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There is a nice tradition that every year makes Kherson Region, the sunny coastal area in Southern Ukraine, the top-newsmaker for the whole country. Every August a large barge full of delicious watermelons (almost as pink as the Pink Lakes) starts from here and reaches Kyiv. This pure childish cheer opens the grand watermelon season and symbolizes the fall beginning.

Fast-growing Kherson region attracts both investors and tourists. Agricultural potential is combined here with the real natural wonders.

Askania Nova could be considered as one of the first successful German investments in Ukraine. Started as a German farming enterprise, it was then transformed into an extraordinary zoo by the colonist’s descendant Friedrich Falz-Fein (1863 – 1920) to preserve the unique wild nature of the area. Already in the 19th century the unusual zoo attracted Europe’s attention. Not only the size of the zoo was impressive but also the fact that it featured, unusually for Europe, zoo species like Przewalski horse and saiga antelope among no less exotic for this part of the world ostriches, lamas, antelopes, elands, wildebeests, gazelles, zebras, bison and other exotic ungulates that unexpectedly felt at home here.

In 1984, Askania Nova Reserve was designated as a biosphere reserve and has been listed in the World Network of Biosphere Reserves (WNBR) by UNESCO since then. Its current area is 33.300 hectares comprising the steppe reserve (the core area), the buffer zone and the transition area, and is rightfully considered the oldest steppe biosphere reserve on the Earth and the largest one in Europe. The biodiversity of this steppe ecosystem is amazing: altogether there are over 500 species of various plants and over 3000 animals.

Today the Falz-Fein Biosphere Reserve ‘Askania Nova’ remains a significant scientific center and serves as one of the major tourist attractions of Southern Ukraine.

Pink Lakes

The Kherson region doesn’t need to house any SpaceX launch facilities. Mars is already there.

The unique pink lakes could be found all over the region serving as perfect natural photo studios for tourists and photo artists. In spring 2020 an astonishing photo of Lemurian Lake (from the series ‘At The Pink Planet’ by Yevhen Samuchenko) was published in the center spread of National Geographic.

Lakes’ pink color is a natural phenomenon. Components involved are water, salt, sun and one micro-algae of great vitality.

The entire gulf salt stock of Lemurian Lake exceeds 200 million tons and its concentration in water reaches up to 35% (making the lake even more salty than the famous Dead Sea in Israel). Other lakes do not trail far behind. The only inhabitant of these lakes is the unicellular algae Dunaliella salina. Under the streams of sun this extraordinary micro-algae starts to act as a carrot and produces beta carotene. ‘La Vie en Rose’ begins.

Disclaimer: No offence, Mr Musk. Just a joke about SpaceX. The Kherson region as well as the whole Ukraine will definitely consider any of your offers.

Dzharylhach Island (from Turkic ‘burnt wood’) is located in the Black Sea Gulf. Covering an area of ​​56 square kilometers, it is the largest island in the Black Sea and Ukraine in general. It rightfully attracts tourists and lovers of the exotic. 

Video: Ukraїner

Spreading out for 42 km from east to west and being totally uninhabited, it seems to be specifically created for adventures. Tourist routes and fishing experience included. 

Some even say that the island’s lighthouse was designed by Gustave Eiffel. 

Video: Discover Destination UA

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