Wildlife holidays in Kazakhstan
Tell me about Kazakhstan …
Kazakhstan, lying at the heart of Central Asia on the Old Silk Road, is a massive country. It covers an area the size of the whole of western Europe, spanning 2,717,300 square kilometres from the Caspian Sea to western China.
It has a population of just 17 million people, mostly living in the cities, and as such this is a land of vast open and unpeopled spaces.
Great stone and sand deserts, and wide grassy steppes occupy the majority of the country, interspersed with such great inland lakes as Lake Balkhash and the Aral Sea. In dramatic contrast, along its south-eastern borders stand the mighty Tien Shan Mountains – the 1,610-kilometre spine of Central Asia and northern extension of the Himalaya.
Waters flowing off these vast mountains give rise to flower-filled alpine meadows, lush forests of Tien Shan Spruce and lowland Turanga. They also feed the great lakes and inland deltas to the north.
Our Kazakhstan specialist recommends...
"I recommend our ‘Kazakhstan’ tour, and action-packed birdwatching tour taking in a huge variety of this vast country’s landscapes, including the Tien Shan Mountains. Some stand out species are: the Himalayan Snowcock and Himalayan Rubythroat."
What’s special about the wildlife?
Its flora – consisting of over 6,000 species – is superb, and its alpine and bulbous plants are particularly special.
Kazakhstan has an interesting bird fauna which includes some sought after montane species such as Ibisbill.
Naturetrek tours to Kazakhstan
Naturetrek offers a selection of wildlife holidays and natural history tours to Kazakhstan including botanical and bird watching holidays to the deserts, steppes, lakes, tulip meadows and Tien Shan Mountains.
Some highlights of our natural history tours to Kazakhstan:
- Rare & endemic plants of the Tien Shan
- Wonderful spring displays of wild tulips
- Rich selection of birds including Little Bustard, Demoiselle Crane & Collared Pratincole, Macqueen’s Bustard,
- Pallas’s Sandgrouse, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater & Desert Warbler
- Montane bird life including Ibisbill, Himalayan Rubythroat & Himalayan Snowcock
WHAT YOU'VE BEEN SAYING ABOUT OUR Kazakhstan HOLIDAYS
You should regard Tony Smith as a priceless asset. He was absolutely brilliant: encyclopaedic knowledge, boundless enthusiasm, great warmth and good humour, and a real determination to ensure that everyone saw everything that was going. Kan Tengri (the ground agents) were also outstandingly good. The local guide, interpreter, driver and his colleague were all really excellent.
I have nothing but praise for the whole trip. The botany was brilliant, even if much was above my head, and all the arrangements were good.. I make no reservation in recommending Naturetrek to friends and acquaintances and look forward to travelling with you in the future. I will be retiring at the beginning of next year and hope to take full advantage of my freedom.
To see the wide Russian Steppe reaching to the horizon and backed by clear snowy mountains, to hear the endless wind, the calls of Sandgrouse and Cranes, plus 100,00+ larks - a long held dream come true.