Tours of Mtirala national park

Tours of Mtirala national park

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Duraition: Eco-trails passing duration of 1 days to 2 days
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MTIRALA NATIONAL PARK

 

Mtirala National Park is located in Adjara.  Mtirala mountain is located between the Black Sea and the Adjarian mountain range on the watershed of the Chakvistskali and Koraghitskali rivers. These mountains intercept the humid air from the Black Sea and determine Adjara's climate.  Generally, Adjara is rich in atmospheric precipitation but Mount Mtirala, with a height of 1381 m, has the highest rainfall (4520 mm) making it the wettest site in all Georgia. This also explains the name Mtirala which means ‘the weeping one’.

 

Forest vegetation is dominated by chestnut and beech groves, with mixed Colchican forest of linden, alder and hornbeam. The underbrush consists of Pontic rhododendron (Rhododendron ponticum), cherry laurel (Laurocerasus officinalis), Black Sea holly (Ilex colchica), Colchican box tree (Buxus colchica) and several kinds of liana.

 

Among the threatened, endemic botanical species that are on Georgia’s Red List are

the Teaberry-like arbutus (Epigaea gaultheroides), primrose (Primula megasaefolia) and

Medvedev’s birch (Betula medwedewii).

 

The humid environment of the Park is heaven to many amphibians. The Caucasian salamander, banded newt, Caucasian toad, common tree frog, long-legged frog and Eurasian marsh frog make their home here. Three species of lizard and several species of snakes, such as grass and dice snake, and Caucasian viper also inhabit the region.

 

The ornithofauna of the National Park is quite rich in birds of prey.  Looking up you may be able to identify some of the many birds of prey.  Booted eagle (Hieraaetus pennantus), common buzzard (Buteo buteo), goshawk (Accipiter gentilis), sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus), Eurasian hobby (Falco subbuteo), common kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) hunt here, as well as the nocturnal birds of prey, such as Eurasian eagle owl (Bubo bubo) and common scops owl (Otus scops). Among the other birds hoopoe, wood- pecker, raven, blackbird, and golden oriole breed in the Park.

 

Note: Price depends on type of accommodation and number of persons.

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