Farafra Oasis

Al Farafra is a small oasis located in Egypt’s western desert. It’s one fo the most isolated oasis of the governorate of Al-Wadi Al-Gadid in Southern Egypt. Maybe this is why the people who live in Farafra are still famous until today for practicing their old traditions and customs.

Farafra has gained the attention of tourists during the last few years because of its unique magic and because the oasis can be the start point for many interesting tours in the Western desert of Egypt like to the white desert, the black desert the Crystal Mountains.

The Farafra Oasis is located in the western desert of Egypt inside the borders of the governorate of Al-Wadi Al-Gadid, the largest governorate in Egypt in terms of space.

The Farafra is 170 kilometers away from the Bahaerya Oasis, 627 kilometers away from Cairo, and 370 kilometers to the South West of Marsa Matruh and the Mediterranean Sea

 

Places you can visit :

The white desert:

The white desert is the most popular and interesting area in the Western Desert. The white desert became a protected area since 2002. It occupies a surface area of around three thousand kilometers.

On the road that goes between Farafra and Baharya, one can see the first bizarre rock formation in the white desert. Some rocks look like animals, mushrooms, and some rocks have totally strange shapes.

As the saying goes” nature is the art o god”. The white desert is clear evidence of this ability of the god to form his universe. Maybe this is why the “finger of God” is located in the white desert. The finger of god or “Al Qubar”, the Chisel, is a 20 meters high rock formations that can be seen from far away even from the paved road and the locals like to call it the finger of God as it looks like a huge finger rising from the sand.

No one would ever believe that this white desert was covered with a sea in ancient times and the white chalk that formed all these rocks was deposited from this sea. If one takes a closer look at the rocks of the white desert, he can notice that there are seashells in the halls of the rocks.

To the northeast of the white desert, there is an area called Aqabat, or “obstacles” in English. Of course, this name had a reason and this area is full of obstructions that face anyone who wants to pass through. In the middle of this area, lies the mountain of Twin peaks which is an important landmark for travelers.

In the west section of the white desert, which is much less visited than the East section because of the poor conditions of the roads leading to it, there is the ancient site of Wadi Al Ubayid or the white valley.

 

Water Wells

There are around 100 water wells spread all over the land of Farafra, which are used in aggregation of the cultivated land of the oasis.

Some of the wells are popular tourist sites, such as Bir Sitta, Bir Sab’a and Bir Ithnian, due to their warm water and low percentage of sulfur, which is very favorable for swimming and relaxation.

 

The block desert and the crystal mountain:

The black desert mainly consists of mountains formed primarily out of numerous volcano small black stones and rocks. However, these rocks lay on an orange-brown background. As many people would say” The black desert is not as black in comparison to the white color of the white desert”

Most of the tourists who go to the white and black deserts usually would like to visit the famous crystal mountain. In a contradiction to its name, the rocks in this mountain are not crystal, they are rather Barite which is a substance that is less hard than crystals.

The crystal mountain has an interesting story. The Egyptian government broke parts of this mountain to construct the road between the Bahareya Oasis and the Farafra Oasis. This made the crystal rocks appear and it turned this area into a famous touristic site.

Tourists seldom visit the other three oases, but they do offer some interesting ruins, beautiful scenery, and the unique oasis culture to adventurous travelers.

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