15 Of The Most Incredible Deserts In Africa

Danakil depression, Ethiopia (Shutterstock)

Danakil depression, Ethiopia (Shutterstock)

8) Danakil Depression, Ethiopia

This unique geologic formation at the intersection of Ethiopia and Eritrea is not strictly a desert, but it’s one of the hottest, driest and starkest places on earth. The craggy rocks, mineral pools and vast salt deposits (left behind when ancient seas evaporated) combine to create an eerie, otherworldly landscape that resembles an above-water coral reef. The area is very hard to get to, but for the intrepid, a few companies offer 4×4 tours to certain sections.


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