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Karkaraly National Park and Reserve

Photo tour to Karkaraly National Park

Karkaraly National Park is an amazing natural landmark of the Karaganda region. Its territory exceeds 90 thousand hectares, and the variety of flora and fauna is literally amazing. In total, the park has 190 species of animals, among which there are those that are listed in the Red Book and are under the protection of the administration. Rare tourists will be lucky to see these rare species, for example, the black stork, which occasionally nests here.

Information Karkaraly National Park

At the entrance to the Karkaraly National Park in the administration building you can take a map of the area and get all the necessary information. There are several well-established tourist routes that pass through the main attractions of the park. And there is something to see: the magnificent lakes, mountain ranges, caves in the rocks, the ruins of an ancient Buddhist temple, and even the ruins of the whole city of Kent, preserved from begazy-dandybay era. In addition, the Nature Museum is open in the park during the day, in which animals and plants that can be found in the area are described in detail.

Lake Shaitankol in Karkaraly National Park

By the way. Near the lake Shaitankol, which is located on the route "Legends of Lake Shaitankol" grows a "tree of desires". It is easy to distinguish among other plants: it is completely hung with ribbons that park visitors leave on the tree in hopes of fulfilling their desires.
It is worth going to Karkaraly National Park for several days, different routes take from 3 to 6 hours of walking, so you can’t see them all in one day. You can stop in the town of Karkalinsk itself, or you can get from Karaganda by car, though you will have to go a little more than 200 kilometers. There are special picnic areas in the park, but there are no shops with food - so it is better to bring everything you need with you.
Karkaralinsk is located in the Karaganda region, 221 km south-east of the city of Karaganda itself.

How to visit Karkaraly National Park

The nearest transport hub to Karkaralinsk is located in the city of Karaganda. Karaganda can be reached both by plane and by rail.
Karaganda Airport takes more flights from different cities of Kazakhstan and Russia - Zhezkazgan, Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kyzylorda, Almaty, Astana, Moscow and Novosibirsk.
Cost: The average price of a ticket will be from 20 000 tenge.
Karaganda also has a large number of trains from almost all regions of Kazakhstan. You can also find the cost of tickets and train / plane timetables for the date you need in the window above.
Cost: The price for an adult starts from 5 000 tenge and varies depending on the starting point.
Upon arrival in Karaganda, head to the local bus station - every day at 8:30, 10:00, 11:00, 14:00 and 16:00, several direct or transit buses depart for Karakandy to Karkaraly.
The distance from Karaganda to Bayanaul is about 220 km, and the journey time will be about four hours.
Cost: The price of a bus ticket is from 750 tenge per adult.
rom Karaganda to Karkaralinsk, you can go by taxi - you can find them here or directly at the bus station. When traveling by taxi, travel time will be reduced to 3 hours.
Cost: The price of a taxi will be from 3000 tenge per seat.
In Karkaraly, there are many hotels, guest houses and apartments for every taste (and wallet). You can find them by typing the parameters you need into a search engine.
Cost: Night in a hotel or hotel will cost from 2000 tenge, and the daily cost of an apartment for rent, on average, will be from 3000 tenge.
Since Karkaralinsk is located in central Kazakhstan with a sharply continental climate, it is cold there most of the year. We advise you to go to Karkaralinsk in the warm season - from May to July - taking with you a lot of warm clothes.

Karkaraly National Park


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