Imereti caves protected area 4Complex of Imereti caves is located at a distance of 10 km from the town of Kutaisi and the area of the complex is about 354 hectares. The Sataplia itself is located at 500 m above sea level. Karst caves can be found in this territory.

Climate of Sataplia is subtropical. Amount of annual precipitation reaches 1900 mm. 98 % of its territory is covered with subtropical young forest of Colchic type. In the forest dominate beech groves with box-tree underbrush and hornbeam groves with Oriental hornbeam underbrush. Among coniferous plants natural yew trees (Taxus baccata) can be found here.

The Strict Nature Reserve, interesting in many respects, is sur­rounded with the monuments of Georgian culture and architecture. The ruins of Antique city of Vani, destroyed in the 1st century B.C., is located near Sataplia. Vani is a very rich archeological monument with the remains of fence and gate and ruins of cult buildings and con­structions. All the archeological materials discovered there is the real beauty of the State Gold Fund of Georgia. On the way to the reserve one can meet the monuments of Christian culture such as: Ubisa church of the 9th century, Gelati monastery complex of the 12th century with the wall paintings of the same century, Motsameta church of the 10th century and the ruins of Bagrati temple of the 11th century. The last together with the Gelati architectural monument is under the protection of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).