Danube Delta Wildlife Watching

In the Danube Delta wildlife watching is the most popular thing to do. It requires little effort to come to this magnificent corner of the world. The first thing you need to do is arrive in Tulcea, Romania. One interesting fact is that the flora and fauna of Danube Delta are part of the northernmost subtropical habitat in Europe. Therefore, if you wish to admire nature’s beauty in an aquatic environment, this Romanian wildlife experience is a must.

Birdwatching in the Danube Delta

As a biosphere reservation, the Danube Delta is home to over 300 species of birds. Some of them become sedentary, and others just come to visit during summer.

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The Great White Pelican in Danube Delta | Photo by Bence Máté 2016

The Great White Pelican with its yellow poached beak is probably the first bird to spot in the Danube Delta. A much more rare appearance is the one of its close relative, the Dalmatian Pelican. However, for passionate photographers, the Great White Pelican is no less of a captivating creature. On the left, you have an example of a photo taken by a nominee to the Wildlife Photographer of the Year in 2016.

Do you wonder how you can take photos like that? We have great news for those of you who want to go on private birdwatching tours on your Danube Delta holidays. This tour offers a stable boat build especially for this activity, with a quiet engine and of course an expert tour guide.

Another fairly common bird in The Amazon of Europe‘s Delta is the Glossy Ibis. Although this is a nomadic bird that winters in Africa, you will be able to watch it spread its wings in Danube Delta Romania. Luckily, the Glossy Ibis changes plumage color during the breeding season. So if you want to see the most beautiful exemplaries, late spring is the right time to do it.

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Glossy Ibis in the Danube Delta | Photo by Zoltán Gergely Nagy

Danube Delta Wildlife | The Animal Kingdom 

Besides being a haven for exotic flyers, the Danube Delta is among the few places in Europe where one can marvel at wild horses. Letea and Caraorman forests provide the best environment for them and are easy to access with the help of local guides. Letea is also a welcoming village with fantastic scenery, almost taken out of fairytales.

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Horses in Letea forest Danube Delta

It goes without saying that if you ever decide to embark on a Danube Delta adventure, you must go and take a peek at wildlife in Letea forest. Wild horses are not the only animals around. Among the Danubian creatures, you could spot the wild boars, the jaw-droppingly beautiful row deer, jackals, white-tailed eagles, wild cats, and the meadow viper. They all populate both Letea and Caraorman forests.

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Wild boar in Danube Delta
Danube Delta wildlife watching row deer
Roe Deer in Danube Delta

Nonetheless, biological diversity is what makes Danube Delta wildlife watching a perfect ecotouristic activity. However, one must prepare with mosquito repellant and sometimes for mobile phone networks shortages in coverage. Life vests will always be provided on boats. Everything is worth a trip to the most exotic place in Eastern Europe. There are a lot of fun things to do in the wild for kids as well. Tulcea and the Danube Delta have been on Kiara Yew’s traveling bucket list for a while, and it is now available among other tips for traveling in Romania.

Irina B.

Once an anthropology student and now a passionate traveler and blogger, Irina decided to join The Adventures of Kiara Yew in 2018. Seeking to improve your travel experiences in Romania always comes with a set of challenges. Irina is your ideal guide through the labyrinth of Romanian myths and places.

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