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.
What’s 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 Europe's single most valuable habitat.
Naturetrek tours to Romania
Naturetrek's natural history tours and wildlife holidays to Romania visit the Carpathian Mountains, Black Sea Coast and Danube Delta in search of the region's 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