Wildlife holidays in Romania
Tell me about Romania …
Romania is at the crossroads of central and south-eastern Europe. Since the 1989 revolution Romania has undergone major political and economic reforms. It became a member of the EU in 2007.
Situated on the western shore of the Black Sea, with the Ukraine on its northern borders, Romania has a wide variety of habitats, including the Danube basin’s extensive wetlands, the Carpathian Mountains, evergreen forests of the north-west and rolling plains of the east.
The Danube Delta is the second largest and best preserved delta in Europe. The Carpathian Mountains dominate the centre of the country, and Romania has one of the largest areas of undisturbed forest in Europe.
Our Romania specialists recommends...
"I recommend our ‘Romania – The Wildlife of Transylvania’ tour where we visit the beautiful Carpathian Mountains. We will search for the birds, flowers, butterflies and European Brown Bears that call this spectacular landscape home."Paul Stanbury
Whats special about the wildlife?
Romania has not been extensively explored by the British naturalist, yet it is a country which boasts a remarkable abundance of wild flowers, many interesting butterflies and mammals, and a long list of exciting birds.
The Black Sea coast, running from north to south, is part of a major flyway for migrating birds travelling between their breeding grounds in Eurasia and their winter quarters in the Mediterranean, Africa or further east.
About 90 kilometres from the mouth of the Danube, the river divides into three channels. Enclosed between them lie 3,000 square kilometres of reedbeds, shallow lakes and forested islands. It is a wetland area larger than the Carmargue and Coto Donana combined, and this is reflected in the diversity of wildlife found here. Indeed, the Danube Delta probably deserves the title of Europes single most valuable habitat.
Naturetrek tours to Romania
Naturetreks natural history tours and wildlife holidays to Romania visit the Carpathian Mountains, Black Sea Coast and Danube Delta in search of the regions birds and mammals. We offer a short break to look for European Brown Bears and Lynx in the Carpathians, as well as a tour focusing on the rich flora of Dobrogea and the Danube Delta.
What might I see?
- Within the Danube Delta nest over 4,000 pairs of Cormorants, 3,000 pairs of Night Herons, 2,000 pairs of Squacco Herons, 1,200 pairs of Purple Herons & 1,500 pairs of Glossy Ibis.
- A large percentage of the European nesting populations of Great White Egrets & Pygmy Cormorants, plus Dalmatian & White Pelicans are in Romania
- Grebes, ducks, terns & geese plus White-tailed Eagles
- Brown Bears foraging on Carpathian hillsides, plus a chance to track wild European Lynx
- An exploration, by boat & on foot, of the special wild flowers & birds of the Danube Delta, Black Sea Coast & Dobrogea
WHAT YOU'VE BEEN SAYING ABOUT OUR Romania HOLIDAYS
The holiday exceeded our expectation. The accommodation was far better than you led us to expect - condition for tourists in Romania improve by the day. John Carruthers was the epitome of an ideal tour leader - patient, considerable and permanently cheerful. Dan Petreseu is a skilled and energetic local leader, unflagging in his encouragement of everyone and with excellent skills. All of the areas that we visited had plenty to offer to the naturalist, but the sheer spectacle of the Danube Delta was outstanding. Finally, this was an excellent group to spend a holiday with.
Andy was an excellent leader - explaining fully what to look for in the bird I.D. Overall a great experience and would recommend Naturetrek as a reliable company.
I had been to Romania many years ago in mid-winter but did not enter the delta or visit the Carpathian mountains - I was delighted with both and could not have enjoyed it more. I did not expect to see any new birds, but was very happy to see good (variety of) birds again and seen in great numbers.