Bear Watching Tour in Tara National Park - 2 days
Get ready for two days of Bear Watching adventure in West Serbia and amazing landscape of the Tara National Park.
The Tara National Park is the beautifull mountainous region of western Serbia that was declared as a National park in 1981.
Known for its beautiful peaks, thick forests, and deep caves, the park's highlight is the massive Drina River Gorge, where rafting and boat trips are organized. Also in its forests are many varieties of wild animals. Waterfalls within the national park are also part of its impressive beauty along the course of mountain rivers and streams.
The area is primarily important as a habitat for large carnivores such as brown bear. The bear is strictly protected wild species and in the park there is the largest population of them in Serbia, with a reproduction center in the country.
Over 80% of Tara NP is under dense forest with more than 1.000 plant species identified by now, including a rare relict and endemic tree species of the Balkan Peninsula, the Pančić Spruce, Serbian spruce (Picea omorica) originating from the Tertiary. Also, Tara Mountain is shelter for over 140 bird species, and 28 species of fish, and 58 mammals species, as well as the largest population of brown bear in Serbia.
In the area of Tara National Park there are 4 bear feeding grounds (used for its supplementary feeding) located 2, 3, 7 or 8 km from the closest settlements. Feeding grounds of bears are located in the Tara forest, equipped with feeder and wooden watching hide (small cottage for few people) with wildlife cameras around the site.
Attractions you will visit during Bear Watching Tour: Tara National Park, The Drina river, Perucac lake, the river "Year", one of the most beautiful vantage points in Serbia - Banjska stena (Banjska Rock), Zaovine lake – a gem of the National Park Tara, Mokra Gora village and ethno wooden town Mecavnik created by a famous Serbian film director Emir Kusturica.
DAY ONE: Departure from Belgrade at 08 am.
Arrival to the starting site between 11:00-11:30am, stop near house in the middle of the Drina river, visit to river 'Vrelo' (also called 'Year' due to total length of 365 m, which in a series of three beautiful waterfalls flowing into the Drina river) and beautifull Perucac lake. Then we will do a soft hiking tour to the one of the most beautiful vantage points in Serbia - Banjska stena (Banjska Rock) where we will enjoy the Drina river canyon view. Lunch is organized in 'Kačara' restaurant in the center of Mitrovac.
Around 5pm departure to bear feeding ground together with Tara National Park rangers. After driving to the location (20 minutes), we take a 30 minutes guided hike through the forest to the one of bear feeding grounds. Before sunset we will check wildlife cameras and look for evidence of the bears presence, tracks and droppings.
Bear watching from 05:30pm 'till 10.00 pm from the shelter. Staying in the bear watching hide in absolute silence (without smoking, mobile phones, toilet etc.).
Dinner will be organized in the shelter. At the end, the final check of wildlife cameras and end of bear watching program. Departure to the accommodation and overnight.
The probability to see a bear is 70%.
DAY TWO: After breakfast, we will visit Zaovine lake – a gem of the National Park Tara (swimming provided if the weather is nice, usually in July and August). After Zaovine lake departure to Mokra Gora and visit to Mecavnik (Wooden Town created by a famous Serbian film director Emir Kusturica). Lunch is organized in unique ambience of ethno wooden town Mecavnik. Departure to Belgrade. Arrival in Belgrade at around 10 pm.
- Who can come along? All adventurers who want a new life adventure and want to see Bear and beautifull Tara national park; prior experience is not necessary.
The programme is particularly suitable for small groups, friends and families.
- Transport: Organized transport from Belgrade (optional another location) and return the starting point
- Food: Lunch (traditional Serbian cuisine) is included in the price, please indicate if you have any special dietary requirements
- Enviromental issues - Please keep your litter with you and throw it away in designated areas or dustbins
- Notes: Depending on the weather, programme schedule is subject to minor changes.
- Patience: During stay in the shelter, a special silence is necessary.
Price per person:
330€ (1 pax), 300€ (2 pax), 270€ (3 pax), 250€ (4-6 pax)
Duration: 2 days
(total 10 hours transfer time)
Departure: 8:00 am
Arrival: 10 pm next day
Pick up: Anywhere in Belgrade
Accommodation - one night in apartments
(2-4 bed room)
Bear watching (multimedia presentation on the protection of bears in NP Tara, our on-ground field vehicles, Tara National Park guides - park rangers escort and stay in the shelter)
Hiking on the Tara Mountain
Visit to Zaovine and Perucac lake
Meals (2 x lunch, 1 x diner, 1 x breakfast)
Entrance to Mecavnik (Wooden town in Mokra Gora village)
Operation months: May - October
Booking required at least 7 days in advance