3 independent reviews for Poland wildlife vacation, birds & mammals

Reviews for Poland wildlife vacation, birds & mammals

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review 14 May 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Realising how silent and still the forest can be at night. The stillness, combined with the darkness and cold of the night made an impresion on me when we were waiting after dusk for badgers to appear from their burrows.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Heed the packing list instructions, they were helpful, but add an eye mask for those who wake up with the sun, it may be an early wake up call in spring and summer :-)

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

I believe so, especially the accommodation in the biebrza marshes. Accommodation and food provision at the HQ of the primeval forest national park was less conscious about environmental impact. I hope that investment in Wild Poland does contribute to overall conservation, considering our guide's passion for it i would say yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Top rating. I loved the focus on learning about different habitats and talking about the history of the land, its people and wildlife. It was not just spotting wildlife and aiming for a tick list.

review 20 Jun 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Mammal sightings: bison, elk and beaver.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Take plenty of insect repellent. The guide thought that MUGGA was the most effective. Also, a tick remover is essential for those ubiquitous ticks.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Staying at local lodges benefits local people. Also, we followed the instructions of the guides when visiting the Forest.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

We enjoyed our trip as local people were welcoming and the guide, Andrzej, was most knowledgeable and driver, Lukaz, competent and safe. The trip, as advertised, went like clockwork and it is our fault for not reading the vacation information more closely as it's a birders' vacation rather than a focus on mammals. It would helpful if the operator could give some guidance on tipping.

review 8 Aug 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Early morning when we saw an Elk very close by. The whole ambience including the mist made the sighting a memorable one.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Be prepared to wake up very early in the morning and stay late at night if you want to see certain species such as the bison and the elk. Wild animals are unpredictable and we were lucky to see the elk the first morning we started to look for them whilst it took us 3 days to finally see the bison.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

To enter certain areas of the parks, one has to pay and also have a special guide, so definitely this helps conservation of the area. The fact that groups are small also reduces the impact on the environment and the places where we stayed all serve local products.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

If I had to rate our vacation on the basis of how professional our guide was, I would definitely give full marks. I am quite a keen birdwatching and has been so for more than 40 years and just the same, I learned a lot from our guide Zuzanna, who is only in her 20s but knows a lot about birds and nature in general. Same thing goes for our driver who was always careful when driving and helped in everyway possible. The only problem was that in both places we stayed, there was no air conditioning and one night, we didn't sleep well because of the heat and considering that we had to wake up early and sleep late, we badly needed to sleep well. Because of this I would rate our vacation 4/5

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