Desolate. Not Empty.

Yurt Camp

Ethnoaul Kogez

Shetpe Village

Mangystau Region

Kazakhstan

October 18, 2018

 

In the Mangystau Region, 25% larger than France, the desert appears desolate and empty.  

 

But life abounds.

Three pilgrimage sites built by the Eighteenth Century Sufi mystic, Beket-Ata..

An oasis appears.  Lovely flowers and plants grow alongside a salty stream.  Too salty for fish.

A Yurt Camp provides warm, comfortable bedding and hearty meals. 

Livestock everywhere. 

Secret Places

 

Mangystau

Kazakhstan

October 17, 2018

My driver Vladimir must have a GPS embedded in his skull. 

We drive across the desert floor. 

No road signs.

No markers assist us along the multitude of dirt tracks that veer off in all directions.

Yet we find our way through the mountains and to Vladimir’s “secret locations.”

Three Canyons

Almaty Region

Kazakhstan

October 14, 2018

Hello,

On the way to Charyn Canyon, the final site on my South Kazakhstan tour, I make two additional stops.

Ali, a local man and my considerate guide and driver, pulls off the road to find two unmarked canyons that are not visible from the roadway..

Moon Canyon is the first unscheduled stop.  Black Canyon is next,  

The Three Canyons are the perfect finale for an extraordinary journey in South Kazakhstan.

Camels: A "Curious" Encounter

The Steppe

Southern Kazakhstan

October 12, 2018

 

Here's a "Pop Quiz."

A camel with one hump is known as a Dromedary camel.  (Camelus dromedarius found in Africa, Arabia and South Asia)

What is the correct name for the camel with two humps? (Found on the Steppe of Central Asia)

Prize for the first correct answer: 

One liter of verblyuzh'ye moloko. 

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