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“Great place with former soviet service”

Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

Great nature, forest, lakes. Everything what was created by nature is excellent and great. Everything what was providing by a local humans is not relevant and over priced.

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Reviewed 25 March 2016

A must-visit place here in North Kazakhstan. Peaceful ,serene and simply a place for those who want to commune with nature. Accomodations from houses,hotels and lodges may be booked in advance. I have never seen so many pine trees! It is just sad that some people vandalized the rock formations.

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Reviewed 11 September 2015

Very beautiful scenary. Definantely a must visit place. A lot of hotels available at any price range.

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Reviewed 20 August 2015

If you really love untouched countryside, I can only recommend couple days in Borovoe Natural park. We started with visiting Burabay village Museum and Tourist shop, there you can purchase a map of the area (400 KZT), which is good for general orientation in the parkbut not very precise.
It is OK to visit Blue gulf, but anywhere further you do not meet nearly anybody and can enjoy lakes and large pine forrest. Paths are not well marked (usually red stripe on the tree trunk), but you can walk anywhere, terrain is not demanding. The only careful orientation is needed for walking on Kokshetaw mountain. We did not see any marks, but we followed the litter and ended below the rocky wall impossible to be climb without climbing geer. However, if you pay attention, you can walk uphill easily and enjoy view over the beautifull landscape with lakes, pine forrest and no civilization. Except from walking, we loved swimming in the untouched lakes, both Burabaj and Large Schebasche, with views on the surrounding mountains. Considering the beauty of the lakes and cleanliness of water, it is a pity that Kazachs are not swimming nation.
For walking in the Burabay Park you need good shoes but do not heavy boots at all neither any other tourist equipment. Entrance fee is 200 KZT per person per day.
There is some infrastructure around village, therefore you can purchase some food and water but only on one or two places. You can either try excelent kumys or shubat in local restaurant!
Regarding staying overnite, we were camping in the forest (no camping site and no creeks, you need to carry water for cooking) but I am not sure wheter it is allowed or not. However, the prices of the civilized accomodation are supposed to be really high.
You can get there by (e.g. Hispanian) train from Astana (stop Kurort Borovoe in Schuchinsk town) or use shared taxi from Astana (carpark next railway station, 2000 KZT per person, ends in Schuchinsk town either, lasts 2,5 hour, excellent motorway with no traffic jam), then follow by taxi to Burabay village (2000 KZT per 3 people) or by local bus (marshrootka, lasts 30 minutes, 150 KZT, every half an hour, tickets available in the bus).

5  Thank visitor v
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Reviewed 26 November 2014

Truly, the real gems have to be pursued and hunted. I travelled for more than 20 hours by an old bus going through desolate lands and in the middle of it questioning myself the whole time if it would be worth it but this trip proved the adage that goes "It's the journey and not the destination that counts" wrong. The adventure of traveling alone to a new place and not speaking the local language made the journey even more exciting but it is the sights I have seen that really floored me. I was totally humbled by the sights that greeted me in Burabay/Borovoe. It was the balm that soothed all my misforgivings and frustrations in Kazakhstan and the tape that sealed all the good memories I have had in this country of ironies. Most of all, I've seen God's guiding hand during the trip. The place was just pure, unspoiled nature. The lakes nestled in mountains have very calming effect on the soul, mystic so to speak. Burabay will always hold a spell for me and it is a place I would definitely go back to one day.

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