Sunday, January 20, 2008

Geotourism in Kazakhstan

What is geotourism ?
National Geographic defines geotourism as tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place -its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and the well-being of its residents. Geotourism incorporates the concept of sustainable tourism -that destinations should remain unspoiled for future generations- while allowing for enhancement that protects the character of the locale. Geotourism also adopts a principle from its cousin, ecotourism -that tourism revenue can promote conservation- and extends that principle beyond nature travel to encompass culture and history as well: all distinctive assets of a place.

Nominate your favorite example of geotourism -- defined by National Geographic as tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place: its environment, heritage, culture, aesthetics, and the well-being of its residents.
All nominees will receive a personal email inviting them to enter the National Geographic-Ashoka's-Changemakers Geotourism Challenge launching on jan 30, 2008. All nominators who tell their first-person story become eligible to win one of two prizes.

My nomination - Falcon hunt in Central Kazakhstan

Hunting with golden eagles in Kazakhstan, is ancient and deeply esteemed tradition, and hunters-berkutchi are one of the most esteemed persons in a society.
The first world falconry festival took place on July14-15, 2007 in Reading, Berkshire, United Kingdom
Festival gathered teams from 33 countries, including USA, France, Germany, Belgium, Japan, Brazil, China, South Korea, Turkmenistan, England and others. Kazakhstan team was recognized the best one.

If you are new to falconry, Alan Gates has good article about hunting with falcon at

I would like to present my friend's falconry estate at Central Kazakhstan, that offers falcons, hawks and golden eagles to hunt wolf, fox, hare, black-cocks, ducks, partridges and pigeons. Since 1995 they hold international competitions “Salburn” - hunting with birds and Kazakh “tazy”- wolfhound, while riding horses.

For more details visit their website at
or just give them a call:
Tileukabyl Esembekuly: 7 7212 45-41-02 , 7 300 244 65 69,
Karlygash Makataeva: 7 7272 71-26-17, 7 300 755 20 86,

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