About the reserve
Severen Dzhendem (Northern Hell) Reserve was set apart on September 30, 1983. It has a total area of 1,610 hectares and is the highest Reserve in the Central Balkan National Park, encompassing a beautiful, wild, and inaccessible section of the Central Balkan Range: the source and upper reaches of the Vidima River. The Reserve includes the nearly vertical northern slopes below Botev Peak: looming rock tiers, short and steep watersheds, overhanging cliffs, rock bridges, jaded cornices, deep precipices, numerous waterfalls, as well as grassy terraces, all bearing evidence to the unique geological processes that took place eons ago.
Ancient beech and mixed (beech and fir) forests cover almost two-thirds of the steeply sloped Reserve. Severen Dzhendem contains some subalpine grassy and forest habitats. A range of rare and endangered wildlife species have found their last refuge in this impenetrable natural forest, which is home to an unusual community of Siberian juniper, myrtle-leaf rhododendron and blueberry, as well as the only known location of Urumov’s campion in the world. Severen Dzhendem is linked to another, larger Reserve, Dzhendema, which makes it part of a larger natural sanctuary to the Balkan chamois, bear, wolf, red deer, roe, golden eagle, diferent bats, peregrine falcon, and wallcreeper.