Kazakhstan's Kamystybas Lake is a new eco and medical tourism destination


Kamystybas Lake is a large saltwater lake in the Kyzylorda Region in southern Kazakhstan. Located 80 kilometres from Aral city, the lake has become an ecological and medical tourism destination.

Kamystybas Lake is a unique reservoir with rich flora and fauna. The coastline is a natural beach of coarse sand. It has gently sloping soft bottom, clear and transparent water, the temperature of which is comfortable from May to September. The water is believed to have healing qualities.

The lake is a popular summer destination. Last year, more than 89,000 people visited Kamystybas. Vacationers come from Aktobe, Shymkent, Almaty, Turkestan and Baikonur. The lake also attracts visitors from Turkey, Russia and Belarus. The Western Europe - Western China highway is passing next to the lake and helps bring international tourists.

The Kyzylorda authorities plan to make Kamystybas Lake an ecotourism centre. In 2017, it allocated 4 million tenge (US$10,488) from the local budget and installed a 1,350-metre water pipeline. The funds were directed to building hotels and developing tourism infrastructure.

Medical tourism is also developing in the region. The Zhanakorgan health resort is located at the foot of the Karatau Mountain near the Syr Darya River’s flow and is open all year. It is 200 kilometres away from Kyzylorda, 100 kilometres from the historic city of Turkestan and two kilometres away from the Zhanakorgan railway station.

The resort provides accommodation in a five-story building with 380 beds. It has standard, junior suite and suite rooms with bathrooms, televisions and refrigerators. Accommodation, meals and treatment are included.

The healing properties of clay and salt water at the resort help fight many illnesses, such as the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue, peripheral nervous system, gynaecological and urological diseases. Doctors monitor visitors’ health around-the-clock.

Local authorities plan to continue developing the region’s infrastructure to increase tourist inflow. The beautiful nature and sand beaches make the lake one of the most popular summer destinations for local tourists.

Source: The Astana Times