Saryarka

 

Saryarka is a region of lakes, steppes and semi deserts located in northern Kazakhastan.

The region, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, comprises two protected areas: Naurzum State Nature Reserve and Korgalzhyn State Nature Reserve.

These wetland areas are important for migratory water birds, including globally threatened species, and are key stopover points and crossroads on the Central Asian flyway of birds from Africa, Europe and South Asia to their breeding places in Western and Eastern Siberia.

In addition, Saryarka includes largely undisturbed areas of steppe and lakes that provide diverse outdoor activities, including hiking, as well as distinctive wildlife and plants systems

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Overall Atmosphere: Natural
A Natural Atmosphere includes a diverse range of destinations with outdoor-oriented features, including both water-based (beaches, rivers, lakes, etc) and land-based (mountains, forests, deserts, etc). It also includes specific outdoor activities, ranging from water adventuring (eg, kayaking, sailing) to land adventuring (eg, hiking, biking).

Natural Interests tend to be:
(a) outdoors-oriented, and therefore more dependent on weather conditions
(b) less easily accessible and more physically demanding than other destination categories.

In some cases (eg, rafting and climbing), this includes a significantly increased degree of adventure (or danger, depending on one's viewpoint).
Featuring mainly outdoors-oriented natural attractions.
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Jelsomino Boutique Hotel

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Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
Infinity Apartments

Infinity Apartments

Infinity Apartments are located in Astana, just 150 metres from the Astana Arena Stadium and the Republican Diagnostic and Cardiology Centre. They feature modern décor and a free parking. Free Wi-Fi is provided. Average score from 16 guest reviews: 8.9/10.

$51

$518.9
Sky Luxe Hotel

Sky Luxe Hotel

Located in Astana city, this hotel comes with a 24-hour reception and free Wi-Fi. Ak Orda Presidential Palace is 300 metres from the hotel. Astana Bayterek Tower is a 2-minute walk away. Average score from 100 guest reviews: 8.9/10.

$52

 
$528.9
Apartment Astana Triumph

Apartment Astana Triumph

Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Apartment Astana Triumph is located in Astana, 1.7 km from Bayterek Monument. Mega Astana Shopping Centre is 500 metres from the property. Free private parking is available on site. Average score from 59 guest reviews: 8.7/10.

$48

 
$488.7
Belon-Land Hotel

Belon-Land Hotel

Belon-Land Hotel is located in the centre of Astana, a 5-minute drive from Akimat and the Museum of the first president. It offers a fitness centre, finnish sauna and indoor pool. Free Wi-Fi access is available. Average score from 133 guest reviews: 8.5/10.

$41

 
$418.5
Mini Hotel Alikhan

Mini Hotel Alikhan

Mini Hotel Alikhan is located in Astana, a 10-minute walk from Khan Shatyr Entertainment Centre. Free Wi-Fi access is available. Rooms here will provide you with a flat-screen TV, a balcony and cable channels. There is also an electric kettle. Average score from 137 guest reviews: 8.4/10.

$43

 
$438.4
Alatau Apartments

Alatau Apartments

Located 10 minutes’ walk from the Bayterek Monument in Astana, these apartments feature free Wi-Fi and a fully equipped kitchen. The President’s Palace and ministries are less than 5 minutes’ drive away. Average score from 55 guest reviews: 8.4/10.

$44 - $71

$448.4
Belon Life Hotel

Belon Life Hotel

Belon Life Hotel is located a 5-minute drive from the Kazakhstan Sport Centre in Astana. The hotel offers a gym, 2 swimming pools and 4 types of sauna. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout. Average score from 130 guest reviews: 8.4/10.

$54

 
$548.4
Merey Hotel

Merey Hotel

Located in the Central Park of Karagandy city, Merey Hotel features a sauna and air-conditioned design rooms. TSUM Shopping Centre is 2 km away. Every room at Merey includes wooden furnishings and a fridge. Bathrooms come with a shower. Average score from 43 guest reviews: 8.4/10.

