The first time I learned more about the western oases and desert, was, when I read the book of Arita Baaijens written in 1993. Arita Baaijens, a dutch female writer, is fascinated by the elusive beauty of the desert. She bought her own camels and learned to survive in the desert.
In the book '' een regen van vuur ( a rainfall of fire)'' she wrote her experiences during her first travels in the desert around the oases of Farafra, Dakhla and Kharga.
This dutch book is translated in German, but not in English.
For more information about her travels, books, deserts, camels and interesting links see: www. arita.baaijens.nl
The Dakhla Oasis is one of the five oases in the Western (or Libyan) Desert.
You can reach Dakhla nowadays by tarred roads.
From the north (from Cairo) you pass Bahariya Oasis and Farafra Oasis first. From the the east ( Asyut or Luxor) you pass Kharga Oasis first.
Cairo- Dakhla 805 KM
Luxor- Dakhla 438 KM
Asyut - Dakhla 408 KM
The kids in Al-Qasr were very curious about the strange visitors in their home-town.
They came out their houses, liked to chat, but were also very shy in the beginning.