With a guide
UPDATE! Until April 2018 there won't be Bison excursions in Kraansvlak. 1st of March new planned dates will be published. More information about bookings and costs can be found on the website of the Zuid-Kennemerland National Park. Our apologies for the inconvenience.
On a quarterly basis guided excursions are offered on weekend days to give the public the chance to see the bison in Kraansvlak. Led by an experienced ranger one goes looking for the bison and plenty of information is provided about the bison project, the dune area and all its inhabitants like konik horse, fallow deer, roe deer, fox and a variety of insects, birds and reptiles.
Besides Bison walks special photography excursions are offered regularly. Ranger and nature photographer Ruud Maaskant has years of experience photographing the bison in Kraansvlak. These excursions are for small groups of up to 5 people.
On the website of the Zuid-Kennemerland National Park, you will find more information about costs and bookings of Bison walks and photo safaris. Excursions are reported per quarter of a year.
Although there is never a hundred percent guarantee that the bison will be spotted seen -they are living in a hilly and over 300 hectares large area- the guide do his / her best to find the animals for you.
Looking for an interesting and exclusive getaway for your company, department, association, friends or family? Then you can book an excursion to the bison with a group of maximum 15 persons. The ranger takes your group into Kraansvlak in which since 2007 a herd of bison lives in the wild. Along the way you will get a additional infromation about these wonderful animals, of which some 4,000 live freely in nature, the majority of them in Eastern Europe (Poland, Ukraine).
These group excursions only take place on Fridays and you can choose between two start times: 10:00 or 14:00. The tour lasts about two hours. The costs vary between € 200 and € 300, depending on the group.
PWN offers, in cooperation with equestrian centre De Baarshoeve, the opportunity to skilled horseback riders to experience an exclusive tour accompanied by a ranger (also on horseback). During this excursion, it is possible to spot bison in Kraansvlak. During the excursion, the ranger tells all about the project, the area where European bison live and the specific flora and fauna to be found in Kraansvlak.
Uniquely, this excursion takes place in an area that is largely closed to the public. We get off track during the tour and partly ride through loose sand. Besides bison, there are also Konik horses, Highland cattle and other herbivores in this area. All these large herbivores can be observed best from horseback while riding at walking pace.
The tour is guided by an experienced ranger of PWN. An instructor of equestrian centre De Baarshoeve also takes part in the safari, to supervise horses' behaviour.
However, certain conditions are required to join this safari. Only experienced riders and horses who regularly ride outside, may participate in this horseback excursion. If it appears that the rider has too little skills, the organization has the right to exclude the rider from participating.
Registration: Bookings can be made with a rented horse via www.pwn.nl/eropuit. Payment takes place in advance with Ideal. Due to the special nature of the tour, there is a limited number of participants: a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 6 participants. If you are unable to attend on the day booked, you can let someone join in your place. This person will have to comply with the conditions described above. Refund of the amount is not possible. With less than 2 participants, the tour will not take place. PWN will contact you for alternative dates.
Meeting point: equestrian centre De Baarshoeve (www.debaarshoeve.nl/contact/).
Clothes: Riding clothes, boots and helmet are required. If necessary, the helmet can be borrowed from the equestrian centre.
Duration: The horseback ride takes up to 2.5 hours from the gathering place; this includes around ½ hour of preparation. After the excursion there is time for questions while enjoying a drink. Evalution forms will be handed out to be filled.