This is our shared day trip to St. Anna Lake and Bears watching. Discover the Volcanic Lake Saint Anna, the Mohos Peat Bog and watch Wild Bears from a safe hide, in a very nice guided program from Brasov.
You’ll be picked up by the guide from any hotel in Brasov and head to Tusnad area, to Saint Anna Lake. you’ll stop to the lake parking.In May – October you can visit also Mohos Peat Bog, a very interesting nature reserve.Then the guide will lead you to an easy-moderate trekking till the volcanic Lake St. Anna and discover the beautiful landscape and nature inside the old volcano crater. The tour continues with a short car transfer to Puturosu Cave, the largest natural gas bath in Europe (sulfur gas). Next will be the lunch, in a small local restaurant, close to the cave.The stars of the day, bears are next stept of the tour. The guide will take you to a professional, safe, hide for bears watching. The bears session last till sunset, then you’ll be dropped off to Brasov and end the tour.*In winter, lunch can be very fast or to go.
Wild Brown Bear, Pygmy Owl, Nutcracker, Crossbill
What is included?
- Pick-up and drop-off at your accommodation in Brasov
- English speaking driver/guide
- Transport by private car / air-conditioned minivan
- Entry fee to Lake St Anna and Mohos Peat Bog
What is not included?
- Any kind of insurance (International Medical, Travel or Goods)
- Food and drinks, unless specified
- Other personal expenses
We have a team of professional birding guides with experience in this domain since 2004. We have local guides from the Danube Delta and Dobrudja, they know the places very well, where and when to search for specific target species. We have very good accommodation and meals on all our programs All our boats and cars are safe, very well technical fitted. We have original programs, created and developed by us. Our programs have a fixed price (no hidden charges). We are constantly on the field, we know what changes every day, where birds and animals are. More then Birds, our guides can help you to discover also beautiful landscapes, mammals, insects and plants (wildflowers).
Personal equipment required Bring a small backpack, a sandwich, and water Hiking shoes Clothing according to weather conditions
The Mohos Peat Bog is situated in the northern crater of Mount Csomad (the southern one hosting Lake Saint Anne), at the southern extremity of the Hargita volcanic mountain range. At 1050 m above sea level, the peat bog is one of the most important botanic nature reserves in Romania. It is part of the Mohos Nature reserve. The Mohos peat bog is famous for its ice-age relict plants. Moreover, complex zoological surveys have proved that the area is interesting not only from a botanic but also from a zoological point of view, being the habitat of a number of rare arthropods.
Lake Saint Anna is one of the most magnificent natural treasures of Romania, the only volcano lake in Central and Eastern Europe, formed in the bottom of the Ciomatu Massif southern crater. Near the lake, in the northern crater, the Mohos peat bog is, where rare Ice Age relic plants are located. Both sights are part of the Mohos Nature Reserve. The area of the craters is protected, being included in the Natura 2000 network. The flora and fauna of the Lake are rather poor, which is due to the reduced mineral content. But the grass snake, warty newt, ranatra linearis and some species of inferior Crustaceans found the perfect habitat in the sludgy reed of the lakeshore. The brown bullhead is not native of this region, but it is the result of artificial breeding. The surroundings are famous for the quite frequent visits of the bears from the surrounding woods. The bears got used to tourists, so, they are brave and come close to the campings or even people. This is why late-night walks are not recommended. The nutrient-poor soil is strongly acidic (PH 3,8-4,1). This is all due to the four Pleistocene eruptions, which resulted in the formation of Tundra flora. These flora relicts can be depicted even in the present times. Due to the existence of several particular flora species, the peat bogs were declared a flora reserve and a natural monument. On the carpet of moss (Sphagnum), there are several relict plant species such as the small bur-reed (Sparganium minimum), Reed Bent-Grass (Calamagrostis neglecta), moor grass (Eriophorum gracile), species of the insectivorous plant commonly known as the “Sundews” (Drosera obovata, Drosera rotundifolia), bushes of bog rosemary (Andromeda polifolia), of blueberries (Vaccinium axycoccos). The vegetation is completed with downy birch species (Betula pubescens) and dwarf birch (Betula nana), dwarf pine (Pinus silvestris), their heights being generally inversely proportional to the layer of peat on which they strive to maintain balance. It can only be visited with a guide and only on marked trails and bridges made of wood. It can be dangerous to step out of the trails. There is a tricky soil that, in some places, can be very soft and can act like quicksand.
The Mohos Swamp is famous for its ice-age relict plants. Moreover, specialists have proved that the area is interesting not only from a botanic, but also from a zoological point of view, being the habitat of a number of rare arthropods.
It is the best option in the area, a professional hide where you’ll watch the bears through one-direction glass (the animals can not see you so the stress over bears is minimum). In winter, warm clothes are required.