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The most beautiful and largest deserts in the world

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These are the most beautiful and largest deserts in the world

The most beautiful and largest deserts in the world: The desert on our planet all offer a completely different climate, so it’s up to you what to experience. A desert is an area that receives little rainfall and deserts can therefore be hot or cold. Most deserts are quite barren because the arid conditions ar too hostile for most plants and animal life. However, deserts are also very special and often offer the most beautiful landscapes and special flora and fauna.

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Would you like to take a trip through the desert yourself, but you don’t know where? Read more about the most beautiful and largest deserts in the world below and plan your next trip.

 

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#1 The Sahara

of all the deserts on the planet, this is the largest sandy desert in the world. Located in North Africa, it covers large parts of the continent. This largest heat desert in the world has an area of 9,2000,000 km2, comparable to China or the US

Hottest desert in the world 

The  Sahara is the hottest desert in the world with one of the most difficult climates. The average annual temperature is 30 degrees, while the hottest temperature on record was 58 degrees. The area receives little rainfall, in fact, half of the Sahara Desert receives less than 1 centimeter of rainfal every year. Although many consider the Sahara to be a consistently warm climate, temperatures drop dramatically at night due to the lack of moisture and can reach a low of -6 degrees.

Numerous lakes

The Sahara is much more than just sand because in fact the majority of the Sahara consist of bare, rocky plateaus, as well as salt flats, sand dunes, mountains, and dry valleys. The rivers and streams in the Sahara are all seasonal, except for the River Nile. There are more than 20 lakes in the Sahara, most of them are saltwater lakes. Lake Chad is the only freshwater lake in the desert.

Activities

There are several activities you can do in the Sahara such as Quad biking, star gazing, sandboarding, camping, or hiking! You can book a tour and watch a beautiful sunrise, sleep under a blanket of stars, and generally have a very special experience.

#2 Antarctica 

Antarctica is the largest desert in the world. Located around the South pole, it is the driest, windiest and coldest continent on Earth. Antarctica is a dessert in its entirety as the continent receives less than  200mm of rainfall every year. Temperatures in Antarctica are generally very cold and can drop to -89 degrees in the winter. Partly due to these extreme temperatures and lack of water, there are no permanent residents in Antarctica. The Antarctic Desert covers a total area of approximately 14,000,000 km2.

Activities

If you want to see this largest desert in the world yourself, it is best to do this via a cruise. most cruises depart from Argentina and these sail to Antarctica in about 3 days. During your trip, you will mainly see vast arctic plains, icebergs, and glaciers. but not only nature is beautiful. you can also spot different animal species such as whales, penguins, and sea lions, which offers a great view. The landscapes cannot be compared with any other landscape in the world, which makes a trip to this largest desert in the world so special.                 

 

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#3 Gobi Desert

The Gobi desert covers parts of northwestern and northern China, as well as southern Mongolia. It covers approximately 1,295,000km2 of the total land area. The Gobi desert is also referred to as the ” Rain Shadow Desert” because the desert’s proximity to the Himalayas blocks rainfall. The mountains prevent the rain from reaching the Gobi. Most of the Gobi’s surface is not sandy but rather exposed bare rock. It’s a cold desert and now and then snow accumulates in the dunes.

Activities

In the famous desert, you can discover its history, landscape, and much more and easily accessible from Mongolia’s capital and main tourist hub, Ulaanbaatar. A camel ride is a must for visitors to the Gobi desert. You can admire the vastness of the desert from a camel, an experience you will not soon forget. Furthermore, staying at a Ger Camp is one of the most popular things to do in the Gobi desert. A ger is a circular house of traditional origin in  Mongolian history. They are also called “Yurts” in other countries in Central Asia.

 

#4 Great sandy desert

The  Great Sandy desert is the second largest desert in Australia, covering approximately 284,993 km2. The Great Sandy Desert stretches across the coast of the indian Ocean in northwestern Australia and lies between the Tanami Desert, to the northeast, and the Gibson desert, to the south. Those three deserts converge near the continent’s geographic center, at the famous bare red sandstone dome of Ayers Rock,or, in the native language, “Uluru”.

 The Great Sandy Desert is classified as a “hot desert”. This means that in a typical year it receives little rain and experience high temperatures and low humidity.

Activities

Although not Australia’s largest desert, it is the most beautiful and has the continent’s best-known landmark. There is much more to do than just stare at a large red rock. You can spend days here exploring not only Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, but also some of the highlights in the nearby area.

#5Patagonian Desert

The Patagonian Desert is the eight largest dessert in the world and the largest in Argentina. It covers an area of approximately 670,000km2. it is mainly located in Argentina, but it also extends to parts of chile. The Patagonian Desert  is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the east and the Andes mountains to the west. it is a cold desert temperatures rarely exceeding 12 degrees Celcius. The average annual temperature is only 3 degrees Celcius.The desert is windy because of the descending mountainair.

Activities

Patagonian is known for it’s beautiful landscape and you can take the most beautiful walks and hikes here. Would you rather go by bike? That is also possible! You cannot rent a bike everywhere in Patagonia, So find out in advance where you would like to cycle. You can also opt for a tour by kayak. With rivers, fjords and coastlines in abundance, kayaking in Patagonian is a real adventure.

Finally….

There are many options to see and experience the largest and most beautiful deserts for yourself. Each continent has a desert that suits the climate, allowing you to discover completely different landscapes. So think carefully in advance whether you prefer to go for the cold or for example the largest desert in the world, Antarctica, or rather go to the heat of the Sahara.

Whatever desert you choose, always prepare well. The weather conditions are almost always extreme and it is therefore better to opt for a guided tour than to go out alone. One thing is certain, you will not soon forget a trip through the dessert!

 

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