Destination: Tatra Mountains, Slovakia
Duration: 8 days
Dates: 10th Feb - 17th Feb
Group Size 5-8 people: SPACES AVAILABLE
Cost: €1495 / 1295 sterling pp
Looking for a new challenge or just want to escape the daily grind? European walking safari is here to help you unleash your inner winter adventurer. Our team of experienced outdoors people have scoured Europe to bring you the most exciting and challenging trails and this is truly the trip of a lifetime immersed in Slovakia's winter wilderness. Snow cover and winter conditions not only offer the best viewing possibilities for wildlife but also allow us a unique and intimate opportunity to trail right behind Europe’s top predators the Grey wolf and European lynx.
Being both soft footed animals their trails are tough to follow for most of the year. However in snow their secret lives are revealed before our eyes. Deep ecology can be observed such as kill sites, denning areas, group dynamics and interspecies connections and at the end of the trail is the opportunity to see the animal itself.
On this 8 day trip safari guide Kristian de la Riva and wolf biologist Robin Ring will take you adventuring on show-shoes into the heartland of the mountain forests to not only trail Europes top predators but also to experience the dynamism of an intact ecosystem that also contains that the mighty European brown bear, red deer, wild boar and many more species. All this animal life is supported by the complex forest mosaic. On this trip we will also learn about the interconnectedness of such an ecosystem and via the art of tracking and trailing we will begin to build a stronger connection to the natural world around us. It's powerful stuff!
Accommodation is situated in a mountain village at the foothills of the Tatra's. Enjoy home cooked meals upon return after a full day snow hiking. If weather permits 1/2 nights will be spent camping out in the white wilderness itself.
· Snow track wolf, Lynx and Brown bear
· Learn about the stars, the soil and understand the processes that underpin the ecology of any natural habitat.
· Sleepouts and cooking around camp fires in the snow (weather permitting)
· Assist in crucial conservation research centred around predator populations. We will snowtrack wolves and lynx using GPS to monitor predator distribution patterns. This contributes to essential ongoing research that informs species protection programs across Europe.
· Experience the intimacy of nature in solo sit spot sessions and connect to nature in a way you may have thought was not possible.
· After a days tracking we return to the forest Lodge to warm up with home cooked food!
This trip is based on walking and Ski shoe-ing within remote wilderness areas so a good level of fitness is required. Wild camping is also scheduled on the itinerary however this is not a bushcraft experience rather an engagement with natures intricate networks and your own relationship to it.
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