STATE NATURE RESERVE of SATAPLIA

Sataplia State Reserve is located within the villages of Gumbra, Banodzha and Homuli in Tskaltubo municipality, on the mountain of Sataplia, at an altitude of 500 meters above the sea level. It was founded in 1935. At present, its territory is up to 330 hectares. The reserve is of a complex character, containing geological, paleontological, speleological, zoological and botanical monuments. Relief is of mountains and hills character. 95% of the territory is covered with relict Colchis type forest that is made up of beech, chestnut, hornbeam, elm, willow, alder, linden, oak and other trees. The underwood layer forms an impenetrable arch. Lots of lianas can be seen there. Among the mammals there are tours, martens, badgers, foxes, rabbits and squirrels presented. Rare can be seen deer, there are many species of birds. The reserve territory is rich in karsts caves. There have been also found up to 200 tracks of carnivorous and herbivorous dinosaurs, printed on petrified limestone layer. The reserve is a rich bio-speleological museum.