Re-root yourself in the European wild and activate your everyday nature awareness in the Bison Hillock
Explore a European bison rewilding area and be mentored by an experienced and certified Wilderness Guide in ethical birding, tracking and nature observation. Wind down at a campfire after a freshly cooked meal by a local chef and sleep in a comfortable tent. Contribute to the local economy by employing local chefs, drivers and small food producers from the local community.
The loss of wild nature at our fingertips in most European countries has disconnected society at large with the natural world. In the challenges of today's generations it is vital to reroot society in nature and remember that we are not separate but part of a complex living entity governed by natural processes.
We want to activate your own nature experiences at home and reroot you into this world, while supporting and experiencing rewilding efforts on the frontline of nature conservation.
Day 1 Arrival (29.07.2021)
Spend a relaxing day in Sat Bătrân at your leisure in one of the comfortable local accommodations and explore the traditional agricultural landscape.
The arrival day ensures us that everyone in the group will have recovered from the journey and that we do not need to compromise the program should some participants be delayed.
Meet the group and your guide and have a traditional dinner together in the village.
Day 2 (30.07):
Breakfast in accommodation. Transfer to Tented Camp (comfortable safari-styled tents (two beds each), with kitchen, dry toilet and outdoor shower bucket). Settle into camp and go on a guided nature walk. Dinner in Tented Camp and night walk. Enjoy the campfire afterwards.
Day 3 (31.07):
Early wake up + coffee/tea and light breakfast. Bison tracking with brunch in the morning. Leisure time nad preparations for sleep out. In the evening go on a guided nature walk to a sleep out spot
Its a primitive overnight in nature around a campfire without a tent. You will have dinner and a night walk. Enjoy the campire and the stars at night.
Day 4 (01.08):
Sunrise wake up, and sit-spot with coffee/tea. Have a light breakfast and go on a guided nature walk to the Tented Camp were you will have some leisure time.In the evening go on a guided nature walk. Afterwards dinner, night walk and campfire.
Day 5 (02.08):
Early wake up + coffee/tea and light breakfast. Enjoy a bison ranger experience with brunch afterwards. Pack up and transfer to Sat Bătrân. Coffee and Tea in Sat Bătrân Around 16:00 End of program
The price Includes: local transport (Armenis-Tented Camp & back), local food and chef, guided activities, tented camp accommodation, conservation fees and levies
The price does not include: Alcoholic beverages. Flight costs, Airport Transfers, tourist taxes.
What to bring: We recommend you to dress in layers. Hiking shoes, sun hat, water bottle, daypack, long pants, hat and wool gloves, jacket, raincoat or poncho, sun protection cream, non smelling mosquito/tick repellent and camp shoes (sandals). Binoculars, personal toiletries/medicines and a sense of adventure!
Bringing bison back: The European bison (or wisent) disappeared from Romania about 200 years ago.
Since 2013, Rewilding Europe and WWF Romania have been working together in the Southern Carpathians rewilding area to reintroduce this iconic species.
The first two bison releases took place in 2014 and 2015. The total number of bison in the area, taking into account deaths and births, was 30 by the end of 2017.
Growing community-based enterprises; The economic focus of rewilding efforts in the Tarçu Mountains involves supporting local enterprises and the development of a nature-based economy, with jobs and revenue connected to wild nature.
Supporting future nature entrepreneurs; In and around the Southern Carpathians rewilding area the ongoing bison reintroduction is already having a significant economic and social impact. A refurbished visitor centre in Armeniş now educates people on bison ecology and trophic chains and sells locally produced handicrafts and souvenirs. A refurbished wilderness cabin near Armeniş opened in 2017, with another cabin, two wildlife hides and a larger “hillock retreat” in the village of Plopu all in progress.
As qualified Wilderness Trails Guide with extensive guiding experience in Southern Africa and Romania, Georg brings an international flare and passion to the guiding word in Europe.
Spending the last few years guiding and training in the Tarcu Mountains, he has been instrumental in developing nature based experience in the Bison Hillock region. Originally Georg grew up in Germany and went back after school to become a Safari Guide.
With a love for wilderness turning into a passion for the conservation work around it he has dedicated his time and energy to contributing his share to what he believes to be a global responsibility.
With a special interest in tracking, birding, environmental familiarity and wilderness ecology, the guiding experience is diverse and forward thinking.
"Guiding in the Bison Hillock is a very rewarding task. Not just to be able to show interested people a hint of what a European wilderness may have looked like, but also knowing that every guest is directly benefiting the project and the community. It is especially fascinating to see how the impact of the bison is already sending ripples through the complex web of this wilder ecosystem!"
Georg loves sharing his knowledge, guiding skills and experiences with like-minded people in the wild.
Wildlife Guide, Southern Carpathians