Discovering Skåne on an organised safari allows you to discover the very best that nature has to offer. Come and see some of our most beautiful scenery and our fascinating wildlife.
Alpaca trekking Head out into the pasture, where around 70 alpacas watch with curiosity from a distance. The most curious of them all is Aladdin, a shaggy white creature with a habit of creeping into photographs. Despite appearances these are not your typical cuddly toys, but you can still get up close enough to gaze into the large, dark and kindly eyes of these magnificent beasts. Once the alpacas are wearing their muzzles and halter straps, it’s time for a relaxing walk through winding woodland paths.
Bat safari A group of twenty people gather outside Christinehof Castle. It’s a late summer’s evening in Österlen. There’s not a breath of wind, and it’s still warm. The bats have spent the daytime hanging in hide-outs such as the castle’s attic. As darkness falls they wake up and head out to hunt for flies, moths and especially mosquitoes. But before that, nature guide Eva Ditlevsen takes the visitors on an inspiring and informative tour of Borstakärr wetlands.
Black grouse safari It’s early in the morning as we gather outside Kuskahusen Gårdshotell. Very early indeed. But we want to reach Linderödsåsen before the black grouse cocks start fighting over the hens. The sun hasn’t risen yet, but the moonlight is doing its best to compensate. A tawny owl hoots, and as bird guide Benny Ahlnér describes our imminent adventure he is accompanied by a song thrush. “And now we can hear a robin, too,” he says. “The day has officially begun.” In the Österlen morning mist, as we make our way along twisting asphalt and gravel roads, we spot fallow deer, roe deer and hares. A little while later we reach Fjällmossen, where the black grouse live amid what could just as easily be a northern Swedish mountain bog. The countryside here is home to both breeding cranes and cloudberries. Cameras and binoculars are set up in and around the birdwatching tower, and there is a hushed silence of anticipation as we take our front-row seats.
Crane safari Nostalgia knows no limits. Year after year, cranes return to the same spot for a few busy weeks. And we humans are fascinated by the graceful pairs of cranes who, through their mating ritual, strengthen their lifelong bonds. They bow, twirl and skip around each other, just like dancing humans. In recent years, Pulken in northeast Skåne’s Kristianstads Vattenrike wetlands has become Sweden’s southernmost gathering place for cranes. It has therefore also become a focal point for a growing number of visitors with an interest in wildlife and nature. Cameras and binoculars are set up in the birdwatching tower, but you can also bring your own.
Porpoise safari “That’s where we’re heading, out there,” says guide Mattias Abrahamsson, as he points at the channel over towards Denmark. Beneath the dramatic cliffs of Kullaberg, at Paradiset Marina, we put on our life jackets and climb aboard Kullabergsguiderna’s RIB boat. We’re off to look for porpoises. These relatives of the dolphin swim around in the waters of the northwest coast of Skåne. Of course, there’s no guarantee that we’ll actually see them, but we have high expectations!
Pea safari (in swedish) Think about a safari in Skåne, and you’ll probably picture adventures involving porpoises, eagles, alpacas and other exotic creatures. And quite right, too – but you should also plan to head off into the green kingdom of the humble pea. Especially if you have children! We approach the pea field, which is the size of 60 football pitches. The threshers work hard to gather the day’s harvest. Soon, a bus full of families will arrive to help. We are each given a freezer bag and put on our blue plastic shoe protectors before heading out into the green field.
Eagle safari We pull on our survival suits and lined boots, and climb aboard the inflatable boat. It’s time for an eagle safari in the Kristianstads Vattenrike wetlands. The engine runs on biofuel and hardly makes a sound as we chug our way through the parts of the water system with the most eagles. The wintry wind whips at our cheeks, while weak rays of sunlight do their best to compensate. Here, just above the surface of the water, you can get a whole new view of the hardy winter bird life. We spot our first sea eagle after just a couple of minutes. It’s sitting on a tree a short distance away, looking out over the ice where a goose has had a tough night, with the cold and the shortage of food. After a while, the boat stops. It’s time for a coffee break. We return to dry land a few hours later, rosy-cheeked and filled with new impressions. We’ve captured plenty of images, both with our cameras and in our memories. What a wonderful winter’s day!