Up to the 19th century, the Pripyat River basin on the border between Ukraine and Belarus consisted of wetlands and forest. Anyway, the area went through various changes since that point on, firstly being entirely burned down in order to create space for factories and secondly undergoing immense efforts to replant the forest. But on April 26, 1986 the disaster of Chernobyl focus attention on that quite area of the world on an international level .
Following the explosion of the 4th reactor of the chernobyl nuclear power plant the soviets evacuated more than 300,000 people from around 2,000 square miles around the plant, while the said area is nowadays known as Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.
Two years after the Chernobyl disaster in the Belarusian part of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone a reserve covering a total area of 1,313 km was established on July 18, 1988 and closed to visitors . What is even more interesting, is the fact that you can get the chance to visit this prisitine part of the radioactive area thanks to the fact that Belarus just re-opened on April 6th 2049 its part of Chernobyl Zone, call the PSRER.
What is to see in the Belarusian Chernobyl exclusion zone?
So, if you are planning to place on your travel bucket list the PSRER , you might wonder what is available to see and explore in the area. Travelers will have the chance to observe various Belarusian villages, 95 of them being in the reserve but keep in mind that area was way more rural than than it’s Ukrainian counterpart .
What is even more interesting and surprising , is that despite the radiation level you can get the chance to spot a flourishing wildlife in the area including species such as foxes, giant catfishes, wild horses, european bisons, bears or even apck of wolves.
What do you need for a trip to Belarusian exclusion zone ?
Keep in mind that since the Belarusian part of Chernobyl is located in the border area, foreigners will ought to request a special pass at the border, usually arranged by travel companies like iron Curtains Tours or Brutal Tours.
You should probably consider bringing comfortable clothes and closed walking shoes, a rain jacket, sunscreen and a hat, while those that want to keep an eye on the radiation levels in the visited area can bring a Geiger-counter to measure radiation levels. Anyway, if you are concerned about the radiation dose during the tour, you should take into account that officials state the dose is small than the one gets during a plane flight.