Known as the “Greatest Desert,” the Sahara is the world’s largest hot desert spanning 3.6 million square miles, and is a place that can only evoke wonder and fear among those who dare not explore its vastness.
It blankets most of northern part of Africa and covers sections of Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Sudan, and Tunisia. It stretches from and to an unfathomable distance between the Red Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea and the tropical part of the Sahel.
A quarter of the desert is made up of sand dunes, some of which reach over 500 feet high. It also consists of sand seas, stone plateaus, gravel plains, dry valleys, salt flats, and mountain ranges — many of which are volcanic. The winds that blow in this area often turn into hurricanes and thus give rise to sand storms and dust devils.
Apart from the 4 inches of rain that it receives per year, the Sahara isn’t completely deprived of water. There are seasonal streams that flow and oases that can be found in certain parts of the vast area, but the only permanent river that can be found in the desert is the Nile River.
No one has ever willingly journeyed across the desert as a traveler, but you can visit safer areas of it — most notably in Morocco, Tunisia, and Egypt — that will give you a feel of life in the Sahara without going crazy from the heat, the loneliness, and the creatures that hide in the sand. There are tours you can take where you’ll experience building remote campfires, sleeping under the stars, riding camels, or taking a 4WD discovery expedition.
The Sahara truly is a remarkable place for a one-of-a-kind adventure and retreat from technology and other comforts of your daily life. Watch this video and marvel at the odd beauty of the desert!
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