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Dakhla a place that attracts many tourists

Dakhla is a city in the Western Sahara territory administrated in Morocco. It is built on the Atlantic coast and from the Pleistocene when the history of Oasis started. This was the time when the nomadic tribes settled there, at that time Sahara climate was wetter and people have access to their lake and was living happily.

But 600 years ago entire desert became drier and changed into acrid desert, access to water became somehow difficult.

The essential water from subterranean is to the Libyan desert in the world via Nubian aquifer. The first part of the oasis of Dakhla Oasis had surface water sources too.

Emperor time:

In 2550 BCE the first contact between the Pharaonic and Oasis started. Al Qasr the covered and secured Islamic town was built in 12 century in the Roman era, established by the kings of Egypt.

European traveler Sir Archibald Edmonton was the first who find the Dakhla oasis.

The Dakhla town:

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The Dakhla is built on the edge of Atlantic. It is like the heaven of peace that is built on the lagoon and ocean. From the Mauritanian border and gates of Western, Sahara Dakhla is 400 kilometer.

One visiting Dakhla you can see the beautiful seascape of southern Morocco. Many things you can do like swimming or fishing. Other choices are going for a walk or had some outdoor activities. The small port of charms was built at Oued ed Dahab the river of gold at the colonial era. It is the place of cultural exchange, Dakhla city has earned its place as best fishing and surfing spot.

Dakhla situated on Atlantic coastline of Morocco administer the Western Sahara with lovely houses, architectural and ancient history plus the friendly people is a famous destination for tourist. The local people of Dakhla depends on fishing to live. The beaches sections of all shapes, size, and color are distributed in the fishing vessels.

In 1502 when Dakhla was found, it was known as Villa Cisneros. It was the capital of Rio de Oro, the Spanish Saharan region from the mid of the 1800s to 1900s. At that time Spanish built a military fortress and Catholic cathedral which is now very famous attractions for the tourist. During the Spanish civil war, Dakhla was home to a prison camp. It was also the capital of Mauritanian province, but after the dispute regarding the governance of territory, it was incorporated into Morocco.

Dakhla beaches:

Dakhla Beach

There are a hundred kilometers of deserted beaches on both north and south of the Dakhla. You can have a tour to open sea. And can discover over there turtles and dolphins. On the ocean side, you can visit the surfer’s beach. This place is near to city and great place to go for a walk. Near to this place is a point called La Pointe du Dragon, which is known for its center of water sports. A beach called Puerto is a super place of white sand.

Dakhla Beach (1)

Walk or day trip to Dakhla:

You can visit the island of dragon called the Henry Island. This place is very interesting to visit you can find many seashells during the walk. 30 kilometers from the Dakhla, on the road of that, leads to Mauritania you can see many natural phenomena rising in the middle of the lagoon and the white dune. This place is also gatherings of the flamingos. On a 4WD safari, you can discover many sites that will take your breath away.

Have a visit to Majdouline island you can have a bath of white argyle to charge your batteries and can hunt for seashells over there. Take advantage of the Asmaa spring hot sulphuric water of the desert and discover the natural treatments. Best place for foodies is the oyster farm at this place you can sample the product on location. If you want to visit away from the city then move towards the Morocco desert. There are herds of camel and sheep. For camping, this place is best. The Weather at this place is mild, generally sunny all the year. The temperature over here is between the 20 degrees and 30 degrees. Wing blowing in this area is refreshing and pleasant; this causes the fish come close to the shore and delight the surfers. Visit in February don’t miss the Dakhla desert festivals and Dakhla sea. The event which occurs yearly is a reunion of athletes and artists on many topics such as of music, singing, surf and many other things.

Sights in Dakhla oasis:

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Qila al-Dabba:

Qila al Dabba is the ancient catacomb. The mud brick structures above tomb the basis of pyramids the largest of this is the 10m high. The four demolished, but still, one is restored and open to for the public. To reach here, you must take the dirt track that meets the main road. The five mastabas have been arrayed in fine limestone.

