This remote and tranquil lodge at the heart of the Danube Delta, one of Europe’s largest and richest wetlands, allows you to see and photograph flora and fauna from its trails and purpose-built hides.
This unique property was created with the express intent of establishing a centre for wildlife tourism, so is unusually well-thought out. The 1,000 hectare private reserve has a network of trails that allow you to explore a wide variety of habitats, and virtually silent electric buggies let you to come and go as you please with minimum disturbance. Some 20 or so permanent hides make it easy to photograph a variety of birdlife and wildlife, and temporary hides can be erected as and when needed.
Originally built around the beginning of the 20th century, the buildings of the complex have been extensively restored and now make a surprisingly comfortable place to stay in such a remote location. The accommodation consists of 16 double or twin-bedded rooms, a restaurant, communal areas, seminar rooms and an outdoor terrace. Rooms are comfortable and spacious with en suite bathrooms, and equipped with satellite TV and WiFi. A laundry service is available. The gardens attract large numbers of birds, including many passerines, rollers and woodpeckers. The sole means of access is by boat from the capital of the delta region, Tulcea, which lies a couple of hours away – thereby guaranteeing peace and quiet. The food is excellent and the atmosphere quietly convivial.
Available*: Jan-Dec* The dates shown are when the accommodation is generally available. Please enquire for specific availability.
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Join renowned wildlife photographer Ashley Grove for a week in Romania's Danube Delta, where purpose-built hides offer excellent opportunities to photograph everything from golden jackals and their cubs to dragonflies, damselflies and an impressive array of bird species.
When to go: May
Duration inc. flights: 8 days
Price inc. flights: From £2,295 pp
Trip type: Group tour
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As it reaches the Black Sea at the end of its 2,860 kilometre run, the Danube River forms a wide delta. This is one of the world's biggest wetlands and most extensive reedbed systems - the habitat for many waterfowl and waders. It boasts 30 different ecosystems in all with exceptional biodiversity.
Where: Danube Delta
Ideal for viewing: golden jackal, racoon, otter, wild cat, steppe polecat