This once used to be a sea. You can still find shell fish remains and prehistoric fauna in the Bear Canyon of Vashlovani area. This small but diverse piece of land with desserts, forests, cliff, hills, and steppes has been formed due to hundreds of years of impact from nature.
Vashlovani is home for over 250 species of animals. Many mammals, birds, and reptiles are included in the Red List of Georgia. Here, you can also explore over 700 species of plants, including some endemic and Red List species. Birdwatching is recommended in April and October-November. Fishing is allowed April-July. Spring and Autumn are best seasons to see endemic trees blossom and change color.
This area is appropriate for 1 day and longer tours. One-day safari tours cost around 170 USD for 10 people. Should you need a sleepover, you can stay at the small hotel in the Visitors Center or in Bungalows located in Mijniskure which is about an hour drive from the Visitors Center in Dedoplistkaro. Another option is Signagi, the City of Love, which is full of beautiful hotels and guest houses.
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The territory includes several churches and temples from V to XVIII centuries, a complex of caves, and Pirosmai Museum (Georgian painter, primitivism in the period of Naïve Art, 1862-1918)
Please note, that this protected area is located on the border with Azerbaijan, so visitors are requested to register at the Visitor Center in Dedoplistkaro. It is 130km (80 miles) from Tbilisi. You can take a minibus either from Ortachala Station or from Isani Metro Station. Price is around 3 USD and the travel time is up to 2 hours.