Codru Natural Reservation

Codru forest, the most known in Moldova, is situated in the center of the country to the northwest of Chisinau. It was founded in 1971 and occupies an area of 5,177 ha. The forest is made up of valleys and ravines at one point reaching 380 meters.

There are more than 1,000 species of protected plants, representing half of Moldova's flora; 43 species of mammals; 145 species of birds; 7 species of reptiles; 10 species of fish; and more of 8,000 species of insects. Most of trees are tall oaks and beeches. The reserve also includes a museum.

Location

Lozova village, Straserni, 45 km distance to Chisinau

Accessibility

Access is grated by reserve administration

Contact

Tel: (+373 237) 47 386

Entry Fee

5-10 lei for local

25 lei for international tourists

Activities

Nature Museum

 

Iagorlic Reservation

The Iagorlic Reservation it located on the east side of the Nistru River, in Transnistria, near the villages Iagorlic and Goian. The reserve includes the Goian Bay and its surroundings with a total area of 1,044 ha that includes 563 ha of forests. The reserve is home to numerous flora and fauna species.

The reserve was founded in 1988 to conserve and study the environmental conditions characteristic to lakes near the Nistru River, creating favorable conditions for reproduction and preservation of rare species of plants and animals. A 1.5 km protection zone surrounds the reserve.

Location

Goian village, Transnistria, Moldova, 55 km distance from Chisinau

Accessibility

Access is grated by reserve administration

Contact

Tel: (+373 215) 5-85-06,

GSM: (+373)  777-105-48

Activities

Hiking on set path

 

Padurea Domneasca (Royal Forest) Natural Reservation

The Padurea Domneasca (Royal Forest) Natural Reservation is the largest in Moldova, covering an area of 6,032 ha. It was founded in 1993. It is located in Glodeni along a stretch of land that borders the Prut River on the border with Romania.

The reserve includes various tree species, including willows, oaks, poplars, and beeches. Moldova's largest and oldest stand of old-growth oak trees can be found in the reserve; the oldest tree is recorded to be more than 450 years old. It is also home to many birds, most notably herons, which nest in the trees near the river. The herons are so abundant that the local people call the area the "land of the herons". Many animals can also be found in the reservation, including a small herd of bison, brought to the reserve after an agreement with the Polish government. Another interesting attraction within the reserve is a landscape of hills and knolls called the "one hundred hill"; to this day how they were formed remains a mystery.

Location

Cuhnesti village, Glodeni, 189 km distance to Chisinau

Accessibility

Access is grated by reserve administration

Contact

Te: (+373 249) 24 998 / 26 178

Entry Fee

5-10 lei for local

25 lei for international tourists

Activities

Zimbu (bison) farm, fishing, picnic 

 

Plaiul Fagului (Land Of Beeches) Natural Reservation

The Plaiul Fagului (Land of Beeches) Natural Reservation is located northwest of Chisinau near Ungheni. It was established in 1992 on the territory of a former hunting reserve, Radenii Vechi. The reserve covers an area of 5,642 ha, the majority of which is forested; beech, oak, ash, hornbeam and English oak trees predominate.

It is rich in flora and fauna, with more than 900 plant species, 40 species of animals, including deer, 140 bird species, and more. The reserve is picturesque and part of the greater Codru forest ecosystem. It contains narrow summits with deep valleys, steep slopes, and clear spring waters feed streams that flow into the Bic River. The reserve is situated on some of the highest ground in the country, nearby Balanesti hill (480 m), Moldova's highest point.

Location

Radenii Vechi village, Ungheni,  75 km distance to Chisinau

Accessibility

Access is grated by reserve administration

Contact

Tel: (+373 236) 95 535 / 93 571

Entry Fee

5-10 lei for local

25 lei for international tourists

 

Prutul De Jos (Lower Prut) Natural Reservation

The Prutul de Jos (Lower Prut) Natural Reservation is located in southern Moldova between the Prut River and Slobozia Mare village, south of Cahul. It covers 1,691 ha, which includes 312 ha of forest and Lake Beleu (10 km2).

The reserve was founded in 1991 to protect the flora and fauna of the lake and the surrounding wetlands. It includes 270 species of plants; 241 species of animals, including 34 species of mammals, 7 reptiles, and 11 amphibians; 168 bird species; and 42 species of fish. Reserve is a refuge for many rare plant species and is also important for many migratory bird species (little egret, big egret, white stork, swan, pelican, white kingfisher, herons, white-headed duck, storks, marsh bittern, yellow Heron, etc.), which nest and breed near the lake. Water levels in the lake vary depending upon spring and summer floods and upon the water levels of Prut and Danube rivers.

Location

Slobozia Mare village, Cahul, 210 km distance to Chisinau

Accessibility

Access is grated by reserve administration

Contact

Tel: (+373 235) 6-13-39

Entry Fee

5-10 lei for local

25 lei for international tourists

Activities

Bird watching, boat trips

Festivals or Events

Festival « Dulce Floare de Salcam » (link)