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Best Desert Safaris In The World

When one thinks of a desert, “barren” and “lifeless” are the first words that come to mind. But one can still have a plush time in a desert.  Here are some of the best desert safaris in the world.

  1. Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) – Arabian Desert.
    Commonly known for its modern architecture and luxury shopping, Dubai also has the Arabian desert to offer. The Arabian desert is one of the most sought-after desert safaris in the world. Cabs at the Dubai International Airport can take you on this 2-hour drive to this fabled desert. A sunset desert safari is preferred to have the best possible experience.
    A desert safari here usually consists of:

    # An impressive falcon show
    # Dune bashing in a 4-wheeled vehicle
    # Camel rides
    # Dinner at a safari camp with all-inclusive drinks and shisha
    # Various entertainment programs like belly dancing
    Located on the outskirts of the “City of Gold”, this desert safari is best experienced in the winter.

    Best time to visit: From October to April.

  2. Bahariya, Egypt – Sahara Desert.
    Blessed with the most popular desert in the world, Egypt is one of the top destinations for desert safari. This desert safari is a 4-hour drive from the Cairo International Airport.

    Golden mummies, the Crystal Mountain, and the world’s largest wandering dune, Ghurd al-Ghurabi are some of the remarkable treasures of the Bahariya desert.

    You have an option of using a camel or a 4×4 for the desert safari.  Exploring the natural treasures of the Baharya make up a big chunk of this desert safari. There are 2 options for accommodation: you can be closer to nature in a campsite or you may choose the comfort of a well-equipped luxury resort.
    Best time to visit:  From October to March

  3. Jaisalmer, India – Thar Desert.
    The Sam Sand Dunes is the best desert safari destination in India. It is a 7-hour drive away from the nearest airport in Jodhpur. The golden dunes make the sunset desert safari visually appealing. After riding the well-clad camels, you get some rest in the glorious Rajasthani tents. The day ends with a dinner of sumptuous Rajasthani cuisine. Folk music and dance further add to your experience, as you savor your food.
    You can make it a trip to remember by including the Jaisalmer Desert Festival in your itinerary. It is a cultural festival held annually in February.
    Best time to visit: From October to March

  4. Nevada, United States – Black Rock Desert.
    The Black Rock desert is a 15-km drive away from the nearest airport, the McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. It is snow-clad in winter and golden in the rest of the year. Luxury off-road SUVs are available to help you explore the beautiful landscape of lava beds and alkali flats. A desert safari here usually consists of:
    # Wildlife viewing
    # Hiking
    # Bathing in the hot springs
    # Excellent food around the bonfire
    # Stargazing
    # The Flying Geyser, a geothermal geyser created accidentally in the 1960s, is the star attraction of this safari.
    Best time to visit: From March to May and August to October.

Some other notable desert safaris:

  • Muscat, Oman- Wahiba Sands
  • White Sands National Monument, USA – Chihuahuan Desert
  • Erg Chebbi, Morocco – Sagar Desert
  • Namibia – Namib Desert
  • Nubra Valley, Ladakh – Hunder Sand Dunes
  • Southern Mongolia – Gobi Desert

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Ryan Miller

Ryan Miller

Global Assignment Editor
Ryan Miller is the Global Assignment Editor at CEOWORLD magazine. He covers anything and everything related to CEOs, CFOs, CIOs, senior management executives, business leaders, and high net worth individuals worldwide, whether lists or lifestyle, business or rankings. During his five-year tenure at CEOWORLD magazine, he has employed his expertise in data science across several roles. Ryan was previously responsible for data modelling and analytics, as well as secondary research, on the CEOWORLD magazine Custom Research team. He can be reached on email ryan-miller@ceoworld.biz. You can follow him on Twitter at @ceoworld.