Polesie State Radioecological Reserve is a place that clearly demonstrates the triumph of nature over humanity. After a terrible man-made disaster, the territory of Ukraine and Belarus turned out to be polluted and unsuitable for human habitation. They were relocated to other regions, cities and villages were abandoned, access to the territory was strictly limited. This was until 2018, when it was decided to organize excursions to the restricted area.
The area of Polesie State Radioecological Reserve is 2162 km2. It is not only the largest in Belarus, but in Europe too. It is located in the south of the Gomel region and borders on Ukraine. For 30 years without a man, nature has practically taken back its possessions. Trees grow on the roofs of houses, wild apple trees pull branches through broken windows, forest animals walk along the former playgrounds. The reserve is home to many species of animals from the Red Data Book of Belarus — Przewalski's horse, black stork, golden eagle, white-tailed eagle and many others. Perhaps, it is here in all its glory that you can see the nature of our country.
In 2021, only three excursions to the Resettlement Zone were organized. Dates of arrival — June 26, July 24, August 21. Registration is required by June 15, July 13 and August 10, respectively.
The excursion is one-day long. The group will leave Minsk at 4 am and then follow the route Minsk-Bobruisk-Kalinkovichi-Khoiniki-checkpoint Babchin.
The excursion in the reserve itself starts at 8:30 and ends at 16:30 at the Glukhovichi checkpoint. The estimated time of arrival to Minsk is 23:00.
You can read more about the excursion and book a place to it here.