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Where to rent a car to travel around Kazakhstan?

Where to rent a car to travel around Kazakhstan?

04.01.2016

Kazakhstan is a huge country with vast plains and the Trans-Ili Alatau mountains on the border with Kyrgyzstan.

There is the largest spaceport in the world, Baikonur Cosmodrome. Also, Kazakhstan is famous for plenty reserves on its territory.

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We rented a car in Orenburg on the border of Asia and Europe. To rent a car, you need:

  • driver licence and passport;
  • leave a deposit.

So, we are beginning our journey. Before you start driving, carefully check the climate control system.

Traffic rules, roads, and drivers' manners

Although we were driving through two countries, we didn't notice the difference between their rules. The local police work well in Kazakhstan, so make sure to follow the speed limits:

  • in the city – 60kmph (in a residential area – 20kmph);
  • outside the city – 90kmph;
  • on the highways – 110kmph.
Где взять машину в аренду для проезда через Казахстан

However, the roads are not that good because they have not been repaired after the dissolution of the USSR

Local drivers are very polite and friendly, and they won't interfere your driving. Moreover, they are always ready to help.

We left Orenburg in the morning. We drove through Sol-Iletsk and arrived in Aktobe. The road goes through the steppes, so it's a hard way. However, local nature in impressive and even breath-taking.

The most interesting tourist attraction in Aktobe is the Rukhaniyat Museum. This is a very large collection of exhibits which "tell" us about the world religions. The city is spacious, and there are a lot of modern and beautiful buildings. Make sure to see the city in the evening when it's illuminated.

Где взять машину в аренду для проезда через Казахстан

Our next stop was in Aralsk. Its primary attraction is the sea. Now it's dying out, so you can easily walk almost through it.

From Aralsk to the Tyuratam railway station is about 100km. In 1953, a reconnaissance group arrived here to create the location of the Baikonur's launching pads. We just drove pass it because we couldn't go on its territory. We also couldn't visit Leninsk because the entrance to the city is prohibited.

Admiring the picturesque landscapes, we see the places where Chingiz Aitmatov placed the Buran stop.

Then we stopped in Kyzylorda. There is a touching monument of Korkyt Ata, who was a famous poet. He devoted his whole life to solve a riddle of the immortality of our souls. In the centre of the city, there is an amazing Aytbaya mosque.

In the Barsakelmes reserve, local animals, birds, trees, shrubs, and grass are under protection by government law.

Then we reached Almaty. Now, we see the steppes on the left side and the Trans-Ili Alatau mountains on the right side.

Где взять машину в аренду для проезда через Казахстан

In the centre of the town, there is the Ascension Cathedral. It's a Russian Orthodox cathedral located in Panfilov Park. The park is named after Panfilov Heroes. This division was formed from residents of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. You can see a memorial monument in the park.

On the south-east of Almaty, on the hillside of the Kok-Tobe Mount, there is a 372 meters tall TV Tower. It can be considered the largest landmarks of Almaty.

After admiring the former capital of Kazakhstan, we drove to the mountains. In the southern direction, there is Big Almaty Lake at an altitude of 2.5 km in the river gorge. It's known for its colourful water. At different times of the year, it can be green or light blue. There are also bright green pine groves on the banks of the river.

We drove to the south and reached the Medeo Gorge. We stopped at the huge Medeo Dam that protects the city from destructive mudflows.

In this gorge, you can take adorable photos of different beautiful views.

Also, there is a high-quality sports complex which is unique in the world. The vast canvas on ice is located at 1.5 metres high. The skating rink doesn't work only for four months a year.

At 7 km further on the road, there is the Chimbulak ski resort. The place is characterized by plenty of sunny days and fresh air. There are a lot of different long ski trails and two ski tows.

It was the culmination of our journey. Then we drove through the endless steppes one more time and came back to Orenburg.

By the way, there are a lot of 24-hour car rental offices in Orenburg. We returned the car which had helped us make our journey memorable and easy. We walked around the city for a while, and then we finally flew home.

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