Deir al Haggar:

Deir al Haggar is the sandstone temple one of the monuments of Roman. This temple is built between the regions of Nero and Domitian. Some of the relief panels are preserved, and most are covered in bird poop.

Looking carefully on the adjacent porch of Titus you can see their entire names of the team. These are the names of all travelers to the desert.

Bir al Regel:

It is situated in the beautiful desert scenery. This place is very famous for soaks. Any gatherings in here during the day time is overwhelmed. You will also enjoy if you come at night when stars blaze the sky.

Rock cravings:

It is carved into the rock 45km towards Al-kharga, where the two caravan met. This is historic and tribal symbols. Fewer travelers visited these site images are ruined with their graffiti.

Ethnographic Museum:

Dakhla Museum

This museum is opened only on the request. The museum is a traditional home, having different areas for men, women, and visitors. Clothing, jewelry displaying and also other domestic item give insight into oasis life.

How to go to Dakhla:

To go to Dakhla is very simple. It is good of booking the flights early in advance as possible. Booking the ticket early reason is that the prices can go up as you wait longer.

Airports have different flights for this place. Depending on your country many companies are available to you, choose that one which is according to your plan.

Things that you can do in Dakhla:

You can do many things in Dakhla. You can make your trip interesting by doing outdoor activities

Kite surfing:

Kite surfing is a good sport because of the wind over there. Due to the wind, it attracts many people. The lessons and rentals are also available.

Lighthouse Dakhla:

You can see some great views from old Spanish lighthouse.

The beach:

Dhakhla Beaches

This beach is quite windy. It’s not the exact place to relax, but you can enjoy over here by doing many different activities.

Places for dining in Dakhla:

La Maison du:

Dakhla has some good points to eat with reasonable prices. You want good food experience of dining than La Maison du the Dakhla is best. Its decorative is the fusion of Indian prints and colors with the furniture of Arabic style. Use of candles and many lanterns it has some essence of Parisian style. You can try over here the lamb shank or sea bass. Here is something for very one. Fish over here is caught daily and then cooked.

Villa Dakhla:

If you want a good view while eating than Villa Dakhla is the best place as it is situated on the seafront. The view is beautiful, and the food is also good. For some adventurous diner try spiced camel that is cooked to perfection. All seafood option is also good to taste over here.

There is no good place in Dakhla for fast food, but there are some up class spots places from where you can get tasty fast food.

Pizzeria:

The pizzeria is not wrong, this how they spell it. This place has very good Moroccan dishes, panini sandwiches, and pizzas.

Bahja:

This place is very good for dinner and cheap. You can eat good quantity for the very little price.

Tourist coming to Dakhla can enjoy several hours by walking through the city. It is not very large but has a mesh of streets, residential areas, commercial zones. Exploring them is very interesting. Many cafes offer refreshments and their local cuisine which brace the tourist during their discovering and exploring the city.

Visible from many areas of Dakhla is the old Spanish lighthouse that rises from the tiny Cape. If you think to walk to the lighthouse from Dakhla than it will take a long time because it is far away and the tourist has to climb 250 steps to reach the top. This all effort by tourist is rewarded by the beautiful views in the surrounding.

Dakhla Accommodation:

For all the tourists, it offers the accommodation which suits the tourist budget. Although Dakhla is a very interesting place to visit and explore. People who love traveling and interested to explore different things than Dakhla is the right place from to visit. Many surf accommodations are on the beaches. They are very simple but good place to stay at night and have a good sleep.

If you want something better but still budget than Bab Al Bahar Hotel and Spa is a good option for them. Inexpensive options give you more pleasure and make your trip m or good and enjoyable.

For complete luxury to enjoy than Calipari, share hotel is best. This is the best place to stay in Dakhla when you want luxury, rest. The modern raid has a long private beach, magnificent pool, and restaurant with good seafood in the city. The hotel provides you with the teachers for water spot. This hotel has a beautiful view when looking around, show you rest of Dakhla amazingly.

