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Fallow Deers
European Beaver
Ibex
Red Fox
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Big game photo-safari in Central Europe.

Summary and recommendation: Special photography expedition to the world-famous big game areas of Central Europe, with extensions available.

"...Photography is a love affair with life..." (Burk Uzzle)



 
 

Destination countries: Hungary, Romania, Slovenia, Poland. Arrive and depart Budapest.

Next schedule: Upon request, end of September recommended.

Duration: 8 days (but several variation available; see below!)

Price: Ask! Single supplement: TBA. Price includes: accommodations and meals (lunch is typically picnic!), drinking water, vehicle hire with fuel and driver guide, park entrance fees and ranger guides. The price exclude: bank transfer loss, international flight, visa, tips, drinks, personal travel insurance and any other activities of personal request e.g. laundry, toalet fees, phone calls, etc.

Accommodation: Three-star hotels with all rooms en suite.

Numbers: Max. 3 tour participants.

Transport: 4WD.

Description: "..Hungary has always been renowned for it's world-famous big game hunting, so it's not surprising it has supplied world-record trophies for Roe Deer, Red Deer and Fallow Deer. Nowadays the quality of trophies and the number of animals are higher than ever, with stunning herds of up to 1,000 animals providing an entrancing spectacle for big game lovers and photographers alike. Watching the Red Deer rut in September is definitely one of the most fascinating events in the Hungarian natural calendar, together with the annual Crane migration. At the end of the month we will watch Fallow Deer mating and fighting at a time when the natural colours of fall/autumn provide a spellbinding background. This photo-safari is our invitation to the best big game areas in Central Europe. Special extensions are also available to cover an even longer list of European big game in one definitive trip."

Target games: Red Fox, Roe Deer, Red Deer (Stag), Sika Deer, Dybowski Deer, Fallow Deer, Chamois, Mouflon, Wildboar, Brown Bear. Extension: Wolf, Lynx, Alpine Ibex, European Bison, Elk, European Beaver.

Habitats. Hungary: Zala county (Red Deer, Roed Deer, Red Fox), Gyulaj (Fallow Deer), Gemenc (Red Deer, Wild Boar), Uzsapuszta (Mouflon), Fehervarcsurgo (Sika Deer, Dybowski Deer). Romania: Carpathian Range (Wolf, Brown Bear, Chamois). Extension:
Slovenia: Julian Alps (Chamois, Alpine Marmot, European Ibex). Poland: Bielowieza (European Bison, European Beaver), Tatra Mts. (Alpine Marmot, Elk, Chamois).


Sample itinerary:

Day "0": Pre-extensions.

Day 1: Arrive to Budapest. Budapest sightseeing: Aquincum, Margaret Island, Heroes' Square, Andrassy Square, Vaci Street, Castle District, Parliament building, St. Stephen's Basilica.

Day 2: Fehervarcsurgo Game Reserve. This is the only place in Hungary where you can photograph Sika and Dybowsky Deer. The reserve also has many other herds, including Roe and Red Deer, Wild Boar and Mouflon.

Day 3: Visit Uzsapuszta to observe and photograph Mouflon and experience the roaring of Red Deer at dusk during the rut.

Day 4: An early morning excursion to see roaring Red Deer Stags and Mouflon. Then we travel to Zala county to photograph the biggest Red Deer (Stag) population in Hungary. This is where more than 50% of all World-record trophies were shot in Hungary. More Stag roaring at dusk.

Day 5:
Zala county: a full day of photography searching for Red and Roe Deer plus another chance to hear more Stag roaring at dusk.

Day 6: To Gemenc Special Reserve. This ranks as one of the top Big Game Reserves in Europe. The focus of our telephoto lenses will be on Red Deer and Wild Boar today.

Day 7: We visit Gyulaj Special Reserve to photograph the finest Fallow Deer population in the World in magnificent surroundings.

Day 8: To Budapest. En-route we stop at Kiskunsag National Park to watch Great Bustards, Saker Falcon and hopefully some European Common Cranes. Depart.

Extensions:
- Detailed Budapest sightseeing available with excursion to the Danube Bend (Visegrad Royal Palace, Esztergom' Basilica) and Szentendre. Duration on request, 1-2 days recommended.


Black square=Budapest
Yellow dots=trip stations
Please ask for extension maps and details!

 
   



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Roe Deer buck
Red Deer (Stag) bull
Red Deer (Stag) bull
Red Deer (Stag) bull
Mouflon ram
Hiding Red Fox
Red Deers' (Stag) herd
Chamois buck
European Hare
European Badger
Brown Bear with cubs
European Bison family
Fighting Wild Boars
Roe Deer
Golden Jackal
Lynx
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