Libearty Bear Sanctuary Zarnesti

Libearty Bear Sanctuary Zarnesti

Libearty Bear Sanctuary Zarnesti
4.5
9:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Friday
9:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 10:45 AM
About
Libearty Bear Sanctuary is the biggest brown bear sanctuary from Europeand has the largest surface in the world. Here, 75 bears found a nice home in this 5 stars welfare facility. Here you can see happy bears in their natural environment, after a bad life in circuses and zoo cages. The tours are guided by trained animal welfare experts and the visitors can see brown bears really close.
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  • Explore207226
    London, United Kingdom78 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highly recommended
    We have an ace time at this Sanctuary, we purchased tickets on line and got a Bolt from Brasov which took around 35/40 minutes drive. The sanctuary is on top of a hill with a gravel road leading to it. The Bolt driver drove us straight to the top. Learnt a lot about the bears and saw so many of them. Bears galore. The guide told us the background stories of some of the bears that had been rescued. The tour is around one hour duration. There is a snack shop and toilets at the venue but you can’t access them whilst on the tour. It is the largest European bear sanctuary in the world. On the way back, we ordered a bolt but the driver refused to drive up the hill and asked us to walk down to the road which would have taken about 20/25 minutes in the scorching sun. There are lots of dogs on the way down which have reportedly bitten people at times. We asked the sanctuary staff for help , they were very friendly and spoke to some other people who were driving in their own cars and very kindly agreed to give us a lift down the hill to the road. Once on the road it was very easy to pick up a bolt to take us back to Brasov. The bolt price was around £35:00 in total for round trip which is a lot cheaper than purchasing an escorted tour to the sanctuary. Even cheaper if you are travelling in a group and can share the bolt cost. Go and see the bears you won’t be disappointed.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 13 July 2023
  • Oscardog16
    Adelaide, Australia1,943 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Accept the sanctuary for what it is: A retirement home for endangered or mis- treated, bears and other animals.
    As at August 2023, they had 119 bears. They are not all on show because they are living in large, fenced enclosures within a forest area. It is certainly not a zoo. The bears are not on display throughout the day. They only come out of the forest to receive supplementary food, hence the closing time of 11.00 am. You would not see the bears after that time, because the food is dispensed in the morning. There is plenty of free parking at the sanctuary and toilets before entering the park. Leave plenty of time to slowly drive approximately 3 kms on the gravel access road. Overall, we saw and learnt a bit about brown bears and their previous abuse. Now they have a happy life (unfortunately they can’t be returned to the wild) and may live to 40 years in the sanctuary compared to 25 years in the wild.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 12 August 2023
  • Anfalas
    Martin, Slovakia41 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the best experience in Romania
    Absolutely thriling experience. Must go to place if you are nearby. Keep in mind, that this is rescue station not a ZOO! Tour takes up to 45 minutes. Guide (Valentin) was absolute gem. Well experienced, sweet and spoke English very well. We got a story to every bear we saw, how they end up there and how old they are. There was time for question of your own aswell. Final part to destination is on unpaved road (cca 10min), but nothing u can't handle as a driver. At the end there is free parking area. Definitely recommend
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 August 2023
  • robbycox
    Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom1,562 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visit the sanctuary and learn about bears!
    We visited the Bear sanctuary on our second day in Romania, whilst we had a private taxi there, there’s plenty of parking if you are driving so finding a space shouldn’t be a problem at all. Probably advisable to pre-book your tickets to ensure you get access as we were the first group in for the day but it was quite busy when we left. Maria, our guide, was awesome. Clearly passionate and knowledgeable about the bears and her love of them shines through as she guides you round the sanctuary. She literally knows and can name every single one of them! There’s so much good to learn about these bears but also so much bad. The Good – they all have their own characters and foibles, their own charming and endearing ways about them. And that they are now safe from harm in the sanctuary is fantastic. The Bad – Well, it’s humans really. And how they punished and abused these majestic creatures. Many heart-breaking stories of how they suffered before finding sanctuary. Even though some of the information is so sad to hear its important we listen and educate future generations in an attempt to stop it repeating again and again. Our trip there lasted about an hour and a half, the pathways are large gravels roads and in places can be quite steep but it’s well worth a visit as to see the bears so closely is inspiring, we were lucky as some of the bears heard their food truck and about 20 of them appeared out of the woods. 20 brown bears all in one place really is quite a sight I will never forget. Thank you Maria and Thank you Libearty Bear Sanctuary.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 22 September 2023
  • daisyday1967
    19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to visit.
    A brilliant place to visit, the guides are extremely knowledgeable and personable. Make the time to go and visit, all entry fees are pumped back into the care of the bears and their enormous environment that they roam around. Be aware that there os a heart wrenching video explaining the plight of these bears and how the sanctuary came into being. This is not a zoo, the bears are really well cared for and looked after.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 September 2023
  • Jazzumbo
    Romania2,066 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique experience
    Visiting this sanctuary is not only about watching bears, is about watching survivors. Every bear has a story - a sad story, sometimes with a happy end, sometimes not. All of them suffered a lot in the past, just to please the vanity of some humans. Due to their old traumas, some of the bears are not so happy to expose themselves to the visitors, so you may not see all the animals during your tour. During our visit, one tourist was very disappointed because the bears were not lined up for the visitors, like in a regular zoo. The guides are focused on the safety of the visitors. Advise: bring a binocular with you!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 September 2023
  • Trixi S
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unforgettable experience
    Thank you for this wonderful experience! Your dedication and passion for the bears and their habitat truly made this unforgettable. Thank you Cristina Lapis and Sabina for taking the time to share with us the moving stories and the challenges these magnificent creatures face. Your commitment to the protection of the animals is truly admirable. This experience will stay with us forever. Warm regards from Munich!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 September 2023
  • Caroline M
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An absolute privilege
    Visited at the end of September... The rescue centre is fabulous and obviously doing excellent work rescuing and trying to rehabilitate all the animals which live there. An absolute privilege to see so many brown bears so close up... but just so shocking that these animals have to be rescued in the first place - that is the saddest thing. Highly recommend visiting and contributing to keep this amazing place going 👍
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 1 October 2023
  • G_Cambridge
    Cambridge, United Kingdom28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit!
    We visited as part of our organised trip with few expectations. However, it was an absolute joy to see the passion of the team working here and the genuine love for the bears. Our guide, Mary, was very knowledgeable about each and every bear and shared so much of her personal experience with us. A heart wrenching visit but not to be missed.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 October 2023
  • jaredites1
    Cairo, Egypt347 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brown Bear Reserve Safe for kids
    Quick 30min drive from Braşov, and worth the effort to see the brown bears. Over 100 are kept in the fenced preserve keeping them safe and well. The guide during the 1 hour walk was knowledgeable and friendly. Tickets can be bought online, just show the QR code upon arrival.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 December 2023
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AndoBeatts
Melbourne, Australia184 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
What a wonderful experience! Our visit to this sanctuary was absolutely brilliant. Knowledgable, compassionate guides show you around the massive property on a 2km walk (some uphill with sharp descents so it is definitely NOT recommended for those with below average fitness, those with mobility issues or seniors with below average cardio fitness) and you will see bears! They all have tragic backgrounds and stories though, so prepare yourself if you are easily distressed by stories of animal cruelty (as most people are). Well worth a visit, even though it is in a remote location and you would need to organise a driver. Kudos to the wonderful people who founded and run this sanctuary and have provided a safe and gorgeous haven for abused and rescued bears to live our their days - with no government funding.
Written 25 June 2024
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Jenny S
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
We had a vip tour booked and it was the best experience ever.Our guide was wonderful,we saw so many bears close up and got all the stories from how they were rescued.We also met rescued donkeys,horses,dogs etc.It was worth every penny and hope to be able to go again.
Written 15 June 2024
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sazzlem88
Uttoxeter, UK1,683 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Must be tickets at least 1 day in advance as it’s only visited via guided tour (inc in ticket price) and only two so time slots a day. Allow about 1h15 for the tour. Very interesting and Slyvie was a great guide.

