Let us introduce you to your guide for this fascinating wildlife experience: His name is Chris Velev and he has been guiding field herping trips for 8 years now. He says he’s had a passion for this since childhood, and because he enjoys seeing herpers experience the wonders of the Bulgarian nature. When they find their first herp, they know they are living their dream. Field Herping is an ever growing outdoor activity that in his opinion is one of the best around. It is very similar to birding, only you are looking for reptiles and amphibians. No other outdoor activity can give as much of an adrenaline rush as this one. He will offer you 2 different destinations for this herping exploration a 1 or 2 day trip in Asenovgrad area where you have a chance of finding the following snake species: Platyceps najadum, Coluber caspius, Zamenis situla, Zamenis longissimus, Natrix natrix, Natrix tessellate, Coronella austriaca and Vipera ammodytes. Other reptile species include Testudo gracea, Testudo hermanni, Lacerta viridis, Lacerta trilineata, Anguis fragilis, Cyrtopodion kotschyi and you can also see medieval ruins of Asen’s fortress.
The second destination is a 3 day trip in Kresna and the National Park Pirin area overnight camping is essential for good access to the area when darkness falls. The chances significantly increase at night for this specific experience. In daytime you will be exploring on foot, trying to focus on various habitat types to increase potential species numbers. There is no fixed itinerary, depending on time of the year, weather conditions, and your personal preferences we will be deciding hour to hour where it is best to go next and the chances of finding the following snake species: Elaphe quatuorlineata, Erix jaculus, Tescopus fallax, Malpolon monspessulanus, Coluber caspius, Zamenis situla, Zamenis longissimus, Natrix natrix, Natrix tessellate, Coronella austriaca and Vipera ammodytes.
Once you’ve decided you want to experience Bulgarian Herping adventures for yourself, it’s best to book your trip with us. For those of you who are not so much into walking a lot in a wild terrain our herper guide has dozens of colorful non venomous pet snakes with which you can take photos and have some slithering experience.
Price per person
Total price for a group or per person: 60€
Inclusions / exclusions
The price includes
An experienced guide + herpetologist
Transfer and accommodation
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