Life on the water – The Danube delta – our European Amazon
This tour is optional for those who want to complete their motorcycle tour
The Biosphere Reserve of Danube Delta – UNESCO World Heritage
It springs from Black Forest Mountains, it flows through 10 European countries for about 2800 km on her long way from Germany to Romania and then the Danube finally reaches its beautiful end: an unique and spectacular delta. After that, its waters drain in the Black Sea. An amazing journey from the Black Forest Mountains to the… Black Sea.
The Danube Delta is the second largest delta in Europe, after the Volga Delta. Geographically speaking, it is the “newest land in Romania”, spreading on about 4000 km2. At the mouths of each channel gradual formation of new land takes place and the delta continues to expand. What’s very curious and somehow funny is that “the oldest land in Romania” is in the small and gnawed Măcin Mountains which are just miles away from the Delta.
Danube Delta is a water world: it has 3 main channels (Sulina, Chilia and Sf. Gheorghe) and hundreds of other small channels and also some bigger or smaller lakes. There are very few roads; here the channels are the streets. You cannot live here without having a boat. A car won’t help you too much. The villages are very inaccessible and small. There are only a few people living in the Danube Delta villages and unfortunately they are very poor. They live mainly form fishing or work in tourism.
Because the Danube Delta is situated in the microclimate affected by the sea, with Mediterranean influences, there is a large biodiversity here. It sounds curious having so much water around to hear this, but this area is the driest in Romania. We register only 300-400 mm of precipitations every year and a huge evaporation level, amplified by the frequent winds.
However the life here is bursting every year when the spring begins: Millions of birds come here to lay eggs, offering an amazing alive landscape to the visitors. You can see here lots of elegant swans, heavy pelicans, long-necked egrets, funny ducks, noisy seagulls and so many other species. There are over 4000 fauna species here, including birds (331 species), mammals (54 species including otters, foxes, wild boars, jackals, deer, wild cats, wild horses etc), fish (135 species), reptiles, insects. Many of these species are protected by law.
The flora is very diverse and spectacular here because of the Mediterranean and sea influence. Here there are some endemic species which are protected by law and which create unique landscapes in Romania, including a species of lianas. The channels are bordered by willows and reed which create a very friendly and beautiful landscape, animated by the birds which fly away from their nests. There are some forests here with antique trees and small willows.
Channels, forests, green willows, lakes, birds: this is what you expect to see. But what do you say if you find out that here there are some sand dunes very similar to the desert ones? Yes, Letea Natural Reserve makes a unique landscape in Romania. And what else can fill this landscape if not the wild horses? Yes, here there are some herds of wild horses that tourists love to see and take pictures of.
However, there is no story can tell better about the Danube Delta than the reality itself. So if you want a unique experience, you have to visit this wonderful and appreciated place, one of the most beautiful deltas in the world!
We leave our bike in Brasov and transfer with our minivan from Brasov to Murighiol (420 km on highway). We will get in to the boat and head to the hearts of Danube Delta. From this point we will be only on the water and our trip will be to beaufifull lakes, chanels full of nesting birds . In the evening we will stop to Crisan remote village to a fisherman guest house.
Starts from the morning we will head to Sulina City (right where the Danube hits Black Sea ). From there we will go with a 4×4 to the Sand Dunes and to see wild horses and get back to Sulina have a lunch and back on the boat to get time to see the newest island Happynes Island , created by the Danube river into the Black sea, full with nests of birds. By night we will reach the small city Sf, Gheorghe where we will stay for the night on the shore of Black Sea.
Price 600 euro /person
– Transfer from Brasov to Murighiol/two ways
– Boat trip on the water
– English speaker guide
– 3 nights accommodation , breakfast included in a share room in 3 stars guest house
– Jeep safary to Letea Forest and wild horses sanctuary
– Special Permit for visiting Danube Delta Sanctuary Wild life and reserve