iOverlander Tire Shop Tire shop. They sell BF Goodrich Open: Yes Tire shop. They sell BF Goodrich iOverlander Tire Shop Car Repair user Construction market Construction market Open: Yes Construction market iOverlander Construction market Dog Unknown user Bushcamp Street Bushcamp in the street near the Mongolian Embassy in Almaty, no facilities Open: Yes Showers: No Restroom: No Bushcamp in the street near the Mongolian Embassy in Almaty, no facilities iOverlander Bushcamp Street Parking Area user Bushcamp Soy Field Bushcamp on the way near soy field near Nura. Quiet but no facilities Open: Yes Showers: No Restroom: No Bushcamp on the way near soy field near Nura. Quiet but no facilities iOverlander Bushcamp Soy Field Contact, Pirate user 1979.4 Bushcamp Field Bushcamp in a field 6km for the border. Very nice and quiet but no facilities Open: Yes Electricity: No Wifi: No Kitchen: No Restaurant: No Showers: No Water: Natural Source Restroom: No Big Rig Friendly: Yes Tent Friendly: Yes Pet Friendly: Yes Bushcamp in a field 6km for the border. Very nice and quiet but no facilities iOverlander Bushcamp Field Contact, Pirate user Bushcamp Field Bushcamp in the field close to the A352, no facilities Open: Yes Showers: No Restroom: No Bushcamp in the field close to the A352, no facilities iOverlander Bushcamp Field Contact, Pirate user Bushcamp Field Bushcamp in a field near Qospan, quiet but no facilities Open: Yes Showers: No Restroom: No Bushcamp in a field near Qospan, quiet but no facilities iOverlander Bushcamp Field Contact, Pirate user 1740.7 Bushcamp Alatau NP Bushcamp in Alatau NP, near the river. Nice spot, no facilities. Can be crowded on weekends Open: Yes Electricity: No Wifi: No Kitchen: No Restaurant: No Showers: No Water: Natural Source Restroom: No Big Rig Friendly: Yes Tent Friendly: Yes Pet Friendly: Yes Bushcamp in Alatau NP, near the river. Nice spot, no facilities. Can be crowded on weekends iOverlander Bushcamp Alatau NP Contact, Pirate user 528.0 Bushcamp River Bushcamp on a nice quiet spot close to the river near Balpyk. No facilities, but we showered in the river. Open: Yes Electricity: No Wifi: No Kitchen: No Restaurant: No Showers: No Water: Natural Source Restroom: No Big Rig Friendly: Yes Tent Friendly: Yes Pet Friendly: Yes Bushcamp on a nice quiet spot close to the river near Balpyk. No facilities, but we showered in the river. iOverlander Bushcamp River Contact, Pirate user Bushcamp River Bushcamp in a field near a river. No facilities but we showered in the river. Nice view and clean water. Open: Yes Showers: No Restroom: No Bushcamp in a field near a river. No facilities but we showered in the river. Nice view and clean water. iOverlander Bushcamp River Contact, Pirate user Bushcamp Steppe Bushcamp on the steppe, close to the road and no facilities.Nice view. Open: Yes Showers: No Restroom: No Bushcamp on the steppe, close to the road and no facilities.Nice view. iOverlander Bushcamp Steppe Contact, Pirate user Bushcamp near forest Bushcamp near the forest 30km for Semey. Far enough for the road not to be seen. We were told bushcamping in Semey city was not safe. No facilities Open: Yes Showers: No Restroom: No Bushcamp near the forest 30km for Semey. Far enough for the road not to be seen. We were told bushcamping in Semey city was not safe. No facilities iOverlander Bushcamp near forest Contact, Pirate user Carcity Carcity. Huge place with everything for the car. Also genuine parts. Open: Yes Carcity. Huge place with everything for the car. Also genuine parts. iOverlander Carcity Car Repair user Castle Valley Castle valley in Charyn Canyon Open: Yes Castle valley in Charyn Canyon iOverlander Castle Valley City (Capitol) user Charyn Canyon Viewpoint We walked down to the river where we had a shower Open: Yes We walked down to the river where we had a shower iOverlander Charyn Canyon Viewpoint City (Capitol) user Charyn Canyon Picknick Spot Beautiful picknick spot in Charyn Canyon Open: Yes Beautiful picknick spot in Charyn Canyon iOverlander Charyn Canyon Picknick Spot City (Capitol) user Public Park Public park with a nice church Open: Yes Public park with a nice church iOverlander Public Park City (Capitol) user Public Well Public well near Almaty where we had a shower. Open: Yes Public well near Almaty where we had a shower. iOverlander Public Well Dog Unknown user Eagle Farm Eagle farm next to the Entrance of Alatau NP. Predator show was nice. Open: Yes Eagle farm next to the Entrance of Alatau NP. Predator show was nice. iOverlander Eagle Farm City (Capitol) user 0.0 Mongolian Embassy Mongolian Embassy in Almaty Open: Yes Mongolian Embassy in Almaty iOverlander Mongolian Embassy Toll Booth user Alatau NP Gate Gate Alatau NP Open: Yes Gate Alatau NP iOverlander Alatau NP Gate Dog Unknown user Parking Gorky Park Parking Gorky Park Open: Yes Parking Gorky Park iOverlander Parking Gorky Park Dog Unknown user Medeo outdoor speedskating stadium Medeo outdoor speedskating stadium Open: Yes Medeo outdoor speedskating stadium iOverlander Medeo outdoor speedskating stadium City (Capitol) user Car insurance Car insurance Open: Yes Car insurance iOverlander Car insurance Diamond, Red user 0.0 Border Post Border between Kazakhstand and Kyrgyzstan Open: Yes Border between Kazakhstand and Kyrgyzstan iOverlander Border Post Toll Booth user Landrover Dealer Landrover dealer Almaty Open: Yes Landrover dealer Almaty iOverlander Landrover Dealer Car Repair user Mall and 4x4 parts Toyota Mall and 4x4 parts Toyota Open: Yes Mall and 4x4 parts Toyota iOverlander Mall and 4x4 parts Toyota Car Repair user Mega Mall shopping center Mega Mall shopping center Open: Yes Mega Mall shopping center iOverlander Mega Mall shopping center Dog Unknown user Monument victums of Nuclear tests Monument victums of Nuclear tests Open: Yes Monument victums of Nuclear tests iOverlander Monument victums of Nuclear tests City (Capitol) user 0.0 NP Permit Office Office for Permits to National Parks with singing dunes Open: Yes Office for Permits to National Parks with singing dunes iOverlander NP Permit Office Dog Unknown user Alatau NP Observatory Alatau NP, observatory. We were not allowed in Open: Yes Alatau NP, observatory. We were not allowed in iOverlander Alatau NP Observatory City (Capitol) user Good Italian restaurant Good Italian restaurant Open: Yes Good Italian restaurant iOverlander Good Italian restaurant Restaurant user Border Post Border Kazakhstan - Russia Open: Yes Border Kazakhstan - Russia iOverlander Border Post Toll Booth user Green, big supermarket Green, big supermarket Open: Yes Green, big supermarket iOverlander Green, big supermarket Dog Unknown user City Supermarket City Supermarket, good shop Open: Yes City Supermarket, good shop iOverlander City Supermarket Dog Unknown user F7 Tire shop F7 Tire shop. Very good service. Open: Yes F7 Tire shop. Very good service. iOverlander F7 Tire shop Car Repair user 0.0 Toyota garage Toyota garage, good service Open: Yes Toyota garage, good service iOverlander Toyota garage Car Repair user Toyota garage Toyota garage, no experiences with this dealer Open: Yes Toyota garage, no experiences with this dealer iOverlander Toyota garage Car Repair user Well Well where you can tap very good water. Also had a shower here. Open: Yes Well where you can tap very good water. Also had a shower here. iOverlander Well Drinking Water user Medina Sport Swimming Pool Medina Sport, big swimmingpool here. Very expensive. Open: Yes Medina Sport, big swimmingpool here. Very expensive. iOverlander Medina Sport Swimming Pool City (Capitol) user 390.1 Borovoe