nature tours

A day in the marshlands

updated on 19/01/2017

This tour will introduce you to the nature and culture of the marshland region of Belarus also known under the name Polesye. Starting in the morning in Pinsk we will proceed to the extreme south of Belarus to the Styr River. The guide – the director of a local natural protected area – will give us the outline of the trip and will brief us on the safety measures.

A motor boat will be arranged and we will have the opportunity to go into the very heart of this Belarusian jungle – marshlands. Down the stream of the river you will see incredible (for a man unused to swamps) landscapes with fallen trees, cane and old river channels. Wildlife seen on this trip is very peculiar, especially birds – cranes, falcons and of course, mandatory storks. We will be definitely passing by a beaver’s hut or two.

 

The cultural part of the tour is equally incredible. Nowhere else in Belarus you will see authentic village buildings still being lived in and talk to the locals some of which have fought in the Great Patriotic war! This is exactly what might take place in Ladorozh Village, close to the Ukrainian border. We will walk around, see the way of life of Belarusian villagers, try some local berries and honey – that are definitely unavailable in the Western supermarkets – maybe even buy some. Weather conditions being ideal – you will not be willing to leave the place!

Please note, that the tour is organized in the borderline area so the arrangement has to be made at least a week before departure. Also keep in mind that the marshland tour is not a pleasure walk in the Gardens, so dress up accordingly.

Tour duration: 6.0 hours, around 60 km round way.

Tour price: USD 180 (per car)*

Note: the price quoted is for reference purposes and is confirmed upon request. It covers transportation to and from the site with departure from Pinsk, natural reserve guiding services and taxes.

It does not cover my daily translation services and transportation costs of getting to Pinsk and back, accommodation and board fees in the village (if there is to be a nights' stay), for which reason it is recommended to build this tour into a several-day Belarus package tour. The exact price can be confirmed upon request. The tour is available round the week May till October in a package tour.

A village in the southern swamps


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