Balkan Lynx wildlife conservation vacation in Montenegro
A unique chance to join a scientific expedition to the Montenegro mountains, researching wildlife, including endangered lynx, recording data, hiking and living amongst nature.
Podgorica Market visit Prokletije National Park Rozaje in Haila mountains Four to six hours hiking per day Scientific research Record sightings and prints Fit and retrieve camera traps Free time each late afternoon All meals and transfers included Mountain and scientific guides
2000 excluding flights
Group size: 6 min 9 max | Comfort: Shepherds houses (katuns), wooden bungalows, mid-range hotels | Fitness level required: very good | Small group: if only 5 participants supplement of 200 euros p.p
Description of Balkan Lynx wildlife conservation vacation in Montenegro
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1 Reviews of Balkan Lynx wildlife conservation vacation in Montenegro
5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 28 Jun 2018 by Cathy Bisset
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
It is really almost impossible to narrow this down, every day was an adventure for our expedition. The scenery was fantastic we had great, mountain
climbing and also traveling between the two locations provided an opportunity for down time and an opportunity to the enjoy the wonderful scenery from
the comfort of our bus. Florian who was our guide and an expert in conservation is a wonderful guide and was there for us everyday, we also had 2 local guides, Azad and Enza who helped us keep safe and happy. There were many opportunities to take photographs of the stunning landscape, flowers,
insects, reptiles and birds. Great hospitality where ever we went. Beautiful weather and great accommodation.
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
Take a good pair of binoculars, be prepared to take a lot of photographs. The expedition was a very small there was only 5 of us but Florian, our guide was very good at bringing everyone together. Read all the information and advice provided for this expedition prior to travel.
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
I definitely feel that by going on vacation with this operator could help to raise the profile of the lynx in the Balkans and that local business could benefit for the expedition using their facilities. On the expedition we all picked up litter and all we took away us was photographs and good memories. We kept to the trials and we did not do anything to destroy or disturb the local habitat as far as I know. I feel strongly that this type of tourism can encourage countries that it is worthwhile to save natural habitats and their inhabitants.
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?
Very satisfying and fulfilling. A beautiful experience to see this part of Europe, it was good to get into the remote mountainous areas, but we also spent 2 nights in Podgorica when we went out for a meal and a wander around the city and even saw a tortoise roaming free near the hotel. I would definitely recommend this vacation, it was only 10 days and went in really quickly, but in this we managed to pack in a lot of activities, as well as climbing, we looked for
tracks and checked the cameras to see what animals have been captured on film. Downside was it went in so quickly.
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetThe Balkan lynx went missing in the 1990s, then some research traced the lynx again in the early 2000s. Today about fifty individuals lynx inhabit the territory of the Dinaric Alps. The The Prokletije National Park, created in 2009, aims primarily to protect its ecosystem, but today it has little technical and human means to carry out inventories of flora and fauna, and this is the reason why we and Objectives International Science decided to unite their knowledge and competencies to develop this scientific research. This expedition will therefore have a direct positive impact on the preservation of the wildlife.
Our expedition mountain guide is local to the region and is personally selected for his specific knowledge of the area's flora and fauna. They are passionate about the environment and ensure that guests follow the simple principal of leave no trace, only footprints. Our staff monitor this area regularly to maintain paths, trail markers and remove refuse.
As with all of our tours, we give 5% of our profits to sponsor environmental programs within Montenegro in line with the priorities set by the ministry of sustainable tourism. Travel with us also helps support our non-profit NGO Zero Waste Montenegro.
PeopleBy traveling with us you will ensure ongoing economic benefits, alternative employment and income opportunities for local people and businesses.
As this itinerary includes travel through remote and economically undeveloped regions of the country it provides an excellent opportunity for unique interactions between visitors and the local people, but also is a great source of enhancement to the local economy.
This expedition is being run in close partnership with Prokletje National Park. Our mountain guide comes from the local community. We will stay at local katuns at night which provide support to the park and also local families. Most of our meals will be taken in sheepholds where local farmers will be preparing our breakfasts and dinners. Most of our take-away lunches will also be prepared by the local community.
Tourism also helps to raise local awareness of the financial value of natural and cultural sites. It can stimulate a feeling of pride in local and national heritage as well as an interest in its conservation, especially in the area of the newest National Park of Montenegro Prokletije.