Zhabagly, located in South Kazakhstan region, is the first reserve in Central Asia and Kazakhstan. It occupies part of the Talas Alatau Ridge in the Western Tien Shan. Its height ranges from 1100 m in the village of Zhabagly to over 4200 m (Sairam peak).
There are 1279 species in the flora of the reserve, 57 of which are included in the Red Book of Kazakhstan. Famous Dutch tulips have come from species that bloom here (such as the Greyga tulip).
There are 51 species of mammals here, such as the snow leopard, Tienshan polar bear, lynx, tek (mountain goat), argali (mountain sheep) and marmot Menzbira. Golden eagle, Eurasian eagle owl and Himalayan griffin are listed in the Red Book of Kazakhstan.
Here are popular: horseback riding in the foothills, hiking in the Aksu gorge, visiting the stalactite cave with ancient formations, visiting monuments located in Turkestan.
How to get there
By train. Several trains run between Almaty and Shymkent every day. A guide will meet you at the station by private car and take you to your destination in 30 minutes.
By bus. Buses depart from Sayran bus station (Almaty) every day from 19.00 to 21.30 and arrive at the bus station in Shymkent at 9.00 am the next day. At the bus station you will be met by a guide by private car and taken to your destination in 30 minutes.
You can plan and book a trip to Zhabagly through the Ecotourism Information Resource Centre in advance.
Contacts: Republic of Kazakhstan, Almaty, Shevchenko Street, 14, sq.2, tel: +7 727 293 84 23, +7 727 2 93 83 80, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org