The stony deserts of the Mangistau region stretch 400km east from Aktau to the Uzbekistan border. This labyrinth of dramatic canyons, weirdly eroded, multicoloured rocky outcrops, mysterious underground mosques and ancient necropolises is only beginning to be explored, even by archaeologists. A minor branch of the Silk Road once ran across this inhospitable wilderness, and centuries-old sacred sites – some with strong Sufic associations – are located where people buried their dead or where holy men dwelt. The underground mosques may have originated as cave hermitages for ascetics who retreated to the deserts.
Jeep tours in Kazakhstan are an exciting and at the same time comfortable journey. Our jeep tours are an opportunity to enjoy the pristine beauty of nature, see endless steppes, grazing herds, ancient burial mounds, pristine lakes, turbulent rivers and incredible beauty of mountain peaks, everything that filled the life of nomads.