Askania Nova

Przewalski’s Horse Bison Whooper swans

Week-end Eurasian Steppe Safari

The present day Biosphere Reserve at Askania Nova was founded by (an named after) a German settler, Friedrich Falz-Fein, when he set asite the first plot of virgin steppe in 1898. 

 On 1 April 1919, the site was declared a nature reserve - one of the first in Europe. It has been managed as a protected area ever since with a core zone of pristine feather-grass steppe. In addition, the reserve has an important arboretum that dates from 1887 and a zoological park.


These are bread as part of conservation efforts to restore wild populations. The grasslands also resound with lark song, and cranes gather by the central spring-fed pool.

Tour Programme

Day 1

08.30   Depart Odessa

12.30   Arrival at an outdoor museum of rural life on the banks of the Dnieper river.   Lunch of Ukrainian traditional cusine followed by a short excursion in the Dnieper Delta by electric boat

15.30  Arrival to Askania Nova - trip around steppe enclosures to photograph animals

17.30  Check-in to hotel

18.30  Dinner 

Day 2 

08.00  Breakfast in Askania Nova

09.00  Excursion in arboretum and around virgin steppe core zone

12.30  Lunch

14.30  Return to Odessa for 19.00

Price: 100 Euro per person per day (group of 4-8)