Planning a Thar desert trip

If you love visiting magical places, you definitely should be going on a Thar desert trip. Lots of people who have taken the trip agree that it is a mesmerising experience despite the fact there is just sand to see for miles all around. You will be taken on camel rides in the desert, enjoying the night skies, exquisite meals prepared by locals and amazing company. The duration of the trip depends on your travel package, and this requires making the necessary arrangements with the organising party. Before going on the Thar desert trip, there is not a lot of preparing you would need to do because most of what you will need for the trip is provided for you. All you have to do is arrange for the travel and a place to stay before you start on your trip. The desert trip is a travel experience ranked among the best in India and is a must-see for all.

Thar desert trip

Gobi Desert information

Gobi Desert Information you need

Gobi Desert can be found South of Asia. In the past, this desert used to be named the “Samo Desert”. The Gobi is the second biggest desert in the world after it’s famous rival Sahara. But the desert is so much more than just sand dunes, it also includes mountains, which in some areas reach up to 900-1000 meters of altitude. While it might be easy to find information about the Gobi Desert, it less easy to get around – and one should hire a local guide. Gobi Desert information is widely available online, and one should prepare before going on a trip there. And not just because of the dangerous animals, but also because of weather, which can sometimes be dangerous too. In the Gobi, it will almost always rain, and sometimes there will be massive sand storms – even more powerful than the ones in Sahara. David Attenborough would still love to visit the Gobi Desert, despite turning 90 this year. As much as he loves this desert, he is certainly a traveller who sits on a lot of Gobi Desert information.

Is it Safe to go on an Antarctic Trek?


Asking if it is safe to go on an Antarctic trek is a little like asking should you swim with sharks. No, the everyday person should do neither. An Antarctic trek is a significant undertaking, an extreme challenge. It requires skill, endurance, knowledge, experience, courage, and fortitude. It is certainly not something to undertake lightly, and the SPEAR 17 team are well aware of this. Jamie Facer-Childs sets off in October to retrace Henry Worsley sad trek, along with other team members who are all Army reservists. The expedition leader, Lou Rudd has previously reached the South Pole in 2012 along with explorer Henry Worsley. It is almost a year since this experienced explorer died on a solo trek to reach the South Pole, his aim was to emulate his hero Sir Ernest Shackleton but just short by 30 miles of his goal he was airlifted from the ice, later dying of bacterial peritonitis. In November ’16 the South Pole Expedition Army Reserve, 2017 will attempt to ski, unsupported to the South Pole, resupply there and then continue to do a complete transverse of Antartica, something only six people have done. These men have all the characteristics of explorers, they are experienced, knowledgeable and committed both individually and as a team. Will they be safe? They will be at the coldest place on Earth, one of the windiest places on Earth with dangers of whiteouts, isolation, and will test their physical and mental endurance to the limits. Alongside negotiating unexpected obstacles like crevices that can be over a 100 feet deep. All precautions will be taken, and emergency plans made, but this is Antartica the most formidable and desolate place on Earth, let’s hope there are no surprises. Wishing them all the best of luck in this endeavour.

Stay at the Desert Rose

Stay at the Desert Rose

If you are an avid traveller and you love visiting the world’s deserts, then you should look no further than Kenya. There are amazing deserts to be explored in Kenya, and you can be sure that you will feel one with nature and animals on your trip. However, if you are a lover of desert exploring but also love to be pampered, then you have to Try the Desert Rose Lodge on your next tavelling adventure. At the Desert Rose you will be treated to eco-friendly accommodation as well as all the pampering you can endure. The Desert Rose consists of only 5 unique houses so you can be assured of tranquillity and seclusion on your next trip to the desert. The pool and lounge area have been handcrafted to ensure that you are treated to the indigenous experience in Kenya, while also having access to all the modern facilities you could ever need or want. The journey alone to get to the lodge will offer an exceptional one-of-a-kind experience with the desert, as will the many activities that you can book through the lodge itself. Some activities include taking part in the Samburu holy mountain celebrations that are usually off limits to outsiders – but if you are a guest at the lodge a special exception will be made. Happy travelling desert dwellers!

Okanagan Desert – Home to the Burrowing Owl

Burrowing Owls in the Okanagan Desert

Did you know that Canada has a desert? It’s called the Okanagan Desert, and it’s located in the Southern Okanagan region of British Columbia. It’s technically a semi-arid grassland known as a shrub-steppe, but locals like to refer to it as a desert. It is home to a wide range of flowers and plants. There are also many different animals including coyotes, black bears, scorpions, golden eagles and burrowing owls. A burrowing owl is a special type of owl that is short and fat and about the size of a beer can. It burrows in little holes in the ground (hence the name) and is, as opposed to most owls, active during the day time. Unfortunately, burrowing owls have been disappearing from the Okanagan Desert (and British Columbia as a whole).

The Burrowing Owl Conservation Society of B.C. has been working to conserve this amazing species. They have set up breeding facilities and are working closely with wildlife staff and other partners to ensure the burrowing owl remains an inhabitant of the Okanagan Desert for many years to come.

Hiking Gear List for the Atacama Desert

Hiking gear list

My fascination with deserts has deepened recently. I always hold that you can’t really ever know them. They’re certainly not those vast sandy areas most of us believe them to be. In fact, only about 20% of the deserts on earth are actually covered in sand. The South American Atacama Desert, where your hiking gear list should be lightweight and where it is not likely to include a raincoat, is one desert that has recently surprised everyone. For starters, it is one of the driest places on earth, with some areas of it not having received rain for more than 400 years! To confirm their unpredictability, this particular desert has gone and received some heavy rain, and the result? Carpets and carpets of the brightest pink, orange and purple flowers that you can imagine. Your hiking gear list for this desert should be layered clothing to cope with changes. The creatures that make their home in this desolate place are also in awe of this bounty and have been lured to this bountiful feast. Please let me know of any strange desert happenings you know of — or better — have experienced.

