Leg 4 - Kazakhstan
Goodbye Kazakhstan, Hello Russia
July 13, 2014

Monday, July 13th Had a leisurely breakfast and departed to the Russian border with expectations of good roads. We were very disappointed to find we had shocking roads the entire way. The boring desert scenery combined with the relentless potholes made for a very dull and quite stressful drive. For once, we even felt bad for […]

The Big One
Beyneu and Atyrau
July 12, 2014

Saturday, July 12th Once we crossed the border, we still had 85kms of classic Kazakhstan roads to negotiate before we got to Beyneu. And by “classic” we mean terrible. At one point we had to stop and fill up the fuel tank from our Jerry cans, as the fuel gauge was showing empty. Sterlin was […]

Leg 4 - Uzbekistan
Crossed into Kazakhstan
July 12, 2014

Saturday, July 12th Crossed into Kazakhstan. Very long day and several hours spent at the border. Uzbekistan turned out to be one of the unexpected highlights of our trip. Now we were on our way through Kazakhstan and onto European Russia.

Leg 4 - Kazakhstan

Saturday, June 21st It is always good to start a border crossing day with a coffee. So we did. The 200-odd km drive to the border was on very good roads, but with the usual dangerous drivers, slow trucks, poorly marked pedestrian crossings in the middle of the highways, unclear speed signage, police everywhere and […]

This post is about the government documentation we needed and obtained to bring our car and ourselves into Kazakhstan.   Kazakhstan in General To quote our Lonely Planet guide book; “Visas and permits can be the single biggest headache associated with travel in ex-Soviet Central Asia. Collecting visas for a multi-country trip through Central Asia […]

Almaty (Алматы)
June 19, 2014

Thursday, June 19th We loved Almaty. Unfortunately we would not be staying more than 2 nights here. On arrival in the city we looked for a coffee shop, with wifi, to enjoy a latte and to look for a place to stay (as opposed to driving around and trying to find something). We decided on Mildom Apartments, […]

To Almaty (Алматы)
June 18, 2014

Wednesday, June 18th We decided to go with the ‘gun it to Almaty’ option which meant covering 1130km in 2 days. That way we’d arrive in Almaty on Thursday evening, have the Friday to sort the car and paper work, and try and sort out the visa issue. The day’s driving didn’t get off to […]

Semey (Семей)
June 17, 2014

Tuesday, June 17th    Semey is twinned with Ypres in Belgium After checking into our spacious hotel and finding out we had a ‘small’ immigration issue – and discussing our options (see notes below), we headed out to do a little sight seeing. First stop was the Museum of Fine Arts. We got there about […]

Tuesday, June 17th After stopping at Coffee Art for a very nice latte we set off for the short 37 km drive to the border. We arrived at 10:32am to find 6 cars waiting in front of the border checkpoint and in front of us. So we joined the line. It looked like only 3-4 […]