A real full immersion in relaxing primary ecosystems, in one of the best-preserved forests of the temperate European lowlands. Known worldwide for vast and virgin spaces, it is the ideal nesting ground for 120 species of birds, other than the largest population of the property’s iconic species : the Wisent or European bison (Bison bonasus) Europe’s largest herbivore, elks and red deers. We’ll dedicate as much time as possible to observation and photography, from sunrise to sunset and beyond.
The European oldest and largest area of primary forest includes both conifers and broadleaved trees; it is made up of secular oaks, elms, lime trees and many other varieties. Saved from deforestation and rich in timber, this forest has become home to rare species of birds, hundreds of insects and thousands of mushrooms. It is the natural shelter for elusive mammals such as wolves and lynxes, difficult to depict due to their shyness and suspiciousness. This immense primary forest covers a total area of 141,885 hectares and has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List; it is also recognized by UNESCO as a biosphere reserve.
We will move by 4×4 private car and we’ll be guided by a skilled local guide speaking English. Two days are dedicated to photography from the hides, situated in carefully selected locations and ideally camouflaged; the target species will be the White-Tailed eagles, the largest bird of prex in Poland. Alongside eagles, there are great photographic opportunities with ravens and buzzards; fox shows up quite often. The other days are organized as a safari, with the aim of good encounters with wild mammals and other birds inside the forest.
The group size is limited to max 7 participants, who will be divided into smaller teams. Each team will go to different hides and vehicles. This will give us plenty of space and time to enjoy the encounters and to photograph, making our best with the guidance and assistance of Franco Banfi.
03 – 09 December
ins and outs
We’ll spend three full days on guided jeep safari, looking for bisons and mammals. We’ll walk in the forest and in the grass, taking pictures of the more interesting sightings. The landscape and the forest are very nice and preserved. Two days we will stay in the hides, strategically positioned in the area, professionally furnished (with toilette) and designed for accommodate 3-4 photographers. Hides are used to photograph bird of prey and mammals.
We can count on one of the more skilled and polite local guide to find wildlife. He knows the forest better than any other.
You don’t have to be a professional or semi-professional, but you must love nature and you will enjoy not only to see the bears but also the visit in the Krizna jama cave and the search for wild orchid
Classic tour. 7 days, 6 nights.
Group transfer from/to Warsaw airport and accommodation (230 km, ca. 4h driving), accommodation in hotel, half board (breakfast and dinner) except drinks.
Two full days into the hide, three full days guided jeep safari in the forest and the grass to photograph bison, deer, elk, red fox, birds. Good chance to see wolves.
All activities are depending on weather conditions and will be held by skilled guide.
No more than three/four participants will be contemporary in the same hide and jeep.
Is this trip right for you ?
This trip is perfect for nature’s enthusiasts, suitable for photogra-phers of all levels, preferably equipped with telephoto lenses.
Photography learning and improvement alongside Franco and other participants to grow your skills as the tour progresses, with oppor-tunity to talk about post processing.
We learn by making mistakes and comparing, but doing this close to a professional photographer will allow you to accelerate the evolution of your abilities.
Do you need more information ? Please do not hesitate to contact us to deepen the doubts.