Monotonous at first glance, deserts are keeping in secret incredible tints and charm once you decide to discover. It’s kind of serenity and solitude offering a huge number of adventures outdoors.
Deserts are home for pleasant breezes and blue extensive sky, endless wildlife sounds, and warm sands.
It’s a must to visit a desert once in a lifetime. Scroll down to find out the best 16 deserts in the world.
Desert 1. Namib, Africa
Extending along 1200 miles, Namib is the oldest (50 million years) and most splendid deserts in the world. Namib is home for specific wildlife never-seen-before elsewhere on the planet.
It’s also attractive for being an open museum under the sky proving the presence of humanity dating back the stone age.
Desert 2. Sahara, Africa
Expanding through seven countries in Africa, it envelopes many portions of North Africa.
Whoever thinks of Sahara being comprised only with big sandy duns, they only know very little about it.
Its landscape involves a long array of plateaus and rocky hamada. It’s home for little bushes and salt flats, prairies, and even some species of foxes.
Desert 3. Atacama, Chile
The driest and with the clearest skies, the Atacama is the best place for looking at the stars almost all year round. Make a wish and follow the milky way without any telescope.
With all these inconveniences of not seeing a drop of rain for a long time, Atacama is home for millions of people living here.
Desert 4. Kalahari, Southern Africa
Located in Southern Africa, the Kalahari Desert means ‘place without water’, though the contrary is proven. Kalahari is one of the rainiest deserts from five to ten inches of precipitation each year on average.
Desert 5. Antarctic, Antarctica
We do agree it might be surprising not seeing endless sand and shiny sun in the image of ‘desert’? The Antarctic is an example of cold tundra that’s actually considered as a desert due to the extremely low percentage of annual rainfall.
It’s mostly covered with a big quantity of ice.
Finally, Antarctica can boast for its fauna, such as microbes and small organisms. Here you’ll find native penguins, even seals, that call this place home.
Desert 6. Gobi, Mongolia/China
The fifth in the world by its bigness, the Gobi desert is the largest barren part of Asia.
This desert is a great place for travelers to find hiking and camel-riding adventures. It offers a good diversity of native wildlife and rich history.
It’s an epic region where the first petrified egg of dinosaur was found. Here’s where the great Empire of Mongols was reigning during the third and the fourteenth centuries.
Desert 7. Mojave, Nevada/California
The Mojave desert is famous for its Joshua trees and Death Valley. Called ‘high desert’, Mojave embraces Death Valley that’s actually eighty-two meters below sea level.
All the history lovers would be stunned by the variety of cultural premises, like museums, located in the Mojave. Besides, it’s home for an incredible Valley of Fire State Park, making it a very popular touristic destination.
Desert 8. Sonoran, USA/Mexico
A blissful desert with indigenous wildlife and astonishing landmarks – that’s how the Sonoran desert can be identified. ‘Stealing’ portions from USA and Mexico, the Sonoran desert is offering a variable cultural attraction that has been a residence for Native American aborigines.
Here you’ll find stunning national parks and wildlife refuges for sharp feelings.
Desert 9. Thar, India/Pakistan
The Thar desert is embracing parts of India and Pakistan, though mainly called as the ‘Indian Desert’. Here eighty-three people per kilometers live and work with their normal lives.
It’s impressive with its biodiversity granting living conditions for hundreds of birds and lizards, snake species and other flora and fauna.
Desert 10. Rub’ al Khali, Saudi Arabia
Its name is translated in English as ‘Empty Quarter’, the Rub’ al Khali is a desert of severe conditions not allowing any living species to thrive for a long time. However, that fact doesn’t have anything to do with its beauty to contemplate.
Desert 11. Tabernas, Spain
It’s exceptional being the unique desert settled in Europe. The Tabernas is in the southeastern parts of Spain, serving as a filming site for a lot of popular movies.
It’s a locale for many lizards and birds, other species of mammals, even of Algerian Hedgehog.
Desert 12. Pinnacles, Australia
The Pinnacles Desert is something to watch for getting unforgettable impressions of the spectacular art made by Mother Nature. Located in Australia, here you’ll find outstanding nature-made sculptures and the Nambung National Park,
The other peculiarity about the Pinnacles is its place near the shore, where you can feel sunkissed lying on the white sandy shores.
Desert 13. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Everyone knows Bolivia as a mysterious place and a home for many pre-historic monuments. Salar de Uyuni was once a lake named Lago Minchín. After drying up, it left behind enormous salt lands and a magnificent site to take stunning photos in.
Take a riding tour to this never-seen-before place and enjoy a 4×4 road trip on breathtaking flats of salt.
Desert 14. Dasht-e Kavir, Iran
Comprised of mud and salt, the Dasht-e Kavir meaning ‘Great Salt Desert’, is dangerous since it’s difficult to get out of the mud once you fall in. That’s why it’s not inhabited with the exception of the mountainous areas.
Desert 15. Chihuahuan, New Mexico
Unlike the Dasht-e Kavir, this desert in New Mexico is a rich inhabited zone with diverse endemic wildlife. The most famous residents in this site are cactus and foxes.
It’s a great place to have your trips there with dazzling views and diverse sensations. Go to the White Sands National Monument to contemplate the picturesque view of gypsum sand dunes.
Desert 16. White Desert, Farafra, Egypt
A gorgeous display is opened once you’re in the White Desert National Park, Egypt. The beauty of Farafra is the varying shades of white changing the site along with the wind.
Now that you have so many deserts in your mind, which one would you choose? Take your time to read about other interesting topics in this blog!