World’s Ultimate Desert Dares

Over the years, I’ve visited various deserts while traveling around the world. A few that come to mind are Wadi Rum in Jordan,  the Namib Desert in Namibia and taking a desert jeep safari (aka Dune Bashing) in Dubai.

The scenery is pretty amazing but the heat can make things a bit uncomfortable not to mention there being little refuge from the sun.

Lonely Planet put together a list of The World’s Ultimate Desert Dares which includes 10 challenges. The challenges were taken from Lonely Planet’s 1,000 Ultimate Adventures.

Check out the list:

  • Blokart in the Mojave Desert, USA (involves piloting lightweight, wind-powered, three-wheeled vehicles)
  • Horse trek across the Gobi, Mongolia
  • Canyoning in the Judaean Desert, Israel
  • Battle the black snake in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi
  • Climb a mountain in the world’s oldest desert, Namibia
  • Sandboard Cerro Blanco, Peru
  • Cycle across the Simpson, Australia
  • Run the ocean floor, Egypt
  • Kite skiing in Antarctica
  • Camel trek through Arabia’s Empty Quarter

I haven’t tried any of these activities above but did go sandboarding and walk up sand dunes in Namibia. Kim and I also went canyoning but it wasn’t in the desert. We tried canyoning in a rainforest in New Zealand. I’ve also had a chance to ride a camel in Israel.

Check out Lonely Planet here to find out about each of these Ultimate Desert Dares.

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