lake Totally wild camp by the lake. Pay 212tenge per person to enter the national park. Lake is crystal clear, space in the sand for a campfire. Be sure to put it out as the area is prone to fires. Open: Yes Electricity: No Wifi: No Kitchen: No Restaurant: No Showers: No Water: Non-Potable Restroom: No Big Rig Friendly: No Tent Friendly: Yes Pet Friendly: Yes Totally wild camp by the lake. Pay 212tenge per person to enter the national park. Lake is crystal clear, space in the sand for a campfire. Be sure to put it out as the area is prone to fires. iOverlander Borovoe lake Contact, Pirate user 507.5 Wilderness Near Bektauata We drove down a lane near the turning for Bektauata (other side of the road, further along on the way to Balkhash). Keep driving along this track. No water, no resources, but a quiet area well away from the road. Open: Yes Electricity: No Wifi: No Kitchen: No Restaurant: No Showers: No Water: No Restroom: No Big Rig Friendly: No Tent Friendly: Yes Pet Friendly: Yes We drove down a lane near the turning for Bektauata (other side of the road, further along on the way to Balkhash). Keep driving along this track. No water, no resources, but a quiet area well away from the road. iOverlander Wilderness Near Bektauata Contact, Pirate user 2536.3 Altyn Emel Wild Camping Requires a fully off road prepped 4x4 (we went in a Defender). Unlikely to be passable in the rainy or winter season due to terrain and river crossings. Beautiful valley at 2500m, rivers for washing in. Open: Yes Electricity: No Wifi: No Kitchen: No Restaurant: No Showers: No Water: Natural Source Restroom: No Big Rig Friendly: No Tent Friendly: Yes Pet Friendly: Yes Requires a fully off road prepped 4x4 (we went in a Defender). Unlikely to be passable in the rainy or winter season due to terrain and river crossings. Beautiful valley at 2500m, rivers for washing in. iOverlander Altyn Emel Wild Camping Contact, Pirate user 802.5 Riverside Camp Wild camp by the river Open: Yes Electricity: No Wifi: No Kitchen: No Restaurant: No Showers: No Water: Natural Source Restroom: No Big Rig Friendly: No Tent Friendly: Yes Pet Friendly: Yes Wild camp by the river iOverlander Riverside Camp Contact, Pirate user 788.4 ARB Almaty Mechanic for tyres, suspension and off road equipment. They will also take you to a local recommended garage for any oil changes etc. Open: Yes Mechanic for tyres, suspension and off road equipment. They will also take you to a local recommended garage for any oil changes etc. iOverlander ARB Almaty Car Repair user 1805.0 Acko insurance insurance company branch Open: No insurance company branch iOverlander Acko insurance Diamond, Red user 394.0 рахат (rarat) guest house simple rooms with 4 beds very nice people restaurant inside. bbq outside. mechanic next door little shop (with booze) inside Open: Yes Wifi: Yes - Average Parking: Yes Restaurant: Yes Showers: Hot Restroom: Running Water Big Rig Friendly: Yes simple rooms with 4 beds very nice people restaurant inside. bbq outside. mechanic next door little shop (with booze) inside iOverlander рахат (rarat) guest house Lodging user 1139.4 Wild Camp In A Field Wild camping, quiet spot. No facilities Open: Yes Electricity: No Wifi: No Kitchen: No Restaurant: No Showers: No Water: No Restroom: No Big Rig Friendly: No Tent Friendly: Yes Pet Friendly: Yes Wild camping, quiet spot. No facilities iOverlander Wild Camp In A Field Contact, Pirate user 738.2 Hilly Wild Camp Wild camp off the main road, no facilities and no river/water source. Quiet area, track road to a farm. They drove past us twice without disturbing us. Open: Yes Electricity: No Wifi: No Kitchen: No Restaurant: No Showers: No Water: No Restroom: No Big Rig Friendly: No Tent Friendly: Yes Pet Friendly: Yes Wild camp off the main road, no facilities and no river/water source. Quiet area, track road to a farm. They drove past us twice without disturbing us. iOverlander Hilly Wild Camp Contact, Pirate user 253.0 Elite motors/ARB reseller Kirill and Konse (Konstantin) run this mechanic with their father. These guys speak excellent English. They helped to fix our fuel tank on our Land Rover. Their welder is seriously talented and they are very good at finding a solution if you can't source replacement parts. They will also make calls to try to find you the parts. If you off-road, ask them if they are going out with the "Shatun" off roading club, they are a really cool group. Very good value, extremely kind and welcoming. They also sell ARB parts so very good for suspension etc. Contact Kirill: ‪+7 777 735 7795‬ by phone, text or WhatsApp. Open: Yes Kirill and Konse (Konstantin) run this mechanic with their father. These guys speak excellent English. They helped to fix our fuel tank on our Land Rover. Their welder is seriously talented and they are very good at finding a solution if you can't source replacement parts. They will also make calls to try to find you the parts. If you off-road, ask them if they are going out with the "Shatun" off roading club, they are a really cool group. Very good value, extremely kind and welcoming. They also sell ARB parts so very good for suspension etc. Contact Kirill: ‪+7 777 735 7795‬ by phone, text or WhatsApp. iOverlander Elite motors/ARB reseller Car Repair user 688.0 Almaty beside recreation area, swimming possible Open: Yes Electricity: No Wifi: No Kitchen: No Restaurant: No Showers: No Restroom: Pit Toilets Big Rig Friendly: Yes Pet Friendly: Yes beside recreation area, swimming possible iOverlander Almaty Contact, Pirate user 657.0 Mercedes Benz Almaty Blue star Mercedes Benz Open: Yes Blue star Mercedes Benz iOverlander Mercedes Benz Almaty Car Repair user 0.0 Nomad Car Insurance Very straight forward to get insurance. We payed 40€ for 1 month for our landcruiser. Open: Yes Very straight forward to get insurance. We payed 40€ for 1 month for our landcruiser. iOverlander Nomad Car Insurance Diamond, Red user Camping close to Jesik lake Good place if you don't want to go down the poor road to the lake. Quite dirty though with litter from other people. There is a water source a little up the road. Open: Yes Electricity: No Wifi: No Kitchen: No Restaurant: No Showers: No Water: Natural Source Restroom: No Big Rig Friendly: No Tent Friendly: Yes Pet Friendly: Yes Good place if you don't want to go down the poor road to the lake. Quite dirty though with litter from other people. There is a water source a little up the road. iOverlander Camping close to Jesik lake Contact, Pirate user 486.0 wild camping next to a farm Flat steppe with a little village, some poop and geese. Open: Yes Electricity: No Wifi: No Kitchen: No Restaurant: No Showers: No Water: No Restroom: No Big Rig Friendly: Yes Tent Friendly: Yes Pet Friendly: Yes Flat steppe with a little village, some poop and geese. iOverlander wild camping next to a farm Contact, Pirate user 619.0 Sauna, Banya, shower (МОНША) 400 tenge per person for banya. separate rooms for men and women. go in fill up a bucket with hot/cold water and soap yourself. steam room inside. Open: Yes 400 tenge per person for banya. separate rooms for men and women. go in fill up a bucket with hot/cold water and soap yourself. steam room inside. iOverlander Sauna, Banya, shower (МОНША) Dog Unknown user 556.0 Koylik Hotel Parking lot we asked if we can car camp in front of the hotel, the owner said yes and invited us to park behind the building away from the main road. there is a pit toilet available. had breakfast here, the food is great. it was free to camp. shower 500 tenge per person. Open: Yes Electricity: Yes - Not at Sites Wifi: