m.dewitte Check-Ins

Date Place Comment
September 11th, 2019 Sun (Solar) Valley

Nice campsite. The owner lives in one of the three wooden houses. There are pittoilets and a cold shower. Basic facilities. We paid 60UAH for camping with 2 people in a RTT. The view over the fields is nice! To get there you need to enter a toll road (10UAH for normal car) and continue till the end. Go underneath the skilift (dirt road) and cross the wooden bridge (ignore the ‘no entry sign’). After the corner the camping is on the right indicated with a sign.

September 10th, 2019 Dnister River

Okay spot, but a lot of trash everywhere. Some locals around with music. We drove the dirt road around the cliff to get to the other side. Here you have a nice view and you don’t hear the road and have less trash (still a lot!). In theory you can drive all the way to the viewpoint and camp there. 1 car will fit. Fishermen came when it became dark for night fishing? Around indicated location you find some other spots, but you will hear the road from there. Okay for a night.

September 6th, 2019 Holly Source

We drove a little deeper into the forest. Go right at the spring, in front of benches keep right and you will find an open spot on the forest. Very private spot, nobody around. Could hear the road a little, but did not disturb us. Great place!

September 6th, 2019 Ukraine - Russian Border

Easy crossing. Russia side took some time. Car import document from kyrgystan added some waiting time, but no problems. Friendly people. Ukraine side very easy. Just some waiting for document processing and no car check at all. Took us 1.5 hours in total.

September 5th, 2019 By the canyon

Great place. We stayed next to the river just around the corner completely out of sight. You can stay at the top of the canyon (less private in sight of town), but is also possible to drive down to the river. Saw multiple traces of camp fires. We found out when we left that there is a sign stating something like “do not camp” in Russian. However, it was google translate translation so not sure if it is allowed or not.. I added a picture of the sign and our spot.

September 2nd, 2019 River camp

Beautifull spot in the forest with acces to the Volga. Follow the dirt tracks as indicated by maps.me and you can find the place without problems. A little muddy, but nothing serious. We did not see anybody around. Very nice spot :)

September 1st, 2019 Car Insurance

Had to pay 3200Roebles for a Land Cruiser 100 4.2L. Visa did not work so had to pay cash. Dollars are accepted, but the rated was a little lower. Payed $50.

September 1st, 2019 Border Maskatov Kazakhstan - Russia

Kazakhstan to Russia

Skipped the line with trucks (5km) on Kazakh side. Leaving Kazakhstan took us 10 minutes.

Entering Russia took a lot of time. First the line for immigration form. Park your car and walk past to get a form so you can drive when the barrier opens (we had to go to the left line instead of the right). We skipped the line after since russian locals suggested to, but the officer send us back and made us wait for 2 hours with the other people in line. Then a colleague of him saw us and took us out of the line again to be let in front. The first officer wanted to send us back again, but got orders of his colleague to help us. Then the actual process began and took only 15minutes to get paperwork and minor car check. Overall time 3hours, but could be faster if you find the right guy straight away.

September 1st, 2019 Sim Card

Only Beeline for Kazakhstan available when we arrived. No Russian sim-cards. Next place on iOverlander did have sim-cards for Russia.

August 31st, 2019 Hotel Ural

Unfriendly staff not willing to understand us with google translate. They were watching TV and too bored to have guest. We got only 1 set of towels and only 1 sheet. Asked for a second sheet, but they made gestures that we should share one sheet. Blood stains in the blanket so we ended up getting our sleeping bag from the car.

Lot of space at the car park so that is convenient. We payed 8000 for a double room with shower (without is 6000) and payed 500 for parking.

August 30th, 2019 Camp in the hills

Gps location by approximation.

After the gate you are allowed to camp anywhere ‘up the canyon’. We followed the old dirt road that goes right of the asphalt track just after the entry gate. We had a big thunderstorm and strong wind (slept in the car instead of RTT), but with awesome views of the clouds. Not much wind shelter in this area, but a quiet and nice place to spend the night. There are a few more places around in these hills with good views, but not much wind shelter and no shade.

August 30th, 2019 Nice Hostel

Staff at check-in was friendly, but the day after the girl at the reception was bored and not friendly at all. Bed was super hard. We are used to harder beds, but this hurts and was like laying on a wooden plank. Shower had mold in it and the bathroom smelt like urine (it did look clean though except the mold). At 3am people where making a lot of noise in the communal room and it stayed noisy until 7am when we went up. So overall maybe bad luck, but for us not a place to go back to. The location is good though.

August 29th, 2019 Desert Camp

Nice spot out of sight of the road and much less windy than on top. We had a big storm and slept in the car instead of RTT. The hills give some shelter, but the car was still shaking a lot. Ground is a little spongy so first explore by foot. Can be tricky when ground is wet.

August 28th, 2019 river by Baikonur

Good spot. Take the dirt road left before entering the town. Keep direction towards the river since there are many dirt roads not leading towards the water (all parallel to the river). There are some bushes near the water that give some shelter from sun and keep you a little more out of sight (although there are not many people around?m). Train can be heard. We had a major sand storm in the evening and closed the RTT and slept in the car. No wind shelter in the area.

