Ex­plore the Gobi by camel

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It’s a com­mon mis­con­cep­tion that all deserts are ‘de­serted’. Know where to look and you might be sur­prised by the num­ber of an­i­mals that have adapted to this ex­treme ter­rain, mak­ing them a prime des­ti­na­tion for a sa­fari with a dif­fer­ence.

Take Gur­van Saikhan Na­tional Park on the fringes of the Gobi Desert in south­ern Mon­go­lia.

For starters, the coun­try’s largest na­tional park of­fers some jaw-drop­ping vis­tas that in­clude grassy steppes, rugged canyons and moun­tains, salt wet­lands and per­haps most fa­mously Khon­go­ryn Els – the ‘singing sands’, so-called for the eerie sounds pro­duced by the wind pass­ing through the dunes. The area counts more than 240 birds among its long-term res­i­dents, in­clud­ing the bone­drop­ping lam­mergeier vul­ture, and more than 50 mam­mal species. You have the chance of spot­ting the elu­sive snow leop­ard here (though it’s more likely you’ll find their tracks), as well as Gobi wolves, chin­chilla-like pikas and moun­tain ru­mi­nants such as ibex and ar­gali, the world’s largest wild sheep.

The na­tive two-humped Bac­trian camel is cer­tainly the most tra­di­tional way of get­ting around these parts, with sin­gle or multi-day treks avail­able. But if you pre­fer a slightly less smelly, mo­torised ‘ship of the desert’, jeep tours are also an op­tion.

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