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Korgalzhyn State Nature Reserve

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Address: | 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 there because of the awful road conditions. It is, however, a wonderful reprieve... read more

Reviewed 3 May 2016
Katherine L
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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 contrast to Astana's concrete jungle. I went with a tour group (Association for the Conservation... More 

2 Thank Katherine L
London, United Kingdom
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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 go out and see the flamingos some day.

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Spring, Texas
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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 cruising around by yourself. this opens up more areas to visit. The drive out is... More 

5 Thank Jeff T
Zagreb, Croatia
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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 SUV, otherwise... Wildlife is extremely rich. We wanted to have guided tour, but it was... More 

4 Thank Destination-unknown7
Monterey, California
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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
Astana, Kazakhstan
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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, cranes, pelicans, pink flamingos and very many others.

2 Thank Yerlan S
Blacksburg, Virginia
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Reviewed 3 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 attraction of this place.

4 Thank MexKaz
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
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 except their american translator. the prices was crazy and wanting 8,000 tenge for drivers and... More 

22 Thank juliajulia44

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