Farafra is the nearest oasis to the White Desert. People usually visit this desert from Bahariya and miss out on seeing Farafra. Which is a pity as Farafra has a special charm all of its own. The Farafronies have had their number swelled in recent years by the new valleys settlement scheme.
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The oasis of Farafra is a triangular-shaped fertile depression to the north-west of Dakhla and roughly mid-way between Dakhla and Bahariya, with the impenetrable Great Sand Sea bordering the region to the west. Most visitors to Farafra Oasis go there to see the White Desert, el-Sahara el-Beida, the area to the north-east of Qasr el-Farafra which is renowned for its spectacular scenery. The chalk-white landscape is strewn with alien shapes, boulders of brilliant white which thrust up from the surface of the desert, intensified by the clear light of noon, shimmering gold at sunset or blackened and shrunken in a cloud-filled sky. All rights reserved!! Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit written permission. The Farafra depression is a geological depression, the second biggest by size in Western Egypt.
Its an amazing place. Natural rock formations by winds over Millions of year. Each formation forces you to imagine the figure. A night out camping is must and enjoy the beautiful surroundings under the stars. The White Desert is a beautiful place and my partner and I enjoyed camping the night there.
Farafra has an estimated 5, inhabitants mainly living in the town of Farafra and is mostly inhabited by the local Bedouins. Parts of the town have complete quarters of traditional architecture, simple, smooth, unadorned, all in mud colour — local culture and traditional methods of building and carrying out repairs have been supported by its tourism. Archaeological evidence suggests that Farafra region was inhabited since late Pleistocene. In the Ptolemaic period , the region was under the administration of the Oxyrhynchite nome 19th Upper Egyptian nome. It has massive chalk rock formations that are textbook examples of ventifact and which have been created as a result of occasional sandstorm in the area.