There are 11 off the beaten path places tagged desert wonders:

The oldest mosque

Atiq Mosque in Awjila, Libya, is the oldest mosque in Sahara, with unusual conical domes built out of mud-brick and limestone. Atiq mosque used to welcome caravans and pilgrims for hundreds of years.

The diabolical depression of Danakil

Danakil is a depression in the north of Ethiopia with eternal lakes of fire, toxic gases, sulfurous waters and merciless heat. Legend has it, that the place was a battlefield of the demons,…

The mighty salt pans of Makgadikgadi

Makgadikgadi is one of the largest salt flats in the world, surrounded by the Kalahari desert in the north-eastern Botswana. In the dry season, nothing but algae and mighty baobabs inhabit the area,…

The mausoleum for the loneliest tree of Ténéré

The tree of Ténéré, Niger, was the loneliest tree in the desert, which survived many centuries, serving as a landmark for the caravan routes. Sadly, the tree was destroyed by a drunk driver in…

Tunisian Tatooine - the leftover Star Wars sets

Tunisia is a place of multiple Star Wars filming locations - you can visit Tatooine, see Mos Espa, Mos Eisley, Luke Skywalker's house and the old Obi-Wan Kenobi's house, along with the other epic…


Avdat is a city built by Nabatean tribes in the third century BC. This city was the center of the famous incense route. Here passed the caravans laden with spices on the way to the Mediterranean.

Derweze crater - the Door to Hell

Derweze crater was set on fire as a result of an accident, and it keeps burning for over 4 decades, unleashing bursts of hellish flame onto the world.

Olgoi-Khorkhoi - Red Mongolian Deathworm

Besides being beautiful and mysterious, Gobi desert is claimed to be the habitat of Olgoi Khorkhoi - the Red Mongolian Deathworm. Whether this elusive worm is real or not, it is interesting to learn…
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The Singing Mountain in Kazakhstan

Singing sands have been a cause of folk superstitions for a long time. The singing dune in Kazakhstan is believed to contain either the bones of Genghis Khan or Satan himself.
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