Srebarna Nature Reserve
Srebarna Nature Reserve
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Nik R
By Nik R
Nice few hours around Srebarna
5.0 of 5 bubblesJun 2021
We visited the Nature Reserve at Srebarna in the early June during a recent visit to the town of Silistra, hoping at that time we would avoid the hordes of mosquitoes and the heat which could be terrible along the Danube in the middle and end of the summer. But alas, we experienced both in full! We started with a tour of the Natural History Museum, interesting and informative, although the exhibits, mainly stuffed animals and birds, looked old but well maintained nevertheless. On the top floor, there are a couple of telescopes for watching the pelicans but they are too far away unfortunately, but this is the point of having a nature reserve - leaving the animals alone. It was amazing to find out that more than 190 species of birds permanently nest or temporarily reside in the reserve. At the end of the visit you can watch 2 interesting short movies about Srebarna and the animals but in Bulgarian only. Then we went for a walk along the eco-path, a dirt road actually, which follows the western border of the reserve to the Danube where is a small fishing village. But due to the heat and mostly because of the mosquitoes we took our car and roamed just some parts of the path and its final part is accessible by off-road vehicles only. Along the path, here and there are some observation decks and gazebos but for good bird-watching you are gonna need a binocular, luckily I had mine with us. Try to avoid stepping out of the dirt road as there is lush vegetation along the road with some swampy areas and we saw a good number of snakes crossing the road. All in all, I can say we spent nice few hours around Srebarna! Then you can go to the village of Vetren where, right on the bank of the Danube, is an awesome open-air canteen-like restaurant with a good variety of river fish to choose from.

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fjane84
Island of Malta, Malta669 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
We were happy to see the pelicans and other birds from a distance with binoculars but a scope is needed for good views.
We did not see any birdwatching hides, only a couple platforms and gazebos. There were a few signs and a visitor centre. There are Porta loos regularly along the path.
The place is infested with mosquitos, literally infested. So you cannot peacefully do anything when we went in July. Also it was unbearably hot, 35 c. Everyone else was going along the path by car.
Part of the path there are views every so often to the lake but then only dense shrubs and no view, no maps explained the lack of view so you end up walking for a long time without seeing anything but mosquitos.
More could be done here to make it more user friendly to tourists.
Written July 28, 2020
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Nik R
Varna, Bulgaria6,664 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
We visited the Nature Reserve at Srebarna in the early June during a recent visit to the town of Silistra, hoping at that time we would avoid the hordes of mosquitoes and the heat which could be terrible along the Danube in the middle and end of the summer. But alas, we experienced both in full!
We started with a tour of the Natural History Museum, interesting and informative, although the exhibits, mainly stuffed animals and birds, looked old but well maintained nevertheless. On the top floor, there are a couple of telescopes for watching the pelicans but they are too far away unfortunately, but this is the point of having a nature reserve - leaving the animals alone. It was amazing to find out that more than 190 species of birds permanently nest or temporarily reside in the reserve. At the end of the visit you can watch 2 interesting short movies about Srebarna and the animals but in Bulgarian only.
Then we went for a walk along the eco-path, a dirt road actually, which follows the western border of the reserve to the Danube where is a small fishing village. But due to the heat and mostly because of the mosquitoes we took our car and roamed just some parts of the path and its final part is accessible by off-road vehicles only. Along the path, here and there are some observation decks and gazebos but for good bird-watching you are gonna need a binocular, luckily I had mine with us. Try to avoid stepping out of the dirt road as there is lush vegetation along the road with some swampy areas and we saw a good number of snakes crossing the road.
All in all, I can say we spent nice few hours around Srebarna!
Then you can go to the village of Vetren where, right on the bank of the Danube, is an awesome open-air canteen-like restaurant with a good variety of river fish to choose from.
Written July 20, 2021
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Oracle2win
Sofia, Bulgaria163 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
If you want to explore this place take time and binocular and walk through the eco-path ( around 4-5 km in one direction )
Written April 27, 2019
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Lowyr
Ithaca, NY149 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2013 • Solo
The reserve is mainly one lake that stretches towards the Danube river. Its excellent for birder since its has the only breeding colony of the Dalmatian pelican in Bulgaria. But much more can be discovered, I was there during migration and could see many many birds!
For non birders looking for some activity it might be boring BUT for everyone who is looking for a peaceful and quiet place Srebana is is the place to go. The hike are nice and one has most times the reserve for oneself.
Written May 31, 2014
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snakeyear
Varna3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Srebarna lake is a draw for bird watchers fron all over the world, however, you don't need have a special interest in birdlife to enjoy this location.
We visited in late autumn and enjoyed a walk by the lake. We found the location really beautiful and peaceful. We virtually had the place to ourselves.
At the end of the lake we walked a short distance through trees and came to the banks of the Danube. On a cold but sunny day the Danube really was an amazing colour blue.
Although not on the major tourist trail in Bulgaria, this area, and especially the Srebarna reserve, does offer a lot to nature lovers.
Written August 29, 2007
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Shelbypoppit
Dobrich, Bulgaria3,114 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Friends
Beautiful place where nature takes over. Lots of walks and fantastic sights especially the pelicans. We stayed in a lovely guest house near by (Pelican Lodge?) and the guide was great and very informative
Written January 21, 2016
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Jaybird
Chesterfield, UK3,274 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Couples
This place is well worth a visit for anyone who is interested in wildlife. Plenty of birds to be seen, insects and wild flowers too. We were fortunate enought to get a lovely distant view of the Dalmatian Pelicans breeding on the lake as well as a good sighting of Purple Heron among many others.
Written July 15, 2014
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Bogdan B
Brasov, Romania246 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018
Nice place but looks abandoned. The road around the lake is very bad. You need to be there in a certain perioad of the year to see the birds.
Written September 11, 2018
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Kaloyan Y
Sofia, Bulgaria19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Couples
The museum and the infrastructure could be improved, but the natural reserve is just amazing. You may walk (or drive slowly, but walk is so much better) from one side of Srebarna to Danube, which is about 3 km and to watch amazing view towards the lake and the birds.
Written May 1, 2017
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AndreeaConstantin
Bucharest, Romania391 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Couples
This time we didn't have as much time as we wanted to spend here. But in the 2 hours we drove and walked here, the only feeling we left with is that one that we should return for a day here in order to be able to see, and hear and observe all the miracles and beauties that nature gathered here.
It is just awesome for the people who love nature, birds, walks in nature along with all beings.
Written May 6, 2015
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