More than bears, there’s wolves and turtles there. It’s a nice way to find the centre. Just have tissues ready for the welcome video.

I’d recommend the later tour just so you’re not rushed finishing and can ask more questions/visit gift shop etc. we also saw them feeding the bears on our tour (not sure if this happens at the 9.30 tour).

Please note gift shop is cash only and you may want to by something as proceeds go to the foundation.

Beautiful views on top of the hill where it’s located. All outdoors do bring a waterproof in case.
Written 8 June 2024
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Odyssey21569169443
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
A heart-warming sanctuary where over 100 bears live their best lives after being rescued from circuses, zoos and other miserable places.

Some of their stories pre-rescue are heart-breaking, so seeing them obviously healthy, well cared-for and in their natural surroundings, with 69 hectares of forest to wander around is uplifting and inspiring.

Our guide was knowledgeable and spoke about the bears with such affection and respect we left feeling they are in good hands.
Written 18 May 2024
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Andy F
Devizes, UK1,252 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Picked up at a gas station by a minibus, and taken up a long dirt track road to the sanctuary. Really impressive couple of hours with guide Maria who was very knowledgeable not only about bears in general, but about the individual circumstances of each and ever one that was rescued. They can never be released back into the wild because of their various injuries & maltreatments/ loss of natural behaviours. The males are castrated, they are all inoculated every year and given food & vet care, whilst roaming around massive forest enclosures. We saw LOTS of bears, but none of the five wolves they also have. Huge flocks of ravens clean up all the food leftover from the bears. Fascinating, interesting and moving all at the same time. Highly recommended.
Written 15 May 2024
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SARAH L
53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Heart wrenching stories about the lives the bears have endured, so very sad!
They’re in a much happier place now, very informative visit and very pleasant.
Really glad we visited x
Written 11 April 2024
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Rayleigh, UK99 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
This bear (and dogs, wolves, horses, owl) sanctuary is off the beaten track. The tour guide was very informative and obviously cared for the bears health and wellbeing. The bears that were close to the barriers still need the human interaction from a life of unnatural living but were also told to leave an area when one of the bears started doing their old tricks so not to upset the bear anymore. All males are castrated so no new bears are born in captivity. Definitely a place to visit when in Romania.
Written 15 March 2024
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Chris Miller
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
I have seen lots of bears. It is very educational. The stories of most ot of the bears are very sad. It is a sanctuary, not a zoo. I will go there again.with my children. (Small children are not allowed).
Written 21 January 2024
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jaredites1
Cairo, Egypt347 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Quick 30min drive from Braşov, and worth the effort to see the brown bears. Over 100 are kept in the fenced preserve keeping them safe and well. The guide during the 1 hour walk was knowledgeable and friendly. Tickets can be bought online, just show the QR code upon arrival.
Written 22 December 2023
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Rachel S
Cardiff, UK211 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Superb idyllic place ethically rooted in aiding animals in need
Saved and nurture over 150 bears
Wolves , dogs , turtles horses donkeys
The tour was so educational and informative and got you thinking ….
To see the bears safe and In a natural environment after being mistreated in circuses and as tourist attractions in as profound
Written 25 October 2023
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