Wildlife holidays in Georgia
The Republic of Georgia is a sovereign state situated in the Caucasus region of Eurasia, at the junction of eastern Europe and western Asia. It was a member state of the Soviet Union until independence in 1991.
The imposing Caucasus Mountains form a natural frontier between the vast Russian Federation to the north, and Georgia.
The Caucasus Mountains sweep from the Black Sea to the Caspian Sea, while the central region of Georgia is characterised by a distinctive steppe habitat. Forest, marsh-forest and swamp are among the country’s other habitats. It has a very diverse climate.
Our Georgia specialist recommends...
"I recommend our Georgia's Raptor Spectacular tour to witness the astonishing sight of thousands of raptors passing overhead. Each autumn over a million birds of prey migrate from Russia to their wintering grounds in Africa, passing over Georgia as they are funnelled between the Caucasus mountains and the Black Sea."
What’s special about the wildlife?
Georgia is home to a large fauna. Its bird life is particularly interesting and it has over 330 bird species, including specialist birds of the Caucasus summits and steppe regions. The autumn raptor migration is one of great spectacles of the natural world. Over one million raptors pass over Georgia on their way south to their wintering grounds.
Naturetrek tours to Georgia
Naturetrek offers a spring bird watching tour in search of the special montane species of the high Caucasus Mountains and the lowland birds of central Georgia’s steppe habitats.
What might I see on this tour?
- Great Rosefinch, Guldenstadt’s Redstart, Alpine Accentor, Mountain Chiffchaff & Snowfinch
- Caucasian Snowcock & Caucasian Black Grouse
- North-bound migrants such as Red-throated Pipit, Thrush Nightingale, Red-breasted Flycatcher & White-throated Robin
- Grassland species such as Calandra Larks & Isabelline Wheatears
- Wetland species birds including Pygmy Cormorant, plus Whiskered & White-winged Black Terns
- The monastery of David Gareja & the Lori Valley
The autumn tour focuses on the raptor migration but also visits wetlands such as the Chorokhi Delta and Lake Paliastomi which hold an excellent range of migrants on land and water such as Red-necked, Slavonian and Black-necked Grebes, Ferruginous Ducks, Night and Purple Herons, Black Storks, Black-winged Pratincoles, Grey-necked Swamphens, Spotted Crakes and Red-throated Pipits to name a few.
WHAT YOU'VE BEEN SAYING ABOUT OUR Georgia HOLIDAYS
Georgia is a fantastic country for bird migration and the large raptor passage on our last day was a real highlight in my 50 years of birding. Large kettles of Black Kites and Steppe Buzzards dotted with Lesser Spotted Eagles formed to the north then glided south – some very close. As the holiday name suggests – spectacular!