When we think about Sahara Desert first thing which must come to mind is sand, sea of sand, then sun, no water and unforgivable heat. But desert can have so many different faces – hidden treasures such as oasis with water and palm trees and believe me – some of them are huge, salt lakes – like the Tunisian part of Sahara desert, herds of wild camels wandering around… It can offer so many different landscapes but there is one thing which connect them all – they are wild and harsh.
The complex of salt lakes in Tunisian part of Sahara is located south of the Atlas Mountains at the northern edge of the desert and consist of three of them – Chott el Fedjedj, Chott el Djerid, and Chott el Gharsa. They are spectacular, especially during sunrise. The water is smooth and the scenery quite deadly – you are completely aware there is almost nothing what could survive there during the day.
There are roads biting into the desert, leading through raw scenery to oasis, which are like a blessing offering water and shadow.
When in Tunisia, do the camel ride, into the desert, to see the night rapidly setting around and Sun disappearing almost instantly. Most hotels offer this kind of excursion and it is worth a try – you will get to see the sunset while sitting on a camel and then the sun rise next day near the Salt lakes – both events are quite spectacular.
Sahara Desert is enormous measuring over 9,400,000 square kilometres (3,600,000 sq mi). Most of North Africa is covered by it and for comparison it is almost as large as China or the United States. This means that almost ¼ of Africa is Sahara desert.
The climate of Sahara is harsh and extreme. It is the hottest desert on the planet. The sky is almost always clear, weather lovely and sunny (o, well, normally we would love that), there is almost no rain (well, apart from few odds).
Average high temperature are often between 38 °C (100.4 °F) and 46 °C (114.8 °F), sometimes for more than 3 consecutive months, while the average low temperatures mainly stays around 21 °C (69.8 °F) and 29 °C (84.2 °F).
Sahara will make you feel small and un-important; it will give you some perspective about yourself and the world you live in. It will leave a trace in your mind as its beauty is the same – outstanding and dangerous.