Visit Macedonia’s most spectacular, unspoiled wilderness National Parks and join Park Rangers to view, record and preserve some of Europe’s last truly wild populations of Bear, Lynx, Deer, Wolf and Boar. Became part of the Rangers team, work with them on survey, feeding and conservation activities, accomplishing very important tasks for the sustainable existence of the wildlife. Also, learn how to behave in the wilderness, to track wild animals and to capture evidence of their presence.
But the greatest attraction will be the real chance to see and observe Bear, Wolf, or if lucky, a Lynx in their natural habitat. On Lake Ohrid – follow the Hydrobiogical Institute scientists on their research boat and participate in lake protection practices, like taking water samples from the lake depths for a regular control and scientific purposes, or catching, monitoring and release of the endemic Ohrid trout.
Day 1: Introduction and acclimatization – Skopje
Your adventure begins at Skopje Airport, with a warm welcome by our agency’s staff. After a brief introduction and orientation presentation at the hotel, our guide will take the group at the city center and the old town core, on a sightseeing tour and dinner.
Day 2: Wild goat & dear conservation survey – Mavrovo National Park:
Join the park Rangers and attend to the seasonal conservation operations at the Dear Reproduction Center. Continue on a 4×4 Jeep safari to the wild goat habitat area of the park, to leave salt licks and mineral tablets for the goats, a vital supplement to their diet in this period of the year.
Day 3: Brown bear tracking – Mavrovo National Park
Early departure for bear viewing trek led by Mavrovo National Park Rangers, look for evidence of the bears, tracks and scat and observe the caves entrances, to eventualy spot bears. Attend to the daily conservation activities and learn about the sustainable use of forestry products by the park’s bio-engineer. Evening drive to the hides for a night bear watch activities.
Day 4: Lake Ohrid (UNESCO) Conservation survey:
Follow the Hydrobiological Institute’s scientific team to explore the lake. Participate in lake protection practices, like taking water samples from the lake depths or help with the catching, monitoring and restocking of the endemic Ohrid trout. Learn about the “Ohrid Pearl”, a unique type of jewelry made of lake fish scales.
Day 5: Wetland bird watch & Brown bear watch:
Sail across Lake Prespa on a Pelicans watching tour, visiting Golem Grad Island and Ezerani bird reserve. Hike with Pelister National Park Rangers to the viewing hide, stalking, tracking and keeping noise to a minimum. Once in the hide we will maintain a silent vigil (with hot drinks and snacks), our best chance to see the Dinaric Pindus Brown Bear in the wild.
Day 6: Brown bear tracking & Rural experience:
Early morning bear viewing trek lead by Pelister National Park Rangers, stalking and tracking along the most frequently used ‘bear trails’. With luck we may be able to see some of the bears as the sun rises. Learn about the rural life, meet the locals and visit a local family to taste real natural domestic food and drinks.
Day 7: Rare Molika Pine conservation survey – Pelister National Park:
Became part of the Park’s conservation team and participate in the seasonal activities to protect the park’s rare fauna. Get familiar with the main attributes of mount Pelister: The glacier “stone rivers” and the rare prehistoric type of pine, Pinus Peuce (Molika Pine). Visit of the local beekeeper’s plant and learm about the ways to protect bee hives from bear raids.
Day 8: Farewell day – Skopje
The adventure ends with a drop on the airport. Our guide will assist for checking in and farewell the guests.