Explore one of the highest breeding densities of white-tailed eagles in continental Europe, the Oder Delta. The area has diverse wildlife and many attractions, including the spectacular attraction of rutting red deer in the nearby meadows and forests.
Oder Delta is one of the top places in Europe for white-tailed eagles watching. Around 100 pairs of the white-tailed eagles are nesting in the Oder Delta. Visit this remarkable place and take the opportunity to photograph them in action, hunting for fish even 10-20 meters from the boat. Oder Delta has diverse wildlife, birdlife and many other attractions within the area.
The Oder Delta is an important stop-over site for migrating water birds using the East Atlantic Flyway, annually recording more than a quarter of a million birds during migrations and reaching 150,000 individuals in winter.
Apart from birds, Oder Delta offers a high density of wildlife so you can also watch Red deer, Roe deer, Badger, Red fox, Wild boar, Hare, and Konik horses.
Winter highlights species are: Greater Scaup, Smew, Goosander, Golden Eye, Pochard, Greylag Goose, Great egret, Grey heron, Whooper swan, Long-tailed duck, Common scoter, Velvet scoter, Horned grebe, Red-breasted Merganser, Black-throated loon, Red-throated loon. Early spring is a time for watching: Common crane, Ruff, Redshank, White-fronted Goose, Bean Goose, Barnacle Goose, Shelduck, Gadwall, Wigeon.
Day 1. Arrival at the accommodation in the small Polish village in the Oder Delta. Meet your guides and talk about the highlights of the region and stay in the Oder Delta guesthouse. Depending on arrival time and weather conditions, dinner will be served outside. Before or after dinner, a short walk is possible
Day 2. After the hearty Polish breakfast, you will take a boat from a fisherman harbour and you will begin bird watching and looking for White-tailed eagle.
The boat trip will take three hours. Later, free time to use at your leisure, go for a walk, explore the coast of the Szczecin Lagoon, find the beaver signs, birdwatch, or just chill out in the garden. Depending on a weather condition dinner will be served outside or at the campfire, with listening and watching wildlife and birdlife around the guesthouse.
Day 3. In the morning after breakfast, your guide will lead you to a place when you can photograph and watch birds typically for the season of your visit. Departure after lunch.
The cost includes: One white-tailed eagle boat safari - three hours, one birdlife safari using camouflage system/ or a hide/or a walk - three hours ; two-nights stay in a rural guesthouse in a single or double room, the meals: hearty polish breakfast with a packed lunch and dinner each day;
The cost does not include: Train/Flights. Other lunches and dinners than included in the programme. Personal items. Alcoholic beverages and extra meals. It does not include the travel insurance policy, luggage, equipment and medical insurance.
What to bring: We recommend you to dress in layers. Hiking shoes, sun hat, water bottle, daypack, long pants, rain pants, hat and gloves, jacket, raincoat or poncho, sun protection cream, and non smelling mosquito/tick repellent. Binoculars, personal toiletries/medicines and a sense of adventure!
Rewilding Europe Levy: 5% of your booking sum goes to the local Rewilding Europe organization.
The Oder Delta is becoming increasingly well-known as a rewilding area and prominent nature tourism destination.
Rewilding Europe is developing a network of local wilderness guides, wildlife watching tours and hides, lodging and other nature-based enterprises that are creating jobs and burgeoning support for rewilding.
The Oder Delta team is working with partners to boost biodiversity in the delta by improving habitats. The eagle is one of the rarest breeding bird species, with only about 100 breeding pairs left in the northeastern part of the country, most of them in the Oder Delta rewilding area and its surroundings. Nest protection shields were also installed to protect eagle nests against predation in order to boost breeding success.
The Rewilding Oder Delta team is now working to restore fish populations and fish migration in the Stettin Lagoon, a Natura 2000 site and Important Bird Area on the Polish side. Activities include the rewilding of river banks, the restoration of natural hydrodynamics, the removal of obstacles to support fish migration, and the re-wetting of areas adjacent to waterways.
We love the Oder Delta, it is amazing to live here. We can enjoy an incredible wildlife and a wide variety of bird species. We feel like a guest in the nature. We have the best job in the world, which is to create memorable experiences for our guests to bring back home.
We are always looking for the best spots to watch birdlife and wildlife and to guide our safaris. It is our way of life and our passion. Nature tourism brings a chance to develop the region where we live. Our dream is to keep the Oder Delta as wild and natural as it is now.
We welcome you to visit this undiscovered place, experience unbelievable wildlife in the centre of Europe and fall in love with the Oder Delta, just as we did.
We are founders of Oder Delta Safaris and we run a rural accommodation in the small village of Kopice.
Iwona and Reginald