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Algeti National Park

19.03.2018

 

Algeti National Park lies in the region of Kvemo Kartli, within the Municipality of Tetritskaro, at a distance of 60 km from Tbilisi. The major part of the Park territory is covered with coniferous and deciduous forests. Botanists of Algeti National Park call it “Floristic knot” – 1,664 species of plants are represented here. The Park is rich in large mammals and is the immigration area of several species. There are rare and endangered species of trees and plants: Georgian nut, high-mountain oak, sea-buckthorn, Caucasian astragalus, yew, elm. 6044 hectares of Algeti National Park are covered with forests. The significant part of the territory of Algeti reserve (23 %) is covered with coniferous forest: Oriental spruce, Caucasian fir-tree and Caucasian pine-tree. Spruce and fir are relict species and their protection and care is very important to preserve the Caucasian flora. They grow at a height of 1100-1850 meters above the sea level in the territory of the Park.

 

 

There are represented 1664 species of plants in Algeti National Park: 80 trees, 74 shrubs, more than 800 grasses, 156 species of herbs, 43 poisonous, 24 vegetables, 69 decorative and 3 endemic species of Georgia and Caucasia. The Park is characterized by phytocenosis diversity of spruce-grove, pine-grove, beech-grove and oak-wood. The Caucasian fir and common yew are represented by single copies. In the National Park the following predator mammals can be found: brown bear and wolf, rarely-lynx, common marten, squirrel, dormouse, rabbit, fox, wild boar. Roe deer are the permanent habitants of these forests. There are several species of amphibians and reptiles in the territory of the National Park. From snakes Algeti inhabitants are: smooth snake, grass snake, water snake, steppe viper and nose-horned viper.

 

 

More than 60 species of birds are represented in Algeti Gorge, including: hawk, sparrow-hawk, buzzard, hen harrier, eagle-owl, roller, hoopoe, black woodpecker, swallow, blackbird, jay, tomtit, wren, goldfinch and others. A very rare Imperial Eagle is also observed in the valley.

 

There is only one marked tourist trail in the National Park which gives the visitors an opportunity to explore the place without help of guide.

 

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