Desolate. Not Empty.

Yurt Camp

Ethnoaul Kogez

Shetpe Village

Mangystau Region


October 18, 2018


In the Mangystau Region, 25% larger than France, the desert appears desolate and empty.  


But life abounds.

Three pilgrimage sites built by the Eighteenth Century Sufi mystic, Beket-Ata..

An oasis appears.  Lovely flowers and plants grow alongside a salty stream.  Too salty for fish.

A Yurt Camp provides warm, comfortable bedding and hearty meals. 

Livestock everywhere. 

Camels of course. 

A herd of sheep.

A lone horse grazing on the stunted shrubbery.

Desolate.  Not empty.

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