Bialowieza Forest
Bialowieza Forest
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Nic B
London, UK20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Bialowieza Forest

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We drove to Bialowieza and stayed in Wejmutka, a very good value hotel which has the appearance of an old hunting lodge. It has a kitchen you can cook in but no meals are served. There is a shop about 400m away which is opposite a good restaurant called Fanaberia.
We had gone to the area to visit the Bialowieza National Park and hopefully see some bison. We used the Bialowieza National Park website which has useful information and a list of licensed guides - you need one to enter the protected area. The museum/tourist office does not book the guides for you: they have the same list which is on the website and it is up to you to find one that will be available. We called a few in the morning and got lucky : one was free at 2pm called Renata Krzysciak-Kosinska. She said we would be unlikely to see any bison ( they are around at dawn and dusk) but took we decided we didn't mind. We had a 4 hour walking tour with her in the forest (600 PZL between 5 of us) and it was absolutely fascinating. Her knowledge about the flora and fauna and history of the primeval forest was extensive and the time flew by. Her English was very good too. We may drop in to the bison breeding centre on our way out tomorrow but these are bison in captivity.
Written 15 June 2023
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nidriks
Dorset, UK168 contributions
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Feb 2022
I visited Bialowieza forest and village many, many years ago in the mid 90s (I had to lie in the "when did you go" section). I remember it as a truly beautiful place. I was lucky enough to be able to roam the forest preserve because I was there as an educational connection. The forest is like something out of another world and whilst most people might not be as lucky as I was there are still tours that allow you to see the forest.

The whole areas is incredibly beautiful. Bialowieza village has a charm of its own and the surrounding villages too. In the 90s it was a bit of a challenge to get to. I'm sure that is very different now.

If you ever get the oppurtunity to visit Bialowieza then you should do it.

I plan to travel again and Bialowieza is on my list.
Written 6 January 2023
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T0urist7
Warsaw, Poland1,410 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
A few hints when visiting Bialowieza; I don find bison reservations very exciting. It looks like a big zoo. The Bialowieza National Park is a a truly natural forest but f you are brought up in a big city, just like me, without a guide you are not be able to see 10% of the most fascinating examples of wild nature. I recommend you to plan a minimum 5-hours guided tour. You might need a special outfit to explore swampy areas. Some guides will provide you with it. If you are not seem very enthusiastic about exploring swampy area it is worth considering a trip in a horse-drawn carriage, which is not that expensive.
Written 14 July 2019
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T0urist7
Warsaw, Poland1,410 contributions
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Aug 2018 • Couples
The Bialowieza National Park is a natural wonder on the border between Western Europe and Belarus. it is a truly natural forest. If you are brought up in a big city, just like me, without a guide you are not be able to see 10% of the most fascinating examples of fauna and flora. I recommend you to plan a minimum 5-hours guided walk. You need a special outfit to explore swampy areas. Some guides will provide you with it. For the more lazy tourist it is worth considering a trip in a horse-drawn carriage, which is not that expensive.
Written 14 July 2019
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Richard M
Vancouver, WA161 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
We visited the Belarus side under their Visa Free program. It is complicated but quite manageable. The forest itself is very beautiful, but not a whole lot different than what we have in the Pacific NW. The bike paths are paved, but not well signed. Follow the blue or red bike path signs using a map. You not not find directional signs in English. The rest stop only took Belarus money.
Written 2 July 2019
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WanderingEnglishTeacher
33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Solo
I had wanted to visit the forest for many years and I wasn't disappointed at all.
If you love forests, this one is special beyond words. I will return, again and again.
Barbara does a great tour in English- she studied forestry and really knows her stuff.
Stay in the village if you can. Staying in Hajnowka and using the busses means that you won't be able to get to the forest in time for the early morning bison tour.
Written 5 June 2019
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malgo
Brussels, Belgium181 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
Great place to feel and see nature at its best. Well planned bike routes that take you out of main tracks.
Written 10 May 2019
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Martin J
Warsaw, Poland683 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
Came here for a quick visit to see the bison as we didn’t manage to see them I the wild. Nice place to stroll around in and learn about the bialowiesza and bisons amongst other animals.
Written 7 April 2019
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Robert T
Westcliff-on-Sea, UK130 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
We visited with a guide from Pygmy Owl Tours. During our three hour tour, we walked continuously through forest and came across other people only two or three times. We were very lucky to see woodpeckers close up and a group of four bison. Trees in frozen water looked like a scene from Lord of the Rings - outstandingly beautiful. Many of the trees are very tall and tower above you. It was a magical experience.
Written 15 March 2019
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Alda Ferro
Lisbon, Portugal15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Friends
A beautifully place to visit and made an encounter with nature and soul. With nice restaurants to eat warm typical food and local drinks. Nice small village with some old buildings well recovered and two churches, a museum and an art gallery from a local artist, very interesting. A must see, for sure.
Written 30 December 2018
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