Machakhela National Park is a national park in Adjara, in the valley of Machakhlistskali, Georgia. The park was established in 2012 with an area of 8733 ha.
Machakhela National Park provides for the preservation of unique biological and landscape biodiversity, the long-term protection of ecosystem of Colchic forests, ecological safety and natural and environmental tourism and recreational activities.
The national park is located in the western part of the country. The closest major city is Batumi. The drive from here is only around 1 hour until you reach the border of the park. The drive from Tbilisi is longer and you expect to spend around 6 - 7 hours driving there.
When to visit
The most popular time to visit is during the warmer seasons. Winter gets cold and you should be properly prepared to visit during this season.
Map of Machakhela National Park
Image gallery of Machakhela National Park
Visitor/Information centres in Machakhela National Park
Most national parks have an associated visitor centre to help visitors. They are usually open most of the year but some close in the off-season. You will often be able to find information on all the activities in the national park. A visit to the visitor centre is often recommended before venturing into the park.
Wildlife in Machakhela National Park
These sections shows you some of the characteristic wildlife to the national park.
Mushroom hunting in Machakhela National Park
Mushroom hunting is popular in the region and you will se plenty of locals foraging. There is not a lot of available information on mushroom hunting in Georgia and you should therefore speak to local authorities about your plans to forage. National parks often have more restrictions than other areas as they are protected.
Be sure get a local guide or familiarize yourself with the mushrooms in the region.
Camping rules in Machakhela National Park
Wild camping is legal and it is a popular activity in Georgia. There are plenty of remote places to wild camp with beautiful surroundings. Be sure to check with local authorities regarding the specific area in which you are looking to wild camp. They will be able to tell you more about the local area and wildlife. Always make sure to leave no trace when camping.
Bears in Machakhela National Park
Few bears in the park
This national park has bears and you need to take the necessary precautions. It is however unlikely that you will come across a bear.