Wolf Watching Romania | Wildlife

Ideal for wolf watching Romania is quite a dreamland for wildlife lovers. The Eurasian wolf, also known as Canis Lupus, is a protected animal in Romania. There is an estimated number of 5800 wolves living in the Romanian Carpathians, according to the forestry administration. People used to hunt wolves in large numbers during the 20th century and continue to do it. Despite this human habit, the wolf population remained substantial over the years. Actually, Romania is hosting more than 2500 wolves in its forests. International large carnivores research programs have been focusing on preserving the Romanian wolf.

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Romanian wolf hunter via retrieverman.net

Wolf Watching Romania | Welcome to a Wildlife Experience

The experience of tracking and observing wildlife in Romania is made possible by teams of professional guides who organize tours. They also took part in conservation projects and are more than willing to share with you the wonders of ecotourism. The brown bear population receives the same mindfulness. Here you can find the best place for bear watching in Romania.

This tour guides you to the fantastic land of Vrancea county in Romania. Up and down the Vrancea Mountains of the Eastern Carpathians you can walk on the tracks of wolfs, bears and wild cats. You can also observe them in their natural habitat from wood shelters.

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Romanian wolves in Suceava county

Here is another tour, in the Transylvanian forest this time. This one is for travelers with a fitness condition, for there are four days spent in this adventure. To increase the chance of seeing wild wolves the tour is available during late autumn and winter. Wolves avoid exposure to humans, but for wolf watching Romania has the best spots. There are visits to local historical places included in the experience, such as Bran Castle and Peleș Castle.

If you want a chance to stay at a local guesthouse in Zărnești and taste the local cuisine along with home-made plum brandy, then this tour is for you. Small groups of people mean you can enjoy it with your family or close friends like a six-day adventure.

Wolves and People | Wolf Watching

Romanian wildlife spreads across the Carpathian Mountains, the Subcarpathian hills and of course in the Danube Delta. Wolves are among the animals that populate forests, and a lot of Romanian tales and legends include them as well.

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Romanian wolf

In 2016 Romania had banned trophy hunting of wolves, bears, lynxes and wild cats. We encourage wolf watching for they are shy animals that rarely attack humans. In fact, they fear them, and they are cautious with new territories.

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Wolf in Bear Sanctuary

The city of Zarnești in Romania host a lot of tourists and travelers who seek bear watching and wolf watching. The bear sanctuary called Libearty Sanctuary is also home to a population of wolves that live far in the woods, with very few approaches to fences. Both children and adults can catch a glimpse of the friendship between wolves and bears at Libearty Sanctuary. It is definitely among the fun things to do in Romania.

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 bears come out of their winter dens is between mid-March and late October. Summer is the time when bears are most active. We recommend organized tours in the Carpathian forest with best chances of viewing and 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. Depending on what time of the year is your visit programmed, you may be able to see the bears surrounded by their little cubs.

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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, Romania. 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,  Romania. It includes a visit to Bran Castle, hiking to Piatra Craiului National Park, and of course, bear watching as one of the best activities in this area. 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.

Maramures Giants Legend

Maramures Giants illustrationThe Maramures Giants (Legenda uriașilor in Romanian) is a Romanian folklore legend. Here you will find a beautiful saga about the last family of giants that lived on earth.

The legends say that in the ancient history of our planet, different creatures lived and then they came to their extinction. It is said that one of the species were the giants. In the cultures of many countries, it is assumed that they lived on Earth just before the humans did. They were not as bright as the humans and that there was a great flood that destroyed the majority of them. They have built underground tunnels where they survived for an extended period.

Maramures legends say that one of the last known families of the Giants lived in the North of Transylvania, in the Valley of Iza.

Maramures Giants | The story of the last giants on Earth

Long ago, there was an old man with his daughter.

They wanted to live separated from other species on Earth, so they retired in the deepest forest so nobody could see them again. The Giants enjoyed life there. They were very good connoisseurs of plants and mushrooms. They used them as their food and their medicines as well.

One day, Rosalia, the giant daughter went down the Iza river to look after mushrooms. In that day, she wandered more than she usually did. And guess what? On a meadow, she met some little beings looking as she did but much smaller. She took them in her hands and dashed to her wise father to show him the strange things that she has just discovered.

