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Delta, British Columbia, February 15, 2018. Desert Gold Ventures Inc. (“Desert Gold” or “the Company”) (TSX.V: DAU, FF: QXR2, OTC: DAUGF) is pleased to announce that drilling has begun on its Farabantourou project located in western Mali.

Highlights

Desert Gold's initial drill program will focus on three target areas including Barani East, Barani and Keniegoulou. The drill program plans for 31 holes consisting of 780 meters diamond drilling and 3,265 meters of RC drilling. A summary of the prospects to be drilled follows:

✓    Barani East Prospect

  • Past drilling returned intercepts up to 7.8 g/t gold over 10meters
  • Four moderate to steep east-dipping lenses ranging in width from 4.5 meters to 15 meters
  • The mineralized zones have approximately 550 meters of strike and may be open along strike anddepth
  • Potential for additional parallel zones with mineralized intercepts up to 2.22 g/t gold over 20 metres will be tested and followedup.

✓    Barani Prospect

  • Drilling returned intercepts of 2.19 g/t gold over 9meters
  • The prospect is subparallel and proximal to the Mali-Senegal Shear Zone (MSSZ), along which the World Class gold mines of Sadiola, Loulo-Gounkoto complex and Fekola aresituated.
  • The gold mineralization is contained in several lenses and has been traced over an approximate strike of 1,900meters
  • The mineralization is open along strike anddepth

✓    Keniegoulou Prospect

  • Drilling returned intercepts of 5.92 g/t gold over 4meters
  • This prospect is close to and subparallel to the MSSZ on the southern strike extension of the Barani Propsect
  • This zone comprises 5 lenses of gold mineralization traced over approximately 1,500 meters
  • The mineralization is open ended along strike anddepth

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Figure 1: Locality plan of the Farabantourou Prospects with historic drill results

Desert Gold holds two gold Exploration Permits (Farabantourou and Segala Ouest) within the Kenieba Birimian Inlier of Western Mali. The Farabantourou project lies 40 km to the south of Anglo Gold’s Sadiola gold mine and 50 km north of Randgold’s Loulo-Gounkoto complex of gold mines.

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*Figure 2: Location of Desert Gold’s Segala Ouest and Farabantourou exploration permits in western Mali

Jared Scharf, Desert Gold’s President commented, "This drill program is focussing on our Farabantourou property which straddles the Mali-Senegal Shear Zone which hosts, in the management’s opinion, some of the best gold deposits in the world combining high grade, multimillion ounce reserves and low mining costs. After an extended period of inactivity we are very excited to be actively developing this target again.”

This note was reviewed by Dr. Luc Antoine who is a director of the Company and is registered as a Member of the Geological Society of South Africa (MGSSA 967397). He approves the scientific and technical disclosure in the news release and has the necessary experience relevant to the style of mineralization and types of deposits under consideration and to the activity as a Qualified Person as defined in the National Instrument 43-101.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD

“Jared Scharf”
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Jared Scharf
President & Director
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For further information please visit www.SEDAR.com under the company’s profile.

This news release contains forward-looking statements respecting the Company's ability to successfully complete the Offering. These forward-looking statements entail various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those reflected in these forward-looking statements. Such statements are based on current expectations, are subject to a number of uncertainties and risks, and actual results may differ materially from those contained in such statements, including the inability of the Company to successfully complete the Offering. These uncertainties and risks include, but are not limited to, the strength of the capital markets, the price of gold; operational, funding, and liquidity risks; the degree to which mineral resource estimates are reflective of actual mineral resources; and the degree to which factors which would make a mineral deposit commercially viable are present; the risks and hazards associated with mining operations. Risks and uncertainties about the Company's business are more fully discussed in the company's disclosure materials filed with the securities regulatory authorities in Canada and available at www.sedar.com and readers are urged to read these materials. The Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement or to update the reasons why actual results could differ from such statements unless required by law.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its regulation services provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. This news release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy the securities described herein in the United States. The securities described herein have not been and will not be registered under the united states securities act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in the united states or to the account or benefit of a U.S. person absent an exemption from the registration requirements of such act.

* Randgold's Loulo-Gounkoto mine complex to the west with ore reserves of 32 Mt average at 4.6 g.t for 3.7 million oz Au in the Proven and Probably category.
Endeavour Mining's Tabakoto and Segala mines which hosts ~3 million oz Au (18.5 Mt at 3.5 g/t for 1.8 million oz au measured and indicated, 9 Mt at 3.6 g/t for 1 million oz Au inferred and 6.4 Mt at 3.5 g/t for 0.7 million oz au proven and probable.
B2Gold Fekola mine to the south with ore reserves of 48.3 million Mt average at 2.37 g/t gold for 3.34 million oz au in the Proven and Probably category and 65.8 million Mt average at 2.13 g/t gold for 4.5 million oz au. To the north Sadiola/Yatela mine contains ore reserves of 38 million Mt at 1.57 g/t gold for 2 million oz au and 87 million Mt at 1.58 g/t gold for 6 million oz au in the measured and indicated category.