About Sights – Chachuna Managed Reserve
Established in 1965, the 5200 hectares Chachuna Managed Reserve (Georgian: ჭაჭუნას აღკვეთილი) is located near the border with Azerbaijan in the south-eastern part of Georgia.
The landscape is mainly arid and semi-arid but also contains a wetland area.
Wildlife watching, botanical, photographic and environmental tours can be arranged and visitors can rent a tent and sleeping bag and stay in the reserve overnight.
Chachuna has around 82 species of birds, 10 of which are included in the Red List of Georgia.
Bird observation points offer birdwatchers an opportunity to see a number of spectacular birds, including Imperial Eagles, Griffon Vultures, Egyptian Vultures and the beautiful Black Francolin (a game bird of the pheasant family).
The fauna in Chachuna is one of the most diverse in Georgia and includes jackal, Red fox and Wild boar. The Greek Tortoise, scorpions and the most poisonous snake in Georgia, the Levantine viper, can also be found on the reserve.
How to get there? The Chachuna Managed Reserve Administration is located at 5 Baratashvili St., Dedoplistskaro, 50 km from the Managed Reserve. There is no public transport from Dedoplistskaro to the Managed Reserve. Daily minibuses from Tbilisi’s Ortachala bus terminal to Dedoplistskaro leave every hour (7 Gel, 2 hr).
Photos courtesy of the Agency of Protected Areas/ Chachuna Managed Reserve.