Kazakhstan's Kamystybas Lake becomes the top eco and medical tourism destination


The Kyzylorda Region has long been associated with one of the region’s main products, Syr Marzhan rice, and the birthplace of Korkyt Ata, the Turkic songwriter and composer from the ninth century.

But now the region is becoming more attractive as a tourism destination because Kamystybas Lake, has become an ecological and medical tourism destination.

Kamystybas Lake, which locals also call Kambash Lake, is located in the Kyzylorda region’s Aral district, 80 kilometres from Aral city. The Aral district has a system of lakes, the largest of which is Kamystybas Lake (51 kilometres long and 10 kilometres wide). The lake is formed by the Syr Darya River.

The local climate is favourable for recreation. The 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.

In the summer, the lake is always crowded. Last year, more than 89,000 people visited the lake. 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 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.