This photography trip combines bear photography with bird photography in Transylvania. We will nestle in the bear observation hides—some of which were built and used for hunting by the former Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu—in the afternoon, for bears become more active in the afternoon hours. During the rest of the days we will also explore places where we have a good chance to observe and photograph bears—this area provides habitat for 60% of Europe’s bear population. Besides bears, we will have the opportunity to take pictures of other wildlife species: European roe deer, red deer and foxes can be seen from the hides. Bird photographers will also find plenty of things to take pictures in front of our hides.
2018, 16- 22 April Places are available!
2018, 24-30 April Fully booked!
Upon request are also available!
The cost of this trip is 1080 Euro/person. It is included: transfer from and back to the airport, accommodation, guiding, entrance fees, food, all travel and fuel during the trips. It doesn’t include insurance, air tickets and alkoholic beverages.
Our meeting point is the Transylvania International Airport in Targu Mures. After a 90-minute journey by car, we will arrive at our accommodation in Lupeni, a village near Odorheiu Secuiesc. Should we have some time after our arrival, we explore the surroundings of the accommodation. This little excursion will be just sort of a gentle stroll after the long flight, nothing strenuous. On the way we will visit the village of the so called Szekler gates, offering a wide array of the wonders of local architecture. During the meal following this excursion we will discuss the programmes of the following days.
Following a peaceful night’s sleep, we have breakfast, and set out to explore the Varsag farm region—an example of the harmony between man and the environment. There are several opportunities for landscape photography, including rural life, forests, creeks, waterfall and the creatures living in the environment surrounding us. We will set out to the bear hides at the afternoon, where we will watch bears appearing in front of the hides from late afternoon till dusk.
During our 3rd day we will stay in one of my birdphoto hide, where the bird feeder and the drinking pool are visited by hundreds of birds daily. In the morning we will have a chance to take pictures of the Great spotted, Middle spotted, Green and Grey Woodpeckers and other daily guests including the Goldfinch, the Greenfinch, Brambling, Chaffinch, Nuthatch. Occasionally we are able to spot Red Squirell. Later we will set out to the bear hides, where we will watch bears appearing in front of the hides from late afternoon till dusk.
Following a peaceful night’s sleep, we have breakfast, we will stay in one of my birdphoto hide(No.:2), where the bird feeder and the drinking pool are visited by many bird species daily. In the morning we will have a chance to take pictures of the Great spotted, Middle spotted woodpecker and other daily guests including the Crested tit, Brambling, Chaffinch, Nuthatch, Willow and Marsh tits. Occasionally we are able to spot Red Squirell and Fox. Later we set out to explore the surroundings of the village. With a bit of luck we can take pictures of Lesser Spotted Eagle and the Ural owl. After admiring all the natural beauties of the valley, we will set out for the bear hides. We will stay in the hides from late afternoon until darkness, and—hopefully—we can photograph bears at the hide.
After getting up at dawn, we set out to the monumental rock formation of the the Bicaz Canyon (Cheile Bicazului). This canyon with its walls of 200 to 300 meters is a unique natural treasure of Europe, offering a variety of themes to the lovers of landscape photography, and a special opportunity to those who are keen on capturing the beautiful Wallcreeper and Dipper. On the cliffs Chamoises can be seen. On our way back we stop at the fabulous Red Lake (Lacul Roșu). What is special about this lake is that there are conserved remains of pine trees pointing out of the water.
After returning home and replacing the “big” cameras and we pick up the compacts, we go to visit the shepherds farm in the deep mountain. During this trip we pop into a summer farm of the local shepherds, where we can learn about the way of life of the shepherds living there. Moreover, we will taste the best of the local dairy products (We have a big picnic dinner there).
The local tradition considers pottery very old and the documents from the commune’s archives confirm pottery since before 1613. Today we will visit the world famous Chorond village, where we can study how are the beautiful pots have made. During the day we can visit the workshop of the smith, wood-carver, lace-worker also.
We go back to the hides from the afternoon and—hopefully—we can photograph bears at the bear feeders.
Should we have some time—and depending on the departure of our flight—we will visit the Praid Salt Mine (Salina Praid). The micro-climate of the salt mine is beneficial for people with respiratory conditions. The vast halls of the mine are breathtaking, and they are an unforgettable memory.
The above programme is a plan, and is subject to any modification due to the actual weather conditions and bear activity; however, any such modification will be made with the sole purpose of ensuring that our clients get as much out of it as possible, irrespective of the causes of such modifications.
Accommodation: in a local pension
breakfast—in the pension before setting out
dinner—before or after the bear photography session, in the pension or at the local restaurant