This place is the dream of every backpacker, driver, and fisherman because it is becoming the greatest destination for the kiteboard surfing.

Dakhla has the essence like no other. The remote areas make your journey more excellent. The 30m long spite of land between the 40km of the lagoon.

Colorful Medina, many souks and local culture of Sahara desert will you feel like you are in heaven. Still, many things are left, and it will take you to the new world.

The Dakhla has a meditative culture which values the peace. This place tells you to enjoy the simplicity of life. There are camps that are willing to teach novices; this place also has an array of water sports. Annually Dakhla festival is celebrated, which bring together all seas and desert, you can discover the culture of Saharan tribe. Nomad music and surfing.

If you are not interested in surfing than medina and souks are best. Trade man is selling thing including fruits. Smalls stalls having leather goods and small pieces of jewelry show their important aspect of culture and add more valuable experience to your trip.

Surfing:

Despite its beautiful waves and countryside, it is still visited by few people. The Dakhla is the big and good surfing destination with its beaches and sand desert. The Saharan waves are unique, and this conditions of surf are not found in other places. This place is ideal for your first experience of a surf session. This place surf helps you to improve your shortboard skills and SUP skills.

Dakhla is a very good place to visit. People coming here enjoy a lot. Nowadays, many tourist visit this place. Remember that book your ticket in advance; prices can be rise at any moment. You can visit all this place by car or bus. This place has many breathtaking views, visiting this place by car or bus you can enjoy all its scenery and sites that you will always remember long after. With the help of travel guide, you can see all places and enjoy their tasty traditional food. The Travel guide is the best way to explore this place.

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Sahara Desert: A place of visit

Introduction

Sahara desert is the hottest desert in the world. It is a third largest desert in the world after Antarctica and Arctic deserts. It is spread over 3.6 million square miles that engulf in North America. It covers sections of Egypt, Libya, Mali, Morocco, Niger, Western Sahara, Algeria, Chad, Tunisia, and Sudan. Sahara is bordered by the Sudan and valley of the Niger River in the south. At the west border of the Sahara, Atlantic Ocean is located, and to the east, the Red Sea is located. Sahara desert is divided into areas of the Tibesti Mountains,  the central Hugger,  an area of desert mountains and high plateaus, the Air Mountains and Western Sahara. Sahara include the cities of  El Owed,  Taman asset, Hassi Messaoud, Ouargla, Timbuktu, Faya-Largeau, Agade, Cairo, Tripoli, and Nouakchott.

Geography of the Sahara desert

geography of Sahara

North-easterly winds of the Sahara give rise to sandstorms and dust devils and often reach hurricane level. Location including the half of Sahara often get an inch of the rain per year, and the rest often gets four of the inches rain per year. Volcano Emi Koussi is the highest mountain in the Sahara desert. It is located in the Tibesti Mountains in northern Chad. Other mountains include the Miller Mountain, Saharan Atlas, Hugger Mountains, Tibesti Mountains and Red Sea Hills. This interesting geography of the Sahara desert makes it more memorable to visit. Sahara desert has very little sand in its location; it has a wide area of barren, hard and rocky land. It has large areas of shifting sand dunes mostly reaching 590 feet. Sahara river including the Nile River is irregular and seasonal. The Nile crosses the Sahara desert starting from the Central Africa and empties into Mediterranean sea. Southern and Northern areas of Sahara desert are grassland and have shrubs.

