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Day fifteen - Okatse waterfall or bust

Tuesday 10 September 2019

After a filling breakfast we started the day with a tour around the winery and learnt a little bit about the Chikovani family who have a strong connection to the Dadianis, who were lords of Samegrelo.

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There haven’t been many guests while we’ve been staying as their high season is May to August and the hotel is full. They have been gradually expanding and will be installing tennis courts and an indoor swimming pool as well as other seating areas for dining. Dimitri who took us round is the nephew of the owner and although he lives and works in Tbilisi, comes to help out regularly. He is a really lovely guy and we’ve been grateful for his help and guidance.

I was keen to get to the waterfalls and Nick and Lindsay fancied a walk into the hills so I thought I’d check out taxis. They were charging 60 lari round trip which was expensive for one person so I decided to start walking in the hope that the marshrutka would go by or someone might give me a lift. I had probably walked about a third of the way there when a van stopped and asked if I wanted a lift. It turned out that it was the guy who I’d spoken to the day before about a trip to Martvilli Canyon & Prometheus cave. He was taking a Russian couple to the waterfall and they were offering me a lift for no payment. We ended going up to the pool that we were meant to go to the day before. We hadn’t been aware that it was quite a distance uphill from where we had actually stopped by the river. A few hair pin bends, a really rough road and then a mud track with massive puddles full of water. The road was only negotiable with a 4 wheel drive or on foot.

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The waterfall and pool were definitely worth visiting. Some people were walking behind the waterfall but no-one was getting into the pool apart from a bit of paddling on the edges. It was pretty cold even where the water was shallow. I could have gone down to the main visitor centre as the driver, Amiran, was happy to drop me off so that I could see the main waterfall, but the opportunity of a lift back was too strong so I declined. We did stop to take a picture though.

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When we got back to Zeda Gordi I offered to buys drinks to say thanks for the lift but the two Russians were heading off as they were in their own car and Amiran declined. I managed to get back to the hotel before Nick & Lindsay who arrived about ten minutes after me. They had taken a pathway fairly close to where we had walked on the day we arrived and had got up to the top of the ridge where they had fantastic views over the countryside.

We had some time relaxing in the garden. Nick even jumped into the pool but it was a bit too cold for staying in. There is no shallow end, only deep water, so probably never heats up. We ate outside despite a chill in the air. Again, the portions were pretty huge and I struggled to eat mine. We were entertained by a flock of sheep that race around the garden, jumping over fences and generally causing mayhem whilst driving the dogs wild. We are endlessly amused by the antics of the feral animals that seem to be everywhere! And here are my favourite pigs that I saw earlier in the day by the side of the road.

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Posted by Cath_Greig 10:36

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