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Complex of Imereti caves is located at a distance of 10 km from the town of Kutaisi. Its area covers about 354 hectares. Sataplia and its karst caves are located at 500 m above the sea level. Amount of annual precipitation reaches 1,900 mm. Average air temperature in January is +4 and in August +25 degrees Celcius. Reserve is located in the subtropical zone and 98% of its territory is covered by subtropical young forest of Colchic type. Forest is dominated by beech groves with box-tree underbrushes and hornbeam groves with oriental hornbeam underbrushes. Coniferous plants include natural yew trees (Taxus baccata). There are 67 species of wood plants described on the territory of the ntural reserve. 30 out of them are tree species and 37 bush species; among them 59 are deciduous, 8 - evergreen. Nearly half of wood plants are relict. There are relicts of the Tertiary period among them including Caucasian hornbeam (Carpinus caucasica), Georgian oak (Quercus iberica), oriental beech (Fagus orientalis), Sweet Chestnut (Castanea sativa), Imeretian buckthorn (Rhamnus imeretina), alder (Alnus barbata), European bladdernut (Staphylea pinnata), Colchic box-tree (Buxus colchica) et al. It is remarkable, that nine of the rare and endangered species of wood plants which are on Georgia’s Red List are widespread in the strict nature reserve. Besides, three of them are endemic to Caucasus and one - to Georgia. Territory of Sataplia reserve is inhabited by 12 species of mammals, 5 species of reptiles, 4 species of amphybians and 30 species of birds. Among large mammals are: jackal (Canis aureus), badger (Meles meles), Pine marten (Martes martes), Caucasian squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris), hare (Lepus europeus) and Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes); rarely the grey wolf (Canis lupus) and the Roe deer (Capreolus capreolus). Multicolored birds complete the beautiful view of Colchic forest. The strict nature reserve is a kingdom of swallows, chaffinchs, chiffchaffs, blackbirds and jays. It is frequently visited by hoopoes, quails and woodcocks as well. The most developed types of tourism on the adjacent territories of the park are the cultural and archeological tours. It is also possible to organize driving and adventure tours to Zekari and Sairme. Sataplia itself has a considerable potential for speleological tours. Territory of the reserve offers good opportunities for organization of ecological and bird-watching tours. Ethnographic and wine tours are also possible in the picturesque Imeretian villages nearby the strict nature reserve.

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