It's almost to believe one of the most populated nowadays Donbass
Region was called Wild Field 2-3 centuries ago. Thinly populated
steppe was covered with motley grass, bushes and flood-lands
35 km away from the Azov seashore near the village Khomutovka (about
150 km away from Donetsk city) there is untouched piece of virgin
land remained. It's a nature reserve "Khomutov Steppe" which covers
more than 1000 ha.
It is situated on the left bank of the river Gruzsky Elanchik.
Before the revolution of 1917 so-called Tabunnaya toloka (pasture)
belonged to the region of Don Kozak Army and was used as a pasture
for horses. After the revolution was joined to the national land
reserve and continued to use for the same purposes. This is a
typical plain feather-grass steppe. It contains more than 500
varieties of steppe plants including rare and endemic plants.
The best time to see the steppe is from mid-May to early June.
Working hours: 8a.m. - 12a.m.
Duration: 3 - 4 hours
Cost: 1 - 9 pax: ˆ 60 total
from 10 pax: ˆ 6 per person
The cost includes: entrance & reservation fee,
Russian/Ukrainian-speaking guide's services
Transport from/to Donetsk & interpreter's services are supplemental
charge (on request).
Terms for reservation: 5-7 working days before starting
Horses were always used to trample
down the grasses. It was their main purpose since the times of
Tatar- & Mongol' Yoke.
Here is a well , a spring water is the
most pure and very healthy.
Here you can learn to drink a water
like horses without to touch a pail with hands.