By its white colour the White Desert looks at some places as a white snow landscape. Only the temperature is a quite different...If you will experience the wonderful character of this desert, go at least for a walk of some hours, best early in the morning. Or even better.... take a tour of several days.more
The best thing to do is to take your time, when you visit the White Desert. So make a cameltrip for a few days instead of a stay of one night.In 1999 we stayed only for one night in this surrealist landscape. In 2000 we came back and did a three days cameltrip.In more days you can visit a larger part of the desert in a slow way. And it's fun to...more
The northern part of the White desert is different with higher rocks and nice sanddunes in between. We were happy that we don't had to climb too much the dunes at the third and last day of our trip.At the end the trip was rather exhausting for the camels and for the walkers.more
Best thing to do:Take your time in the White Desert, make a cameltrip for a few days instead of a stay of one night.In 1999 we stayed for one night, in 2000 we came back for a three days cameltrip.In more days you can experience a larger part of the desert in a slow way.And it's fun to ride a camel an sleep next to camels in the night. I love those...more
If you have the change, stay overnight in the With Desert in your thousans stars hotel..The formations look wonderfull in the moonlight. And the sunrise is unforgettable in your most spacious bedroom ever.And even not to mention the thousands bright stars during the night.more
When we stopped for a camp, first the camels got their food.The landrovers came to bring our luggage and our foodstuff.I always enjoy the tastefull meals in the desert. The drivers and guides are mostly also very good cooks.We had vegetable soup, roasted chicken, rice, salad or a nice pasta or a good meal with tomatos and potatos.more
At the falafal stall in the centre of Farafra we bought a delicious bread with falafal as take-away for in the bus.Ta'amia of falafel is one of the most popular dishes/snacks in Egypt. The Egyptians eat it in the morning, afternoon and the evening.Ta'amia is a very old vegetarian dish from ancient origin. The copts see ta'amia as their traditional...more
In the museun of Badr, an international known artist from Farafra, you can buy his work, like small (or more large) sand paintings of daily life in the oasis.
There are also aquarels and postcards.
I brought a nice form of a piece of a palmtree home, for a free gift.
If you have plans to do a walk in the desert, you have to take two important precautions.1. Take always enough water with you and never walk without your waterbottle (even for a pretended short walk)2. Cover your head with a headscarf. The more layers, the better. And don't forget to cover your neck too.One of the local man helped me to cover my...more
Don’t use Badawiya. They seriously overcharge and lie to you. We bought 2 tours from Badawiya in Farafra oasis in Nov 2012: an overnight tour to the White Desert and a 2-night-2-day tour to the Great Sand Sea, both starting from Farafra. The tours were very pricy but we thought quality must come with hard currency in cash. (The exchange rate here:...more
When we reached the tarred road at the last day of our desert trip and I saw our bus allready from a far distance, I realized, I had to say goodbye to the desert and my naughty camel within half an hour.My free nomadic feeling .... I had to leave it with the camels in the desert. I felt the tears of sadness in my eyes, to say farewell to the desert...more
For making a desert tour to the White Desert for one day or more, you can arrange it easily from Bawiti in the Bahariya Oasis on your way from Cairo to Farafra Oasis or you can do it in Qasr al-Farafra (told to be cheaper) .In 1999 for the one night stay, our trip was arranged at the Ahmeds' Safari Camp (tel 802600) in the Bahariya Oasis. In 2000...more