How can a desert be fun? Sure you could try and ride a camel, but what about 4×4 safaris or even dune bashing?
Here is our pick of Deserts, and the fun for too much sun: –
Book your own quad bike for an hour or two with a guide to discover the sand dunes. Activities could include visiting local villages, exploring palm groves or simply enjoying the speed, as the golden landscape zooms past. Merzouga locals swear by the healing properties of the Saharan sand and they are also teaching visitors how to use it to their advantage. This sand bath is said to be a good cure for muscles, painful limbs and even some skin diseases. Of course its most effective in the heat of the summer months.
The Kalahari gets more rain than an average desert should, so it has a more golden, grassy appearance. The word Kalahari indicates Wilderness. The Fish River Canyon is the second biggest canyon in the world, second only to the Grand Canyon. Head to the Kalahari Desert region in Namibia to enjoy this particular treat. The other must-visit desert area in Namibia is the Namib desert from which Namibia gets its name.
Arabian desert (Dubai):
Instruct your taxi driver to Dubai’s most famous sand dune, Big Red, where you can hop on a quad bike and circumnavigate the sandy landscape yourself. Available to hire by the half hour, the quad bikes are speedy, and a helmet must be fastened while riding. For the true adrenaline-seekers there is Sandboarding; strap this snowboard-like contraption to your feet and slide down the dunes just like you would at the slopes of a snowy mountain.
Thar desert (Great Indian Desert):
Head to the Sam Desert Safari Camp, where the sand dunes are known for their capability to bring both charm and excitement. Settled away from the city life in a serene and soothing environment, but to make your vacation special you must head out on a Jeep safari in Jaisalmer. You will get a turn to explore the villages and basti, where you get a chance to see the culture of Rajasthan. Every day spent here is just unforgettable.
There is certainly no other experience like sleeping and living in the original felt-tent nomadic that folks of Mongolia made use of as they migrated between pastures. No visit to Mongolia is complete without voyaging around the dunes and deserts on the hump backed Bactrian. Although camel riding may sound brave, it is very much a rite or passage while visiting the Gobi along with the huge beach sand dunes in the nation. There is nothing funnier, once you have the hang of it than watching others trying to get along with their rides.
Deserts can be great fun when you plan the right activities. If you are planning a trip through any of these deserts, think about a package to cover all the nearby destinations and maximize your sightseeing the entire area. Another option for the more energetic is to plan a desert run like those organized by the team at Racing the Planet