Wildlife in Bulgaria
Neophron Tours is one of the major tour operators for birding, wildlife in Bulgaria and natural history holidays. We are very flexible when it comes to organising tours and can meet the demands of any traveler. Besides the variety of tours in Bulgaria, including birding and botanical tours, Brown Bear, dragonfly and butterfly tours, bird and Bulgaria wildlife photography and mountain hiking, we run a selection of itineraries in neighbouring Greece and Romania.
Our wildlife birding tours in Bulgaria tours with the experience of the wildlife of Bulgaria set during the breeding and migration periods are very popular and much in demand. The great number of species that can be seen during these periods is quite impressive – over 200 bird species are possible in 10-14 days! Spring and autumn migration tours focus on the spectacular annual migration of tens of thousand of birds of prey, pelicans, storks and passerines along the Black Sea coastal flyway known as the Via Pontica – one of the major bird migration routes in Europe. Some 70 % of the European raptors, thousands of White Pelicans, Dalmatian Pelicans, Black Storks and Common Cranes, more than 100 000 White Storks pass over.
Bulgaria Wildlife tours also include winter birding tours that will take you to the northern Bulgarian or Romanian Black Sea coast – the wintering grounds for hundreds of thousands of wild geese, among which almost the whole population of the globally threatened Red-breasted Goose. On the other hand, the less severe climate on the southern Bulgarian coast and the Aegean coast of Northern Greece allows us to enjoy hundreds of wintering Dalmatian Pelicans, thousands of Pygmy Cormorants and various species of ducks, including the White-headed Duck, shorebirds, gulls, raptors and many more.
Spring and summer round-tours include the richest and most attractive wildlife areas in the three countries including Bulgaria. On these tours, you can enjoy an incredible diversity of birds, including a great number of Eastern and South-eastern European bird specialities. Birding tours can be combined with botany, natural history or searching for Brown Bear, Wolf, Golden Jackal and other mammals.
We manage a well-developed network of bird and photography hides in Bulgaria wildlife, which provides excellent opportunities for photographing many attractive species of birds, like Griffon Vulture, Eurasian Black Vulture, Egyptian Vulture, Pygmy Cormorant, most of the European herons and egrets, a big variety of garden and forest passerine birds and woodpeckers, as well as some mammals of particular interest, like the Golden Jackal.
We can bring you to some of the best wildlife spots in Bulgaria, Romania and Northern Greece for photographing Red-breasted Goose, Dalmatian Pelican, Little Bittern, European Bee-eater, European Roller, Eurasian Hoopoe, Wallcreeper, Pied Wheatear, Paddyfield Warbler, Semi-collared Flycatcher, Masked Shrike, Spotted Nutcracker and many more.
Run by experts with long experience in this type of tours, the company has built up a reputation for the quality of services offered. The key to the success of our tours is:
- Quality in any aspect of our nature tours and holidays;
- Tours tailored to get the best out of the wildlife of each area;
- Tours operated in an environmentally responsible manner, to contribute to wildlife conservation and to benefit the local people;
- Good organization from a logistic viewpoint, appropriate and spacey vehicles;
- Small family-run hotels and traditional food and drinks;
- Experienced guides with extensive conservation and natural history knowledge and a great sense of humour.
Neophron Tours holds tour-operating certificate PK-01-7186, issued by the Bulgarian Government.
Everywhere we go, we always try to support the local service providers and promote environment friendly tourism, believing that this will greatly contribute to improving the life of local people and will raise their awareness to wildlife and nature conservation.
One of our ultimate goals has always been to raise funds to help wildlife conservation in the different areas we visit during our tours in Bulgaria. Thanks to funds generated through our tours and the support of our tour participants, we have launched a special Wildlife Conservation Fund to help protect the national populations of a number of rare and endangered species of birds, such as the breeding Egyptian Vulture and Griffon Vulture in the Eastern Rhodopes, the Eastern Imperial Eagle in the Sakar Hills, the Semi-collared Flycatcher in the oak forests of the Eastern Balkan Range, the wintering Red-breasted Goose in the Coastal Dobroudzha and many others.
We also help local Bulgarian NGOs, and the Wildllife Conservation Society (WCS) in particular, in their crucial work for preservation of different biodiversity rich areas in Bulgaria and saving those areas from deterioration. Under WCS proposals several new protected areas have been declared and many others have been saved from destruction. By simply joining one of our tours, you will certainly contribute to our conservation efforts, as much of our Wildlife Conservation Fund is generated through them.
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