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Visiting a new country and wandering through the streets of its big cities is exciting and exhilarating. However, if you are a nature lover or like to have a unique experience, you’d want to get rid of the city hustle and get lost in the wildness for a couple of days. Luckily, Georgia has plenty of places to do exactly that as our list reveals.
I certainly don’t mean the high peaks of the Caucasus, but Georgia is a very mountainous region offering numerous opportunities for those who love hiking and spending two-three days in nature. Here, you can hike in National Parks or from one remote mountainous area to another; the possibilities are endless. And don’t worry if you are a beginner, those hiking trails suit everyone – newbies, amateurs, and professionals. All you need is the correct hiking shoes and a strong will.
Another way to get off the grid in Georgia is to go fishing in the country’s various lakes. You can fish for free in several lakes in Georgia, such as Sioni Reservoir, Shaori Lake and River Dzirula. But note that you might try a whole day and not catch a thing. Thus, there are a couple of private entities which guarantee you’ll land a fish. Try out Ziari, Debeda and Lopota lakes.
Looking for some extreme adventure and adrenaline? Try out white water rafting on the five rivers of Georgia. The season starts from mid-April and lasts until mid-October. The most popular months are May and June when water reaches its highest levels. And if you are a beginner, you might want to book the following months: July, August, and September.
Lagodekhi Protected Areas, located in the north-eastern part of the southern slopes of the Caucasus, is one of the world’s best-preserved national parks with diverse flora and fauna. The area is home to the East Caucasian tur, chamois, and red deer. If your eyes are not used to spotting the animals in their natural habitat, it might be difficult for you to see any. But for an additional cost, you can hire a guide at the administrative center of the park.
Kolkheti National Park is one of the most important national parks of the country. The main attraction here is a boat tour on Lake Paliastomi and river Pichori gorge to explore breathtaking lakeshore scenery, secondary wet meadows, tall thickets of bulrush and thick cover of royal fern. Besides this, you can observe migratory birds from the birdwatching tower, some of which are rare species that seek out a safe place to settle.
Javakheti Protected Areas boasts lakes, sub-alpine and alpine meadows and unique swamps. From the birdwatching towers, you can watch up to 140 species of nesting and migrating birds throughout the year. However, the best period is from April until October.
Besides birdwatching you can hike up the seven trails of the area, or enjoy horse riding or mountain biking.