No Kitchen: No Restaurant: Yes Showers: Hot Water: Potable Restroom: Pit Toilets Big Rig Friendly: Yes Tent Friendly: Yes Pet Friendly: Yes we asked if we can car camp in front of the hotel, the owner said yes and invited us to park behind the building away from the main road. there is a pit toilet available. had breakfast here, the food is great. it was free to camp. shower 500 tenge per person. iOverlander Koylik Hotel Parking lot Parking Area user 297.0 Hyundai auto astana Great guys who helped me fix the frame of my Daihatsu. Open: Yes Great guys who helped me fix the frame of my Daihatsu. iOverlander Hyundai auto astana Car Repair user 560.3 Singing Sand Dunes Go up the dune, then get on your butt and slide down. You should feel a low deep rumble...that's the song. Open: Yes Go up the dune, then get on your butt and slide down. You should feel a low deep rumble...that's the song. iOverlander Singing Sand Dunes City (Capitol) user 540.8 700 year old Willow tree the tree that Genghis Khan touched when he was in this valley...according to the local legends. eitherway, huge tree that demands respect even if it's just by sheer age alone. Open: Yes the tree that Genghis Khan touched when he was in this valley...according to the local legends. eitherway, huge tree that demands respect even if it's just by sheer age alone. iOverlander 700 year old Willow tree City (Capitol) user 719.7 Wild Camp Outside Almaty We went in search of large, flat grassy spot to camp close to Almaty. Mountain views peaceful and quite beautiful sunset and sunrise. Free but with no amenities. Open: Yes Electricity: No Wifi: No Kitchen: No Restaurant: No Showers: No Water: No Restroom: No Big Rig Friendly: Yes Tent Friendly: Yes Pet Friendly: Yes We went in search of large, flat grassy spot to camp close to Almaty. Mountain views peaceful and quite beautiful sunset and sunrise. Free but with no amenities. iOverlander Wild Camp Outside Almaty Contact, Pirate user 829.7 Nomad Insurance Located in large building with Altyn Bank. secure parking in front. Nomad on 4floor. took 30 seconds! Open: Yes Located in large building with Altyn Bank. secure parking in front. Nomad on 4floor. took 30 seconds! iOverlander Nomad Insurance Diamond, Red user 845.3 Russian embassy Enterance to visa section via public parking zone. parking free but full. Open: Yes Enterance to visa section via public parking zone. parking free but full. iOverlander Russian embassy Toll Booth user 428.4 Buddha Rock Petroglyphs 10 km sandy piste off paved road to reach site, access turn off not indicated...but quite heavily tracked. Busy on weekends with local tent campers. 1000 KZT entry for vehicle. Camping spots everywhere along river, just pick one. Nice collection of eagles over the river. Great collection of blackflies around your face. No services. Can be dusty. Open: Yes Electricity: No Wifi: No Kitchen: No Restaurant: No Showers: No Water: Natural Source Restroom: No Big Rig Friendly: Yes Tent Friendly: Yes Pet Friendly: Yes 10 km sandy piste off paved road to reach site, access turn off not indicated...but quite heavily tracked. Busy on weekends with local tent campers. 1000 KZT entry for vehicle. Camping spots everywhere along river, just pick one. Nice collection of eagles over the river. Great collection of blackflies around your face. No services. Can be dusty. iOverlander Buddha Rock Petroglyphs Contact, Pirate user 628.0 Almaty, MAN & Mercedes Rafael, the Manager speaks some english. We could camp at the garage. Not an official Garage, but the did a good job!! Many truck drivers do their truck repairing there. Open: Yes Rafael, the Manager speaks some english. We could camp at the garage. Not an official Garage, but the did a good job!! Many truck drivers do their truck repairing there. iOverlander Almaty, MAN & Mercedes Car Repair user 213.6 Parking at the fountain square Free parking lot in front of archelogic zone. No services. Busy with evening socializers until late. Able to capture several open wifi signals. Back entry into historic zone with no ticket booth. Open: Yes Electricity: No Wifi: Yes - Average Kitchen: No Restaurant: Yes Showers: No Restroom: No Big Rig Friendly: Yes Tent Friendly: No Free parking lot in front of archelogic zone. No services. Busy with evening socializers until late. Able to capture several open wifi signals. Back entry into historic zone with no ticket booth. iOverlander Parking at the fountain square Parking Area user 777.0 Excellent Auto Electrician - Very Diligent 7000t to repair car alarm Open: Yes 7000t to repair car alarm iOverlander Excellent Auto Electrician - Very Diligent Car Repair user 1161.6 Charyn Canyon Great spot, sign says no camping but guards at gate will allow in car park. Negotiate - we paid $7usd for entry and camping for 2 people (note we had no tenge left) Open: Yes Electricity: No Wifi: No Kitchen: No Restaurant: No Showers: No Water: No Restroom: Pit Toilets Big Rig Friendly: Yes Tent Friendly: Yes Great spot, sign says no camping but guards at gate will allow in car park. Negotiate - we paid $7usd for entry and camping for 2 people (note we had no tenge left) iOverlander Charyn Canyon Parking Area user -16.3 Migration Police Here you can register yourselves with the migrational card. Window 2. Open: Yes Here you can register yourselves with the migrational card. Window 2. iOverlander Migration Police Toll Booth user 638.0 Turn off to petroglyphs Start of sandy track to Buddha rock art Open: Yes Start of sandy track to Buddha rock art iOverlander Turn off to petroglyphs Dog Unknown user 717.1 Wild camping at small river Nice place at a small river. You pass a little farmers place with very nice people (have a chat and tee with them). Open: Yes Electricity: No Wifi: No Kitchen: No Restaurant: No Showers: No Water: Natural Source Restroom: No Tent Friendly: Yes Pet Friendly: Yes Nice place at a small river. You pass a little farmers place with very nice people (have a chat and tee with them). iOverlander Wild camping at small river Contact, Pirate user 877.4 Camping next to river down in canyon Awesome spot next to the river in canyon. Camping is allowed. We paid 2800 T for the car and two people. 4w4 is necessary. And big cars wont fit in the canyon. Open: Yes Electricity: No Wifi: No Kitchen: No Restaurant: Yes Showers: No Water: Natural Source Restroom: Pit Toilets Big Rig Friendly: No Tent Friendly: Yes Pet Friendly: Yes Awesome spot next to the river in canyon. Camping is allowed. We paid 2800 T for the car and two people. 