Over 70% of the Macedonian territory is mountainous, covered by large forests, high valleys, crystal water lakes and wild rivers running through deep canyons.
Macedonian National parks cover large area of these mountains protecting the untouched wilderness and rich biodiversity. Among others, they are home of the Big Five European mammals: the Bear, the Wolf, the Wild Boar, the Deer and the Lynx. Also, a significant population of endemic wild goat (chamois) – which is crucial for the existence of the endangered Lynx – lives here.
On this expedition you will practically become part of the Rangers team, working with them on surveying, feeding and conservation activities and accomplishing very important tasks for the sustainable existence of the wildlife. You will also learn how to behave in the wilderness, to trace wild animals and to capture their presence. You’ll follow “Leave-no-trace” practices, learning how to minimize human impact in nature. But the greatest attraction will be the real chance to see and observe Bear, Wolf, or if lucky, a Lynx in their natural habitat.
The idea behind this newly-developed tour is for small groups of paying guests to join the park rangers and take part in conservation activities under their direction. These activities will include habitat repair, help with scientific survey work and the construction of some ‘guest amenities’ such as fencing, pathway construction using only natural materials, and related items, which will help the parks to better manage tourism and limit the impact of visitors. These tours will also allow Macedonia’s National Parks to generate an income from responsible tourism that will directly fund their conservation work (all the protected areas in the region are desperately underfunded).
Operator: Balojani DMC