This week’s UNESCO World Heritage Site is rarely visited, but richly rewarding for adventure travelers and nature lovers.
Located in Kazakhstan, the Saryarka World Heritage Site consists of two separate regions: the Naurzum State Nature Reserve and Korgalzhyn State Nature Reserve. The reserves encompass two very different environments: the grassy, windswept grasslands of the Kazakh steppe and wetlands surrounding both fresh and saltwater lakes.
UNESCO notes that these wetlands are “of outstanding importance for migratory water birds, including globally threatened species, among them the extremely rare Siberian white crane, the Dalmatian pelican, Pallas’s fish eagle, to name but a few.”
The United Nations’ World Conservation Monitoring Center notes that since the reserves are so isolated, they receive very few tourists. However, some organized tours are available and the reserves get about 254 visitors a year.
Of course, to travel to Kazakhstan, you will need a passport and a Kazakhstan visa. If you’re visiting as tourist, you’ll need the following documents to apply:
- One visa application form
- 1 passport photo
- A cover letter explaining what you are planning to do in Kazakhstan and when you plan to be there. If you are staying for 30 days or less, you can write the letter yourself. However, if you are staying 30 days or more, your host to needs to get an invitation letter for you issued by the Kazakhstan department of foreign affairs.
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