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Experience the authentic nomadic-style of stay in Taukum desert

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Experience the authentic nomad style of stay in Taukum desert

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Throughout history, the nomadic dwelling called 'yurt' proved to be perfect for withstanding nature's tests and living comfortably in the Central Asian steppes' harsh conditions. We believe a yurt camp is an excellent opportunity to get in touch with nature while still enjoying house's comfort. This type of lodging is ideal for spending several nights under the stars with a bit of a homelike atmosphere. Therefore, in Kazakhstan's remote areas, we have erected traditional yurt camps to be as close as possible to difficult to find species like Caspian Plover, Marbled Polecat, Macqueen's Bustard, and Grey Wolves.

Camping in a yurt has become a significant trend in the last decade worldwide, widely referred to as "glamping" or "glamorous camping". The number of travelers or newly introduced "glampers" is rising rapidly all over the globe. Unsurprisingly, because of the overall amusing nature and convenience of the experience, it is easy to spend a great time outdoors. Rubythroat Birding Tours prides itself on being one of the first eco-tour operators to provide this unique opportunity of glamping in Central Asia. Since first established in 2007, our yurt camp became one of the Central Asia tour journeys' most notable highlights. For more than a decade, we organize fully managed enjoyable stays in the yurt camp, which successfully combines traditional housing customs with modern standards' comfort levels. Due to their time-tested design and well-made insulated structure our yurts are eco-friendly and weather tight. It is vital to withstand the raging sandy winds and sizzling hot days, and cool Taukum desert evenings. Despite the harsh local weather, this is an excellent area for sighting intriguing creatures that populate this region. Therefore, occasionally you will witness a pack of wolves from a distance or a couple of dancing Demoiselle Cranes in the field, and the list goes on.

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A group of common Demoiselle Cranes taking a leisurely stroll along our yurt camp in Taukum Desert, Kazakhstan.. Photo by: Valkenburg M.A.W.

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Our campsite consists of seven spacious yurts located in the Taukum desert. The yurt camp includes a fully equipped kitchen and a separate, traditionally designed dining yurt. Our guests banquet on delicious and convenient dishes. You will be served tasteful meals on the campsite and introduced to Central Asian cuisine delicacies cooked by a professional chef. The kitchen provides European style food, as well as vegetarian or a prescribed meal plan. According to Kazakh traditions, guests are invited to a low table and seated on comfortable pillows in the farthest part of the yurt, oppositely to the entrance. For those wishing a seat, we are providing small convenient chairs.

There are five settlements with extra amenities, where guests can have a relaxing night after a fruitful trip day. The yurts are decorated with pieces of traditional Kazakh handiwork from the roof to the floor. Historically, yurts were made capacious for a family with multiple members. Modern yurts still score this unique characteristic. Each unit in the camp is five meters in diameter, enough to accommodate several guests. It is common in Kazakh culture to take off the shoes when entering the house. Firstly, it represents the level of respect of visitors to the host of the house. Secondly, it was requested for hygienic reasons. The house owners would decorate the floors with wool carpets and thin layer mattresses on top to sleep at night. Therefore, stepping into the house in shoes represent bad manners.

It is proven that sustainable energy sources have a tremendous impact on achieving a sustainable future and wildlife preservation. Therefore, we only use eco-friendly solar panels to provide electricity to the camp territory throughout your stay, excellent for charging batteries or an ice-cold beer during a checklist session. The camp is supplied with fresh water weekly to make your stay as comfortable as possible. There is nothing better than a refreshing shower after a long, satisfying day in nature.

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