The Southern Buh River is entirely located in Ukraine. The Buh is one of the longest rivers in Ukraine. It rises in the west, in the Khmelnytsky region, about 145 km from the Polish border, and flows into the Black Sea through the southern steppe. It is 806 km long and drains 63,700 km?. The Southern Buh flows through an area which was the bottom of the sea about 60 million years ago. The major cities on the Bug banks are Khmelnytskyi,Vinnytsia, Pervomaisk, Mykolaiv.
The first written mention of the Buh River dates to the 5th century BC. The ancient Greek historian Herodotus called it Hipanis.
At some stretches the river flows through canyon-like places with vertical cliffs rising high on both sides. There are a lot of rocks in the water; there are many islands; the water is swarming with fish.
That land across the River is rich in history. Thousands of years ago people of the Tripillya culture had their settlements there; then came Cymmerians, Scythians, Sarmatians, Persians, Greeks, Romans and ancient Slavs. Hundreds of archaeological sites are silent reminders of their presence. The Cossacks of the Zaporizhska Sich made that stretch of the Buh River a historic place. The centre of the Cossacks’ division stationed there was the island of Hard. Archeologists still find Cossack artifacts.
Going down a river that has rapids in a boat is a risky thing. There are earth, water, fire and air braving you when you are face to face with the river that carries you downstream. You can not go to the Carpathians or the Crimea as so many people do. There are a lot of places in Ukraine, which are attractive to tourists. Choose the Southern Buh.