4w4 is necessary. And big cars wont fit in the canyon. iOverlander Camping next to river down in canyon Campground user 1911.9 Quiet camping at lake and fresh water spring Probably the most quiet and peaceful camping spot I've been. Lake is salty but right next to us was a spring with clean healthy water. Many birds around. You can climb some mountains nearby with great panorama. At clear days you can see Kazakhstan highest and most northern 7000er peak, the Khan Tengri (7010m) Open: Yes Electricity: No Wifi: No Kitchen: No Restaurant: No Showers: No Water: Potable Restroom: No Big Rig Friendly: Yes Tent Friendly: Yes Pet Friendly: Yes Probably the most quiet and peaceful camping spot I've been. Lake is salty but right next to us was a spring with clean healthy water. Many birds around. You can climb some mountains nearby with great panorama. At clear days you can see Kazakhstan highest and most northern 7000er peak, the Khan Tengri (7010m) iOverlander Quiet camping at lake and fresh water spring Contact, Pirate user 303.0 Bush camp near lake shore Quiet place 7km from main road. Some cows around. Also little trash. Saw a wolf on the way to the spot. Good mobile signal for internet. Open: Yes Electricity: No Wifi: Yes - Average Kitchen: No Restaurant: No Showers: No Water: Natural Source Restroom: No Big Rig Friendly: Yes Tent Friendly: Yes Pet Friendly: Yes Quiet place 7km from main road. Some cows around. Also little trash. Saw a wolf on the way to the spot. Good mobile signal for internet. iOverlander Bush camp near lake shore Contact, Pirate user 252.8 Wild Camp Lake Beautiful place in the shade oft trees with view in lake. Mud path Leasing to it. 3G Mobile Internet because a village is near by. Open: Yes Electricity: Yes - Not at Sites Wifi: Yes - Fast Kitchen: No Restaurant: No Showers: No Water: Natural Source Restroom: No Big Rig Friendly: Yes Tent Friendly: Yes Pet Friendly: Yes Beautiful place in the shade oft trees with view in lake. Mud path Leasing to it. 3G Mobile Internet because a village is near by. iOverlander Wild Camp Lake Contact, Pirate user 625.0 Wild camping in grass land Nothing around. Highway 3km away. Little lake nearby. Many but harmless mosquitos at the night. Good Beeline internet signal. Open: Yes Electricity: No Wifi: Yes - Average Kitchen: No Restaurant: No Showers: No Water: Natural Source Restroom: No Big Rig Friendly: Yes Tent Friendly: Yes Pet Friendly: Yes Nothing around. Highway 3km away. Little lake nearby. Many but harmless mosquitos at the night. Good Beeline internet signal. iOverlander Wild camping in grass land Contact, Pirate user -1.5 Working ATM Working ATM. First one after arriving from Uzbekistan. Accepts all cards. Plenty of gas station around as well, they didn't accept a card. Open: Yes Working ATM. First one after arriving from Uzbekistan. Accepts all cards. Plenty of gas station around as well, they didn't accept a card. iOverlander Working ATM Dog Unknown user 36.0 BOSCH mechanic Trustworthy, professional and some people speak English. Otherwise they will find a way to translate. We had a couple of problems: - transmission oil leaks - spray of anti freeze broken - motor oil leak They didn't have the parts for our Land Rover and it would take a week to get here. But luckily they had contacts in Samara, Russia, who did have the parts. The mechanics here explained it all to the people in Samara, told them what parts we needed, what to fix, etc. Really nice and friendly. I think the mechanic only charged me for the products they did have for me and not for the labour (had to top up some fluids). Since we have a Russian visa we are able to go the Samara the next day. If it all went bad in Samara I'll write another report, but I trust that they can fix our car there tomorrow! And the help was great any way in Uralsk at Bosch. Open: Yes Trustworthy, professional and some people speak English. Otherwise they will find a way to translate. We had a couple of problems: - transmission oil leaks - spray of anti freeze broken - motor oil leak They didn't have the parts for our Land Rover and it would take a week to get here. But luckily they had contacts in Samara, Russia, who did have the parts. The mechanics here explained it all to the people in Samara, told them what parts we needed, what to fix, etc. Really nice and friendly. I think the mechanic only charged me for the products they did have for me and not for the labour (had to top up some fluids). Since we have a Russian visa we are able to go the Samara the next day. If it all went bad in Samara I'll write another report, but I trust that they can fix our car there tomorrow! And the help was great any way in Uralsk at Bosch. iOverlander BOSCH mechanic Car Repair user 71.6 Wigwag Hostel Hostel. Kind of ok. Two locations at Maps.Me, it is number 27 (or copy from here). Starting hostel and they have to find a way. Vibe isn't really good yet. Some other overlanders were here, also some locals. The ladies working here are really nice, the boss is a bit of an ass. He isn't so nice at all actually. Sleeping in the car they don't really understand, but possible. You shouldn't pay more than 2000, we think. Different room prices. Cheapest one is 4000. Negotiable. Wifi very fast. Kitchen to use. Hot showers. Open: Yes Electricity: Yes - At Sites Wifi: Yes - Fast Kitchen: Yes Parking: Yes Restaurant: No Showers: Hot Water: Potable Restroom: Running Water Big Rig Friendly: Yes Tent Friendly: Yes Pet Friendly: Yes Hostel. Kind of ok. Two locations at Maps.Me, it is number 27 (or copy from here). Starting hostel and they have to find a way. Vibe isn't really good yet. Some other overlanders were here, also some locals. The ladies working here are really nice, the boss is a bit of an ass. He isn't so nice at all actually. Sleeping in the car they don't really understand, but possible. You shouldn't pay more than 2000, we think. Different room prices. Cheapest one is 4000. Negotiable. Wifi very fast. Kitchen to use. Hot showers. iOverlander Wigwag Hostel Lodging user -5.0 Hostel Arzu Nice and friendly place. Very clean, fantastic bathroom. Parking for 2 trucks or 3 cars in the backyard. Close to a big street, but not very noicy. Sleep in the car use toilet, shower and wi-fi. 1000 kzt. Washing machine 500 kzt. Open: Yes Wifi: Yes - Average Kitchen: Yes Parking: Yes Restaurant: No Showers: Hot Water: Potable Restroom: Running Water Big Rig Friendly: Yes Tent Friendly: No Nice and friendly place. Very clean, fantastic bathroom. Parking for 2 trucks or 3 cars in the backyard. Close to a big street, but not very noicy. Sleep in the car use toilet, shower and wi-fi. 1000 kzt. Washing machine 500 kzt. iOverlander Hostel Arzu Lodging user 702.0 lakeside camping great spot hidden from road. lake and hill view. great sunset Open: Yes Electricity: No Wifi: No Kitchen: No Restaurant: No Showers: Bucket Water: Natural Source Restroom: No Big Rig Friendly: Yes Tent Friendly: Yes Pet Friendly: Yes great spot hidden from road. lake and hill view. great sunset iOverlander lakeside camping Contact, Pirate user 1153.9 Skala sport hostel Great place to stay if you like climbing! for 2500 Tenge p.p. you get a room in the hostel (we stayed in our car, there is place for a car under the climbing wall) for this as well as 24 hours climbing. you can also rent gear for low prices. they have a good shower, but no breakfast. Open: Yes Electricity: Yes - Not at Sites Wifi: Yes - Average Kitchen: No Parking: Yes Restaurant: Yes Showers: Hot Water: Non-Potable Restroom: Running Water Big Rig Friendly: Yes Tent Friendly: No Great place to stay if you like climbing! for 2500 Tenge p.p. you get a room in the hostel (we stayed in our car, there is place for a car under the climbing wall) for this as well as 24 hours climbing. you can also rent gear for low prices. they have a good shower, but no breakfast. iOverlander Skala sport hostel Lodging user -24.3 By the water Grassy spot by the water 200 m from the road. Nice and quiet. Open: Yes Electricity: No Wifi: No Kitchen: No Restaurant: No Showers: No Water: No Restroom: No Big Rig Friendly: Yes Tent Friendly: Yes Pet Friendly: Yes Grassy spot by the water 200 m from the road. Nice and quiet. iOverlander By the water Contact, Pirate user -21.0 car insurance company here you get the insurance for your car, we paid 8700 (~25 us$) for 10 days. same amount for 5 days. first they claimed there is no shorter period than 15 days... see their computer, the software has 5 and 10 days! 4 month:26200 2 month: 17444 1 month: 13400 all prices for a 2.5l diesel van Open: Yes here you get the insurance for your car, we paid 8700 (~25 us$) for 10 days. same