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... is inseparable from that of the fiercely proud nomadic rider. These lofty heights mark the extreme northwestern tip of that immense sprawl of peaks and plateaux, the very roof of the world, extending south and east through Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan and Pakistan into northern India- and of course, in Nepal and Tibet, to the Himalayas themselves, daddies of 'em all.
The major disappointment of our overcast arrival was the obscuring of these ...
... was booked up. So, we decided to find our own way to Almaty Big Lake, located 25km South of the city. Almaty Big Lake as you can guess is a Big Lake near Almaty. (They are very creative here in Almaty with naming things-there's a park which is called 'Park named after the 1st President' and we walked past an office block called 'Park View Tower Building'. If the Kazahks had ruled London I'm sure some of our top sights would now be called ...
... of transfers/breakfast if booked directly. I also booked transfers myself in Nairobi saving huge amounts of money compared to those provided by the TOs.
I used Sarah Bowman from Sanctuary to book the Sanctuary Gorilla Forrest Camp in Bwindi and Jacqui McNaughton from andBeyond.
My main reason for booking with these companies was that Sanctuary offered lodgings basically on the edge of the forrest which meant I wouldn't have to travel any ...
... and he made it very clear that we could look at the lake, take photos but not set a foot closer to he gate. Why have a lovely photo and information about the lake in a tourist brochure aimed at foreign tourists ( it was written in English after all) and then only allow you to briefly look at it from a safe distance (eg no way of throwing poison in it!!!!)? Took a few photos including one of the guard with John and turned obediently around. It was getting cold, cloudy ...
... br> Kazakh ethnics make up 60% of the population in Almaty and Russians, Kyrgyz, Uzbeks and Koreans make up the rest. There seems to be lots of fancy restaurants here (hopefully we will test some out).
We enjoyed an ice cream in the local park whilst watching grandparents and children feed the pigeons (tapence a bag). The ...