The White Desert, Farafra, Egypt

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The White Desert (Es-Sahra El-Beida). The White Desert is located 45 km north of Farafra, Farafra  is an oasis in the Western Desert of Egypt.  The desert has a creamy white color – a massive chalk rock formed as a result of periodic sandstorms in the area.

The White Desert north of the Farafra oasis is particularly impressive. Limestone formations of huge monoliths stimulate the desert visitor’s imagination and are reminiscent of a stone camel, a mushroom, a hare or a cup. The findings on the ground indicate that there was once an ocean floor here. Much of the White desert is only accessible by off-road vehicles.
The Farafra desert is a place typically visited by some schools in Egypt, and is a popular area with campers.

Access : Coordinates: 27.058333, 27.97 / Farafra  is an oasis in Egypt, the center of a district in the New Valley governorate. The oasis is located in the Libyan Desert, about 315 km west of Assiut.

Highlights :

  • The Farafra Oasis : The Farafra Oasis has existed for over a thousand years. Thanks to this, he repeatedly witnessed the most important historical events, confirmation of which can be found both in the village of Al-Qasr and in its surroundings.
  • The unofficial symbols of the White Desert – “Mushroom” and “Chicken” – any excursion usually begins with these snow-white rocks-neighbors of a bizarre shape.
  • Badr Museum Farafra : The local artist Badr exhibits his works in a small museum. He uses all materials found in nature from different colored sand to sandstones and roots. Badr also has a small guest lodge where interested artists can work.
  • Springs : Farafra is famous for its springs, here there are more than a hundred of them, and some of them are used for the needs of agriculture.
  • Day trips : Locals organize day trips in the national park by jeeps and camels. This duration will allow you to see the White Desert in all its glory.
  • White Desert National Park : The White Desert Reserve is located in Egypt, 45 kilometers  to the north of the Farafra Oasis in the New Valley Governorate, about 500 kilometers from Cairo. It was declared a nature reserve in 2002 and has a total area of ​​3010 square kilometers.

Go next : The Roman spring of Ain Bishay / Qasr el-Farafra village / One of the most important neighboring oases is Bahariyya, about 180 kilometers north of Farafra. Between these two oases is also the Crystal Mountain.

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