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We would like to introduce you to one of the largest and oldest national parks and protected areas of Iran known as Kavir National Park. Kavir is the Persian aequivalent of Desert in English.

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Travelling to the Kavir National Park reveals secrets and natural beauty of mysterious Iran’s desert and broaden your experience beyond the normal life. Explore the high-walled sand dunes and wander around miles away. The Kavir National Park is perfect for travelers who looking for a safari-like wildlife. The Kavir National Park is known as little Africa or Iran’s Serengeti (a geographical region in Africa) due to its astonishing biological diversity in wildlife and it is considered to be one of the dazzling regions of the country. Kavir National Park is the largest protected ecological zone of Iran and lies on the western edge of Dasht-e Kavir with the total area of 670 thousand hectares where stretched over the provinces of Semnan, Tehran, Qom and Isfahan.

The Kavir National Park has a dry and desert climate and most of its precipitation occur from the November till May. The average annual rainfall in the region is approximately 150 mm. However, the desert has several rivers and springs, including Sefid Ab, Abshar Namaki and Siyah Kuh. Typically, hot weather continues from early June to the end of October in the region.

Salt Lake is one of the attractions of the Kavir National Park, which is one of the largest salt marsh in the country with a triangular shape, located in the proximity of the region, outside the park frontier. There is plenty of quicksand surrounding this vast salt marsh and there is no creature living inside it, although, it has a large host of migratory birds during the winter.

The Kavir National Park is the only one in the country that there is no human living inside there and well protected from the human impact on its environment. In fact, the park is a natural exhibition for showcasing the rare desert wildlife, including Asiatic cheetah, Persian leopard, Gray wolf, Striped hyena, Sand cat, Red fox, Rüppell's fox, Chinkara, Ovis, Jackal, Caracal and various Halophyte plants. In total, 34 species of mammal, 155 bird and 34 reptiles have been identified in this region.



The Kavir National Park has one of the highest potentials of tourism in Iran. The proximity of the park to Tehran, many pristine sections, the high diversity of the animals and... has caused many tourists to travel the area every year.

The pavement road is one of the most amazing monuments of the area, making it possible to cross the caravans through the marshy lands of Dasht-e Kavir. The famous Palace of Bahram, which is actually a Shah Abbasi Caravanserai, and Ain Rashid Caravanserai, the Sieh Kooh rocky canal that supply the water needed for the Bahram Palace, the remnants of the "harem building", the "Sefid Ab" and "Lakab" Caravansaries and "Qilooqa" water storage are other historical attractions of the region.


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The Kavir National Park is home to many tourists and wildlife lovers who pack their bags in order to see this spectacular area every year. Mid-Autumn and late November are the best times due to dryness of the path and mild weather of the area. The necessary equipment that needs to take in whole the journey includes: first aid kit, spare tire, extra fuel, hats, sunglasses, sunscreen lotion and abundant water. If you want to have a personal trip to the park, use an Off-road vehicle. Otherwise, it's best to go there by tours.


There are several ways to get the Kavir National Park, so you can choose the most suitable way depends on your location. Take the road to Varamin-Pesha towards the Abrdegh railway station and after passing through the sandy road of Qalehboland and Asgar Abad to the outpost of Mobarakieh and then across the Pistachio farm of Paniz to enter the Kavir National Park. The distance between Tehran and Kavir park is about 130 kilometers and takes about 2 hours and 40 minutes. You can choose another way to get there. Drive to the city of Garmsar and go on the route southwards and after passing through the paved road to the Park ranger checkpoint of the Siyah Kuh Mountains.

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2018-07-12 | by HiPersia Content production
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