Wilderness in Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park
Borjomi-Kharaguli is the first national park in Georgia. The large area of mountainous forest has been preserved in its pristine and virgin state. Nature in Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park is really something very special.
A number of endemic and relict species of plants and endangered species of animals can be found in the forests and on the sub-alpine and alpine meadows of the Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park. This national park is well known for its rich and diverse fauna. Especially birds are easy to encounter and to observe during a hike here like the unique Caucasian Black Grouse. As the national park lies on the migration route of many migrating birds, in spring and autumn you can see large flocks of beautiful Yellowish Bee-Eater.
In the virgin forests live relatively permanent populations of the brown bear, wolf, lynx, red deer and chamois. While the Borjomi-Kharaguli National Park is the natural habitat, for many species for some of them, it’s their only remaining habitat.
The vegetation of the park is yet another pleasant surprise that waits for you, especially if you visit in spring when Rhododendron species blossom.
If you decide to kike higher, up to 2.000 meters, you will find sub-alpine meadows with Caucasian lotus, ranunculus, alchemilla or anemone, distinguished for their colorful variety, as well as subalpine tall grasses. At Mountt Samethskhvario (2.642 meters) the highest point of the national park, you will enjoy a picturesque variety of plants blossoming in July and August.
Flagship fauna species: Golden Eagle, Caucaisan Blackgrouse, Snowcock, Red deer, Brown bear, Lynx, Caucasian Salamander
Flagship flora species: Beech, Sweet Chestnut, Caucasian, Oriental Spruce, Caucasian Pine