amount for 5 days. first they claimed there is no shorter period than 15 days... see their computer, the software has 5 and 10 days! 4 month:26200 2 month: 17444 1 month: 13400 all prices for a 2.5l diesel van iOverlander car insurance company Dog Unknown user -27.4 Astrakhan border Russia - Kazakhstan Easy border crossing. All done within one hour (arriving at 5:30pm) Exiting Russia was only a stamp in the passport. Entering Kazakhstan was also just a stamp in the passport. The Russian customs document for the car is also valid in Kazakhstan. We didn't have to pay anything on either side. The Kazakhstan insurance is just outside the border, see map for details. The road is really bad (pothole in the tarmac) for the first 40km in Kazakhstan (average speed 30kmh). Open: Yes Easy border crossing. All done within one hour (arriving at 5:30pm) Exiting Russia was only a stamp in the passport. Entering Kazakhstan was also just a stamp in the passport. The Russian customs document for the car is also valid in Kazakhstan. We didn't have to pay anything on either side. The Kazakhstan insurance is just outside the border, see map for details. The road is really bad (pothole in the tarmac) for the first 40km in Kazakhstan (average speed 30kmh). iOverlander Astrakhan border Russia - Kazakhstan Toll Booth user -18.0 First petrol station when arriving from Russia This is the first town and petrol when arriving from Russia, 40km away. There are a few more stations around town on the 'highway'. Open: Yes This is the first town and petrol when arriving from Russia, 40km away. There are a few more stations around town on the 'highway'. iOverlander First petrol station when arriving from Russia Gas Station user 40.6 Kazakhstan-Uzbekistan border On the Beyneu-Karakalpakiya road.The stretch from Beyneu to the border is a bumpy dirt road (our average speed 40kmh). We arrived at the border at 5pm, there was no queue, we were waved through the gate immediately. Exiting Kazakhstan was pretty quick and easy, passport stamp and handing over the car document, 15min later we were done. Entering Uzbekistan : Queue of many trucks and about 15 cars. The soldiers made us jump the queue in from of all the cars (I felt a bit ashamed...). After filling up the migration card, passport stamped and car document filled, they briefly checked the car, asked to see our medicines and were welcomed in the country. First we got scared when seeing local cars being stripped off, but it looks like tourist get special treatment. The soldiers on both sides were friendly and some spoke good english. At the end it took about 2hours for the entire border crossing and nothing to pay. Open: Yes On the Beyneu-Karakalpakiya road.The stretch from Beyneu to the border is a bumpy dirt road (our average speed 40kmh). We arrived at the border at 5pm, there was no queue, we were waved through the gate immediately. Exiting Kazakhstan was pretty quick and easy, passport stamp and handing over the car document, 15min later we were done. Entering Uzbekistan : Queue of many trucks and about 15 cars. The soldiers made us jump the queue in from of all the cars (I felt a bit ashamed...). After filling up the migration card, passport stamped and car document filled, they briefly checked the car, asked to see our medicines and were welcomed in the country. First we got scared when seeing local cars being stripped off, but it looks like tourist get special treatment. The soldiers on both sides were friendly and some spoke good english. At the end it took about 2hours for the entire border crossing and nothing to pay. iOverlander Kazakhstan-Uzbekistan border Toll Booth user 81.6 Car Insurance There are a couple of insurance shacks just after the border on the right side. We first went to the green one but she have us the price without even knowing our car details. Then we went to the yellow one who gave us the price mentioned by his computer programme (it was cheaper). We paid 103000 Som for one month for our 2.5l diesel engine van. There are plenty of people changing money if you need cash. Open: Yes There are a couple of insurance shacks just after the border on the right side. We first went to the green one but she have us the price without even knowing our car details. Then we went to the yellow one who gave us the price mentioned by his computer programme (it was cheaper). We paid 103000 Som for one month for our 2.5l diesel engine van. There are plenty of people changing money if you need cash. iOverlander Car Insurance Diamond, Red user 0.0 Sarai-Batu Guesthouse Very clean and spacious rooms. Central location but quite. Car can be parked in front of the guesthouse at the street (video-surveillance). Kitchen can be used, washing machine was not working when we were there. Fast wifi. 10000 Tenge (on booking.com it's 12000 Tenge) Open: Yes Electricity: Yes - At Sites Wifi: Yes - Fast Kitchen: Yes Parking: Street Parking Restaurant: No Showers: Hot Water: Non-Potable Restroom: Running Water Big Rig Friendly: No Tent Friendly: No Very clean and spacious rooms. Central location but quite. Car can be parked in front of the guesthouse at the street (video-surveillance). Kitchen can be used, washing machine was not working when we were there. Fast wifi. 10000 Tenge (on booking.com it's 12000 Tenge) iOverlander Sarai-Batu Guesthouse Lodging user 227.0 Hostel: Sweet Home Great Hostel. Run by Greek woman. clean, nice atmosphere and everything. we could park our motorcycles next door (their home) really nice place to stay! not a signaal at the door. Just ask for hostel / Greek woman Open: Yes Electricity: Yes - At Sites Wifi: Yes - Fast Kitchen: Yes Parking: Yes Restaurant: No Showers: Hot Water: Potable Restroom: Running Water Big Rig Friendly: No Great Hostel. Run by Greek woman. clean, nice atmosphere and everything. we could park our motorcycles next door (their home) really nice place to stay! not a signaal at the door. Just ask for hostel / Greek woman iOverlander Hostel: Sweet Home Lodging user 677.9 Volkswagen mercur Vw dealer with huge professional workshop. Some people speak english very well. Open: Yes Vw dealer with huge professional workshop. Some people speak english very well. iOverlander Volkswagen mercur Car Repair user 803.6 Amigo hostel They allowed us to sleep in our vw t5 on the parking in front of the hostel on the premises for 500 tenge (2 people) pro night. We could make use of the shower, toilet, kitchen and WiFi. And the laundry service! Open: Yes Electricity: No Wifi: Yes - Average Kitchen: Yes Restaurant: No Showers: Hot Water: Non-Potable Restroom: Running Water Big Rig Friendly: No Tent Friendly: No Pet Friendly: No They allowed us to sleep in our vw t5 on the parking in front of the hostel on the premises for 500 tenge (2 people) pro night. We could make use of the shower, toilet, kitchen and WiFi. And the laundry service! iOverlander Amigo hostel Parking Area user 589.6 Near sagabuien Dirt road with lots of nice bushcamp spots. Very quiet. Only one car passed. Open: Yes Electricity: No Wifi: Yes - Average Kitchen: No Restaurant: No Showers: No Water: Natural Source Restroom: No Big Rig Friendly: Yes Tent Friendly: Yes Pet Friendly: Yes Dirt road with lots of nice bushcamp spots. Very quiet. Only one car passed. iOverlander Near sagabuien Contact, Pirate user 1059.8 Clay Canyon At the end of a track you will find a beautiful scenery. Open: Yes Electricity: No Wifi: No Kitchen: No Restaurant: No Showers: No Water: Natural Source Restroom: No Big Rig Friendly: Yes Tent Friendly: Yes Pet Friendly: Yes At the end of a track you will find a