Experience a Famous African Desert Dune Safari

Experience a Famous African Desert Dune Safari

 

Visit one of the most remote and intriguing environments in the world for wildlife, the African Desert.

While many opt for African safaris across the great plains of the Serengeti, Africa’s Desert regions are home to an abundance of unique wildlife found nowhere else. Explore Africa’s oldest and largest deserts and discover an entirely new side of the country.

If an African desert safari wasn’t on your bucket list before, make sure you mark it down and experience the magic  firsthand.

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Sahara Desert

Experience the world’s largest desert occupying over 3.3 million sq. miles. This desert covers multiple countries such as Chad, Algeria, Morocco, Egypt, Libya, and Sudan. The desert includes salt flats, sand dunes, mountains, and dry valleys, all of which offer wildlife the perfect landscape to live and hide in.

Due to the Sahara’s extreme heat and dry climate, expect to see the some of the world’s most incredibly adaptable animals. The Sahara Silver ant remains active for only 10 minutes a day. The dorcas gazelle can go its entire life without drinking any water so long as it can obtain moisture from the plants they feed on The addax antelope is rarely seen as it can survive in the most remote and arid desert regions.

Morocco is a fantastic country to experience the mighty Sahara. You can take in the vibrant city of Marrakesh , with its renowned markets, before making your way to  the desert on camel.

Erg Chigaga is a Berber style luxury camp in the heart of the desert. Erg Chigaga offers numerous activities for guests in addition to their spacious individual tents with king-sized beds and solar-powered lighting. Activities include camel rides, guided walks, quad biking, and sand boarding.

 

Namib Desert

Found along the coast of Southern Africa, The Namib Desert stretches along several countries including Namibia, Angola, and South Africa. It is known for its vibrant red dunes and is one of the oldest deserts in the world.

There is no better way to experience the Namib Desert and its wildlife than to book a Namibian Safari. It is here where you will witness the world’s most adaptable elephants, black rhinos, gemsbok, and lions. Walk along scenic hiking routes, explore on horseback, take a flight on a hot air balloon, or go on a desert game drive. The possibilities are endless.

Kulala Desert Lodge is one the Namibia’s best for experiencing the Namib Desert first hand. With over 24 thatched “kulalas” located inside a 67,000-acre private wilderness reserve, you are bound to see a wealth of wildlife and the world-renowned Sossusvlei dunes. 

Kalahari Desert

The Kalahari Desert is 362,500 sq. miles and spans across Botswana, South Africa, and Namibia. It is the sixth largest desert in the world and second largest in Africa. Although Kalahari may not be the largest desert in the world, it is home to more animal species than the Namib Desert, especially during rare rainfall events.

Haina Kalahari Lodge is located in Central Kalahari and offers luxury tents with eco-friendly features and a refreshing pool. This lodge is in an ideal location to go on game drives to see the famous Kalahari lions, leopards, cheetahs, antelope, and over 250 species of birds.

Karoo

The Karoo is a semidesert found in South Africa. Similar to a traditional desert, a semidesrt is an arid region that receives a greater annual precipitation. It is divided into two sections The Great Karoo and The Little Karoo. The Karoo is a large desert, spanning over 40% of South Africa’s land surface. It is categorized in different areas because the climate varies. Is some areas of the Karoo is can reach as low as 15°C in winter, and in summer, 40°C.

It is filled with vast plains, eye-catching mountains, and intriguing flora and fauna. Animals you can expect to see are the famous springbok, kudu, and zebra.

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is a large family-friendly game lodge with 33 rooms that can accommodate over 60 guests. Sanbona offers all kinds of fun activities including game drives, nature walks, rock art, bird watching, kid-friendly safari tours, boat safaris, and more! Before embarking on an adventure such as this, it is wise to create a packing list in order for you to not forget essential items.

An African desert dune safari will leave you with an unforgettable adventure. Deserts offer a vast and unique environment, perfect for experiencing adventurous activities where you will have the opportunity to see rare wildlife up close and personal. This is an African adventure everyone should experience at some point in their life.

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Author: Michael Jerrard

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  1. Those Namibia desert safari photos are just breath taking.

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  2. I’ve never thought of vacationing in a desert before but this post makes it look unmissable!

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