3 recommended wildlife locations. The species listed below are just a selection of those you may see.

Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve

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, Wildcat, Steppe polecat
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Photography tours with Nick Garbutt, Vehicle safaris, River safaris, Birdwatching

Piatra Craiului National Park

Piatra Craiului (King’s Rock) is a prominent mountain range in the Southern Carpathians. The narrow, 25-kilometre long, saw-tooth ridge, which rises to 2,238 metres altitude, is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful parts of the Carpathians. The entire range lies within the national park.

  • Where: Southern Carpathians
  • Ideal for viewing: Brown bear, Wolf, Lynx, Capercaillie, Chamois
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Vehicle safaris, Bear watching, Birdwatching

Tarcu Mountains Reserve

A relatively unknown part of the Southern Carpathians, the Tarcu Mountains are a region of untouched landscape virtually devoid of permanent settlement. Its pristine ecosystems display remarkable biodiversity, and in 2014 witnessed the exciting reintroduction of the European bison.

  • Where: Southern Carpathians
  • Ideal for viewing: Black woodpecker, European bison, Roe deer, Brown bear, Red deer
  • Excellent for: Just Conservation, Walking safaris, Walking with wildlife, Bear watching

3 recommended trips. Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you, but our strength is in tailoring your itinerary.

Focus on the Danube Delta

Join award-winning wildlife photographer Nick Garbutt and natural history macro-photography expert Alex Hyde for a week in the Danube Delta, where purpose-built hides offer excellent opportunities to photograph everything from golden jackals to dragonflies, damselflies and a fine array of bird species.

  • Trip type: Group tour
  • Duration exc. international flights: 8 days

Rewilding Bison in the Tarcu Mountains Reserve

In 2014, Europe’s largest living land mammal, the European bison, was reintroduced to Romania’s Southern Carpathians, after a 200 year absence. As well as learning about this exciting project, this weekend break also offers the chance to view brown bear and some of the forests’ other wildlife.

  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
  • Duration exc. international flights: 5 days

Bears in the Carpathian Mountains

This short trip over a long weekend offers the possibility of spotting brown bears and other animals in Piatra Craiului National Park, in the Carpathian Mountains. More than one third of all Europe's wolves, bears and lynx roam through the unspoilt forests of this spectacular range.

  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
  • Duration exc. international flights: 4 days

When to go

You can visit all year round but in winter it can be bitterly cold - particularly in the mountains.

Seasons

  • Spring

    Mar to May: Pleasant with cool nights and mornings, and warm days
  • Summer

    Jun to Aug: Generally hot
  • Autumn

    Sep to Nov: Rainy and cool
  • Winter

    Dec to Feb: Can be cold with snow on the mountains, but dry in the Danube Delta

Wildlife events

  • Mar to May: Springtime bird migration northward
  • Sep to Oct: Birds migrate south to warmer climes

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