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Kazakhstan - Best of Central Asia

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 14 day(s)
Group Size: 6 - 12 people
Destination(s): Kazakhstan  
Specialty Categories: Birdwatching   Wildlife Viewing  
Season: May
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 4925 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 4925 US Dollar (USD)

Our tour starts off in Almaty, where our hotel is strategically placed for an excellent introduction to Kazakhstan birding. Here we will search for Black Grouse, Meadow Bunting, Red-fronted Serin and the striking Azure Tit, while huge and majestic Bearded Vultures patrol the skies above. From Almaty we move to the Taukum Desert, where wells in the area attract Pin-tailed, Black-bellied and the much desired Pallas’s Sandgrouse. Other specialities include Saker Falcon, Saxaul Sparrow and Desert and Mongolian Finches. Flying to the capital, Astana, we will then bird the surrounding steppe in search of the enigmatic Demoiselle Crane and the endangered Sociable Lapwing at their favoured breeding grounds. Here we will also enjoy sightings of Pallid Harrier, and both White-winged and the mythical Black Lark doing their displays over the steppe grasslands. Our final destination is the Tien Shan Mountain range where the highly sought after Ibisbill occurs (this smart looking bird is the sole representative of its monotypic family). Other specialties in this area include Güldenstädt’s and Eversmann’s Redstarts, Sveretov’s Tit-Babbler and the stunning White-tailed Rubythroat, to name just a few!

Please note: these prices are subject to foreign exchange fluctuations.

Top Birds:

Black Grouse, White-headed Duck, Macqueen’s Bustard, Chukar Partridge, Saker Falcon, Golden Eagle, Demoiselle Crane, Dalmatian Pelican, Pallas’s and Caspian Gull, Sociable Lapwing, Caspian Plover, Ibisbill, Azure Tit, Pin-tailed, Black-bellied and Pallas’s Sandgrouse, Striated Scops Owl, White-winged Woodpecker, Yellow-eyed Dove, Steppe Grey Shrike, White-winged and Black Lark, Blue Whistling Thrush, Eastern Rock Nuthatch, Wallcreeper, Güldenstädt’s and Eversmann’s Redstart, Turkestan Tit, Black-headed and White-crowned Penduline Tit, Severtzov’s Tit-Warbler, Spotted Nutcracker, White-browed Tit-warbler (Sveretov’s Tit-Babbler), Black-throated Accentor, Asian Desert Warbler, Hume’s Lesser and Desert Lesser Whitethroat, White-tailed Rubythroat, Red-fronted Serin, Desert Wheatear, White-winged Grosbeak, Saxaul Sparrow, Red-mantled Rosefinch, Asian Crimson-winged Finch, Desert and Mongolian Finch, Meadow Bunting

Tour Dates 04 May - 17 May (14 days)

Tour Price (Per Person) US$4,925 * £3,240 * €3,730 * ZAR48,000

Single Supplement US$390

Max Group Size: 12 with 1 leader & 1 local birding leader.

Habitats Covered: desert, scrubland, mountains, lakes, wetlands, reedbeds

Tour Pace & Walking : mostly relaxed, some longer walks at a slow pace

Accommodation: comfortable lodges & hotels

Ease of Birding: mostly easy open country birding

Other Attractions: ancient historical towns and artifacts, excellent scenery, culture

Photographic Opportunities: very good

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Please note: these prices are subject to foreign exchange fluctuations.

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