Deserts are known to be deadly – a scorching barren stretch of land. In movies, people hallucinate and perceive a mirage of a pond or lake surrounded by vegetation. This is what we call an oasis. However, these images may not be a hallucination after all and are a real and refreshing existence. A desert oasis is really a sight for sore eyes if you have been wandering the desert for days on end. Even for those who haven’t, there is no denying the stunning beauty that is a desert oasis. These stunning gems occur in nature, or they can be manmade. They happen naturally by a river under the surface that has created enough pressure for water to rise above the ground to form the oasis.
Timia Oasis – Niger
Next up, we head over to a completely different continent. Timia is a small town in Niger, Africa. It’s situated up in the Air Mountains, with palm and citrus trees surrounding this heavenly pond. Other than visiting the oasis, the surrounding areas also feature the ruins of an ancient town, and a French fort presumably left over from the French occupation of West Africa in the 19th century. With the greenery around the spectacular lake, it’s quite a rich and luscious sight to see in an otherwise dry area.
Ziz (Tafilalt) Oasis, Sahara Desert – Morocco
Perhaps the most renowned desert in the world, even the deadly but beautiful Sahara Desert has a patch of fertile land. It is quite an expansive oasis, spanning over 25 miles. Its creation is so impressive it became a designated World Heritage Site in 2005. The featured forests of date palm trees are signature to the land and create a significant contrast to the barren desert that is right next to them. The Ziz River is responsible for filling the lake of this oasis, and the river itself is surrounded by agriculture.
Huacachina Oasis – Peru
Located in Southwestern Peru, the Huacachina Oasis is a natural phenomenon and is even considered a village with a population of over 100 people. Also known as the ‘’Oasis of America”, it has quickly become a trendy tourist destination, second only to Macchu Picchu. In addition to touring the small village, you can also sand board and ride dune buggies around the desert. The oasis even has its own lore of a beautiful princess who is credited for creating the lagoon and lives in the oasis as a mermaid.
Ein Gedi – Israel
If you happen to be traveling to the Dead Sea, make sure you make a stop to the west, at the Ein Gedi. Another attraction in the area is the Caves of Qumran, and the three wonders have been popular since the reign of Solomon. You can even find mention of Ein Gedi in the Old Testament. Prepare to truly get a taste of history as you hike around the freshwater lake and revel in agriculture. The area is home to reptiles, birds, and mammals, so watch where you step as you trespass on their land.
These miracles of nature are evidence that beauty can exist even in a barren and remote land. These natural formations can range in size, and some have even been transformed into tourist attractions. This does not detract from their natural beauty; you will still be in awe of these alluring pockets of luscious foliage on a wide stretch of infertile land.