History of Sahara Desert

Sahara desert is located in the northern Africa. It is the world’s largest hottest desert. Its size is of the 8.6 km. It is the third largest desert in the arab world after the Antarctica and Arctic desert. Antarctica and Atlantic desert are the coldest deserts in the world. Sahara is derived from the Arabic word which means “the great.” It covers 11 countries in North Africa. Sahara desert covers the 9 million km area which is equivalent to the entire continent of the North America. Sahara desert has its history dating back to 3 million years ago. Several sand dunes are found in the desert. Some of the sand dunes reach up to 180 meters high. These sand dunes are covered with barren and rocky land. Emi Koussi is the highest mountain in the Sahara desert that reach up to 3415 meters high. Timbuktu and Nile river are also found with their exceptions. Oasis towns are found in the Sahara desert which is equipped with cultural, architectural buildings. These buildings attract the visitors to stay. Marketplaces and houses are located the oasis towns of the Sahara desert.

Animals in the Sahara desert

Animals in Sahara

Several years ago, there was enough water in the desert for people and animals to live. Evidence proved that there was enough water in the desert to live at the edge of the desert. Animals could sustain themselves like a crocodile. Fossils of dinosaurs are also discovered in the desert. Desert is hottest so animals cannot sustain their lives at the edge of the desert. But now there is a little water on most of the parts of the Sahara enough to live animals. Some exceptions are also found enough to live the animals like Nile valley, few oasis and northern highland. At these areas, most Mediterranean plants like olive trees are also found in the Sahara desert. Planting is not so much found in most of the areas.  As the temperature increases after 1600 B.C, there was a shift in the life at the desert. Camels were also associated with Sahara and introduced during 200B.C. Their advantages include the soft feet replaced for the horses so that they can move quickly and easily. They have the ability to go without food or water for about 17 days. Scorpions, Snakes, and Rodents are also found in the Sahara desert.

Death stalker ScorpionDeath stalker Scorpion which is around 4 inches is also found in the desert. Death stalker scorpion has the dangerously large amount of agitoxin and Scylla toxin. 40 plus species of the rodents like rat, mouse, and squirrel are also found in the Sahara desert. It is called jerboa. Jerboa hibernates under the sand to keep cool. Sahara’s largest mammal is Addax nasomaculatus. It travels throughout the Chad, Western Sahara, and Mauritania. It takes moisture from the grasses and bushes instead of taking water. It is necessary for their life. Addax can move easily at the loose sand of Sahara desert. Several types of hyenas and jackals also roam around the Sahara. The Mall Fennec Fox is also present in the Sahara desert. It makes its home in the tunnel, live in the day there and move out in the night.

Places to visit in Sahara desert

Sahara desert is a place of the rocks, sand dunes, and prickly oasis. You can visit the dusty city market along the way. You can follow the steps of the ancient traders who travel by sitting on the back of the camel. Tourist visits the Sahara desert due to the interesting places in the desert. They visit it due to the specialty of barren and rocky land. Places to visit in Sahara desert are:

Sand dunes

Sand Dunes Sahara

If you want to experience the interesting Sahara desert, you need to visit the mountainous sand dunes in the desert. These sand dunes are known as ergs. These urges have a wide amount of sand which develop into huge hills, and these hills shift their shape with the blow of wind. This is the most interesting experience in the Sahara desert. Some places in the desert are not equipped with roads and settlements like Grand Erg Occidental. While others have roads and settlements and are accessible to the visitors. You can easily enjoy at these sites by traveling. You can travel in the dunes by sitting on the camel back.

Oasis towns

Oasis Town

Sahara has few oasis towns stand in the barren desert. These towns have buildings that reflect the landscape of the sand from outside borders of walls. These towns have their attraction due to their sand modifications and old texture. When you visit the sand dunes, you can easily stay in these oasis towns buildings with great comfort. These buildings have their architectural charm. Erfoud in Morocco is a place with great comfort. Tourists can stay there in a friendly environment. They have luxurious accessories to stay and visit sand dunes. Siwa in Egypt is one of those architectural places which also have cafes and colorful marketplaces to visit. Ancient Grand Dames which is also known as the pearl of the desert is one of that oasis which has buildings to stay. UNESCO is also a world heritage site to visit in California. There are other several places to visit in the Sahara desert if you want to spend vacations this year like Knar Ghilane in Tunisia, Taman asset in Algeria and Merzouga in Morocco.

