The White Desert

The White Desert is justifiably the most well-known desert destination in Egypt, located on the road from Bahariya Oasis to Farafra Oasis; 40 millions years ago the While Desert was a part of Mediterranean sea, but according to tides and erosion it became a large open air museum containing wild life, rocks, seas of sand, and rugged slopes.

 

It’s truly a white desert in clear contrast with the yellow desert elsewhere, something which you will not believe before seeing with your own eyes. It’s one of the most recently declared protected areas of Egypt.

 

The White Desert is a popular tourist spot for its dramatic and unusual rock formations. The snow-white desert is actually made of chalk that has been exposed for years to what geologists call "differential weathering," the erosion of soft particles that results in eerie protrusions of hard rock.

 

The place manages to attract a large number of tourists who often choose an overnight camping safari, which helps them in witnessing the contrast of both sunset and dawn. It’s often said that night at the protectorate spend under the stars is an experience never forgotten. As the sky turns pink then deepest fiery orange, the rock-shapes fade and silence is all around. You can enjoy thoroughly while sitting around a small fire and enjoying the simplest meal of chicken, rice and vegetables. If the moon is near full, the white chalk rock shapes glow eerily.

 

 

 

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