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Birdwatching Danube Delta in Romania

Birding Danube Delta is a four-day bird watching tour around the beautiful Danube River as it ends its journey through Europe in Romania. Your stay includes three nights’ accommodation in a family-owned eco lodge with home-cooked traditional meals using fresh fish and other local ingredients.

The holiday also includes two boat trips to go birding in the Danube Delta, of around six hours each, offering you the opportunity to see an abundance of wildlife in a gentle and relaxed way.

This small-group birding tour is led by an English-speaking guide who knows the Danube Delta very well and can introduce you to some of its hidden charms.

The Danube is Europe’s second longest river, rising in Germany and emptying into the Black Sea at the Romanian coast. The peaceful green landscapes of the Delta’s wetlands are a tonic for the mind, enabling you to wind down from your busy life and just enjoy being in nature.

Top Reasons to Visit

  • The Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve was included in the List of World Cultural and Natural Heritage in 1990 (UNESCO World Heritage) when it was recognised as a wetland of international importance, especially as a wildfowl habitat.
  • At 2,200 square miles, the Danube Delta is regarded as one of Europe’s largest wetlands, laced with branches off the main river, marshland, canals and reeded islands. It has the most extensive area of compact reed beds in the world.
  • The Danube Delta is the best preserved of Europe’s delta ecosystems. It is the perfect breeding ground for thousands of birds that migrate there from around the world. More than that, a bird watching trip to this area can be a rewarding one year-round.
  • The Biosphere Reserve is the world’s third largest area for biodiversity, following only Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands in the number of species (5,500 types of flora and fauna) it supports.
  • Important species found while birding in the Danube Delta include Pygmy Cormorant, White Pelican, Dalmatian Pelican, White-tailed Eagle, Ferruginous Duck, Red-breasted Goose, Glossy Ibis, Marsh Harrier, Purple Heron, Spoonbill, Kingfisher, Squacco Heron, White Stork, Caspian Tern, Red-footed Falcon and Roller.
  • Our Birding Danube Delta tour also has a conservation focus, highlighting the Carasuhat area. Since 1993 this has been part of an ecological reconstruction project, returning former agricultural land in the Danube Delta to a natural habitat for breeding birds.

Want to experience birding in the Danube Delta’s forest and sand dune habitats as well as its wetlands? Why not consider our alternative Bird Watching in Romania tour?

Alternative Tour Name: Danube Delta Birding Tour
Day 1
Day 1 - Arrival

We give you a warm welcome to our guesthouse and the Danube Delta. After you have made yourself comfortable in your room you can take a stroll before dinner to see something of our village and visit the shores of the Danube, or just enjoy the facilities we have to offer in our accommodation.

After dinner, over a glass of local wine, we will chat to you about what to expect during your stay. We will also run through some information about safety on our boat trips.

Day 2
Day 2 - Meet the Danube Delta!

After an early breakfast, we will take the five-minute walk to where our boat is moored. Our trip today will last about six hours.

During the boat trip you'll have the chance to see lot of birds. With luck we will find Kingfishers, White-tailed Eagles, Pelicans, Purple, Grey and Squacco Herons, White and Little Egrets, Glossy ibis, and many other interesting species. We may also see an East Asian Raccoon Dog, wild cats, wild boar and Eurasian Otters.

We return to the guesthouse for a lunch of traditional fish dishes, followed by a short rest. Later on, we recommend a walk in the Bestepe Hill Natural Reserve. This will offer you a beautiful panoramic view of the entire Danube Delta and its myriad landscapes. The reserve is a rare, protected area where steppe meadows can be found. The limestone and siliceous substrates of this area promote the growth of a wide range of plant species.

If weather conditions are right you can enjoy and photograph a spectacular sunset from the Reserve.

On your return to your accommodation, we will plan your activities for the next day.

Day 3
Day 3 - Let's discover more!

After breakfast we will explore some new areas of the Danube Delta and discover the beauty and wildlife of its lakes and channels. This is again a six-hour trip with a return to the guesthouse for lunch. With a glass of our traditional Romanian wine in hand, you can enjoy a chat with fellow guests about your sightings. The afternoon is for relaxation and perhaps a gentle walk.

Day 4
Day 4 - A fond farewell

After a leisurely breakfast it's time to depart, hopefully with many memories of the amazing Danube Delta.

As we say our goodbyes, we hope you will return soon.

Some of the wildlife expected to see on this trip are:

Birds: White Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus), Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus), Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia), Great White Egret (Casmerodius albus), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta), Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea), Grey Heron (Ardea Cinerea)  Mute Swan (Cygnus olor), Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus), Black-winged Slilt (Himantopus himantopus), Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta), Kingfisher (Alcedo Atthis), White-Tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla), Red-breasted Goose(Branta ruficollis), Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus), Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina), Ferruginous Duck (Aythya nyroca), Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna), Ruddy Shelduck (Tadorna ferruginea), Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)

The tour will offer you the opportunity to see also lot of wildlife.

Vegetation: European white waterlily (Nymphaea alba), Yellow waterlily (Nuphar lutea) Fringed waterlily (Nymphoides peltate), Reed (Phragmites communis), Cattai l(Typha latifolia, T. angustifolia), Yellow Iris (Iris pseudocorus), Arrowhead (Sagittaria sagittifolia), Tamarisk Tamarix ramosissima), Sea Buckthorn (Hyppophae rhamnoides), White Poplar (Populus alba), Grey Poplar (Populus canescens) and Trembling Poplar (Populus tremula).

