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Getting there & away

Ariana operates an erratic flight to Kabul: check at the office on the northeast corner of the park, although it’s frequently closed.

Minibuses to Shiberghan (300Afg, six hours) and Mazar-e Sharif (400Afg, eight hours) leave every morning from a stand by the river, 500m north of the main square near the police station. The road follows the direct route via Daulatabad and the Dasht-e Laili desert. Transport to Andkhoi (280Afg, five hours) leaves from the same area, but is less frequent.

HiAces make the epic trip to Herat (1000Afg, two days) daily at around 4am, leaving from the Sadam Yush depot, near the Municipal Hotel.