Sahara Desert

The world's largest hot desert.


• It runs across the width of northern Africa.

• It covers 1/3rd of the continent.

• It divides the continent into two distinct regions – North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa.


• The Sahara is covered with sand dunes, rocky hills, and stretches of gravel that continue for miles and miles.

• Half of the Sahara receives less than an inch of rain per year, and the rest receives up to 4 inches (10 centimeters) per year.

The People

• Very few people live in the desert because it is considered one of the harshest places to live in the world.

• The people who do live here are called nomads.

• They move from place to place, usually traveling by camel, looking for food & water.