About Sights – Sataplia Cave
The Sataplia Nature Reserve is located in Tskaltubo district, about 260 km. from Tbilisi.
Established in 1935 to protect the Sataplia Cave and dinosaur footprints found in the area, this visitor attraction recently benefited from a very attractive refurbishment of its Sataplia Cave visitor center.
Sataplia Cave is named after Sataplia Mountain, which gained its name from the local tradition of collecting honey from the bees that inhabit the mountain’s southern slope. Sataplia means ‘place of honey’.
A Conservation Center and Museum have been constructed, together with glass walkways, viewing points, a cafeteria and other visitor amenities.
On the way to the cave you will see dinosaurs!
Sataplia Cave is 900 m long, 10 m high and 12 m wide and contains dramatically lit stalactites and stalagmites.
The visitor path through the cave is 314 meters long and is equipped with handrails.
Audio and colorful visual effects enhance the natural beauty of the stalactites and stalagmites.
The Stony Heart Hall
The cave’s micro climate is protected by the use of a cold lighting system.
The entrance and exit are made of glass to help ensure a static temperature inside the cave.
The new museum
Interior of the new museum
The Conservation Building
Inside the Conservation Building
Preserved Dinosaur Footprints inside the Conservation Building
A glass-bottomed viewing platform provides stunning views of the nature reserve.
The Viewing Platform
The site also includes a cafeteria and children’s play area.
How to get there? The closest town is Kutaisi (Georgian: ქუთაისი), Georgia’s second largest city. The cave is a 45min drive from the town square (about 15 Lari taxi fare). Driving from Tbilisi will probably take 3 hours.
How much does it cost? The entrance fee is 6 Lari.
The Sataplia Cave is amazing and the new Visitor Center is well designed and has excellent amenities. Aside from visiting the cave you can wander through the forest trails and enjoy the natural wonders of this beautiful nature reserve.
Georgia About recommends Sataplia Cave and Nature Reserve.