Rediscover the pearl of Kazakhstan

NUR-SULTAN – The pandemic boosted the development of domestic tourism and encouraged the construction of new tourist facilities in tourist areas. One of them is the tourist area of ​​Burabai, located in Burabai National Park, near the town of Kokshetau.

Burabai National Park. Photo credit: Click to view full-size map

Burabai, often called Kazakh Switzerland because of its mountains, forests and lakes, was recently Included in the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves.

Ensuring tourist safety, protecting local flora and fauna

The first site, which was built at a height of 780 meters at Abylai Khan Glade, is an observation deck that provides security for tourists seeking breathtaking views of the mountain range and Abylai Khan Glade at cloud level. The access road to the platform is equipped with panels and benches.

“We have built more than 30 kilometers of pedestrian and bicycle lanes to eliminate potential emergency situations and provide tourists with comfortable rides,” presidential office spokeswoman Elena Klivets said in an interview with Kazinform news agency during a recent press tour in Burabai. Region.

An observation deck at Abilai Khan Glade. Photo credit:

The third novelty is the Smart Burabai system, which helps local foresters to monitor the territory and prevent fires, which can be caused by rubbish thrown by tourists.

“The system has been working since the second year. There are 13 towers in the national park, which react to temperature and detect smoke. All signals are transmitted to remote control 102. As we get closer to the camera, we find out if it is really smoke or dust. Thanks to the walkie-talkie, we are informed of where it happened and our employees go to the scene of the incident and take the necessary measures,” said Evgeniy Arkhipov, ranger and head of the scientific department of Burabai National Park.

Arkhipov pointed out that there is a “sort of panic button for tourists” that they can press to ask for help when they get lost.

Leisure and health centers

Another feature of the area is the Interactive Multimedia Complex, created in 2021, the only one of its kind in the entire country. It combines a museum and a multimedia space, where narrative is constructed in the same way as modern computer games, including virtual reality.

The complex consists of two parts and is divided into seven zones. The first is a 5D cinema, where tourists can see the most beautiful places in the country from a panoramic view.

The second part of the complex shows the history of Kazakhstan. People can find a sign of their family at the Eternal Country Hall and learn about all generations of Kazakhs.

In the Steppe Hall of Batyrs (Warriors), each tourist can experience the batyr image, wear virtual armor, take a memorable photo with a batyr on the battlefield, shoot a bow like a real nomad and read an e-book about the history from the country. .

5D Cinema called Flight of the Samruk Bird at the Interactive Multimedia Complex. Photo credit:

The most recent is the AQ MARAL forestry farm, which is in its fifth year. It is a maral (deer) farm, a pantotherapy center and a small ethno aul (village) with royal yurts (traditional housing for nomads) and access to national traditions accessible to all tourists.

Burabai’s natural environment is very favorable for breeding marais, which were already brought from the eastern region of Kazakhstan. Currently, around 300 individuals live in a dense forested area of ​​600 hectares and undergo regular veterinary examinations.

Marales or deer that live in the forest farm AQ MARAL. Photo credit: Kazinform agency

The pantotherapy center produces its own medicines, including pantyhose – growing antlers from adult male deer. They contain several substances, including the female sex hormones estrone, estradiol, and mother, that can help cells grow and function. Once a year, the horns of the marales are cut off and used to make various remedies.

According to the president of the Kazakhstan Agro-Rural Tourism Association, Khalida Tulegenova, the forest farm is designed for 25 people. Almost 20 people are served each week, but many tourists come to visit.

“Some people came to us to recover from COVID-19 when their immune systems were depleted. Pantotherapy is useful for increasing immunity and skin tissue cell regeneration in nerve diseases. Treatment is also provided for people with joint and musculoskeletal diseases, with decreased sexual potency of men and women, and in general for the recovery of the body,” Tulegenova said.

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