Rafting from Kutaisi
Kutaisi is a city of Western Georgia, standing on the banks of the Rioni river with a population of about 200 thousand people. Despite the small number of inhabitants it’s often called the second capital of Georgia. Its history dates back more than 5,000 years, and in the 12th century, it was the city from which the unification of the country began. Today it’s a small peaceful town where, unlike Batumi and Tbilisi, even during high season, you will not meet a large number of tourists, but you can definitely familiarize yourself with real Georgian culture, traditions, and of course cuisine. Around the city, there are many interesting historical and natural attractions, but rafting can be highlighted as a special point. Indeed, Kutaisi is the most convenient city for a trip to the best rafting tours in Georgia.
Rafting in Kutaisi
Rafting with departure from Kutaisi takes place on the rivers Rioni and Tskhenistskali. The first river is accessible to extreme lovers all year round, and the second, due to the low water level, may not be available in August-September.
The history of rafting on these rivers goes back to the times of the USSR. Back then, athletes from all over the Union were arriving to plot water routes along the Rioni River. After the opening of borders, international expeditions of athletes on catamarans, kayaks, and rafts went to this river. Later started commercial rafting for everyone.
Currently, rafting trips are organized from Kutaisi all year round for anyone interested, since the rivers make it possible to organize rafting here for beginners and for those who need a real extreme.
Rafting routes with departure from Kutaisi
Let's start from the Rioni river there are many routes here:
- The most affordable option is raft floating in the center of Kutaisi. This route runs through the historical center of the city. You are rafting on a river with tumbling rapids, surrounded by historical buildings and old churches. This offer is unique for Georgia. Distance: 3.5 kilometers, Time on water: 20-30 minutes, Difficulty: Family rafting (2nd category)
- The second route is the lower reaches of the Rioni river, a 15 km route to Lechkhumi, with a start from the village of Derchi and the finish near Zhoneshi. This is a simple, but dynamic route ideal for family rafting. The route operates all year round, from Kutaisi to the starting point of the route about 1 hour drive, approximate time on the water 2 hours.
- The most popular and interesting route “Rafting in Racha” is located in the homonymous region, 2 hours drive from the city, it’s a dynamic rafting route lasting about 3 hours, passing through amazing canyons.
- Additionally, Racha offers rafting for extreme lovers, a really difficult route, to participate in which you need experience, as well as well-coordinated teamwork.
The Tskhenistskali River is the second river on which rafting is taking place. In its upper reaches, there are difficult routes for professionals, while in the lower reaches there is rafting for everyone. But the opportunity to ride along the river usually exists until August, after the water level significantly drops down and becomes insufficient for rafting. The length of the river section is 15 km, time on the water from 1.5 hour, travel time from Kutaisi is about 1.5 hour.