16 Best Deserts in the World

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Best Deserts In the World

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

Namib Desert
The Namib Desert, Namib Desert © Santiago Medem/Flickr

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

Sahara, Africa, Source Getty Images Pro

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 Atacama Desert
The Atacama Desert, Star Trails over Atacama Desert | © European Southern Observatory/Flickr

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. 

The Kalahari Desert
The Kalahari Desert, Getty Images Pro

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. 

 The Antarctic Desert
The Antarctic Desert, Antarctica | © Andreas Kambanis/Flickr

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. 

The Goby Desert
The Goby Desert, Gobi Desert | © sunriseOdyssey/Flickr

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. 

The Mojave Desert
The Mojave Desert, Mojave Desert | © Rennett Stowe/Flickr

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.

The Sonoran Desert
The Sonoran Desert, Sonoran Desert © Bureau of Land Management/Flickr

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. 

 The Thar Desert
The Thar Desert, Thar Desert | © Sankara Subramanian/Flickr

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.

The Rub' al Khali Desert
The Rub’ al Khali Desert, Rub’ al Khali | © Nepenthes/WikiCommons

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. 

 The Tabernas Desert
The Tabernas Desert, Tabernas Desert | © Luis Daniel Carbia Cabeza/Flickr

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.

The Pinnacles Desert
The Pinnacles Desert, Salar de Uyuni | © Dimitry B./Flickr

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.

The Salar de Uyuni Desert
The Salar de Uyuni Desert, Salar de Uyuni | © Dimitry B./Flickr

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.  

The Dasht-e Kavir Desert
The Dasht-e Kavir Desert, Dasht-e Kavir | © Jeanne Menj/WikiCommons

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.

 The Chihuahuan Desert
The Chihuahuan Desert, White Sands National Monument | © Pinchof 2.0/Flickr

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. 

The White Desert, Farafra
The White Desert, Farafra, White Desert © Daniel Csörföly/WikiCommons

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!

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