6. The Danakil Depression, Ethiopia
One of the hottest places in the world, the Danakil is a curious land where little thrives, apart from the Afar people who live there. Described by Rough Guides author Anton Jackson as "one of the most desolate and inhospitable places on Earth," it's a striking wilderness that's difficult to reach but worth the effort.
5. The Sahara, Africa
If you needed convincing that the seemingly endless sands of the Sahara are worth exploring, look to Wilfred Thesiger, who in Arabian Sands, wrote: "No man can live this life and emerge unchanged".
"He will carry, however faint, the imprint of the desert, the brand which marks the nomad; and he will have within him the yearning to return, weak or insistent according to his nature. For this cruel land can cast a spell which no temperate clime can match."
Whether you're trekking into the desert on camels in Morocco, or exploring the sands from historic cities in Egypt, there's something special about this wilderness.
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4. The Australian Outback
Swathes of barren, orange sand characterise this Australian landscape. The "Outback" doesn't actually refer to a specific place, but instead any area that is sparsely populated in Australia. There are few settlements in this wilderness and much of the land is occupied by a range of creepy crawlies, kangaroos and reptiles instead.
3. Las Vegas
As the tourist board brochures claim: Las Vegas is the place where even your wild side has a wild side. This is the kind of wild that comes from an unpredictable, 'anything can happen' attitude and one of America's most outrageous cities.
Isolated, empty; immeasurable: all words we associate with Mongolia's expansive Gobi desert. Here, intrepid explorers can get a taste of life in the wilderness during a homestay with a Mongolian family. Sleeping in traditional gers and eating local food is all part of this wild experience.
1. The Amazon, South America
The Amazon is the epitome of wild. Thick forest, vast tracts of unexplored land, indigenous tribes who have had little or no contact with the modern world – it's an enormous and exciting environment. Whether you're trekking through the jungle or taking a cruise down the river, a trip in the Amazon rainforest is the ultimate wilderness adventure.
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