What makes the desert so exceptional?
The diversity of landscapes whose colours change with each step at different times of the day? Contemplating starry skies around a log fire? Or maybe it's the gentle serenity of the desert that invites introspection as you switch off completely from everyday life?
Everyone has their own answer, so the best thing to do is experience it for yourself!
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The gigantic Australian desert area is characterised by its red-coloured earth and endemic wildlife: emu, kangaroo, dingo and even dromedaries introduced to the area! Rich in geological wonders (Uluru or Ayers Rock, Kings Canyon, etc.), it's also a great way to discover Aboriginal culture.
Lodged between Mongolia, Tibet and China, the Gobi Desert is considered the coldest in the world with temperature differences of up to 90° between two seasons. Populated by nomads, its landscapes are very heterogeneous: sand, steppes and rocky soils.
Located on the route of the Silk Road, the sand dunes of Taklamakan can rival those of the Sahara. With its oases and landscapes that change with the winds, new experiences are guaranteed!
Little known, it houses a truly unique phenomenon: for 40 years, flames have been licking the walls of the Darvaza crater. The "Gates of Hell" were born from a natural gas source mistakenly lit by Soviet scientists in 1971. But Karakum is also home to the archaeological site of Gonour-Tepe, dating from the Bronze Age.
Explore history by walking the Silk Road in a desert with 1000 faces: salt marshes, lakes, citadels, oases, gazelles, goats and sometimes even leopards. All around, there's the opportunity to visit the jewels of the Persian Empire.
The most densely populated dune-and-steppe desert in the world offers some wonderful wildlife encounters: antelope, gazelle, fox, lynx, caracal, etc. In its heart, Jaisalmer, the golden city, probably the most beautiful and the oldest city in Rajasthan.
Don't miss: sunset from the dunes of Sam or Khuri.
This desert is quite green, especially during the rainy season. This means there's a rich fauna to see within its nature reserves: oryx, lions, springbok, elephants, giraffes, hyenas, meerkats etc. You may also meet the Bushmen here, the first inhabitants of southern Africa.
Considered the oldest desert in the world, famous for its red dunes and wildlife: elephants, gazelles and wild horses. In the North of the country, you can also get to meet the Himba people.
It's about the same size as France! With its extreme weather conditions, this desert is mainly for experienced trekkers who are sure to enjoy the majestic dunes which stretch as far as the eye can see.
Made famous by Lawrence of Arabia, Wadi Rum is rich in history. Located between the mythical city of Petra and the coral shores of the Red Sea, this desert still inhabited by Bedouins looks like the Wild West with its labyrinths of rocks carved by wind and water.
Populated by Bedouins, it stretches from the Sinai Peninsula to the shores of the Red Sea. You can admire many types of panoramas here: craters, historic ruins, natural springs and even renowned vineyards!
This little piece of the Libyan Desert will delight nature and history buffs. Composed of white dunes, sculpted limestone rock formations and the famous Crystal Mountain, this desert is full of Egyptian archaeological sites (temples, pyramids, etc.) before finally diving into the blue waters of Lake Nasser.
The largest and most famous desert in the world deserves its fame. Ergs, regs, mountains, hamadas - the variety of its landscapes seems boundless. You can also discover the wealth of Tuareg culture in the immensity of its dunes.
It's one of the driest desert in the world, but it's also one of the most varied in terms of landscapes: volcanoes, geysers, lagoons, salt flats, flamingos, etc. Its unique landscapes bring total disconnection…
Born from the disappearance of the prehistoric lake Tauca 14 000 years ago and perched 3650m above sea level, this vast expanse of salt offers lunar landscapes and an infinite horizon. The scarlet whiteness sometimes gives way to islands covered with cactus ranging from 10 to 12 m high.
Real biodiversity for this desert between 600 and 1600 metres above sea level: eagle, ibis, puma, coyote, prairie dog, bison, black bear as well as many varieties of cactus. The adobe labyrinth in the Paquimé archaeological zone is an exceptional place you really must see.
Named after its first Amerindian inhabitants (the Mohaves), this rugged desert straddles California, Nevada, Colorado and Arizona. Here, you can see the red canyons of Death Valley and learn more about the history of the American Gold Rush.
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