beautiful scenery. iOverlander Clay Canyon Contact, Pirate user 779.0 Beyond Ridder Nice spot next to the little river. No mosquitos. Nice mountain views. No 3g coverage. Open: Yes Electricity: No Wifi: No Kitchen: No Restaurant: No Showers: No Water: Natural Source Restroom: No Big Rig Friendly: Yes Tent Friendly: Yes Pet Friendly: Yes Nice spot next to the little river. No mosquitos. Nice mountain views. No 3g coverage. iOverlander Beyond Ridder Contact, Pirate user 515.0 Border Kazachstan - russia Small borderpost. The road from shamainaka is good and being upgraded. Open: Yes Small borderpost. The road from shamainaka is good and being upgraded. iOverlander Border Kazachstan - russia Toll Booth user 662.8 Camping before Sand dunes Camp spot at the check point before the sand dunes. Cost 1227 Tenge per person with motorbike (entry fee for the NP). Toilets and water available (not for drinking). Open: Yes Electricity: No Wifi: No Kitchen: No Restaurant: No Showers: No Water: Non-Potable Restroom: Pit Toilets Big Rig Friendly: Yes Tent Friendly: Yes Camp spot at the check point before the sand dunes. Cost 1227 Tenge per person with motorbike (entry fee for the NP). Toilets and water available (not for drinking). iOverlander Camping before Sand dunes Campground user 476.7 Camp spot at the lake Nice spot to camp and go for a swim. Might get crowded in the weekend. No shade. Open: Yes Electricity: No Kitchen: No Restaurant: No Showers: No Water: Non-Potable Restroom: No Big Rig Friendly: Yes Tent Friendly: Yes Nice spot to camp and go for a swim. Might get crowded in the weekend. No shade. iOverlander Camp spot at the lake Contact, Pirate user 338.9 Alakölsee Camping directly at the lake. May have a lot of flies when it's warm and not windy. Great sunset. Open: Yes Electricity: No Wifi: No Kitchen: No Restaurant: No Showers: No Water: Non-Potable Restroom: No Big Rig Friendly: Yes Tent Friendly: Yes Pet Friendly: Yes Camping directly at the lake. May have a lot of flies when it's warm and not windy. Great sunset. iOverlander Alakölsee Contact, Pirate user 213.3 Gas Refill Gas Refill if you have adapter set. 6 l 1,14€ Open: Yes Gas Refill if you have adapter set. 6 l 1,14€ iOverlander Gas Refill Gas Station user 67.7 Desert Camp Lots of places to pull off and get away from the road. No facilities. Free Open: Yes Electricity: No Wifi: No Kitchen: No Restaurant: No Showers: No Water: No Restroom: No Big Rig Friendly: Yes Tent Friendly: Yes Pet Friendly: Yes Lots of places to pull off and get away from the road. No facilities. Free iOverlander Desert Camp Contact, Pirate user -20.0 Dostar Hotel Complex Hotel near the port and on the beach with all the facilities including a lovely swimming pool. Rooms from $45. Plenty of parking. A little out of town but a nice place to while away the time waiting for a ferry. Open: Yes Electricity: No Wifi: Yes - Average Kitchen: No Parking: Secure Parking Restaurant: Yes Showers: Hot Water: Potable Restroom: Running Water Big Rig Friendly: Yes Tent Friendly: No Hotel near the port and on the beach with all the facilities including a lovely swimming pool. Rooms from $45. Plenty of parking. A little out of town but a nice place to while away the time waiting for a ferry. iOverlander Dostar Hotel Complex Lodging user 1865.3 parking first lake, Kolsay lake, after 12 kilometers piste, mountainroad up, flat parkingplace near yurts and picknick area, 500 meters walk to the first lake, 3 hours walk from the middle lake. surrounded by mountains, beautiful view. we pay about 2000 kaz. tenge = 6 dollar for entry en one night stay. Open: Yes Electricity: No Wifi: No Showers: No Water: No Restroom: No Big Rig Friendly: Yes Tent Friendly: Yes Pet Friendly: Yes after 12 kilometers piste, mountainroad up, flat parkingplace near yurts and picknick area, 500 meters walk to the first lake, 3 hours walk from the middle lake. surrounded by mountains, beautiful view. we pay about 2000 kaz. tenge = 6 dollar for entry en one night stay. iOverlander parking first lake, Kolsay lake, Parking Area user 1527.7 in riverbed near watercrossing, to road of Kaindy lake, poor piste 12 km. to lake,4x4 recommend lake filled with rainwater, sunken forrest!, bad road,2 watercrossings, nice vieu, you also can park on parkingplace , half hour walking to lake, Open: Yes Electricity: No Wifi: No Kitchen: No Restaurant: No Showers: No Water: Natural Source Restroom: No Big Rig Friendly: No Tent Friendly: Yes Pet Friendly: Yes lake filled with rainwater, sunken forrest!, bad road,2 watercrossings, nice vieu, you also can park on parkingplace , half hour walking to lake, iOverlander in riverbed near watercrossing, to road of Kaindy lake, poor piste 12 km. to lake,4x4 recommend Contact, Pirate user 513.8 second gate rangerstation, starting piste to singing dunes only place you could stay overnight in N.P. , entree after becoming permit, see other place on mainroad. beautiful National Park Open: Yes Electricity: No Wifi: No Kitchen: No Restaurant: No Showers: No Water: No Restroom: No Big Rig Friendly: Yes Tent Friendly: Yes only place you could stay overnight in N.P. , entree after becoming permit, see other place on mainroad. beautiful National Park iOverlander second gate rangerstation, starting piste to singing dunes Parking Area user 516.8 end of route number 3 beautyful end of route number 3, vieu on the colourfull mountains, bad piste about 40 km. after crossroad ( near old tree)we did buy an permit , 2254 Tenge, no control Open: Yes beautyful end of route number 3, vieu on the colourfull mountains, bad piste about 40 km. after crossroad ( near old tree)we did buy an permit , 2254 Tenge, no control iOverlander end of route number 3 City (Capitol) user 551.6 50 meters from road nice shadow place with grass, for picknick or sleaping, nice vieu. Open: Yes Electricity: No Wifi: No Kitchen: No Restaurant: No Showers: No Water: No Restroom: No Big Rig Friendly: Yes Tent Friendly: Yes Pet Friendly: Yes nice shadow place with grass, for picknick or sleaping, nice vieu. iOverlander 50 meters from road Contact, Pirate user 553.8 drinkwater next to place good drinkwater, also for local use ................. Open: Yes good drinkwater, also for local use ................. iOverlander drinkwater next to place Drinking Water user 325.9 in riverbed, near Beskol and ( NP Alakol it wasn't special) in riverbed, shadow in the afternoon, good swimming , nice place Open: Yes Electricity: No Wifi: No Kitchen: No Restaurant: No Showers: No Water: Natural Source Restroom: No Big Rig Friendly: Yes Tent Friendly: Yes Pet Friendly: Yes in riverbed, shadow in the afternoon, good swimming , nice place iOverlander in riverbed, near Beskol and ( NP Alakol it wasn't special) Contact, Pirate user 738.1 on a hill, beautyfull surrounding mountains, no bugs! on a hill, 200mt. hidden from road, flat, good place, no shadow Open: Yes Electricity: No Wifi: No Kitchen: No Restaurant: No Showers: No Water: No Restroom: No Big Rig Friendly: Yes Tent Friendly: Yes Pet Friendly: Yes on a hill, 200mt. hidden from road, flat, good place, no shadow iOverlander on a hill, beautyfull surrounding mountains, no bugs! Contact, Pirate user 1034.0 Wild camping spot Very quiet wild camping spot. No services. Good solid ground for tent (gras). Good gravel road for motorcycle to campground. A lot of birds, NO MOSQUITOS! :) Open: Yes Electricity: No Wifi: No Kitchen: No Restaurant: No Showers: No Water: No Restroom: No Big Rig Friendly: Yes Tent Friendly: Yes Pet Friendly: Yes Very quiet wild camping spot. No services. Good solid ground for tent (gras). Good