South Ossetia

South Ossetia is a tiny nation in the Caucasus Mountains recognised by only a handful of countries. Its territory is claimed by Georgia. Despite a declaration of Independence in 1991, the South Ossetians only gained de facto control after victory in the 2008 South Ossetia War with the assistance of Russian troops. The UK Foreign Office recommends against all travel to the area. Security is patchy at best and tensions between South Ossetia and Georgia remain extremely high.

South Ossetia's territory is little bigger than a few valleys and a small plain in the south. The only connection to neighbouring North Ossetia in the Russian Federation is through the Roki Tunnel.

Country

South Ossetia flag

Why you should go:

You are fascinated by Ossetian culture.

Why you shouldn't:

Other parts of the Caucuses are safer.

Map of South Ossetia