Wildlife holidays in Hungary
Tell me about Hungary …
Hungary is a fascinating, land-locked country at the heart of central Europe, nestling in the Carpathian basin.
In contrast to the dramatic revolutions in Romania and East Germany, the transition in the late 1980s from the liberal Hungarian blend of communism, the so-called Goulash Communism, to today’s free democratic state was so peaceful and trouble-free that it went almost unnoticed. As a result Hungary is now one of the most prosperous and stable countries in the region.
Hungary is a land of rich scenic contrasts, from the distant horizons of the great Hungarian steppe, to the woodlands of the Bukk and Buda Hills, foothills of the Carpathian Mountain range that sweeps across central and eastern Europe
Our Hungary specialist recommends...
"Join our ‘Hungary in Summer’ tour for a general wildlife holiday where we search for the birds, butterflies, dragonflies and plants. For something a little more specialist then perhaps our ‘Hungary’s Bats, Mammals & Other Wildlife’ holiday is for you."
Whats special about the wildlife?
Hungarys varied habitats, much of which are still tended and farmed using wildlife friendly techniques, are home to a wonderful range of plant and animal life, all easily accessible within an excellent network of national parks.
Its birds, butterflies and rich flora are of particular interest.
Naturetrek tours to Hungary
Naturetrek offers a range of wildlife holidays and natural history tours to Hungary. Our choice of tours includes spring bird watching in the Aggtelek National Park, a holiday looking for a wide variety of butterflies in north-eastern Hungary, an exploration of the birds, butterflies, dragonflies and plants in the Bukk and Hortobagy National Parks, and an autumn bird watching holiday focusing on the migration of Common Cranes, together with wildfowl, raptors and Great Bustards.
What might I see?
- Special birds such as Ural Owl, Imperial Eagle, Great Bustard, White-backed Woodpecker & Aquatic Warbler
- One of the continents most impressive wildlife spectacles – the sight & sound of tens of thousands of Cranes flying to their autumnal roosts
- There are 200 butterfly species on record for Hungary – more than three times the number found in the UK
- The Hungarian wines are rather good, too!
WHAT YOU'VE BEEN SAYING ABOUT OUR Hungary HOLIDAYS
The main objective of the holiday was to see birds and Gerard worked hard to ensure we saw lots. He tried to give us closer views as well which was great as my main requirement was to photograph the birds. He was also very knowledgeable on other wildlife. Lots of frogs and toads. I thought he was excellent as the local guide.
The participants ranged from expert to novice and Vic (co-leader) soon had us all working together, sharing knowledge and information. We certainly learned a great deal on the trip. The trip was a huge success. We were extremely lucky to have a week of unending sunshine. We were delighted to end with personal [butterfly photograph] totals of more than 70 species of which 40 plus were new to us. We will have no hesitation in recommending this trip to others.
The leader knew where the group would have the greatest chance of seeing the rarer birds and took us to these places. He made sure that everyone in the group saw as much as possible. I thoroughly enjoyed the holiday and would like to thank both the Naturetrek staff and Gerard Gorman for their hard work.