Maramures Giants in the sunset“Father!  Look what little and sweet toys I’ve found in my rambling today!”

Her father smiled mysteriously and replied “Rosalia, these beings that you have found are not toys at all!” Suddenly he became serious.

“They are the ones that will live on this planet from now on!

You know that we are a few giant families still living. Our species will disappear together with us!” So, he walked away sadly.

Rosalia didn’t like at all what her father just told her!

She took the humans back to the meadow where she found them, and she started to follow them. She was very curious about their habits, occupations, and nourishment. How did their species survive and hers not?

Among these humans, there was a man that looked very brave and nice. He loved to ride horses, to watch birds and all the animals used to gather around him. Rosalia fell in love with him at first sight.

Maramures Giants and humans together

As the days were passing, an idea became more apparent. One day, Rosalia went to her father and told him about the new thought that mastered her.

“Father, you know the little toys that I’ ve found. There is one human that took my mind! I would like to marry him and have kids with him, and in this way, our species will continue to live as well. I need your help!”

Her father smiled. He was very happy with the courage of his daughter.

She continued “You must make me smaller and him bigger so that we can become a couple!”

Her father knew from his giant ancestors the secrets of plants and how to mix them so to become magic.

The next day, he went into the thick forest to look after secret plants that will help the metamorphosis. He came after a few days, and he started to boil and prepare his potions saying different magic words to them. Then he poured the mysterious drink on Rosalia and the tiny man.

The magic happened, and Rosalia became almost as small as a human and the man became a little taller just enough to match Rosalia.

They got married and had children. The other giants disappeared except Rosalia and her children.

Her father taught her the magic of plants, and she taught humans how to use them as well.

Humans lived on Earth from that time on.

Maramures Villages

Maramures villages are unique in the world and recognizable by their big wooden gates to every house and garden and of course by their wooden churches with long pointy towers.

Maramures Giants WinterThe village where the last Maramures giants lived was called Rozalia. After a while, the name changed to Rozavlea.

The story above is just one of the Maramures legends Kiara Yew has been collecting for curious travelers. The old people from this region still preserve stories about the giant people that lived here.

In this region, you can also find a Merry Cemetery. It is for sure an unusual place to visit!

Back to Transylvania Castle

back to Transylvania castleYou are back to Transylvania castle region of Romania.

You are in a thick forest, the deepest you have ever seen before.

Then, you close your eyes. It’s night. It’s very dark; you hear the beasts in the forest. They are not sleeping judging by the sound they make.

However, you dare to walk throuback to Transylvania castle batgh the trees and bushes. Your heart is beating so fast, and so loud, it seems like all the beasts can hear you. You feel like your body is all made of a big heart.

And then you see it…

Dracula’s Magical Castle

back to Transylvania castle bat It’s all there, stone by stone, in front you.

You are looking around and nobody’s there. Just you and the castle and the creatures of the forest.

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However, you open the gate and go inside. It’s a massive castle made of stone. All around you see candles, a big table, a stone fireplace, curtains made of red velvet. All these together make the atmosphere to be sweet and dangerous ♥

Suddenly, a secret door opens… you walk through it and then here you are climbing the stairs… one by one… attentive and open to any new thing that appears before your eyes. With each of your step, the space around you becomes smaller and smaller… the walls become closer to you …

And then you arrived, It’s a tinny secret door that opens in front of you, and there you are in the bedroom of Dracula!

The biggest bed lays in front of you. As you look around, fire is everywhere… candles, fireplace.

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You become sleepy as the air is thick and you are tired. You lay on the bed, close your eyes.

Yes, you are in the middle of…

Dracula’s chamber | Back to Transylvania castle

And all of a sudden all start to vanish in a spiral movement…. all… castle, forest, candles, beasts and you with them!back to Transylvania bat

Wake up! It’s morning. Just go and enjoy another magical day!

But you can’t forget it!

Go and see the forest and the castle … and when you reach the place, search for the secret stairs … it’s all there…

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Moreover, if you wish to experience the real thing, we recommend a night at Dracula’s Castle. Details to be found here.