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Karakum with Akacia treesKarakum Desert

The Karakum or 'Black' Desert occupies an area of about 35 million ha, or more than 80% of the whole territory of Turkmenistan. According to its geological and natural conditions, the Karakum can be divided into three large parts: Northern or Zaunguz, Central or Lowland, and South-Eastern Karakum.

Unlike the Sahara the Karakum is largely covered bushes. A few Oasises are spread across the desert where the visitor can encounter a very traditional and hospitable (Turkmen) society. Travel into this very serious desert is only possible by 4WD and well-prepared water and food supplies.


For more information check the
Oasises of Erbent, Darvaza and Damla or our Off-Road
Adventure accross the Central Karakum!
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