Kokshetau National Park
This land of blue lakes and forest-covered hills contains a lot of wildlife and camping opportunities.
Kokshetau National Park, established in 1996, occupies a vast territory in Akmola and North Kazakhstan Provinces. Local nature in this area surprises with its diversity and beauty. This park is the jewel of Kazakhstan because of its unique landscape, which hosts rich flora and fauna. The park encompasses 185 ancient monuments, azure lakes, pine forests, and birch groves. The area is home to 800 plant species and 305 species of animals.
Kokshetau National Park aims at preserving the natural environment and archaeological sites of this treasured place, as well as organizing recreational opportunities for people.
Useful tips for 2020-2021
How to get there
The park’s office is located in the city of Kokshetau, which we will consider a starting point for a trip to the park. The city is located north of Astana, and has its own airport. Kokshetau can also be reached by train or by bus from any major city of Kazakhstan. You can get from Kokshetau to your resort of choice by taxi or bus. Resorts ring the shores of lakes Imantau, Shalkar, and Ayrtauchik, with all of them being about 50-70 km (31-43 mi) away from Kokshetau.
Food and accommodation
The lakes’ shores are dotted with recreation facilities offering various accommodation options. If you’re planning on taking a camping trip into the surrounding mountains, we recommend that you buy food in Kokshetau or Zerenda.