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Korgalzhyn State Nature Reserve

#25 of 122 things to do in Astana Features Animals
| Korgalzhyn, Astana, Kazakhstan
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Lush Wetlands amidst the Kazakh Steppes

Korgalzhyn State Nature Reserve is roughly 120 km from Astana, yet it takes about 2 hours to get... read more

Reviewed 3 May 2016
Katherine L
Everything was closed. Not much information.

I brought my 10 000 dollar photo camera gear and drove 2.5 hours through rough road only to find... read more

Reviewed 25 January 2016
London, United Kingdom
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3 May 2016
“Lush Wetlands amidst the Kazakh Steppes”
24 Jan 2016
“Everything was closed. Not much information.”
| Korgalzhyn, Astana, Kazakhstan
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Reviewed 3 May 2016

Korgalzhyn State Nature Reserve is roughly 120 km from Astana, yet it takes about 2 hours to get there because of the awful road conditions. It is, however, a wonderful reprieve from the larger than life capital, and the wetlands are a stark but welcome...More

2  Thank Katherine L
Reviewed 25 January 2016

I brought my 10 000 dollar photo camera gear and drove 2.5 hours through rough road only to find out that the flamingos aren't there. And there are no any designated areas for observing them. No accommodation. Just go home. Though I still dream to...More

Thank MIofLondon
Reviewed 22 October 2013

I went with a group from my office to visit Korgalzhyn which was a mix of Americans and Kazakhs. We benefited greatly from their language skills and local information. If you call ahead you can arrange "extra" access to the preserve meaning guided excursions vs...More

5  Thank Jeff T
Reviewed 31 May 2013

Unfortunately, the nature reserve is not tourist-friendly. Nature resources are wonderfull, but interpretation center of Korgalzhyn Nature Reserve is poor, staff hardly speak English and getting there can be really expensive. Trip to reach Korgalzhy is possible only via cramped road and consider hiring comfortable...More

4  Thank Destination-unknown7
Reviewed 24 September 2012

...and still see something new. Be open to the big sky, the beauty of the steppe. Cranes, hawks, and egrets dominate but 300 plus other birds are nearby. Haven't seen pink flamingoes yet but will.

4  Thank mmoly
Reviewed 25 June 2012

Very interesting trip into natural Kazakhstan steppes, system of small lakes and nature. Have you ever known that 3 of 5 major migration roots of passage birds go through Korgalzhyn? It is unbelievable, you can see so many types of birds at every turn. Swans,...More

2  Thank Yerlan S
Reviewed 2 November 2011

There is no infrastructure and is better to go with locals than guides. I paid 5000 tenge for meals and a room. And besides that the guide took as all over the p,ace. The best was to see the pink flamingos. This is the best...More

4  Thank MexKaz
Reviewed 17 May 2009

we went to the korgalzhin nature reserve near astana city in kazakhstan. we do not reccomend any tourists go there. no one replied to our emails or phone calls. and when we arrived by bus not was was there to meet us for 3 hours...More

22  Thank juliajulia44
Reviewed 17 July 2016
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2  Thank Yana_Mann
Reviewed 14 June 2016
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When is best time to see Flamingos at Korgalzhyn State Nature Reserve in Kazakhstan?
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Подскажите пожалуйста, кто-нибудь ездил в Кургальджино на машине своим ходом? Можно более побдробно маршрут? Впускают ли на территорию заповедника на своем авто? Нужно покупать пропуск? И может есть еще какие нюансы?) А то собрался ехать на выходных, а инфы в нете нет совсем! l
10 August 2016|
Response from Yana_Mann | Reviewed this property |
Добрый день! Ехать нужно в пос. Коргалжын (на юго-запад от астаны, 120км). В заповедник пускают на своей машине, но только в сопровождении гида. Въезд платный (около 200 тнг). Услуги гида - около 4000 тнг. Мы приехали... More
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