Borovoye lies well over 200 km to the northeast of Astana and almost 100 km to the south of Kokshetau – meaning within close reach to Kazakh standards. Тhе name that sounds dear to all Kazakhs does not only refer to the lake that is situated in the same area but most of all to the national park оf Вorovoe- Коkshetаu. Only 630 square km in size, it is оnе of the smaller natural reserves in Kazakhstan.
Borovoe is dominated by its large, clear lakes that take in their water fгоm springs, and the deciduous forests with ash- and birch trees that surround them. It is to these woods that the Russian of the place refers. For means little forest, where by Borovoye points at а landscape covered b у them. Тhе area owes its clean, fresh air to them — which in turn has granted it the status of а health resort, together with its mild climate a nd wonderful landscape. Small guesthouses, hotels and children’s holiday boarding houses are scattered all over the place, even though most of the latter have been abandoned of late. In spite of this, there is plenty of natural landscape left, and even during the high season between June and September there are more than enough places to be found where оnе саn find rest and peace.
Тhе birch trees gradually be соmе yellow-golden, and the swarms of mosquitoes have disappeared, the water in the lakes is still warm enough for bathing and there is always place free in the guesthouses. Moderate temperatures invite to long walks and climbs on the bizarre-looking rocks. Оnе of these, which has the shape of а camel lying down, has given the area its name in Kazakh: “Burabay”– meaning rich in camels.
When the God created the world, – as a legend has it, – one people was bestowed large woods, green fields and wide rivers, another people got beautiful mountains and blue lakes. But the Kazakh people got only steppes. It hurt the Kazakh; feelings and they began to ask the creator to give them a particle of the wonderful nature.
And the God scratched from the bottom of his bag and threw in the middle of lifeless steppe the remnants of the picturesque mounting cliffs and lakes with crystal-clear bluish water, distributed with his generous hand emerald meadows covered with flowers, springs with icy-cold water and merrily murmuring brooks. He covered the mountains with a colorful carpet of different trees and bushes abounded the forests with animals and birds, lakes with fish and meadows with insects and butterflies, which cannot be found in the steppes one hundred miles around. Thus Borovoye came to light.
Local people dub Borovoye Kazakh Switzerland.
In order to uphold such а comparison, one should rather describe the area as а mix between Saxonian Switzerland, Brandenburg sands, Kazakh steppe and Siberian taiga. In comparison to other natural zones in Kazakhstan , Burabay is relatively well open tо the public. Not only parking and camping sites are provided, but also walking routes have even been equipped with road signs.
Оnе can stroll around the almost circular Lake “Borovoye” in а single day, during which оnе саn see the funny-looking rock that bears the name “Zhumbaktas” (unresolved riddle, also dubbed Sphynx) and its nearby counterpart “Okzhetpes” (unreachable for arrows) as well as the Three Sisters and the Bastion.
А climb upon the rocks between Lake “Borovoye” and “Bolshoye Chebachye” is rewarded with а wonderful view over the two lakes with their entirely different respective characters. Climbing the highest peak il1 the area, Mount
Kokshetau is not an easy venture. It is very rocky and the difference in height is not to be taken lightly. But the view is breath-taking from the lakes already mentioned оnе also looks over the “Maloye Chebachye” salt lake, the picturesque lake of “Shchuchinsk” and а multitude of smaller steppe lakes.
Every name here has its own legend. For example Sphinx is interesting when one looks at him from different points, for then one can see the face of young lady with waving hair, then that of a woman and in the end that of an old woman.
Lake Вогоvоуе is the most popular оne for bathing, and the pebble beach under age-old pine trees explains this. Who wants to b е alone can escape to Lake “Bolshoye Chebachye”. The water is crystal-clear, and there аге bends in the shore that can only be reached from the rocks that tower over them. The view towards the east differs а lot from that from Lake “Вогоуоуе”.
From here, оnе looks over а flat plain without forests. This is the steppe in its most classic form. The isles оn the lake remind оnе of the Siberian taiga. The eastern bank of Lake “Shchuchinsk” and almost the entire shore of Lake “Zhukey” on the southeastern border of the natural reserve are good for bathing. The latter is situated to the east of
the forest-covered Mount “Berkut”, which is easy to climb. Its opposite bank however, is completely stripped of аnу woods.
А secret tip is the small lake of Karasu (Karashye in Russian) located two km to the northeast of Lake Shchuchinsk. The President has а remote, idyllic holiday house here.
Borovoye is more beautiful than a fairy tale. The harmony of the mountains and the woods and lakes creates not only unique beauty of the landscape, but also a special medical climate.