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Travel Carpathia: Wildlife Watching, Ecotourism and Conservation

Mar 28, 2023

About Travel Carpathia

Welcome to Travel Carpathia! An ecotourism programme developed by Foundation Conservation Carpathia that aims to promote conservation projects in the stunning Carpathian Mountains of Romania. We offer wildlife watching tours, wilderness expeditions, tailor-made itineraries and much more. By choosing us, you’re supporting the conservation work of the foundation. All of our profits go towards funding the foundation’s efforts to create Europe’s largest forest wilderness National Park in the Romanian Făgăraș Mountains. This will be a complete and self-sustaining ecosystem, which benefits nature and people whilst mitigating climate change. 

Together, we aim to create a new, non-destructive economy for the benefit of biodiversity as well as the local communities. We’re developing Conservation Enterprise examples in and around the Făgăraș Mountains. We are working closely with the local residents in order to achieve this. Our ultimate goal is to establish a world-class protected wilderness in the Southern Romanian Carpathians. This will be an icon for conservation in Europe, and a new emblematic National Park that will benefit everyone.

man photographing a bear from inside Bunea wildlife watching hide
Foto: Daniel Mirlea

The Carpathian Mountains form some of the largest contiguous forests in Europe. They are home to an extraordinarily high number of species, including many indigenous ones. Also here, you can find the largest European populations of large carnivores.

Unfortunately, in 2005, the restitution of formerly nationalised forests to private owners triggered massive clear-cuts on these lands. This poses a severe threat to the Carpathian ecosystem. Foundation Conservation Carpathia was founded in 2009 by 12 philanthropists and conservationists. The foundation aims to stop this illegal logging and protect a significant surface of Carpathian forests, in the form of a completely protected area for future generations.

Travel Carpathia’s Offerings

Travel Carpathia offers visitors a unique opportunity to experience the beauty of the Carpathian Mountains while supporting conservation efforts. The programme provides various forms of eco-friendly accommodation and adventure activities, including wildlife watching, wilderness expeditions, and tailor-made itineraries. Whether you want to stay in our eco-friendly hides, at our Biodiversity Farm in Cobor, or go on a wilderness adventure, there is a once-in-a-lifetime experience waiting for you.

Our Wildlife Watching Hides

Experience the Carpathians’ incredible wildlife at the Bunea and Comisu wildlife observation hides! Enjoy wildlife watching from the safety of the hides. They offer an exclusive opportunity to witness wild wolves, bears, lynx, red deer, roe deer, and the newly reintroduced European bison.

Bunea wildlife watching hide

The Bunea wildlife watching hide is an eco-friendly cabin nestled in the Făgăraș Mountains. It is surrounded by lush forests and overlooks the Pecineagu Lake. This is a premium all-inclusive experience, representing the perfect blend of comfort and pristine nature. Here, you’ll have the chance to reconnect with nature and explore the wilderness like never before.

A candlelight dinner at Bunea Premium Wildlife Watching Hide in the Romanian Carpathian Mountains
Foto: Daniel Mirlea

In the enchanting ambiance of the evening, treat yourself to an exquisite candlelit gourmet dinner made from local, organic ingredients and top-notch Romanian organic wines. Indulge in a truly unforgettable dining experience.

Comisu wildlife watching hides

The Comisu wildlife watching hides offer a unique mountaineering experience with rustic, yet comfortable, accommodation and breathtaking views at 1600 m. Hike through the unspoiled parts of the Făgăraș Mountains and watch wildlife from our lovely wooden hides. You’ll be perfectly positioned to soak up the magnificent sunset views of the Piatra Craiului, Făgăraș, and Iezer-Păpușa Mountains. After a day of exploring, savour a delicious home-cooked dinner and a refreshing beer before settling in for an evening of storytelling and making memories that will last a lifetime.

Regardless of which one of our wildlife observation tours you choose, your stay includes off-road transportation through the Dâmbovița Valley. Also, the guidance of expert, licensed wildlife guides who are passionate about the area’s flora and fauna.

Don’t forget to stay quiet at dawn and dusk for the best wildlife sightings!

Cobor Biodiversity Farm

Discover the beauty of Cobor Biodiversity Farm, located in the heart of southern Transylvania, surrounded by beautiful meadows and pastures. This area boasts one of the last remaining ecologically intact areas in Europe, making it a haven for nature lovers. Whether you’re looking to explore the natural beauty of the area or seeking a warm and welcoming community, Cobor has something for everyone. Immerse yourself in the serene surroundings of meadows, pastures, and oak forests. All while enjoying the abundant birdlife and rare Transylvanian Grey Cattle.

In 2007, Markus F. Jebsen began acquiring agricultural land in and around Cobor. He purchased nearly 500 hectares of land that had been left unused by previous owners who had gone from the village. Additionally, he acquired several abandoned houses that had been deteriorating for over 20 years. One of these houses has been renovated into a charming guesthouse.

image of Cobor biodiversity farm showing the seminar building, the farm logo and a stone wall plus a wooden gate during sunset

In 2016, Markus generously donated all of his land and houses, along with 1,000 hectares of forest in the Făgăraș Mountains, to Foundation Conservation Carpathia.

Between 2016 and 2018, the Swiss Temperatio Foundation awarded two grants to Foundation Conservation Carpathia to develop the land and houses into a functioning biodiversity farm. Today, this farm stands as a successful example of a Conservation Enterprise that balances community development with environmental preservation.

This 500-hectare farm offers high nature value grasslands, organic farming, and sustainable tourism. Stay in one of our charming guesthouses and enjoy delicious organic meals made with locally sourced ingredients. Explore the natural surroundings or participate in our activities.

Book your stay today and experience the perfect blend of nature and comfort!

Rare Transylvanian grey cattle with long horns, on Cobor Biodiversity Farm in Romania

Plan Your Visit to Romania

If you are planning to travel to Romania, make sure to include Travel Carpathia in your itinerary. Disconnect from the hustle and bustle of city life. Discover the pure wilderness of the Carpathians, where mountains of stunning beauty, surrounded by lush forests, create a unique experience. You can also choose to have an amazing Transylvanian farm experience.

Moreover, by booking a conservation journey through Travel Carpathia, you can contribute to the protection of the Carpathian Mountains. You also help support a sustainable economy in the region, and a truly responsible tourism model.