Bulgaria is blessed to be among the countries with one of the most diverse ecosystems in Europe. What is more, Bulgaria is among the European countries with a very large population of brown bears. There are between 400-700 brown bears in the country and their densest populations are in the Central Balkans and the Central Rhodope mountains. Research of the region of Trigrad, Devin and Shiroka Luka shows that it is inhabited by around 40-70 bears. The forests near the Rhodope town of Devin offer you the unique opportunity to observe brown bears in their natural habitat! Read on to learn more about the rental of a brown bear photo hide near Devin.
There are several Brown bear observation hides in the area of Devin that can be used from late April until mid-October. Each hide can accommodate up to 4 persons and the chances of spotting a bear are above 70%! Note that the hides are not specifically designed for photographing bears but for wildlife observation. In addition to brown bears, you can also observe wild boars, Red deer, and Roe deer. Taking pictures is possible, however, the resulting image may not meet the expected quality (due to factors like the monochrome background, etc.) The hide with the highest probability of bear sightings for the current date will be used. All hides are equipped with benches, beds and toilets. They are soundproof and safe.
> Group size: maximum 4 persons
> With the booking we do not provide food or drinks. Please bring enough food and water to last you for the day.
> Please consider the wildlife and the environment, and behave responsibly! Do not leave any litter in or out of the hide!
Transportation to the hides
Pick-ups from Devin are in the afternoon. You will receive the precise pick-up hour after your booking is confirmed. The hides are reached by 4×4 vehicles. Some hides may require an additional 10-15 minute walk to be reached. Your local guide will accompany you to the exact location of the hide. The stay in the hide could last until you get tired but usually ends around 10 PM. If you need transfers from Sofia to Devin, you can either contact us on email@example.com (we can only offer such service upon availability) OR book our 5-day Brown Bear Viewing tour HERE.
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The brown bear photo hides near Devin can be rented after 25th of April until mid-October
Price for rent of the hide (per day): 150 euro
Group size: maximum 4 persons
Included in the price:
> Wildlife observation hide rental.
> Local guide throughout the trip.
> Pick-up and drop-off from/to your accommodation in Devin.
> Traventuria is not liable for any personal accident and or injury during the photography tour.
> Traventuria is not liable for any loss and/or damage to personal items/equipment during the photography tour.
> Whilst every effort is made to ensure a visit by the bears, they are completely wild and so we can never guarantee this. Weather conditions may influence the bear watching to a great extent too.
By choosing to visit the Devin region, you contribute to developing sustainable tourism in the Western Rhodope region. The delicate balance between the local community and the presence of animals, such as brown bears and grey wolves benefits from ecotourism revenue, making a positive eco-social impact!