When To See Bears in Romania

When to see bears in Romania is probably the first question that pops up in your mind if you are an animal lover or an adventurous traveler. Usually, the season when they come out of their winter dens is between mid-March and late October. We recommend organized tours in the forest with best chances of admiring bears between the half of May and the beginning of September. In Transylvania, Zărnești and Brașov cities are the areas most looked for in bear watching.

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Humphrey the bear, a Disney character 

Bear watching in Romania won’t be anything similar to running into a circus animal, for the Carpathian Ursus Arctos is no caricature. Although we think it is fun and adventurous to watch bears in their habitat, children have to prepare for such a task and follow adults. Bears in Brașov and Harghita have been popular for their interaction with the human settlers in the area. For shepherds and bears, it has been a matter of coexistence for hundreds of years.

When To See Bears in Romania | A list of tours

First on our list is Absolute Carpathian, a certified tour operator from Zărnești. Experts in tracking and observing wildlife, they were part of the Carpathian Large Carnivore Project for four years.

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A bear family | Photo by Zolt Babos

The second one we recommend is a tour that starts in central Brașov with a meeting point at the History Museum in Piața Sfatului. The trip is at sunset. You will be joined by a forest ranger who will bring you one of the many custom designed bear hides.

With our third choice, you can easily book a bear watching short trip for 3 to 4 hours. The tour’s guide is a Romanian wildlife researcher with an experience of over 15 years in the Carpathian Mountains. The National Forest Authority operates the bear observation hideout.

The fourth on our list and the most endearing is an 8-day trekking tour in Transylvania. It includes a visit to Bran Castle, hiking to Piatra Craiului National Park, and of course, bear watching. They say from June to August is when to see bears in Romania.

Fifth and last but not least, is this wildlife experience that offers not only bear watching but also the lynx, wolves, the red deer, and the wild boar.

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A young bear | Photo by Zoltan Gergely Nagy

Conservation projects are essential for ensuring the long-term survival of brown bears in Romania. That is why bear-watching tours also raise awareness on the issue, besides being a fun thing to do.

Bear Watching Romania

When it comes to bear watching Romania is the perfect place to admire them. If you are looking for an activity to reconnect you with nature, then Libearty Bear Sanctuary in Zărnești is the place to visit. Despite its wilderness, you will feel safe and sound, and able to admire a bear habitat.

The Brown Bear in the Carpathian Mountains

According to World Wild Life, the most massive specimen of Ursus Arctos was caught in Romania, and it weighed 480 kg. The Carpathian Mountains, from Slovakia to Romania, have an estimated population of 8,000 brown bears. Of this number, 6,000 live in the Romanian Carpathians. Hunters still go for the Romanian brown bears every year. Fortunately, large forested enclosures have been providing the best habitat and wildlife awareness. Children are very enthusiastic to learn about and watch bears climb trees or play in the water pools. This way they could better understand the beautiful animal.

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Brown Bear by Jens Wilhelm Jansen via Cottage Life

Bear Watching Romania | Libearty Bear Sanctuary

The highly acclaimed sanctuary is home to over 70 rescued bears. Once captive as pets or circus and restaurant attractions, their rescue started in 2005 with the creation of this sanctuary. An oak and hazel forest has been their home for more than 12 years already. The best time to see bears in Romania is at Libearty Bear Sanctuary, in Zărnești, in the early hours of the day. Bears tend to take their naps in the afternoon. There is also a train tour available during the summer mornings. A Romanian bear watching tour experience is one of a kind in Europe.

 

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Zarnesti Libearty Bear Sanctuary

 

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Brown bears hug

There are many fun things to do in Romania for all kinds of travelers. A bear sanctuary is an extraordinary learning place for children. For adults, bears have been a source of inspiration for beautiful stories. They are marvelous animals.