August 27th, 2019 Just before Turkistan

At the indicated location there were locals having a swim and drinking until it became dark (and new people arriving until late to join them). We moved to another open spot and then people were sitting/hiding in the bushes and doing whatever I don’t know. We heard voices out of nowhere (turned out the bushes behind us) when we just wanted to unpack the RTT and they greeted us, but stayed in the bushes. We moved again to another open spot and had a quiet night. There was a lot of trash on the three open spots we tried. So if there are no people around a nice place, but we had a lot of noise and strange meetups, but definitely worth a try!

August 26th, 2019 Camp at a lake (under Trees)

Nice spot! The indicated spot was taken, but there are plenty of other options around the lake. Some trash around and a lot of animal dung, but still a nice spot to go to along the boring road. Quiet night (and early morning with the farm animals across the lake).

August 21st, 2019 Stop sign with gate

There is a gate with a stop sign. On both sides a building with policemen. I was allowed to pass by the policemen on the left (waived to go trough) when the policemen on the right came out of the building and pointed to stop after the gate. They wanted me to pay straff since I did not waited 5seconds before passing the stop sign. After discussion and telling them that I have evidence on dashcam that they waived me to go trough and I did wait they backed off and I could continue without paying. So better stop 5 seconds, also if they indicate you can just continue..

August 21st, 2019 River camp

Ride down the canyon is awesome (use 4x4). We just visited, did not camp here. At the river a guy who pretended to be a ranger (did show Russian ID card) came by and showed some papers with Russian text and something like 745Tenge. He wanted me to pay for being in the canyon as far as I understood. He wanted to see a receipt of the main entrance or I should pay him here. We left without paying since we think this part is free. He was okay with it so maybe this was not officially required?

August 21st, 2019 Camping next to river

There are plenty of spots here. In the weekend crowded judging the trash around. We followed the road along the river. There is a junction at which one road goes uphill, we followed the lower road along the river. We chose one of the 4 in a row grass spots in between the trees a little bit back of the river. There are also some spots aside of the gravel closer to the river, but there was a lot of trash when we checked them. The grass spot was nice! You can be seen from the road across the river uphill, but this is far away.

August 20th, 2019 Beeline

Beeline shop was closed on tuesday. Walk between the stalls to almost halfway. There is a shop selling beeline, tele2 and kcell. He can charge your sim card as well.

August 20th, 2019 ATM Halyk Bank

Visa and MasterCard are indicated on the ATM. Also maestro (we used) is working.

August 20th, 2019 Clay Canyon

Super calm and silent. Nice track towards here, not to long drive of the main road. We had almost no wind and only the sound of a single bird. In the night some crickets, but in a good way. Starry skies look amazing from here. We liked the calm and tranquil spot.

August 20th, 2019 Car Shop - кеген автолшектер дукенi

Payed 15,300 for a Land Cruiser 100 for 30 days. Also after lunch no-one there. Knocked on the metal door to the left and this guy works apparently at the car shop. He sold us the insurance.

August 19th, 2019 Bushcamp Lake

Awesome spot, one of our favorites in Kyrgyzstan. We stayed there two times and were completely alone. Forest, beach, grass everything you want is there. We spotted around 8 owls in the forrest! Visited by a herd of around 200 sheeps in the morning. Shepard said hi and continued.

August 19th, 2019 Grasland at the edge of the forest

Nice place at the edge of the forest (you could also easily enter with a land cruiser size vehicle into the forest). Meadow with cows and sheeps and view over beautiful mountains. Just in between some trees so almost no wind. Along this dirt road there are plenty of camping possibilities. Access road might be difficult without 4x4 or in bad weather.

August 16th, 2019 Hotel and Hostel Strelets

We stayed here 5 nights due to car repairs. Friendly staff of which a couple speak some english and affordable rooms. Paid 2500som per night (incl breakfast) for superior room. Airco, bath robes, nice shower. Swimming pool in garden is nice, although a little cold. Can park your vehicle inside behind the gate.

August 11th, 2019 Good Shelter Next to Lake

Nice place with shelter. Lot of mosquitos during afternoon, but none bite us. Nice walk to the beach, but a little too windy and out in the open (with other people) to camp over there. This was a more sheltered place and the mosquitos went away in the evening. Good spot!

August 4th, 2019 Next to a small, clean River

We drove a little further along the path following the river (100m) to another open spot with a little bit more space and less high grass. Great spot and a nice visit of a big group of cows and a few horses in the morning (7:45 so you don’t have to wake up too early).

Take the road next to the river and not the one a little in front (coming from Kazerman). The other road leads to the houses, but was suggested by maps.me.

The place was dry.

August 3rd, 2019 Splendid site

Nice place. Not many flat spots (in the shade), but there are some flat rocks to easily level your car. Not completely out of sight, but nobody came by. No snakes for us, but be aware of the ticks. We caught them in time :). We thought it was the best location in this area.

July 27th, 2019 Fuelstation Zong

Still working. 1500L petrol and 1500L diesel barrels (from Russia the guy said). 9.5Somoni per liter for diesel. Locals helped us to find the owner (in this case a man and not a lady).