Rusenski Lom Nature Park and Srebarna

What is included in Rusenski Lom Nature Park and Srebarna:

Bird Watching !

A long weekend in the distant northeast…

Route: Sofia – Tabachka – the Rusenski Lom River – Vetren – Srebarna Nature Reserve

Highlights: Birdwatching, the Rusenski Lom River, Srebarna Nature Reserve

Day 1

Friday afternoon (4 p.m.) we leave for the village of Tabachka (5 hours), where we will spend the night.

Day 2

Hike and birdwatching in the canyon of the Rusenski Lom River.

The park is a true bird paradise. A lot of birds which are endangered in Europe could be seen here and this is why the area has been declared to be of chief ornithological significance.

The multitude of holes, rails, and terraces in the cliffs create the perfect conditions for cliff-nesting birds like the golden eagle, the long-legged buzzard, the ruddy shelduck, the saker falcon, the lesser kestrel, the rock pigeon, the Eurasian eagle-owl, the Alpine swift, etc.

A lot of migratory birds could be encountered here, too, and the black stork deserves our special attention. There are about a hundred species, nesting in the nature park. We might also be luck to see the spotted eagle, the hawk, the European honey buzzard, the tawny owl, the long-eared owl, herons and almost all species of woodpeckers.

The area is also a very important butterfly habitat. The specimens which could be seen here are: the scarce swallowtail, the death’s-head hawkmoth, the mountain Apollo, the tiger butterfly, etc.

In the plant world, the 13 species of orchids and the 5 species of irises deserve special attention.

Apart from the biological diversity, we will enjoy some history, facing the Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovo – a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

In the evening we leave for the village of Vetren, which is located close to Lake Srebarna. We spend the night in the village.

Duration – 8 hours.

Day 3

Srebarna Nature Reserve

After breakfast we head towards Lake Srebarna and its surroundings, which comprise Srebarna Nature Reserve, declared as such in 1948. It is also a part of the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The opulence of feathered fellows is conditioned by the fact that the migratory flyway Via Pontica, connecting Europe and Africa, passes through the reserve. Over 200 species of birds nest on its territory. From them, endangered species are the Dalmatian pelican (Pelecanus crispus), the pygmy cormorant (Phalacrocorah pygmeus), the ferruginous duck (Aythya nyroca), the greater white-fronted goose (Anser albifrons) and the great egret (Ardea alba).

Other specimens include: the glossy ibis, the Eurasian spoonbill, the mute swan, the greylag goose, the western marsh harrier, the bluethroat, the bearded reedling, many duck species, etc.

After filling up our eyes and cameras with those multi-coloured creatures of nature, we will have lunch on the bank of the Danube and then we will head back to Sofia.

Duration – 8 hours.

Price: 100 EUR per person.

Price includes – guide services and an ornithologist.

Travel is shared.

The approximate price for a night is 10 EUR and you pay it when we get there.

Important: Departure and travel times are approximate and they depend on the pace of the whole group. These also include time for rest.

The guide has the right to change the route upon unexpected circumstances!

For the trek you will need insurance, dry food and water.

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