Romania: Wilderness trail

A unique and immersive wilderness experience in the bison rewilding landscape of Magura Zimbrilor, Romania.

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, Wifi 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.

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.  

Tracking, birding, reconnecting, feeling, enjoying.

DAY TO DAY PROGRAM

Day 1 Arrival (27.08.2021)

Meet guide and group in Sat Batran in the Armenis Commune, transfer to drop-off point. Guided nature walk with packed lunch. Dinner around the campfire. Short night walk . Sleep out around campfire with night watches.

Day 2 (28.08): 

Coffee/tea and light breakfast. Guided nature walk with packed lunch. Leisure time. Dinner around the campfire. Short night walk. Sleep out around campfire with night watches

Day 3 (29.07):

Early wake up + coffee/tea and light breakfast. Guided nature walk with packed lunch.  Leisure time. Dinner around the campfire. Short night walk. Sleep out around campfire with night watches

Day 4 (30.08):

Sunrise wake up, and sit-spot with coffee/tea. Have a light breakfast and go on a guided nature walk . Afterwards you will have some leisure time. In the evening go on a guided nature walk to the pick-up spot in valley. Arrival at a comfortable hunter’s cabin in Rusca where you will have some leisure time. Hosted dinner in cabin and then visit  a wildlife hide. Comfortable overnight in the cabin. 

Day 5 (31.08):

Early wake up + coffee/tea and light breakfast. Enjoy walking a guided chamois trail with brunch afterwards. Pack up and transfer to Sat Bătrân. Coffee and Tea in Sat Bătrân Around 15:00 End of program


TRIP DETAILS

  • Days: 5days / 4 nights
  • When: 27 to 31 August 2021
  • Accommodation: Bivouac and cabin
  • Guides: Matei and Georg 
  • How to get there: Closest airport is Timisoara Airport. You can rent a car from the airport for an easy 3 hr drive to the town of Armenis, or request to book a transfer from/to the airport with us. You can also reach Timisoara by train.
  • Languages: English and Romanian

 

PRICES

  • Price per person: 745 Euro
  • Transfers to/from Timisoara airport ort trainstation: €180 per car, both ways (max 3 people incl luggage)

The price Includes: local transport (Armenis- Camp & back), full board local food, guided activities, accommodation, conservation fees and levies

The price does not include: Alcoholic beverages. Flight costs, Airport Transfers, tourist taxes, extra trail food

 

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.

We will provide: Bivouac, tarp, individual food packs (packed local food for main meals during trail), cooking utensils, water.

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. 


OUR RESPONSIBILITY

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. 

Read more about our work in the Southern Carpathians in Rewilding Europe.

CONTACT OUR SAFARI EXPERTS


Aukje Van Gerven and

Irene Fernandez

OUR LOCAL PARTNER

Meet Georg

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.

Georg Messerer
Wildlife Guide, Southern Carpathians