Kazakstan is the place to visit if you are interested
in some of the most sought-after species in
the Western Palearctic.
Besides that it offers some fantastic s
cenery and a great variety of habitats.
Since the country became independent from
the Soviet Union in 1991 it became more and
more accessible for birders.
After reading the 2003 report from David van de
Schoor and the positi
ve experience another
group of Belgian birders had in Ma
y 2006 I decided it was time to go.
It did not take long for me to form a small team
of birders. Besides my brother Frans, 4 other
local birders Rob Bouwman, Wiel
Poelmans, Jos Aarts and Jan-
Hein van Steenis joined me.
I contacted a small new birding company, Cent
ral Asia Birding led by a Dutchman, Machiel
Valkenburg and his Ka
zak woman Madina.
The advantage of this company is that they o
ffer flexible itineraries for a reasonable price.
After extensive e-mail contact we agr
eed on the itinerary and the price.
The ground arrangement provided by Central
Asia Birding cost us € 1925.- a person.
This included all transport, accommodation, f
ood and drinks, use of local guides and the
return flight Almaty-Astana.
This trip report covers a 16-day trip
to south-east and northern Kazakstan.
Kazakstan is a huge country in Ce
ntral Asia, situated at the ed
ge of the Western Palearctic.
With an area of more than 2.700.000 km it is
the ninth largest country in the world.