gravel road for motorcycle to campground. A lot of birds, NO MOSQUITOS! :) iOverlander Wild camping spot Contact, Pirate user 219.3 Gravel pit One of very few places along the 300km drive from Astana and Pavlodar where you can find shelter from the road. Located behind some grass covered hills. Open: Yes Electricity: No Wifi: No Kitchen: No Restaurant: No Showers: No Water: No Restroom: No Tent Friendly: Yes Pet Friendly: Yes One of very few places along the 300km drive from Astana and Pavlodar where you can find shelter from the road. Located behind some grass covered hills. iOverlander Gravel pit Contact, Pirate user 750.0 YK TPHIPKG (car windows custommade or original) this company made for our broken windshield a customized model . It was all made in one day. they begin on 8 hours. so if you be there on time , it is probably in a day ready. we paid for this windshield 40000 tenge = $ 120. a very professional company. recommended. entrance ad N 49°58.521'E 82°37.088' between buildings Open: Yes this company made for our broken windshield a customized model . It was all made in one day. they begin on 8 hours. so if you be there on time , it is probably in a day ready. we paid for this windshield 40000 tenge = $ 120. a very professional company. recommended. entrance ad N 49°58.521'E 82°37.088' between buildings iOverlander YK TPHIPKG (car windows custommade or original) Car Repair user 1020.0 piste to (for foreigners closed) border picknick area or stay over for the night. beautyful area .mountain vieu Open: Yes Electricity: No Wifi: No Kitchen: No Restaurant: No Showers: No Water: Natural Source Restroom: No Big Rig Friendly: Yes Tent Friendly: Yes Pet Friendly: Yes picknick area or stay over for the night. beautyful area .mountain vieu iOverlander piste to (for foreigners closed) border Contact, Pirate user 1019.0 entrance piste to mountain lake. only for small 4x4. And when is dry!! entrance piste to lake.............................. Open: Yes entrance piste to lake.............................. iOverlander entrance piste to mountain lake. only for small 4x4. And when is dry!! Dog Unknown user 1021.0 Mountain lake. only for small 4x4. when it is dry. after end of small piste. beautyful mountain lake. they told us about this place. but for us with á big mobilhome it was impossible . You may drive into this area , right of the piste/ main road from Ridder without permit!! Open: Yes Electricity: No Wifi: No Restaurant: No Big Rig Friendly: No after end of small piste. beautyful mountain lake. they told us about this place. but for us with á big mobilhome it was impossible . You may drive into this area , right of the piste/ main road from Ridder without permit!! iOverlander Mountain lake. only for small 4x4. when it is dry. Contact, Pirate user 745.0 next to place is a watersource in an concrete 'pot' a good drinkwater source also for locale use Open: Yes a good drinkwater source also for locale use iOverlander next to place is a watersource in an concrete 'pot' Drinking Water user 230.0 with viex on the river and bridge Just after the bridge on a hill. quiet. beautyful viex on the river. On the other side of the river there is an beach with some toeristische attracties . Open: Yes Electricity: No Wifi: No Kitchen: No Restaurant: No Showers: No Water: No Restroom: No Big Rig Friendly: Yes Tent Friendly: Yes Pet Friendly: Yes Just after the bridge on a hill. quiet. beautyful viex on the river. On the other side of the river there is an beach with some toeristische attracties . iOverlander with viex on the river and bridge Contact, Pirate user 1148.0 beautiful flat place on the River one off the many places in the Altai. beautiful flat place on the River. In the beautiful landscape of Altai. for smaller cars,they can drive over the bridge on the other side. Open: Yes Electricity: No Wifi: No Kitchen: No Restaurant: No Showers: Bucket Water: No Restroom: No Big Rig Friendly: Yes Tent Friendly: Yes Pet Friendly: Yes one off the many places in the Altai. beautiful flat place on the River. In the beautiful landscape of Altai. for smaller cars,they can drive over the bridge on the other side. iOverlander beautiful flat place on the River Contact, Pirate user 1708.0 in the place good dr inkwater. locale use. oké ............ Open: Yes good dr inkwater. locale use. oké ............ iOverlander in the place Drinking Water user 212.2 near bridge Verkhneberezovskiy just near the bridge, flat place with grass , shadow , perhaps possibility to swim small river. 50 meters futher away. Open: Yes Electricity: No Wifi: No Kitchen: No Restaurant: No Showers: No Water: Natural Source Restroom: No Big Rig Friendly: Yes Tent Friendly: Yes Pet Friendly: Yes just near the bridge, flat place with grass , shadow , perhaps possibility to swim small river. 50 meters futher away. iOverlander near bridge Verkhneberezovskiy Contact, Pirate user 1800.0 bank first bank and ATM after boarder. shops to buy simcard nearby Open: Yes first bank and ATM after boarder. shops to buy simcard nearby iOverlander bank Dog Unknown user 808.0 water near the road drinking water coming out from white fountain on the side of the road, close to two small restaurants Open: Yes drinking water coming out from white fountain on the side of the road, close to two small restaurants iOverlander water near the road Drinking Water user 836.0 Tamgaly petroglyphs Entrance of the unesco world heritage site. 1.500t for one adult. You have to take a guide, on the spot and included in the price. Open: Yes Entrance of the unesco world heritage site. 1.500t for one adult. You have to take a guide, on the spot and included in the price. iOverlander Tamgaly petroglyphs City (Capitol) user 374.3 In the steppe, near highway Nothing special, just a close-to-the-road stop between Almaty and Astana. Road is visible in some distance. No facilities, no water, no shade but 3 bars of beeline 3g. Open: Yes Electricity: No Wifi: No Kitchen: No Restaurant: No Showers: No Water: No Restroom: No Big Rig Friendly: Yes Tent Friendly: Yes Pet Friendly: Yes Nothing special, just a close-to-the-road stop between Almaty and Astana. Road is visible in some distance. No facilities, no water, no shade but 3 bars of beeline 3g. iOverlander In the steppe, near highway Contact, Pirate user 0.0 Goulag of Dolinka museum Former goulag transformed in museum to visit. Nice flat parking to sleep just in front. Opened 10 to 1 and then 2 to 5. Open: Yes Former goulag transformed in museum to visit. Nice flat parking to sleep just in front. Opened 10 to 1 and then 2 to 5. iOverlander Goulag of Dolinka museum City (Capitol) user 325.7 Wild camping on the way to Shymkent From the highway to Shymkent you find a dirt road on the left. Drive a few hundred meters into the hills. There are some flat spots among the road. You still hear the highway, though it's quite at night and you have privacy. Open: Yes Electricity: No Wifi: No Kitchen: No Restaurant: No Showers: No Water: No Restroom: No Big Rig Friendly: Yes Tent Friendly: Yes Pet Friendly: Yes From the highway to Shymkent you find a dirt road on the left. Drive a few hundred meters into the hills. There are some flat spots among the road. You still hear the highway, though it's quite at night and you have privacy. iOverlander Wild camping on the way to Shymkent Contact, Pirate user 330.0 Hostel Nomad 4x4 Brand new hostel, opened in 2017. You can camp in your vehicle in Kanat's (the owner's) gated yard. He lives just next to his hostel, goes on 4x4 expeditions, is very nice and speaks English and German. A bed in the hostel costs 2000 Tenge