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One week in the private ULTIMA FRONTIERA Reserve

We have started the bird photography tours in the Danube Delta area in 2011 and developed our classic tour to be as diverse as possible. However we often had the request of a tour which would only focus on the Danube Delta itself without the Dobrudja area. Nowadays we have two such a tour: one is our Danube Delta Special with our unique photo-boat and floating hides while this other one visits the fantastic private reserve in the extreme north of the Danube Delta. This is a great single based holiday where Golden Jackal photography is amazing! The tour is based in a private fishpond system area where the Delta birdlife has concentrated into a relative small place (1000 hectare). Our partner company together with Sakertour`s experts developed it`s bird photo hide network from 2013 which is now available for you!

Fixed dates only.
Recommended period between May and July

18 – 25 May 2019 – 2 places available

8 days (7 nights)

Day 1. The tour begins in Bucharest from where we will transfer you to Tulcea, where the transfer boat waiting for us. Today is a long travelling day for you therefore to reach the accommodation deep inside the Delta you need to arrive Bucharest at 14.00 o`clock at latest! Our cozy accommodation is located nearby Periprava village at Ultima Frontiera estate. This place is the last village along the Chilia arm of the Northern Danube Delta, a really remote and wild area, perfect place for you as a bird / nature photographer.

Days 2 - 4. We have three full days inside the fishpond system where different hides are available for you. Early morning we can start with Golden Jackal photography, one of the main target species of the area. Two hides are available for this nice and secretive mammal but one of the hide is regularly visited by a pair of White-tailed Eagle too! When the food disappeared you can have a chance to choose another hide until lunch. In the last period the number of hides growing constantly and now you have a possibility to choose such photo targets like Little Owl, Bee-eater, Marsh Harrier, Hoopoe, Roller, Kingfisher, Pygmy Cormorant & Egrets, Ferruginous Duck, Black and Grey-headed Woodpecker and so on.
Lunch in the restaurant than you have time to rest a couple of hours, download your images than afternoon photography until the last hours in your preferred hide. Stalking photography also possible using silent and camouflage electric cars!

Day 5 - 6. Half of the group going to try the photo-boat and visiting various lakes and lagoons to get close to targets like Black- necked and Red-necked Grebes, Black and Whiskered Terns, White and Dalmatian Pelicans, Glossy Ibis, Squacco Heron. Rest of the group can try different hides inside the fishpond system or using electric cars for stalking such birds like Bearded Tit, Penduline Tit or Cuckoo.
After lunch and a midday siesta you can try your favorite hide but you will have a chance to visit a Collared Pratincole breeding area as well to take some pictures about these handsome and very characteristic birds.

Day 7. Today`s morning main plan is to visit a coastal lagoon for Great Black-headed or Palla`s Gull by boat. This place is the most reliable place for this species where the first breeding was discovered in 2009. We returning to Hotel for lunch than after midday siesta you can try your favorite hide again.

Day 8 After the early morning photography than breakfast we will return you to Bucharest. Recommended departure time is from 16.00 PM due to the long travelling!

Our daily routine is to have two photo session in a day. The morning session usually starts at 5.00 AM and finishes around 11.00, than the photographers have lunch than 2-3 hours rest before you going out for the afternoon session. Most photography will take place form fixed hides built in different places of the private fishpond area and from a photo-boat. Electric cars are available for stalking photography as well!

Recommended equipment:
This tour will offer you very diverse photographing opportunities. Therefore, we suggest that you bring along lenses from fish-eye and wide angle to 300mm and 600mm ones.

Expected number of birds species photographed on this tour:
30-40 species

What to bring:
torch, binocular, tripod, insect repellent, waterproof and/or slipping proof sandals or slippers, wind proof clothing, sun block and hat

Accommodation & Road Transport:
The hotel is a modern and new 4 star accommodation and has nice spacious rooms with free WiFi access!
Road transport is by minibus than boat transfer from Tulcea by a fast, covered boat.

The walking effort is mostly easy throughout the tour.

In May-June-July most days are warm, dry and sunny and temperature is up to 30C. We will focus on the early morning and late afternoon hours however so it will not be inconvenient.

Group size and prices:
The minimum group size is 4 photographers
The maximum group size is 6 photographers
Tour price: 1830 euro/person
This price is based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is 154 euro/person

Deposit: 400 euro (due with booking)
As soon as you fill out a booking form we will send you a deposit invoice and information of the final payment.

Booking conditions

The price includes:
Bucharest-to-Bucharest all inclusive
The use of the unique photo-through panorama hides
The use of the unique photo-boat with
All transportation throughout the tour
All meals
All accommodation
All entrance fees
Local guides

The price excludes:
International flight to Bucharest
Alcoholic drinks
Services of personal nature (telephone calls, laundry etc.)
Tips to guides

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