Lovers of traveling in the real wild nature, acquaintance with Kazakhstan, it is better to start with visits to state national natural parks. There are 14 of them in total in the country. Parks located near major cities in Almaty and Akmola regions are relatively accessible.
Ile-Alatau National Park
A favorite vacation spot of Almaty residents and guests of the city. In
In some places, the border of the park directly closes with the city of Almaty. Ayusai Gorge, Maloalmatinsky Gorge, Big Almaty Lake, Issyk Lake, Turgen Waterfalls are some of the natural objects that can be visited by choice as part of a weekend tour.
Charyn National Nature Park
Charyn Canyon, a breathtaking place in the Tien Shan mountain branches, is located 200 kilometers from the city of Almaty. The most impressive places of the big gorge include the Valley of Castles, Ash and Turang Grove, the Charyn River.
Kolsai Lakes National Nature Park
Freshwater Kolsai lakes are located within the Northern Tien Shan in the Almaty region. The system of Kolsai reservoirs includes three lakes: Upper, Middle and Lower – all of them are quite deep, cool and very beautiful. Trekking routes, horse-riding excursions and walks are organized here. The famous Kayyndy Lake is also located on the territory of this park.
Burabay National Nature Park
The Burabai Nature Park is located 245 km from Astana, which makes it a favorite place to visit Astana residents and guests of the capital. The picturesque territory of the park: lakes, low mountains, thoughtful tourist routes. For prepared tourists, a vivid impression will be the ascent to Bolektau Mountain, from where a beautiful view of the surrounding area opens.
Kokshetau National Nature Park
This region of blue lakes and blue mountains is located in two regions at once – Akmola and North Kazakhstan. Kazakhstan pearl – this is how you can characterize the park "Kokshetau" because of the abundance of natural and historical attractions in it.
Buiratau Nature Park
The diverse flora and fauna, relic objects of the Buiratau Park will interest any connoisseur of wildlife. The park is located on the territory of two regions at once: Akmola and Karaganda and has two branches. The main attraction and pride of the Buiratau Park is the largest animal enclosure in Central Kazakhstan. Its area is 400 hectares. Deer, bison and roe deer live here.
Bayanaul Nature Park
The oldest park in Kazakhstan, organized in 1985. High cliffs, dense pine forests, blue expanse of lakes. This is a place that has absorbed many legends and beliefs, the splendor and splendor of the nature of the Pavlodar region. The territory of the park is a kind of oasis in a semi–desert environment. Of the six lakes, three are the most popular among tourists – Zhasybai, Sabyndykol, Toraigyr.
Altyn-Emel Nature Park
The landscapes of the Altyn-Emel Park in the Zhetysu region are very diverse: from desert lands to mountains. In the vicinity of the park there are historical and natural attractions, the most striking of them are the Singing Dune, the complex "Bes Shatyr", consisting of Saka mounds, the chalk mountains of Aktau.
Karkaraly National Nature Park
Lakes, forests, springs with healing water, rich flora and fauna
Trekking routes to the most famous lakes of the national park – Pool Lake and Shaitankol Lake are very popular among tourists.
Katon-Karagai National Nature Park
The Katon-Karagai National Park, founded in 2001 in the East Kazakhstan region, rightfully has the status of the largest natural park in Kazakhstan. Its area is more than 640 thousand hectares, and the territory has a variety of flora and fauna. Main attractions: Belukha Mountain, Kokkol waterfall, Berel mounds, Rakhmanovskoye Lake.
Sairam-Ugam National Nature Park
One of the distinctive features of the Sairam-Ugam Park in the Turkestan region is the growth of 240 species of plants listed in the Red Book of the Republic of Kazakhstan. In addition, in the national park you can get acquainted with religious buildings, petroglyphs and the life of ancient settlements in different historical times.
Zhongar-Alatau Nature Park
The park is located in the Zhetysu region on the slopes of the Zhetysu Alatau ridge, the highest point of which is the peak named after the outstanding traveler Semenov-Tien Shan. The park has become a haven for many rare representatives of the animal world. Much attention is also paid to the local flora: apple orchards, relict species of trees and shrubs are restored and preserved here.
Tarbagatai National Nature Park
The National Park in the Abai region was created to preserve the natural systems of the southern slope of the Tarbagatai ridge, as well as the Karabas and Arkaly mountains, the valleys of the Urzhar, Katysu, and Emel rivers. The flora includes dozens of endemics of Tarbagatai. The park is remote from large settlements, which makes it the most interesting for lovers of untouched nature.
The Ulytau National Nature Park
is the youngest park in Kazakhstan, founded in 2021 in the Ulytau region. The National Park was created to restore and preserve the mountain-steppe massif of Ulytau.