Autumn tour

A 5 days tour to Białowieża Forest & Biebrza Marshes in search of birds and mammals.

The tour consists of visiting two different areas. In Białowieża Forest the tour will focus on the birds of primeval forest. This includes looking for woodpeckers (8 species – inlcuding Three-toed, White-backed, Grey-headed and Black), Pygmy Owl, Nutcracker and Hazel Grouse. Some of migratory birds are still on breeding grounds so we might be able to observe Lesser Spotted and Greater Spotted Eagles, Penduline Tit or Red-backed Shrike. We will also visit Siemianówka Reservoir where waterfowl & waders gather in large numbers.
At the end of the tour we will visit Biebrza Marshes. This is where we will look for Cranes at their roosting site where their numbers exceed hundreds of individuals as well as a dedicated evening Beaver boat trip will be arranged.

During the trip we will also search for mammals like European Bison, Red Deer & Elk (they have rutting season in September), European Beaver and with a bit of luck Wolves.

Bird targets: woodpeckers (Three-toed, White-backed, Grey-headed, Black, Middle-spotted, Lesser-spotted), Pygmy Owl, Hazel Grouse, Nutcracker, Collared Flycatcher, Lesser & Greater Spotted Eagle, Penduline Tit, Eurasian Crane.

Mammal targets: European Bison, Elk, Beaver, Wolf.


DAY 1 (26th Sept)

  • picking up from Warsaw (Warsaw Chopin airport or Warsaw city centre) no later than 11 a.m.
  • journey to Białowieża (ca. 3,5 hours)
  • evening exploration of Białowieża Forest

DAY 2 & 3 (27th & 28th Sept)

  • two days of exploring Białowieża Forest

DAY 4 (29th Sept)

  • morning exploration of Białowieża Forest
  • transfer to Biebrza Marhes (ca. 2 hours) with a stop at Dojlidy or/and Knyszyn Fishponds
  • evening exploration of Biebrza Marshes

DAY 5 (30th Sept)

  • exploration of Biebrza Marshes
  •  journey to Warsaw (ca. 2,5 hours), where the tour ends (Warsaw Chopin airport or Warsaw city centre) around 2 p.m.

What is included in the trip?

  • picking up from and returning to Warsaw
  • everyday transport by car
  • expert guidance by me
  • accomodation in clean, twin rooms with private facilities in owner-run guesthouses in Białowieża Forest (3 nights) and Biebrza Marshes 1 night)
  • meals (breakfasts and dinners as well as packed lunches – first meal lunch on 1st Day, last meal lunch on 5th Day)
  • all entry fees
  • evening boat trip on Biebrza Marshes
  • a visit to the Strict Reserve of Białowieża National Park (UNESCO site) with local, licensed guide

What is not included in the trip?

  • travel costs to/from Poland
  • items of a personal nature
  • personal health insurance covering tour duration (mandatory)


Oliwier Is in the top

Oliwier Is in the top three wildlife guides I have met in fifty years of loving wildlife. In four days we clocked up 82 species!! He really listened to what it was I hoped to see and so often delivered. An example was grass snakes – so rare in the UK He found a beauty for us as our photos prove! The Beaver safari was a particular highlight -we saw 7!! Close up! Oliwier THANK YOU SO MUCH I so hope to come again!

Dr David Unwin
September 2023

Super recommended! We went on

Super recommended! We went on an amazing 5 day journey with Oliwier. Even with covid, some bad weather and the state of emergency with the border Oliwier new exactly what to do and where we can watch wildlife. He has an outstanding knowledge of every corner in Podlaskie and never gives up on finding the most rare birds (he also knows where the best food is!).

Oliwier was very kind to change our schedule at the last minute so our trip won’t be affected by bad weather. With his guidance we found bisons, elks, red deers, roe deers, beavers, otters, rare woodpeckers, cool waders and beautiful raptors. He has a lot of patience and he is very knowledgeable about wildlife, ecology, geography and history.

We definitely recommend him as a guide, we had some wonderful time!

Uri & Jonathan
September 2021

Having thoroughly enjoyed an autumn

Having thoroughly enjoyed an autumn tour with Oliwier visiting Biebrza Marshes and Białowieża Forest I had no hesitation returning for another tour with him, with a different group in spring. These are great places to view wildlife and with Oliwier as our guide we got to see and appreciate a wonderful selection. We certainly made the most of our time with the benefit of his local knowledge and experience of where and when to go looking. Also his exceptional ability to pick out bird calls and impressive spotting skills enabled him to quickly locate and show all of us much we would otherwise have missed. I feel privileged to have had Oliwier as our guide in Poland and it is a pleasure to recommend his services to others considering a visit.

David Jarema
September 2017 & May 2019

Price and number of participants

Price is 930 EUR per person for the trip. Single room supplement is 80 EUR.

Number of participants for this trip: 3-6.


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