Mammals: Golden Jackal (Canis aureus), Wild Cat (Felis silvestris), the Racoon Dog (Nyctereutes procynoides), Otter (Lutra lutra), Belly fox (Vulpes melanogaster), Hare (Lepus europaeus), the European Mink (Mustela lutreola), Wild Boar (Sus scrofa), Muskrat (Ondrata zibethica), Nutria (Myocaster coypus).

Fishes: Catfish (Silurus glanis), Carp (Cyprinus carpio), Pike (Esox Lucius), Bream (Abramis brama), Danube Shad (Alosa pontica), Tench (Tinca tinca), Prussian Carp (Carassius auratus gibelio), Perch(Perca fluviatilis).

What is included?

  • Spacious and comfortable tented accommodation, including bed linen, towels, shower gel and slippers with a private bathroom en-suite.
  • Services of a professional guide, english speaking, complete with a supply boat
  • Boat cruises in customised passenger boats
  • All entrance and camping fees for the Danube Delta Natural Reserve
  • All meals
  • All activities as specified in the itinerary
  • All Applicable Taxes
  • Personalised checklists
  • Water/cofee throughout the trip/tour

What is not included?

  • All flights
  • Items of personal nature (incl. binoculars and telescopes)
  • Staff gratuities
  • Optional safari extensions
  • Any drinks at lodge
  • Travel & medical insurance (incl. personal equipment and repatriation)
  • Airport transfer - available with extracosts
  • Anything else not mentioned in “What is included”
Wildlife Reviews
4.72 stars
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  1. Bunica Maria
    Ben10 Oct 2019
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    We had a perfect holiday thanks to Andrei and his staff: fantastic food, accommodation, scenery and bird life. Highly recommended
  2. Feeling like home
    David Kopecký25 Jan 2019
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    Very nice owners and family atmosphere in the middle of beautiful nature.
  3. Amazing Wildlife
    Sian Abbey11 Jul 2018
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    We had an amazing holiday at Bunica Maria, the hosts were friendly and very knowledgeable about the area. The hotel was well equipped, clean, comfortable and had everything we needed. The food was excellent and was all local produce. The guided boat trips where just amazing, the guide very knowledgeable about the wildlife and an incredible number of birds to be seen.

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Why should I book with Bunica Maria?

Visit the only Delta entirely declared Natural reserve, unwinding in a locally owned Guesthouse, enjoying traditonal food like Grandma use to make. Admire Pelicans, Purple Herons, Pygmy cormorants, Rollers, Bee-eaters in a conservation-minded tour, while savouring locally sourced fresh food.

What sort of accommodation do you supply?

Built in classical style, following elements of traditional and rustic design, our location retains the charm of a bygone age, but with all modern facilities at hand and keeping a cosy, relaxing environment. We are looking forward to welcome you in our 8 rooms, with private bathrooms, air conditioning, TV cable, free Wi-Fi and central heating. You have access to free parking. You can also enjoy our small library or have a nice, quiet dinner on the patio.

Do you arrange airport pick up/drop off?

Yes, we can offer this service with extracosts.

Do you need a minimum fitness level to join this tour?

No special fitness level. We will travel by confortable boats and you will sit down all the time.

Do you have any age restrictions to join this tour?

Even if you are young or have a respectable age this tour is appropriate for you! You olny need to love nature :)

How do you support local communities during this tour?

First of all we are a local young family with two children, who decided to go back home, closer to nature, to traditions and healthy culture. Our employes are also local people. In our area is a high school with tourism profile. We have a contract with them to prepare children for this industry. We make internships 2-3 months in the summer. Is our support for the community. Doing this we want to help local children to remain home for the future, to have a job home. At this moment lots of them are leaving the town or the country. In the summer, we offer training for a student from the local school.

Can you book accommodation for us prior to the start/end of the tour?

Yes, we can offer this service with extracosts.

Do you met the minimum criteria of Responsible travel standard?

A very important point is to help local people to understand the real value of their living place, the real value of the Danube Delta, as not only a living place, but a very important place for the world. We hired local people and we collaborate with the local school, preparing the students(aprentice ships) for a future in a responsible tourism. We serve only home made dishes, in the most traditional way. We use solar panel for whater heating. We use binoculars in our trips, as the birds can be seen, but not to be distrurb. We use LED bulbs in the building; We separate the plastic botles from the rest of the garbage. Before leaving in a tour, we have a few minutes of discussion with the tourists(something like a little training) about the environment: do not harm flowers, we will now stay close by birds that's why we are using binoculars, do not leave the garbage in the area, keep silence, use your life-vest etc. Local projects that we visit include the near by ecological reconstruction zone Carasuhat. The project is sustained by WWF.

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Tour Facts

  • The Danube Delta - Romania
  • On Request
  • Multi-Day Tour
  • Birds
  • 6 pax
  • 4 Days
  • April - November
  • 30+
  • Moderate
  • No
  • English
  • Mihail Kogalniceanu Airport - Constanza or Henri Coanda Airport - Bucharest
  • Mihail Kogalniceanu Airport - Constanza or Henri Coanda Airport - Bucharest