Flora and Fauna: As the climate and topography vary greatly in Turkey, so does the flora and fauna. The Black Sea region is renowned for its forests of leaf bearing and coniferous trees and for the apples, pears, cherries which is originated from Turkey, hazelnuts, mandarin oranges, tobacco and tea that are grown there. Along the eastern Mediterranean shores the local vegetation is tropical, with flourishing banana, palm and citrus trees and sugar cane and cotton. From the western Mediterranean, Aegean and Marmara coasts: olive, citrus and pine trees along the mountains are found. On the steppes of Central Anatolia: natural pastures with scattered-forested areas. In Europe, there are 11,500 kind of flora with flowers. In Turkey, this number is 9,000 but 3,000 of this flora only grow in Turkey
Drive an exciting route along winding roads, through dense pine forests. Many of the trees soar to heights of up 65 feet (20 meters). Navigate your way through rural hazards, such as flocks of sheep, and look out for traditionally dressed village women. You will come across mountain villages, and look out for wildlife. This is an ideal tour to take from Kemer when you want a break from the heat of the beach, with cooler temperatures in the mountains, you will also get the chance to jump into refreshing waterfalls.
Driving in convoy, make your way through narrow tracks, ascending the Taurus Mountains to a height of almost 5,000 feet (1,500 meters). Enjoy breathtaking views as you drive, and stop by a riverside or rural cottage restaurant for a delicious lunch.
At the end of one dusty trail, you can take a refreshing dip in the secret waterfalls of Selale, hidden among the trees. Jump into the crystal cool waters and feel the grime of the day wash away.
JEEP SAFARI PROGRAM and ROUTE: Depart from Kemer at about 09:00 am, along the way of Aslanbucak, a small town and going by Kesmebogazi, Somakseri, Gedeleme, Kucuk Ovacik. Here we will have a tea break in a Traditional Turkish village house. Our will tour continue on the road to mountain Ovacik, Sogucaksu, Agalaryolu . We will take a break in the famous cedar forests, and then drive on to Altinyaka where we will arrive around 13.00. Here we will have our lunch at the restaurant enjoying their well known delicious fresh Speckled Trout. At around 14:30 pm, we will depart from Altinyaka along the road to Golcuk, Saraycik, Kuzcayolu small villages and at 15.30 pm we arrive at then Alakir stream. We will have a swimming break here. (weather permitting). At 16:00 pm , we depart from Alakir in the direction of Sogutcumasi, Ucoluk Plateau, Ovacik, Kizilgol, Cinarlipinar and then we get on the road to Kesmebogaz. Here we will have a break under a stone bridge. The Jeep safari tour will finishes in Kemer at around 18:00 pm.
Jeep Safari is an unforgettable adventure. If you prefer, you can take control of the jeep under our leadership or you can give control to our driver or another guest who would like to drive. Visiting a small Turkish village, bathing break in the mountain river, the lunch in the small local restaurant are the highlights of this adventurous trip.
Included in the price: Pick up and drop-off at your hotel Jeep safari with 4, 6, and 8-seat jeeps Lunch (3 Courses with Turkish Tea)
Did you know Turkey that Has the most valuable silk carpet, in the world, in the Mevlana Museum,Konya with 144 knots per sq. cm. In the 13th century, Marco Polo wrote "The best and handsomest of rugs are woven here, and also silks of crimson and other rich colors".
Herewith I would like to emphasize again the excellent experience we had last week with our guide Yildirim on the climbing of the Ararat. He was taking care of us with a lot of attention and we could really trust on him. Also after the climbing he was escorting us very kindly and all appointments were taken accurately. It was really a great pleasure for us.
We should also congratulate Celam who prepared nice meals, always with enthousiasm, and we will remind him as our good cook forever.
As soon as we have the opportunity, we will send you some pictures about this expedition.
Be assured we are happy about the way it was organised.
Pierre Kockerols / Brussel