Why Desert Sunsets are More Beautiful

Sunset in the Moroccan Sahara Desert

Sunrises and sunsets in general are among some of the most gorgeous and awe-inspiring natural phenomena that you will ever witness. Desert sunrises and desert sunsets are even more phenomenal!

Don’t believe us? Here are a few reasons why desert sunsets are more beautiful and we have photos to prove it. Whether you become convinced or you still remain a skeptic, you will need to visit the Sahara Desert to witness the phenomenal desert sunrises and desert sunsets with your own eyes.

Sunset in the Sahara Desert
Sunset in the Sahara Desert

Less Pollution

Rayleigh Scattering is the process in which sunlight interacts with the molecules in the air, primarily nitrogen and oxygen, and scatters in all directions in a way that affects the blue colour of the sky and the reddening of the sun. That is how rainbows are formed when sunlight scatters inside the water particles in the atmosphere after rain.

The colour of the sky and the colour of the sun can look different in various environments depending on the molecules in the air. Similar to how we use different camera filters to filter out colour from our photos, the air quality in the atmosphere can filter out the colour from the sunlight. This explains the urban myth that air pollution enhances the beauty of sunsets. The reality is that air pollution indeed changes the appearance of sunsets, but whether it is more beautiful or not depends on your personal taste.

Many of our travelers visiting the Sahara Desert in North Africa come from urban cities, so they appreciate the desert sunsets that appear more vivid with their purity of colour.

Sunrise in the Moroccan Sahara Desert
Sunrise in the Moroccan Sahara Desert

Drier Air

Dust plumes blowing across the Sahara Desert can create a layer of dry air. The drier air allows for more vivid colour wavelengths to shine through. When there is wind in the desert, the dust particles and the sand particles reflect sunlight that can create atmospheric optical effects.

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Beautiful Landscape

The vast, open expanse of the Sahara desert creates an incredible backdrop for sunrises and sunsets. Add to it the rippled sand dunes and you have a postcard-perfect sunset you will never forget. If you have in the deep Sahara of Algeria, you will also be marveling at the spectacular geological formation.

“Bursts of gold on lavender melting into saffron. It’s the time of day when the sky looks like it has been spray-painted by a graffiti artist.”

Mia Kirshner

The Magic of the Sahara Desert By Night

The Sahara has so much more to offer than camel riding, camping, and vivid sunrises and sunsets.

One of the most dramatic spectacles in the Sahara Desert is the incredible sky view at night.

With no light pollution in sight, just look above for a clear galactic spectacle of the moon, the stars, constellations, planets, meteors, and the Milky Way.

Stargazing in the desert is guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience that stays with you forever.

Just imagine the sensation of peering at millions of stunning stars above that illuminates the entire sky.

The desert is like a paradise for any astronomy enthusiast to be able to see stars and constellations with such clarity that you won’t be able to find in any city setting.

Milky Way in the Sahara Desert
Milky Way in the Sahara Desert

Calling All Sunset Lovers

The Sahara desert is calling! One of the best ways to experience the incredible Sahara desert is on a private tour. At Mosaic North Africa, we organize visits to the Sahara Desert in Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia. Most of our Sahara experiences include spending one night in a traditional tent or luxury tent in the desert. For serious adventure travelers, we organize multi-day tours in the deep Sahara desert in Algeria. Here’s a video from our Algeria Sahara desert tour:

All of our Sahara tours will include elements of natural and beautiful desert sunrises and desert sunsets. Experienced camel guides will take care of you throughout the entire desert journey including your camel ride, tent setup, and cooking your meals. You will just need to bring your adventurous spirit and enjoy spectacular views of the Sahara Desert.

Contact our team of travel experts to start planning your next holiday vacation to experience the desert sunrises and desert sunsets in the Sahara desert in North Africa.

About the author

Joshua Mok has been living in Tunisia since 2016. He has traveled extensively throughout the country, and has firsthand experience with the language, people, and culture of North Africa. It is his passion to introduce to others some of the best destinations in North Africa that he has experienced.

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