deeper aspects of Life. Learning about wildlife tracking, trailing, sit spots and sleep-outs transformed my relationship with myself and the more than human world and offered me the possibility to start understanding Life in a unique way. This experience put me on a path of eco-awakening and ever since I've encountered the gaze of the Wild Bison I have been nurturing my relationship with Nature in ways that I did not have access to before.

Paul, Experience Designer

Previously my appreciation of nature was superficial because I didn't know what I was looking at or even how to look. Now I learned a small but important hint in how to start seeing, listening.Thank you for opening my mind and senses. It is not an exaggeration that I feel I'm excited about life again, thanks to the WeWilder experience.

Nini, Graphic Designer

WeWilder activated my “biological sensitivity” in such a way that I—the guy that secretly despised birdwatchers no earlier than September 2020—ended up looking with loving eyes at any ruffled tit in the park.

Șerban, Advertising Company Director

Thank you for this awesome experience and for teaching me new things I never thought I would be interested in or intersect with! :)”

Bogdan, Architect

Bison Hillock offers you a lifetime experience that drives you from the comfort of an authentic house to the beauty of wilderness. A perfect location to reconnect with you and nature.

Otilia, Entrepreneur & Marketing

You'll Be Staying Here

Tented Safari Camp

Tented Safari Camp

We set up a safari camp at a site with marvelous views to the Țarcu Mountain and surrounding hillside, where you will hear only birds and the sound of the crickets. There is an inspiring outdoor shower, built with natural materials like stone and a braided screen. In the dwelling you can find a well stocked pantry for the picnics during the experience. Electricity for battery charging is available via a solar panel and you will be hosted throughout by local chefs.

Rusca lake cabin

Rusca lake cabin

Spend your last evening in the Rusca valley overseeing the lake. Here you After a day walking on remote trails in search of the elusive chamois and in the evening heading deep into the forest towards an old hunting hide now used for photo-hunting. The cabin is a cozy establishment with hand made wooden furniture and you will be hosted by a local family with lots of home made goodies to nourish you.

3 Tiny Huts on Campus

3 Tiny Huts on Campus

Stay in one of three twin tiny houses located on the main campus grounds. Their full glass facade offer breathtaking view over the picturesque rural landscape and Țarcu Mountains where bison roam freely. Each hut has a twin or double bed set-up, private bathroom and kitchenette. The tiny houses are ideal for couples or a pair of friends. When booking a co-working week, your stay will be allocated to the tiny huts, while next options are bookable if extra places are requested.

Sub Măgrin stone house

Sub Măgrin stone house

Sub Măgrin, or the house under the acacia tree is a traditional stone farmhouse refurbished preserving traditional methods and keeping is character. Located 7 minutes away from the main co-working space and accessible with our e-bikes it offers two double rooms, a bathroom and kitchen as well as a spectacular courtyard, a barn and fireplaces throughout.

Bison Tracking, Bear Hides & Chamois Trail

Tarcu Mountains, Romania· 3 nights

FROM$426/pp