The Danube Delta – The hidden paradise

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The Danube springs from Germany and it gathers all the tributary streams from 10 countries and crosses 4 capital cities. After covering about 2900 km, Danube flows into the Black Sea, forming a delta.


The Danube Delta (Delta Dunarii in Romanian) is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is located in the far eastern corner of Romania, at the border with Ukraine and is world famous for its saline-marine ecosystems.


Related to the surface of Romania, the Danube Delta is situated in the Southeastern part of the country. Its surface, together with the complex of lagoons Razim-Sinoe measures 5170 km2. Delta alone has a surface of 2600 km2 and this surface increases every year with 40 m because of the 67 million tones of alluvial deposits brought by the river.


The Danube branches into three main arms into the delta, Chilia, Sulina, and Sfântu Gheorghe.

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The first two branches form the Tulcea arm, which continues as a single body for several kilometers after the separation with Chilia arm. At the mouths of each arm alluvionary processes take place, sign that the delta is continuing its expansion.

The Danube Delta presents a very particular interest from scientific, tourist and economical points of view.

It is one of the few places that meet the requirements of travelers who want to profit from moments of peace and quiet during their vacation. Unique landscape can be admired: long picturesque stretches shaded by luxuriant plants; water lilies and endless areas of reed; willow, poplar and alder groves; flocks of swans, pelicans and wild ducks and geese; creepers and venerable oaks that make these places look like a real jungle.

The Danube Delta is a genuine fauna paradise.

Rowing boat on canal
98% of the aquatic European fauna lives here.

Situated on major migratory routes, and providing adequate conditions for nesting and hatching, the Danube Delta is a magnet for birds from six major eco-regions of the world, including the Mongolian, Arctic and Siberian. There are over 320 species of birds found in the delta during summer, of which 166 are hatching species and 159 are migratory. Over one million individuals like swans, wild ducks, bald coots, etc. winter here.
Among the mammals of delta's ecosystem there are: otter, mink, little ermine, wild boar, wild cat, fox, hare, enot dog, bizam, nutria, more rarely wolf.

 

I’ve been there and here are some tips for you:

Mosquitoes are quite a problem there.

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Bring anti mosquito spray and lotion and don’t forget to have protective tent net (baldaquin) if you’re camping. If you choose to stay near the Black sea where the sea breeze is present than there won’t be so many mosquitoes.

- If you like fishing and eating fish you are in the right place. I like fishing a lot and for me it was heaven. Also you’ll find restaurants serving you hundreds of fish dishes so you definitely find something you like.

- Take a trip on the canals and see the wild life, it’s fabulous.

- This is one of the most relaxing and quiet places on earth, so if you need to relax than this is the place to be. Best way to do this is to camp somewhere so you wont be disturbed by other tourists.

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- You can take a cool bath in the canals as the water is great and its good fun, just beware of leeches. Avoid bathing in small and tight canals.

- I was there around august and the weather was quite hot and you can get burned. Bring sun lotion. And if you plan to stay long in the sun bring an umbrella also (there are places that have no natural shade). Hydrate!

- If you are camping remember to take all your trash when you leave. Remember this is a protected ecosystem plus there is little probability that someone will come and clean after you. You can also get fined if you are littering. There are also special camping places that have current water, shower rooms, garbage disposals, electricity, etc

- Bring an angling rod and fish its loads of fun :)  Even if you aren’t a good fisherman or don’t know anything about fishing, trust me you will have a catch! There’s loads of fish in the water.

- You can ask some of the locals, for a modest sum of money, to take you on a rowing boat trip around the place. It’s better than the motor boat and you can have more time to relax and enjoy the places.

- If you don’t like camping you’ll find loads of pensions and hotels that can offer you accommodation and motor boat cruises.

shirlan says:
beautiful place
Posted on: May 15, 2008
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