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
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.
The leaders/wildlife experts, both Alan and Dan, were excellent - Alan with his in-depth knowledge and concern that we should all enjoy the holiday. Dan added local knowledge, in both wildlife and the history and customs of the country, which added greatly to our appreciation of the country. As a vegetarian I thought that my needs were catered for very well, both in the guesthouse and other restuarants we visited. Simona's lunchtime spreads were also very good and always waiting for us.
This holiday was particularly rewarding. The main reasons for this were the very high quality and approachability of the tour leader and of the local guides. Simona in particular understood the needs of the group and worked very hard to make the trip a success. The excellent guest house accommodation was in a superb location. There was a high standard of catering at the guesthouse and excellent daily picnic lunches. There was also outstanding day to day organisation of visits to interesting places. The other people in the group were sociable, enthusiastic and knowledgeable on wildlife matters.