Death Valley – A North American Desert


Death valley in spring, pretty amazing the colour of the flowers

Death Valley In Spring…Beautiful!

Now there are not a lot of deserts in Canada but there certainly are in America and further south into Mexico and Peru. Now I know the Kalahari is on my bucket list but more practically I think this year I may manage a trip to California and hopefully my trip will include a visit to Death Valley and some part of the Mojave Desert. I am currently looking at a loan to hellp finance the trip and top of the list is anyone else used this company?

Now there are not a lot of deserts in Canada but there certainly are in America and further south into Mexico and Peru. Now I know the Kalahari is on my bucket list but more practically I think this year I may manage a trip to California and hopefully my trip will include a visit to Death Valley and some part of the Mojave Desert.

A caution re the the extreme heat in Death Valley

Death Valley, the name resonates doesn’t it, all that is scary and frightening about a desert all summed up in a name. This valley is the hottest, lowest and driest region in North America. The geography of the area is what makes it so hot. As a ‘basin and range’ configured desert, it a basin surrounded by mountains that leave the low area under direct sunlight, this in turn heats the rocks and ground. As the heat rises the undersea level air covers it and forces it back down, the surrounding mountains trap and recycle the heated air causing further heating by compression. Which then in turns rises again and the whole process continues, rather like a convection oven in your home. However visit in spring after ice melt from the surrounding mountains and can find the valley floor carpeted in spring flowers.

The hottest air every recorded was at Furnace Creek at 134 °F (56.7 °C) on July 10, 1913, can you imagine it? The name Death Valley was given during America’s gold rush period when a number of prospectors died trying to cross the valley. The original inhabitants of this inhospitable area was the Timbisha tribe of North American Indian, also called Panamint Shoshone they have survived this area for over a millennia. Their name for the Valley is Tümpisa meaning rock paint – a red ochre that can be made from the Valley’s clay. Today some of the Indians remain in this Federal Park which contains many areas sacred to these people but it has been a long haul before the Tribe could persuade the government to let them have their own land back.


The Arabian Desert

The Arabian Desert

The Arabian Peninsula is covered mostly by deserts and the people there were struggling to live there. However with discovery of oil the area became one of the richest in the world. Some interesting facts about the Arabian Desert:

  • The desert covers an area of around 900,000 square miles. Rub’al-Khali which is the center of this desert is one of the largest sand bodies in the world.
  • Even in the extreme climate many animals inhabit the desert. The prominent among them are sand cats, oryx and Gazelles.
  • The desert is uninhabitable for humans. The day time temperatures go to 54 degree celsius and night falls to below – 5 degrees. Very difficult terrain to survive.
  • The desert covers almost 90 percent of Saudi Arabia and hence the name Arabian Desert.
  • The whole desert only has 37 species of Flora. Even the Sahara has more. This is testimony to the harsh climate.
  • The Gazelles were re introduced after most of them were killed in hunting exercises. Now the Gazelle is a protected animal in The Arabian Desert.
  • The Arabian Desert is actually an extension of the Sahara. You did not know this fact right!
  • The date palm growing in the desert is revered by the people of the area. Eating one date you can live without food or water for 2 hours amazing is it not?

A Walk with the Bushmen a Drawcard for the Kalahari Desert

I love the deserts of the world and one of the deserts that I’m longing to explore is the Kalahari Desert in Africa. Probably what appeals to me about this particular desert is that I’m fascinated about the people who survive in it. Canadians love visiting exciting places, and the Bushmen live in a hostile environment. What fascinates me is how they survive – what they do for food and water and how they treat illness they might get. I find it awesome that this desert stretches across three countries and that it isn’t a desert in the strictest sense of the word in that it receives rainfall – about 10” each year, and this means in some parts there is actually a bit of woodland.

kalahari desert, Africa

 I’m absolutely dying to do a trip here as there are also animals that survive in the desert, and I’ve heard so much about the most amazing black-maned Kalahari lion. I’m busy doing research on this desert as part of my bucket wish-list is to join a camping safari into the desert and actually take a walk with the Kalahari Bushmen and learn some of their desert secrets and how they’ve managed to survive there for so long. Anyone been to th Kalahari?…please, I’d love to hear from you!

6 Interesting facts about Antarctica

Antarctica the cold desert

The word Antarctica is opposite of the word north in Greek. It is the area around the South Pole and hardly has any population. It covers almost 14 million square kilometers area. Only 5% of the land mass is actually hard rock, rest is ice and glaciers. So just imagine what will happen when all this ice melts. That is not happening anytime soon though. Today I am going to share some unknown facts about this cold desert.

  • Melting Ice – If all ice of Antarctica melts Ocean level would rise by 65 meters. enough to engulf the whole land mass except some mountains. Remember the great flood mentioned in the Holy Bible.
  • Extreme Temperature – The average temperature of Antarctica is -30 degree Celsius.
  • Ice all over – Antarctic cap contributes almost 90% of all ice present on our planet. It is 29 million cubic kilometers in volume.
  • Ice fish – Much more for the ice factor Antarctica is home to a peculiar form of fish known as the ice fish. There is no haemoglobin in their blood. However it does not matter as oxygen dissolves far better in cold climate.
  • No ants,flies or mosquitoes – Antarctica is the only continent without ant, flies or mosquitoes.
  • Krills rule – In spite of being hunted by Whales , krills living in Antarctica outnumber all species in the world.