Cities

Several modern culture cities are also located in the Sahara desert. Some of the cities show a glimpse of the old desert. El Aaiun is one of those cities which offer air-conditioned retreats. Nouakchott in Mauritania are cities which have the mosques, marketplace, houses and other buildings to visit. Libya and That are also cities equipped with modern culture and marketplaces to visit. International festivals and other events are also held in these cities buildings. They celebrate the events with greater joy. Duos in Tunisia is one of those places in which international festivals are celebrated. The annual international festival is held at Duos once a year in which you can enjoy camel marathon, can attend Arab calligraphy and take part in a poetry contest. Several other events are also held in different places of multiple cities. Timbuktu which is located in Mali also presented the Islamic architecture and African trade for several years. But now this is a dusty and barren place for tourists to visit.

Bodies of water

Some bodies of water are located in the Sahara desert which presents the real culture and beauty of the desert. Visitors can find more civilization around these bodies of water in Sahara desert. In Egypt, Nile river is the lifeline of the Sahara. Nile river is the special location except sustaining life for animals and people. Timbuktu is a bank of the Niger river. Boundaries of the Sahara desert are covered with bodies of water like the Red Sea in the northeast and Chad in the south of the Sahara. These bodies of water make the Sahara desert very attractive and beautiful enough to visit by the outsiders. The Red Sea is a body of water with greater comfort. Tourist visit in greater number each year. You can do fishing at the Red sea. Greater parking area along with the cafe is a good place for the visitors.

When to go to visit Sahara desert

The time between October and April are best to visit the Sahara. At this time of the year, the temperature in Sahara desert is bearable. You can also travel during early may when the temperature is almost normal during the daytime. Due to its hottest climate, visitors have to take care of the weather conditions for a visit. Between December and January Sahara desert has cool weather. During this time, night time temperature may fall below the freezing point. This cool weather makes the Sahara desert attractive to visit. Sandstorms are also possible from January to April. From June to September, heat is at its peak, and no sensible person can make the visit to this place. Firestorm is part of the Sahara desert. Rain is very rare to the desert.

Cities to travel in Sahara

Several cities in Sahara are found to travel. Some of these are:

Morocco

Casablanca

Morocco is an interesting place with the snow capped on the high hills. It is one of the most accessible slices in the Sahara. Mostly people travel it during their stay in the Sahara. It contains 40 km ribbons of sand dunes. These sand dunes are traveled by sitting on the camel back. Ancient traders travel through these sand dunes and using the camelback for sitting. Their footstep makes way for the traveler in the sand dunes.

Egypt

Egypt

West of Egypt is the west corner of the Sahara. Siwa in Egypt is a place where marketplaces are found, and many other colorful buildings are found. This was several years back. Now Siwa is ancient barren and rocky land. It contains the temple dating back to Alexander time. The oasis of Al Kharga and Dakhla are places to visit.

Forbidden Sahara

Sahara

Sahara’s most beautiful landscape lies deep into the desert heart. These countries remain avoided to travelers because of the political instability and conflicts. Algeria is located with sand seas that have some largest sand dunes in it. It also has rocky landscape. Azhagar and Tassel are mountain ranges in the Sahara desert which make it more memorable. Ancient rock art of the Sahara makes it UNESCO world heritage site. Jebel Arecas is found in Libya which is beautiful with its vast sand seas, largest volcanoes and high-rank lakes in the corner of the Sahara desert.

The Greater number of people visit it every year. They visit this site because of the architectural charm of the oasis towns and cities in the desert. Bodies of water found in the Sahara is also an attraction for the people to enjoy. The Red Sea is an area with a maximum number of people to visit. They go to the sea to enjoy with their families and fellows. Fishing at the Red Sea creates memorable events for the people. Sahara desert is the hottest desert in the world, but beyond the hot weather, a lot of people visit it each year with their families to spend the vacations.

 

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