There is almost always a breeze, which can be very chilly in the winter, but in the summer be sure to wear a hat and cover up if you sunburn easily as some paths have very little shade.
Animals and plantsEdit
If the water buffalo are blocking your path don't rush up and frighten them but just walk closer, wave your hat and politely and firmly tell them "hosht", which is Turkish for "shoo".
A day trip from Samsun is fine if you just want to see the buffaloes and Great White Egret, but bear in mind that on summer weekends the viewing towers and shuttle bus are often crowded. There is unlikely to be public transport all the way to the reserve except possibly from Samsun on some public holidays. From OMÜ Rektörlük / Batı Garajı tramstop in Samsun you can take a minibus to Bafra and then a taxi to the reserve. If coming by coach from Sinop make sure beforehand that they will drop you off in Bafra. If coming from Sinop with a caravan or motorhome you may want to ignore the turnoff in Bafra and continue along the main road to turnoff in Ondokuzmayis, because if you turned off in Bafra you would not be allowed to drive right through the reserve to the caravan park at the Yürükler entrance.
Fees and permitsEdit
Free entry. There is a small fee if you take the shuttle bus.
The road linking the east and west sections is closed to private motor vehicles. You can rent a bicycle or take the shuttle bus.
Pictures of all the birds with their English, Latin and Turkish names are here.
Chalet style bungalows are planned to open in June 2020.
There is a caravan site at one entrance.
There are no particular dangers but if you have any concerns there are gendarmes (jandarma) at both ends of the road which is closed to private motor vehicles. The national number for phoning gendarmes is 156.
|Routes through Kızılırmak Delta Bird Reserve|
|Amasra ← Sinop ←||W E||→ Samsun → Ordu|