Armeniș, Romania·August 27 - 31 2021

Wilderness Trail

Activate your everyday nature awareness along an organic path of endless exploration.

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Overview

Re-root yourself in the European wild and activate your everyday nature awareness along an organic path of endless exploration. Experience primitive overnights in nature around a campfire without a tent and get a glimpse of what it really means to be part of nature. Take this unique opportunity to step away from electricity, mobile phones, Wi-Fi and emails and into the depth of nature, go through an immersive and enriching wilderness experience in one of Europe’s iconic rewilding areas. Return to a comfortable and beautifully refurbished hunters’ cabin to relax from the trip and raise your chances to see wildlife such as bears or deer in one of the wildlife hides in the last evening.

Highlights

Reconnect with nature

Reconnect with nature

Lose your day by day routine and feel nature. Go back to your roots, train situational awareness and reflect during nature solitude sessions.

Learn by doing

Learn by doing

Discover more about birding, tracking, trailing, rewilding, European natural processes, sleep-out, observation, listening, bird language, night walks.

Have an impact

Have an impact

Contribute to a conservation fund, support traditional local agriculture and contribute to the local economy, ethical conduct in nature, nature conservation, work with the rangers for the bison rewilding project.

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.

Georg Messerer

Georg Messerer

Georg is a German-South African wilderness guide and trainer who spent over 4 years in the Bison Hillock discovering the bison way of life and designing the first bison tracking safaris in Europe. Georg will lead you on a journey of transformation and guide you to experience nature like never before. He speaks fluent English and German.

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What's Included

What's Included

Accomodation in a tented camp on folding beds with sleeping bags that we provide

Accomodation in a local guesthouse, with heating, bathroom, hot water

All meals, including picnic in nature on both days, handmade by local producers, sourced from small-scale farming

Local 4x4 transport necessary from the Armeniș Visitor Center located in the village, to more remote areas, where the nature safari starts and the bison roam freely

Transfer to Armeniș from airport/train station

Water bottles

Trekking gear

Tickets

4 nights

Experience for up to 6 people. Price per person varies depending on group size.

FROM$570.86/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.

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Trip Tips

Sleep out under the open sky

Sleep out under the open sky

We will sleep around a comforting campfire along the trail with only a bivouak and a sleeping bag. We will replace the heavy canvas from the tents with the seemingly endless starscape above and feel the strong group bond and trust that is nurtured along the trail.

Take only photos, leave only footprints

Take only photos, leave only footprints

We stay true to the wilderness philosophy of taking nothing but photos, leaving nothing but footprints, killing nothing but time and creating nothing but memories. Your guide will ensure that this experience unfolds on the highest possible standards with regards to ethics, both within the group and the environment.

Fitness level required

Fitness level required

For the Wilderness Trail, a high level of fitness is required. Participants will need to be able to walk in a mountainous region for up to 4 hours during an activity with a heavy backpack, as we are carrying all our supplies for the days of the trail ourselves. Following bison and other mammal tracks can lead us into difficult terrain, including steep slopes, crossing mountain streams, or thickly vegetated areas. The usual altitudes covered lie around 600-1000 m a.s.l. Although the activities are not aimed at hiking and covering distance, participants may have to hike to reach hotspots of wildlife activity. Please get in touch, should you have questions regarding the itinerary and your level of fitness.

Conscious of your comfort zone

Conscious of your comfort zone

Although we operate in a mountainous area and this trail includes hiking with a heavy backpack, we are conscious to not overload you with weight, exhaust you along the trail or to push you far outside your comfort zone. We are conscious to provide you with a meaningful, well hosted wilderness experience and emphasize that the moment we arrive, we have already reached our destination. There is no urge to reach any summits, and no time pressure to do so. While part of the experience may challenge the boundaries of some participants' comfort zone, such as sleeping under the stars without a tent, we are highly conscious about this and strive to recreate that space of comfort for each participant to relax and enjoy nature.

What to bring

What to bring

Day backpack, sleeping bag, head-torch, water container (min. 2 l) e.g. a Camelback, camping crockery (bowl/plate & mug) and cutlery (Spork and knife), isomat warm clothes, rainproof gear and shoes, binoculars, camp shoes (e.g. sandals), personal medicines, some snacks from home if you like, small field notebook and a sense of adventure. Should you not own a sleeping bag and/or an isomat, please contact us as, as we can provide a minimal amount of sleeping bags and isomats.

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 Camp

Tented Camp

We set up a safari camp at a site with marvelous views to the Țarcu Mountain and surrounding hills, where you will hear only birds and the sound of the wind. 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.

Village House

Village House

Enjoy a peaceful night in a village accommodation with all the modern amenities, that helps you pace yourself after a long travel or the time in nature. It is either a traditional house that has been renovated conserving its charm, or a newly built wooden tiny house that is inspired by traditional crafts, like shingle cover or the gable roof.

The house is stocked with sustainable cosmetics produced locally and is observing the WeWilder principles of sustainability.

Wilderness Trail

Armeniș, Romania· August 27 - 31 2021· 4 nights

FROM$570/pp