$55

 
$558.4
Sky Lux Hotel Astana

Sky Lux Hotel Astana

Sky Lux Hotel Astana is located in Astana. Each room here will provide you with a TV, free Wi-Fi, air conditioning and cable channels. There is also a refrigerator. Private bathroom also comes with free toiletries. Average score from 159 guest reviews: 8.3/10.

$38

 
$388.3
Apartments ApartInn Astana

Apartments ApartInn Astana

Located in the city centre of Astana, in the Severnoe Siyanie apartment complex, ApartInn features self-catering accommodations with free Wi-Fi. The National Academic Library of the Republic of Kazakhstan is a 4-minute walk away. Average score from 212 guest reviews: 8.3/10.

$46

 
$468.3
Torgay Hotel

Torgay Hotel

Featuring free Wi-Fi and a 24-hour reception, this hotel is located in Astana city, 1 km from the Kazakhstan Sports Complex. It offers air-conditioned rooms with a fridge. Average score from 89 guest reviews: 8.2/10.

$38 - $51

 
$388.2
Red Village Hotel

Red Village Hotel

Offering buffet restaurant, Red Village Hotel is located in Astana, a 10-minute drive from the downtown. Free Wi-Fi access is available. Rooms here will provide you with a flat-screen TV and a minibar. There is also an electric kettle. Average score from 551 guest reviews: 8.2/10.

$39

 
$398.2
Sky House Astana

Sky House Astana

Sky House Astana is located in Astana, a 10-minute walk from Nur-Astana Mosque. It offers free WiFi and spacious air-conditioned accommodation featuring views of the city. Average score from 118 guest reviews: 8.2/10.

$43

 
$438.2
Northern Lights Apartments

Northern Lights Apartments

Located 5 minutes’ walk from the Beyterek Monument, these apartments in Astana city centre provide air-conditioned accommodation with a flat-screen TV. Astana Train Station is 15 minutes’ drive away. Average score from 36 guest reviews: 8.1/10.

$52 - $171

 
$528.1
Orion Hotel

Orion Hotel

Just 300 metres from Astana’s Canal and a 10-minute walk from Astana city centre, this hotel offers free Wi-Fi, free parking and a sauna. Its air-conditioned rooms feature flat-screen TV. Average score from 24 guest reviews: 8.0/10.

$39 - $62

 
$398.0
Goldman Empire

Goldman Empire

An indoor swimming pool, sauna and spacious rooms with free Wi-Fi are offered by this 4-star hotel. Quietly located in Astana, it is just a 2-minute drive from Kazakhstan Sports Palace. Average score from 104 guest reviews: 8.0/10.

$54 - $89

 
$548.0
Business Hotel

Business Hotel

Featuring rooms with free Wi-Fi, this hotel is situated in the centre of Astana. Guests can hire car with a personal driver, as well as a translator at the 24-hour reception. Average score from 42 guest reviews: 7.9/10.

$41 - $89

 
$417.9

Highlights:

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Natural
Unusual Local Feature

Vast Steppelands

The 200,000 ha Central Asian steppe areas provide a valuable refuge for over half the species of the region’s steppe flora, a number of threatened bird species and the critically endangered Saiga antelope, formerly an abundant species much reduced by poaching. The property’s wetland areas are of outstanding importance for migratory waterbirds, including substantial populations of globally threatened species, as they are key stopover points and crossroads on the Central Asian flyways.
Scenic Waterways
Saryarka property includes two groups of fresh and salt water lakes situated on a watershed between rivers flowing north to the Arctic and south the Aral-Irtysh basin. The seasonal dynamics of the hydrology, chemistry and biology of the lakes, with the diverse flora and fauna of the wetlands have evolved through complex wetting and drying cycles, and are of global significance and scientific interest.
Wildlife and Plants
Korgalzhyn and Naurzum State Nature Reserves protect large areas of natural steppe and lake habitats that sustain a diverse range of Central Asian flora and fauna and support vast numbers of migratory birds.

The Korgalzhyn-Tengiz lakes provide feeding grounds for up to 15-16 million birds, including flocks of up to 2.5 million geese. They also support up to 350,000 nesting waterfowl, while the Naurzum lakes support up to 500,000 nesting waterfowl.
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