per person and night. It's half the price if you stay in your vehicle and use the hotel's facilities. Wifi is good, location as well. Kanat's 9 years old son rents out bicycles, which is a good way to explore the city. Your map may say something different, but the place is in the end of a dead end street. Access only from the north (Karataya Turysova). Open: Yes Wifi: Yes - Fast Kitchen: Yes Restaurant: No Showers: Hot Water: Potable Restroom: Running Water Big Rig Friendly: Yes Tent Friendly: No Brand new hostel, opened in 2017. You can camp in your vehicle in Kanat's (the owner's) gated yard. He lives just next to his hostel, goes on 4x4 expeditions, is very nice and speaks English and German. A bed in the hostel costs 2000 Tenge per person and night. It's half the price if you stay in your vehicle and use the hotel's facilities. Wifi is good, location as well. Kanat's 9 years old son rents out bicycles, which is a good way to explore the city. Your map may say something different, but the place is in the end of a dead end street. Access only from the north (Karataya Turysova). iOverlander Hostel Nomad 4x4 Parking Area user 186.8 By the river Loads of flat grassy options if you take the track just west of the bridge on the main road. Locals like to picnic here, the river is good for a bath. Small trees provide some shade. 5 bars beeline 3g. Open: Yes Electricity: No Wifi: No Kitchen: No Restaurant: No Showers: No Water: Natural Source Restroom: No Big Rig Friendly: Yes Tent Friendly: Yes Pet Friendly: Yes Loads of flat grassy options if you take the track just west of the bridge on the main road. Locals like to picnic here, the river is good for a bath. Small trees provide some shade. 5 bars beeline 3g. iOverlander By the river Contact, Pirate user 806.8 Little Hotel Small hotel just behind the car wash building. Nothing fancy, but good enough for the night. 4000 Tenge for 2 people. Morning update: bring earplugs to fend off the screeching sounds of what could be a rooster and donkey being murdered. Oh and don't mind the 10,000 gallons of water being flushed voraciously all night through the nearby toilets. Open: Yes Electricity: Yes - At Sites Wifi: No Kitchen: No Parking: Yes Restaurant: No Showers: Warm Water: Non-Potable Restroom: Running Water Big Rig Friendly: Yes Tent Friendly: No Small hotel just behind the car wash building. Nothing fancy, but good enough for the night. 4000 Tenge for 2 people. Morning update: bring earplugs to fend off the screeching sounds of what could be a rooster and donkey being murdered. Oh and don't mind the 10,000 gallons of water being flushed voraciously all night through the nearby toilets. iOverlander Little Hotel Lodging user 728.4 Natural Spring Natural spring in the shape of a bear with an invitingly placed honey pot. There's a little magazine nearby and also a restaurant. Free to get water. Also ok to wash yourself in the water. Clean squat toilets in the nearby building as well. 50 Tenge per use. It's overseen by a cranky old man and woman but they were friendly to us cyclists. They also let us camp nearby (details in another post). Open: Yes Natural spring in the shape of a bear with an invitingly placed honey pot. There's a little magazine nearby and also a restaurant. Free to get water. Also ok to wash yourself in the water. Clean squat toilets in the nearby building as well. 50 Tenge per use. It's overseen by a cranky old man and woman but they were friendly to us cyclists. They also let us camp nearby (details in another post). iOverlander Natural Spring Drinking Water user 728.6 Camping behind the restaurant Little restaurant with friendly (giggly) staff who let us camp out back. There is a nice area surrounded by vegetation to pitch the tent. It's on pavement so you'll need a freestanding tent. Use the nearby natural spring to wash off. You can hear the road traffic but it's not unpleasant. Bathroom building nearby with squat toilets that are pretty clean. We paid 50 Tenge each to use them. Ask the old man to grill up some "shashlick" (lamb meat), it's delicious! Open: Yes Electricity: No Wifi: No Kitchen: No Restaurant: Yes Showers: Cold Water: Natural Source Restroom: Running Water Big Rig Friendly: Yes Tent Friendly: Yes Little restaurant with friendly (giggly) staff who let us camp out back. There is a nice area surrounded by vegetation to pitch the tent. It's on pavement so you'll need a freestanding tent. Use the nearby natural spring to wash off. You can hear the road traffic but it's not unpleasant. Bathroom building nearby with squat toilets that are pretty clean. We paid 50 Tenge each to use them. Ask the old man to grill up some "shashlick" (lamb meat), it's delicious! iOverlander Camping behind the restaurant Parking Area user 535.0 Hotspring Warm water coming from a tube. Great for taking a shower. Open: Yes Warm water coming from a tube. Great for taking a shower. iOverlander Hotspring Dog Unknown user 590.0 wild camping treeline/fields From the highway take a left opposite to a small roadside parking. Follow this road as a bunch of lines of trees. Turn to the right near this coordinate and find a great shielded spot in the meadows. Farmers came by with tractors and gave a friendly wave. Lots of places to camp in this area. Also lots of wood to make a fire. Open: Yes Electricity: No Wifi: No Kitchen: No Restaurant: No Showers: No Water: No Restroom: No Big Rig Friendly: Yes Tent Friendly: Yes Pet Friendly: Yes From the highway take a left opposite to a small roadside parking. Follow this road as a bunch of lines of trees. Turn to the right near this coordinate and find a great shielded spot in the meadows. Farmers came by with tractors and gave a friendly wave. Lots of places to camp in this area. Also lots of wood to make a fire. iOverlander wild camping treeline/fields Contact, Pirate user 304.0 lake wild camping Site without garbage right next to the lake. We were not disturbed and saw an amazing sunset. No shade. Horses roam around. Village nearby looks a bit shabby with lots of garbage but keep driving and all will be OK ;) Open: Yes Electricity: No Wifi: No Kitchen: No Restaurant: No Showers: No Water: Natural Source Restroom: No Big Rig Friendly: Yes Tent Friendly: Yes Pet Friendly: Yes Site without garbage right next to the lake. We were not disturbed and saw an amazing sunset. No shade. Horses roam around. Village nearby looks a bit shabby with lots of garbage but keep driving and all will be OK ;) iOverlander lake wild camping Contact, Pirate user 571.0 wild spot neat bektau ata Quiet spot near the park that you are not allowed to enter by car. Good looking rocks and possibility to make fire. No bugs. Open: Yes Electricity: No Wifi: No Kitchen: No Restaurant: No Showers: No Water: No Restroom: No Big Rig Friendly: Yes Tent Friendly: Yes Pet Friendly: Yes Quiet spot near the park that you are not allowed to enter by car. Good looking rocks and possibility to make fire. No bugs. iOverlander wild spot neat bektau ata Contact, Pirate user 534.0 repair shop alley Sasha's repair shop. Relaxed helpful guy. Many 4x4's in the shop. No English but he tries and with Google it works out fine. Found an original stabilizer rod for my kdj95. Open: Yes Sasha's repair shop. Relaxed helpful guy. Many 4x4's in the shop. No English but he tries and with Google it works out fine. Found an original stabilizer rod for my kdj95. iOverlander repair shop alley Car Repair user 317.0 Mongolian embassy In 2017 it took 2 days. Friendly personnel. Open: Yes In 2017 it took 2 days. Friendly personnel. iOverlander Mongolian embassy Toll Booth user