Discover Georgia
Discover protected areas and national parks in Georgia - Part 4
21 August, 2018
Georgia will surprise visitors by the variety of its landscapes and nature. This small country has everything for all kinds of visitors. Kazbegi National Park– is located on the northern slopes of the Caucasus and is distinguished by its high mountains. The area has a variety of local birds and animals. Alpine pastures and forests make the place even more wonderful to observe. Even though the infrastructure is not well developed, it is the most frequently visited place by tourists. The
park is responsible for the conservation of the Gergeti Triniti, a stunning church, dating back to the 14th century.
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The Gergeti Triniti, Kazbegi, Photo courtesy: www.apa.gov.ge

Javakheti Protected Areas– located in the southern part of Georgia, Javakheti is a woodless region. The park includes the biggest lake in Georgia, Lake Paravani , a lot of other lakes and the highest point of the region, Mount Great Abuli which is 3300 metres above sea level. Tourists can also visit a cave system and Monastery at Vardzia, where old cave residences were dug out of the rock .
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Javakheti Protected Areas, Photo courtesy: www.apa.gov.ge

The complex of Samegrelo and Okatse Natural Monuments – covers the western part of Georgia. It is full of canyons, waterfall sand cave monuments– Okatse canyon and waterfall, the Baldi canyon, the canyon of Gochkadili,and the Motena cave. Tours are available during the April-October period. It includes three municipalities: Martvili, Khoni and Chkhorotsku.
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Okatse Canyon, Photo courtesy: www.turebi.ge

Chachuna Managed Reserve – located in the south-eastern part of Georgia. Its flora and fauna is unique to a dry and semi-dry climate and ecosystem. The area covers Khornabuji Castle, Niko Pirosmanashvili Museum and the Dedoplistskaro cave complex. The castle was built in the 4th century by King Vakhtang Gorgasali. The museum is home to the original works of the famous Georgian painter Niko Pirosmani. And the cave is a rock curved temple covered in fresco paintings.
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Chachuna Managed Reserve, Photo courtesy: www.apa.gov.ge

Protected Areas in the Occupied Territories of GeorgiaAbkhazeti Protected Areas located in the northwestern part of Georgia, includes the Gumista, Fskhu, Skurchi, Ritsa and Bichvinta- Miuseri reserves. Surrounded by the Caucasus Mountains, they conserve the endemic deciduous and conifer trees, and the forests around Ritsi Lake. Liakhvi Reserve is another occupied territory which has a protected area in Tskhinvali, Shida Kartli (eastern Georgia). The reserve seeks to conserve the subalpine forests and noble deer found only in this part of the central Caucasus.
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Ritsi reserve, Photo courtesy: www.intermedia.ge

First photo courtesy: www.apa.gov.ge


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