National Geographic’s Best Trips To Take In 2020: Belovezhskaya Pushcha

National Geographic editors and explorers picked the planet’s 25 most exciting destinations to see in 2020 and Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park is one of them.

Why go now? Discover one of Europe’s last truly wild places, which is partly in Belarus and partly in Poland, the NatGeo globe-trotting experts advise.

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What to know: Untamed Białowieża Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage site and Biosphere Reserve, protects remnants of lowland Europe’s last remaining primeval forests.

Spanning nearly 550 square miles, and encompassing all of Białowieża National Park, the vast forest creates an oasis of wilderness in the middle of a crowded continent.

PHOTOS: Rare Moment As Belarusian Zubrs Fight For Dominance Of Herd

Spot some of the more than 250 bird species and the most iconic of the forest’s 59 mammal species – Europe’s biggest land mammal, the European bison, also known as a zubr.

Białowieża’s approximately 800 bison represent the largest free-roaming population of a species that rebounded in the forest after being hunted almost to extinction by 1920.

When to go: September-October

How to go: See wild bison and take a guided hike through Białowieża’s strictly protected primeval forest area on a four-day bison safari from Warsaw, Poland.

Recall that last year global travel giant Lonely Planet announced its picks for the hottest travel destinations for 2019. Belarus made the cut then. It was credited for being open to new travelers and multifaceted capital.