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The White Desert

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The White Desert is an otherworldly landscape, where marine fossils dot the snow-like ground and dazzling white rock formations have been eroded by the wind into fantastic shapes. A 4x4 is required to visit, but it is worth getting out of your jeep as much as you can to explore on foot. Observing these natural sculptures from all angles in peaceful solitude captures the imagination. I fancied I saw a mushroom, an angel, and a hen that soon turned into a rabbit, which I chalked down to the magic of the desert—or perhaps the sun blasting overhead.

Located in Egypt’s Western Desert between the oases of Bahariya and Farafra, the White Desert is best explored during overnight safaris but can also be visited on day trips from as far as Dakhla to the south for those who don’t have more time to devote to this unique area.

Written by  Francoise Ohayon.

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“The White Desert of Egypt, Don’t Miss it!”

We hopped on our coach for the 5 hour ride into the desert. I knew that Egypt was a dry country, but I didn’t realize just how much of it is desert. The entire country (so far) is sand, sand and more sand. We made it to Bahariya by 2:30 in the aft… Read more...

Written by  Dave and Deb. Continue reading on theplanetd

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