Białowieża Forest


5 days, 4 nights

Group Size

2-8 people


4500 PLN (25% deposit)


Hiking, Talks





Available dates

See below

– old growth, wolves and beavers tour in Białowieża Primeval Forest

The aim of the tour is to share with guests the cutting-edge state of knowledge on European old-growth forest ecology. Guests will learn how to distinguish natural forest processes and use their newly learned knowledge to repair and rewild ecosystems elsewhere in Europe.

  • Hallmarks of a natural forest: Old-growth and how it differs from managed forests.
  • Wolves, bears and lynx: Large carnivores and how they interact with forest species in their natural habitat.
  • The beaver, the riverine ecological engineer: how it shapes river valleys and tree communities.

General daily plan: A mixture of talks and trips into the forest. Talks will involve slide shows with a projector (max 2 hours daily). Trips will involve a walks, bike rides, and drives into the forest, aiming for well-preserved (old-growth) woodland that will demonstrate what is covered in the talks.

Guests should expect plenty of hiking around a landscape that resembles the prehistoric forest that once covered the whole of the central European plain. 

With a PhD carried out at the Mammal Research Institute in Białowieża, I feel I can offer a service other guides cannot. I carried out my PhD research in Białowieża Forest and spent 5 years exploring how large carnivores impact their prey and how this, in turn, can shape species lower down the food chain, such as tree regeneration. During my research I noticed ecological processes here that have gone extinct elsewhere, in more human-dominated landscapes. These tours aim to share what I have learned.

Tours will also include a bison safari, where we search for these megafauna by car and foot (chance of spotting them is very seasonally dependent).

The price for a 5-day tour is 4600 PLN (⁓€1060; no additional fees/taxes). Food and accommodation is included, as is a car transfer from/to Warsaw. A 25% deposit would be required to confirm a booking. Tours can be shortened or extended by a day, depending on the wishes of groups clients, with the price being adjusted accordingly. If guests would like a single room, please add 100 PLN per night.

Day 1

Pick up in Warsaw, transfer to Białowieża

• Pick up from Warsaw (airport or city centre).
• Journey to Białowieża (200 km, ⁓ 4 hours).
• Check into guest house
• Talk (1-2 hours): introduction to the tour and area.
• Trip (if light allows): a short meadow or forest walk.


Day 2

Old-growth forest ecology

• Dawn walk to search for bison
• Breakfast
• Talk: What makes a natural woodland?
• Trip: A 5 hour walk around old-growth forest (with packed lunch)
• Dinner
• Option to meet in café for drinks.


Day 3

Wolves, bears and lynx

• Optional bison safari at dawn
• Breakfast.
• Talk. Wolves bears and lynx
• Trip: A 3-5 hour walk around forest comprising the core-area of a wolf pack’s territory.
• Dinner
• Option to meet in café for drinks.


Day 4

Beavers and their impacts

• Breakfast.
• Talk: Beavers and their impacts.
• Trip: 3-5 hours in beaver habitat.
• Talk. How to use our knowledge of natural forest ecology to repair ecosystems elsewhere.
• Dinner: BBQ & bonfire.
• After food, we have the opportunity to relax by the bonfire and do a short bat survey.


Day 5

• Breakfast at guest house.
• Drive back to Warsaw. Lunch in restaurant on the way.
• Drop off at Warsaw Chopin Airport or City Centre by 14:00.

Accordion Content
  • Good quality binoculars (for up to 5 guests)
  • Airport transfer (only one transfer for the whole group in each direction)
  • Any transport by car around Białowieża Forest
  • Guiding
  • All meals
  • Travel costs to/from Poland
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Alcoholic drinks

Fixed Date Tours


12-16th September

4000 PLN

14-18th November

4000 PLN

You can also request a private tour on a custom date using the form below.

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