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Programmes by the Danube-Drava National Park directorate in GEMENC and in the area

Category: Nature | Date: 21.07.2014.

Visitors coming to the area can choose from several interesting program options in the romantic forest of the Gemenc floodplain. During memorable guided tours one can learn about the unique flora and fauna of the floodplain, can participate in exciting canoe trips, bird watching and the opportunity is provided for a unique nature shooting..


The world of the scenic floodplain of the Gemenc area is located in the area of Sárköz by the Danube. Its territory is interwoven by the "degrees", which are partly natural, partly man made narrow channels. They used to provide the possibility of the flooding of the interior areas to assist the livelihood of farmers living in the woods. The flora of the floodplain is characterized by willow-shrubs, soft-and hardwood forests. We can come across summer snowflakes, scillas of the Danube and wild grapes. The outstanding values of its fauna are the protected kingfisher, the endarngered osprey, black stork and the black kite. Gemenc is renowned for its excellent deer and wild boar population, and therefore it one of the most important hunting grounds in our country. Gemenc can be visited on designated hiking trails and educational paths without restraint. Here lies, of national significance, the Blue Path of Paul Rockenbauer South Transdanubian trail as well..

Programmes in Gemenc

1. Life on the floodplain – hiking the educational path of Bárányfok

Participants of the tour while hiking the educational path can learn about the typical Gemenc floodplain and floodplain-forest habitats and the most important species of the abundant wildlife. Throughout the program you can learn a lot of interesting information about the characteristics of high and low floodplain, the importance of the deadwood in natural forests and about floodplain management, the livelihood of our ancestors.

2. "Conquering beaver" canoe trips

The guided canoe trip takes you down the romantic Old-Danube, which was once the main stream of the Danube. Participants can learn about the lifestyle of beavers living in the area, can admire the forest of the river floodplain and the water birds living here.

3. Nature photography

Gemenc provides excellent subjects for nature photographers, both amateur and professional. The lakes hidden deep in the forest are frequently visited by animals, one should patiently to wait in silence to see feeding black storks, great egret, water chestnuts eating wild boars or a cooling herd of deer. There is always something going on, which could be interesting for any nature photographer.

The bird migration period is from spring to autumn. In these months, the most appropriate is to take photos from an lurking-tent. There is an opportunity for the photographer to spend all day at a certain place. In this case, according to the season the guest should take his place in the ambush before daybreak, and should leave it with the attendant before it gets dark. It is also possible to take a break from the all-day shooting (it is usual in the hot summer months), when in the morning around 9 or 10 o'clock the attendant takes the photographer back to his accommodation and at around 3 or 4 in the afternoon they return to the same place or another location and the shooting may continue from the lurking-tent.

Towards the end of August, in September, during the deer rutting period, the lurking tent is rarely used, especially if the photographer guest is staying in Gemenc for several days. The troating males usually needs to be stalked in order to take pictures of it. This is called stalking photography. Of course, the photographer has to go before sun down, and this is also discontinued during the day. In this case, we carry the "light gear" together - the attendent helps to take the tripod (mostly). This method is used for shooting wild boar, deer or even when shooting predators, too...

4. The natural resources of the Nyéki-Danube backwater

4 a, Birdwatching at Nyéki-Danube backwater

Participants can find out many interesting things about the water plant and reed interwoven world of Nyéki-Danube backwater, and one can learn about the birds living here and monitoring is also possible. The program is complemented by a bird ringing show.

4 b, Guided tour through the educational path of the Nyéki-Danube backwater

During roaming the educational path starting at the weir keeper's house in Pörböly, visitors can find out many interesting facts about the flora and fauna of Gemenc, and can admire from the bird watching observation tower the highly protected, water plant and reed interwoven world of Nyéki-Danube backwater as well.

5. Guided tour through the educational paths in the loess canyons

The Hills of Szekszárd is Hungary's principally erosion compromised micro-region but the deep valleys and steep-walled canyons with their underground streams and loess bridges provide very special pictures. While roaming the two educational paths we can get acquainted with the special geological values, the wildlife and the cultural relics of the area .

5 a, Guided tour through the Benedek educational path

During roaming the path one can learn about the formation of "szurdiks" (roads in the loess), their flora and fauna and the carved embankments of cave dwellings. Visitors can see the birthplace of Mihály Babits, and the Hermit chapel. On the way from the roof of Cserhát there is anunforgettable panoramic view of the valley and of Sárköz and of the vast forests of Gemenc.

5 b, Guided tour through Parásztai educational path

During the tour, visitors can get acquainted with the the flora and fauna, the development, and the specific landforms of "loess canyons" and with the history of grapes and wine in Szekszárd. In the wall of "Csontos canyon" animal and human bones can be observed, which bear witness to the past times..

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