Wolf tracking and watching holiday in Transylvania

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Departure information

This trip has flexible departures between mid January and February
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Responsible tourism

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Environment
We travel in very small groups to minimize the impact of our activities on the wildlife we watch and their environments. Our days are planned carefully to minimize travel while maximizing the chance to see wildlife.

We work with local wildlife researchers to assess the impact of wildlife-related tourism activities on the environment.

We encourage our guests to follow our lead and reduce the amount of litter they produce and to not leave any marks in the areas we visit.

Our office waste paper is reused wherever possible. We have reduced the amount of paperwork generated by our office by switching to online newsletters, booking confirmations etc. We use recycled products wherever possible.

We stay in locally-owned accommodation that use mainly home grown produce, thus contributing to reducing food miles and supporting the local community.

As members of the Association of Ecotourism in Romania we also contribute to the development of responsible travel and nature conservation in Romania.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

We collaborate exclusively with local people and locally owned businesses that employ local people for all the services we provide, thus all the revenues from our tours “stay” locally.

Working with local small-size businesses gives them a fair chance of doing business in a world dominated by big hotels and impersonal services. It also improves our guests’ access to the local culture through their hospitable hosts.

One important characteristic of our tours is authenticity. We have managed to find local collaborators that share our aim of preserving the local values in terms of customs, culture, food etc.

The size of our groups is very small, with a very small impact on the local culture. Our groups average six guests, and many tours operate on a private basis with just two guests. This has much less impact when travelling through rural areas, reducing our environmental and social impact.

On most of the areas we travel to we take the time to visit some of the local traditional craftsmen. This gives our guests the chance to experience first-hand some of the local traditions and, at the same time, provides revenues and emphasis on the importance to preserve these great traditions for the local craftsmen.

Climate

2 Reviews of Wolf tracking and watching holiday in Transylvania

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Reviewed on 17 Feb 2020 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Seeing the wolves was the most memorable part and we felt so lucky to see them on our first day! Marius - our guide on the treks was very knowledgeable and knew the best spots for wildlife watching. To be honest all of the holiday was exciting and memorable. Not only did we see the wolves but we saw other beautiful wildlife. Simona was great and took us on trips every day in between our wolf walks, helping to make the holiday that extra bit special. :-)

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Make sure you take loads of warm clothes and thick socks.
It would help to have snow boots or something similar as the steep mountain sides can get very treacherous. Its not so bad going up, its the coming down that can be a challenge!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I certainly feel that the holiday was put together to help benefit the local people as we stayed in a lovely guesthouse which was selected by Simona for the trip and I can see why. They are the most eco-friendliest guesthouse in the area and all their produce is freshly grown/sourced.
It felt good to be taking part in a trip that involved seeing wildlife in their natural habitat but that also took into consideration the environment and conservation. Sticking to a small group is perfect for the animals and for the overall experience and I feel I left the trip understanding more about wolves. They are protected and this is clear to see. Marius demonstrated the upmost respect for the wolves, which I admired as I respect them too.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


I would rate this holiday 10/10 as we both had the best time and experience, From the warm and welcoming pick up from Dragos, to meeting Mimi and her husband- who made mouth-watering food every day for us, catering for our vegan/vegetarian diets exceptionally well, to Simona taking us on trips daily and to Marius giving us the perfect insight into the idyllic landscape and the wildlife.
One alteration that I can suggest.. Mimi's guesthouse deserves a higher star than a 2.. :-)
Thank you Responsible Travel!
I miss the Carpathian mountains already!

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Thank you Melissa, remember that you are always welcome back!

Reviewed on 06 Feb 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Seeing wolves, lynx and almost a bear.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Make sure you dress in layers as you can get very cold when standing around, but you can also get warm when trekking through the snow. You need a decent level of fitness for the wildlife tracking, otherwise you probably won't enjoy the holiday.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


We definitely felt it supported conservation and we also felt it benefited some local people.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


We absolutely loved it! Spending the time out in the snow-covered mountains tracking the wolves and other wildlife was exhilarating. The guides were also very knowledgeable and happily imparted their knowledge to us. The hostess at our accommodation was very attentive and catered fantastically for our vegan diets.

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