Madatapa Lake Managed Reserve

Madatapa Lake Managed Reserve

Madatapa Lake is one of the best places in Georgia for birdwatching, as numerous nesting and migratory birds gather there each summer. Located in the Ninotsminda Municipality of Samtskhe-Javakheti Region, it is an absolute must for birders.

The Outstanding Nature of Madatapa Lake

The Madatapa Lake Managed Reserve, with a total area of 320 hectares, is distinguished for the diversity of its wilderness. Part of the larger Javakheti Protected Area, it is home to more than 20,000 birds during the spring and summer migrations.

Migratory and native birds gather in the northwest and eastern parts of the lake, including great white pelicans (Pelecanus onocrotalus), Dalmatian pelicans (Pelecanus crispus), common pochards (Aythya ferina), common cranes (Grus grus), and various waterfowl. 

In that area, you can expect to see one or two nesting pairs of common cranes, 30 to 50 nesting pairs of common pochards, and 1,000 to 1,200 nesting pairs of other waterfowl.

Madatapa is a wetland of international importance and is protected under the Ramsar Convention.

How Can You Go Birdwatching at Madatapa Lake?

There is a bird watching tower set upon a high point of Madatapa Cape, perfect for settling in and whiling away the day. 


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