Tracking bears in the wild is one of Romania’s unique experiences. But never forget bears are large dangerous natural predators who are not there to pose for you. Romanian bears are cousins of grizzlies, able to move at up to 50kph and perfectly capable of killing you – though bears really want to avoid you not attack you. However, hikers have died in bear attacks in recent years, due to startling animals. So if camping, pitch tents in open spots where bears can see you clearly, and keep rubbish and used sanitary material in sealed bags. And when walking through dense forest, make some noise (talk loudly, whistle, sing) so bears knows you are there.
If hiking mountain trails and high alpine plateau be sure to take all necessary equipment, check weather forecasts
– and carry the telephone number of emergency rescue organisation Salvamont
(0-SALVAMONT) which has 20 countrywide rescue stations.
General safety rules in tackling Romania’s wonderful nature include staying on marked trails where possible, never attempting difficult trails alone, carry good maps, time treks to complete before darkness, wear sturdy shoes and carry sufficient water.
Romanian drivers have a reputation for a haphazard attitude to safety so if you are driving, don't always expect the same standards as you might at home. Note too that the blood-alcohol-limit is zero, so do not drink at all if driving.
The emergency number in Romania is 112.