Provence: Birds and wild horses in the Camargue

  • Wild horses in Camargue, Provence, France

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    Wild horses in Camargue, Provence, France

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  • Flamingos in Camargue, Provence, France

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    Flamingos in Camargue, Provence, France

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  • Camargue salt marshes, Provence, France

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    Camargue salt marshes, Provence, France

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Provence: Birds and wild horses in the Camargue camargue fr

For a safari in a wild, natural area that’s just an hour’s drive from Marseille, Aix-en-Provence and Avignon, head for the Camargue. This natural space has unique landscapes filled with reeds, lagoons and tidal marshes where you’ll find wild bulls and horses roaming about. Through your binoculars you’ll see a paradise of 400 species of migratory birds, including the largest colony of flamingos in Europe: truly one of Provence’s best-kept secrets.

The Camargue’s horses are the world’s oldest living breed, with a characteristic grey colour, love of salt water and ability to withstand extreme elements. Despite being semi-wild they are even-tempered and suitable for riding. Continuously living in the salty marshes has led to evolutionary advances including extremely broad hooves, which allow them better footing in the mud, water and grasses of the area. The Camargue is also the only place in France – and one of the few anywhere around the Mediterranean – where pink flamingos nest; the population can reach 20,000 couples grouped into flocks.

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