8 Of The Most Beautiful Deserts In The World

by Smruti Rao

Posted on 11th May, 2015

Taklamakan Desert Dunes
Image Credit - Mike Locke(cc)

Desert   [dez-ert]
A desert is a barren area of land where little precipitation occurs and consequently living conditions are hostile for plant and animal life.

What you see above is how the dictionary defines a desert. It gives an impression that deserts are lifeless. But they have a life of their own. The kind of views you get in a desert are unmatched. Here are some of the most beautiful deserts in the world!

1. Salar de Uyuni salt desert , Bolivia

This is the world's largest salt flat desert at 10,582 square kilometers. It is an expansive, virtually flat desert that reflects the sun in such a way as to create a mirror effect with the sky. A road trip to Salar de Uyuni is a must if you're visiting Bolivia.

Salar De Uyuni Beautiful
Illusions Galore at Salar de Uyuni
Image Credit - Patrick Nouhailler(cc)

Salar de Uyuni Sunset
Sunset at Salar de Uyuni - A sight to behold!
Image Credit - Leonora Enking(cc)

Salar De Uyuni Salt Piles
Salt Piles at Salar de Uyuni
Image Credit - Phil Whitehouse(cc)

2. Namib Desert, Namibia

The Namib desert is home to some of the tallest and most spectacular dunes of the world, ranging in color from pink to vivid orange. These dunes continue right to the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. The cold waters of the sea brushing against the dunes of the Namib desert is one of the most surreal sights and Namib is the only desert in the world to have elephants. Desert Safaris here give you a real taste of wild road trips!

Namib Desert Meets Ocean
Namib Desert Meets the Atlantic Ocean
Image Credit - Amusing Planet

Namib Desert Dunes
Beautiful Sand Dunes

Deadvlei Namib
DeadVlei(Dead Marsh) in the Namib Desert

3. Lençóis Maranhenses, Brazil

This is a very unusual desert where dunes and lagoons exist together. Due to the amount of rainfall this region receives, ponds of crystal clear water are created on the depressions between the dunes. The water is prevented from percolating down by a layer of impermeable rock which lies beneath the sand. The resulting blue, green and black "lagoons" are surrounded by the desert-like sand, and reach their fullest between July and September.

Lencois Maranhenses
Amazing Lagoons
Image Credit - Wikipedia

Lencois Maranhenses
Awe-Inspiring Views!
Image Credit - Jairo(cc)

4. Pinnacles desert, Australia

The Pinnacles Desert is located in the Nambung National Park in Western Australia. This has breathtaking landscape where the weathered rock spires of the Pinnacles rise out of yellow sand dunes. There is only one access road into the Pinnacles Desert that is 27km long. Visitors should ensure that insurance permits their vehicle to be driven on the unsealed roads. At various turning points off the main access road, beach and picnic areas can be accessed.

Pinnacles Desert
Alien-like Structures
Image Credit - Mark Ireland(cc)

Pinnacles Desert
Beautiful Views!
Image Credit - Jakub Michankow(cc)

5. McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica

This region is one of the world's most extreme deserts. There are different types of research reports that have clearly shown this fact that though these valleys are nested in an ice-covered continent, they have been ice-free for thousands of years. The McMurdo Dry Valleys are considered to be the earth’s closest equivalent to the surface of Mars. The Dry Valleys are so named because of their extremely low humidity and their lack of snow or ice cover. The best way to enjoy this place is to go on foot. So get your Trekking Boots ready!

McMurdo Dry Valley Antartica
Stunning Landscape!
Image Credit - Brian Kiechle(cc)

6. Taklamakan desert, China

This is one of the largest sandy deserts in the world. In January 2008, this desert was covered for the first time in its entirety with a thin layer of snow.

Taklamakan Desert Dunes
Gorgeous Dunes!
Image Credit - Mike Locke(cc)

Taklamakan Desert Snow
Snowfall in Desert!
Image Credit - Panoramio

7. Farafra desert, Egypt

This white desert of Egypt has massive chalk rock formations that have been created as a result of occasional sandstorms in the area. The White Desert is a national park of Egypt and is located near the town of Farafra. The desert centerpiece is its rocks colored from snow-white to cream color.

Farafra Desert
Beautiful Rock Formations!
Image Credit - Arslan Zahid(cc)

Farafra Desert
Gorgeous Dunes!
Image Credit - Vyacheslav Argenberg

8. Simpson desert, Australia

The Simpson Desert is also known as ‘The Big Red’ due to the presence of many dunes of red sand. The Simpson Desert has the world’s longest parallel sand dunes.

Simpson Desert
Red Sand Desert!
Image Credit - John Benwell(cc)

Simpson Desert
Image Credit - enjosmith

Leave a Comment:

Blog Search

About the Author: Smruti Rao

Smruti Rao

Travel freak, constant victim of Wanderlust, nourish a deep interest in learning about cultures, art, people and ideas


Most Beautiful Deserts, Taklamakan Desert, Salar de Uyuni, Namib Desert, Lençóis Maranhenses, Pinnacles desert, McMurdo Dry Valleys, Farafra desert, Simpson desert