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Kızılırmak Delta Bird Reserve is about 50 km from Samsun in the Central Black Sea Region of Turkey.



Wetland marsh with a birdwatching tower in the background
Coastal Floodplain Forest

Flat obviously.

Summer snowflake (Leucojum aestivum) at Kızılırmak Delta
Sea daffodil (Pancratium maritimum) at Kızılırmak Delta


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".

Get inEdit

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.

Get aroundEdit

The road linking the east and west sections is closed to private motor vehicles. You can rent a bicycle or take the shuttle bus.


Middle spotted woodpecker (Dendrocoptes medius) at the delta

Pictures of all the birds with their English, Latin and Turkish names are here.




Buffalo cheese


Buffalo yogurt.


Buffalo milk



Chalet style bungalows are planned to open in June 2020.


There is a caravan site at one entrance.


Stay safeEdit

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.

Go nextEdit

Routes through Kızılırmak Delta Bird Reserve
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