You can visit all year round but in winter it can be bitterly cold – particularly in the mountains.

2 recommended wildlife locations. The species listed below are just a selection of those you may see.

Piatra Craiului National Park

Piatra Craiului (King’s Rock) is a prominent mountain range in the Southern Carpathians. The narrow, 25-kilometre long, saw-tooth ridge, which rises to 2,238 metres altitude, is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful parts of the Carpathians. The entire range lies within the national park.

  • Where: Southern Carpathians
  • Ideal for viewing: Brown bear, Wolf, Lynx, Capercaillie, Chamois
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Vehicle safaris, Bear watching, Birdwatching

Tarcu Mountains Reserve

A relatively unknown part of the Southern Carpathians, the Tarcu Mountains are a region of untouched landscape virtually devoid of permanent settlement. Its pristine ecosystems display remarkable biodiversity, and in 2014 witnessed the exciting reintroduction of the European bison.

  • Where: Southern Carpathians
  • Ideal for viewing: Black woodpecker, European bison, Roe deer, Brown bear, Red deer
  • Excellent for: Just Conservation, Walking safaris, Walking with wildlife, Bear watching

2 recommended trips. All our trip ideas are offered to inspire you, but our strength is in tailoring your itinerary.

Rewilding Bison in the Tarcu Mountains Reserve

On 17 May 2014, Europe’s largest living land mammal, the European bison (Bison bonasus), was reintroduced to the Tarcu Mountains in Romania’s Southern Carpathians, after a 200 year absence.

  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
  • Duration exc. international flights: 5 days

Bears in the Carpathian Mountains

This short trip over a long weekend offers the possibility of spotting brown bears and other animals in Piatra Craiului National Park, in the Carpathian Mountains.

  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
  • Duration exc. international flights: 4 days

When to go

You can visit all year round but in winter it can be bitterly cold - particularly in the mountains.

Seasons

  • Spring

    Mar to May: Pleasant with cool nights and mornings, and warm days
  • Summer

    Jun to Aug: Generally hot
  • Autumn

    Sep to Nov: Rainy and cool
  • Winter

    Dec to Feb: Can be cold with snow on the mountains, but dry in the Danube Delta

Wildlife events

  • Mar to May: Springtime bird migration northward
  • Sep to Oct: Birds migrate south to warmer climes

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