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Today, the bulk of the unsinked floodplains is preserved in the Kherson region, on the Lower Dnieper: from the Kakhovka dam to the Dnieper estuary.
If you want to spend the weekend off the couch or come to the Kherson region to relax, there is one great option – a kayak ride along the Dnieper plains.

In general, the floodplains, that is, the swampy sections of the Dnieper, where the riverbed is divided into branches separating the floodplain islands, are a unique ecosystem. Floodplains of the Dnieper formed during the last glaciation – 20-25 thousand years ago. Some scientists and researchers believe that the floodplains initially extended from Kiev and right up to the Dnieper estuary. Favorable natural conditions and intricate labyrinths of the duct allowed our ancestors to hide from enemies. This is how gradually the fortified Cossack settlements arose – the Sichs.

Kayaking on the Nizhnedneprovsky Gorges

However, already in our times, during the Soviet era, during the creation of the cascade of hydroelectric power stations from 1932 to 1975, most of the floodplains were flooded – along with the primeval nature, islands, lakes and dozens of human settlements. Just so, flooded by the Kakhovsky reservoir, one of the largest massifs of the Velikiy Lug floodplains disappeared under its waters. Today, the bulk of the unsinked floodplains is preserved in the Kherson region, on the Lower Dnieper: from the Kakhovka dam to the Dnieper estuary.

Kayaking on the Nizhnedneprovsky gorges is an affordable financially and safely rest, even if you feel insecure on the water or see a kayak for the first time in your life. You can choose an hour or even a multi-day walk. There will be many impressions. By the way, kayaking is popular among the local political elite – both deputies and heads of the regional state administration are happy to post photos from such an active holiday on social networks.

To begin with, the nature in the Dnieper plains is unique. No wonder that in 2015, thanks to the efforts of local authorities and the public, by the Decree of the President of Ukraine, the Nizhnedneprovsky National Nature Park was created. It has an area of ​​80 thousand 177.8 hectares, and covers the territory of the Lower Dnieper floods along the Dnieper from the city of New Kakhovka to the Dnieper estuary. According to Kherson scientists, in this territory there are 71 species of animals and 32 species of plants that are included in the European and World Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and the Red Book of Ukraine, as well as 12 rare types of vegetation listed in the Green Book of Ukraine.

Kayaking on the Nizhnedneprovsky Gorges

Seeing the Red Book animals and plants, taking unique selfies and beautiful photos and videos, and enjoying the fresh air and silence – is that not enough?

– My brother and I started by riding every morning, we liked it, and then we started calling our friends, and those – our friends. Then we didn’t ride, but our guide-instructors, ”says Aleksey Biletsky, one of the Biletsky brothers, the founders of the KhersON fest, a tourist coffee shop and the Kherson Tourism and Adventure Center.

According to him, a kayak ride through the plains is affordable and affordable for everyone. “When I first got on a kayak, it was difficult, because it was a rather long route – from Kherson to the city of Oleshki and back, and it took almost the whole day. We developed many routes from 1.5 hours to 6 hours and even to a few days with an overnight stay, that is, everyone can choose the route of strength and endurance. We don’t have kayaks, anyone can sit on them without any special training. My five-year-old niece immediately took up the paddle. All tourists are given life jackets, plus a kayak floating, stable “, – said Alexey Bileck oi.

Kayaking on the Nizhnedneprovsky Gorges

As he noted, in the meadows it is pleasant to walk even in the summer heat. There are magnificent landscapes, many plants, animals. Few Kherson people know that pelicans live here, and you can see them during such walks. Over the past three years, the number of beavers and turtles has greatly increased.

– Someone connects this with the fact that the Kakhovskaya hydroelectric station discharges water less, and some with the fact that they began to give less water to the North Crimean Canal, and the Dnieper flow increased. I don’t know where the truth is, but there are a lot of turtles, – says Alexey Biletsky.

“Kayaking is becoming more and more popular,” says Anton Lysenko, the owner of the Green Terra Healthy Leisure Club. – From May to November, Khersons and guests of the Kherson region can spend time actively with friends, family or colleagues. To do this, there are proposals for organizing picnics, holidays and trainings for corporations.

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