The closest airport to the peculiar sites of the White Desert is in Cairo, about 560 kilometers away. From the Egyptian capital city the easiest way to reach the two closest towns Bahriyya or Farafra is by bus or minibus. These two destinations organize trips to the solitary rocks of the Sahara el Beyda and the ways of traveling the soft sands are either by camel or by jeep.
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When thinking about the mysterious sites of a desert we certainly do not consider chalky, snowy white, breathtaking domes, minarets or towers. Featured in the music video ''Echoes'' by the Klaxons, the Sahara el Beyda, Egypt's White Desert strikes through its unique arctic looking erosion monuments and is commonly referred to as the ''Valley of Carrots''. Get another view of Egypt where mighty pyramids and golden sands are replaced by primitive silhouettes and their natural soft emptiness.
Carrots and Mushrooms
The contrasting pigment of the White Desert is found in the Farafra depression, Egypt's second biggest in size, located in the West side of the country. The snowy desert borders the Bahariyya Oasis to the North and the closest town bearing the name of the depression Farafra is situated 45 kilometers (30 miles) away. Considered a unique geological phenomenon with almost non existent vegetation and wildlife, the white-cream colored terrains of this sahara are both flat and soft. ''Wadi Gazar'' translated as the ''Valley of Carrots'' is the nickname given by the Bedouin locals to the wind and water sculpted chalky rock formations. The Mushroom Rock is probably the most famous exponent in the dramatic looking valley believed to have been created by the occasional sandstorms which occur in the area.
Deserts in White and Black
A protected nature reserve reminding of another world, the White Desert and its winter looking features is in proximity of other two highlights where nature has worked its magic. From the picturesque white silence of the rock formations, traveling 100 kilometer you will come across the full contrast of the Black Desert. For a more sparkly eye catchy sight, a former limestone cave with delicate stalactite and stalagmites attracts visitors through its name, the Crystal Mountain.
Under Egyptian Stars
The White Desert is a popular attraction for the ones who love nature, the ones who want to study geologic masterpieces and anyone who wants to witness a monumental experience. Tours lasting from 1 to 6 nights are organized either from Bahariyya or Farafra. Even though the Sahara el Beyda strikes as a place of solitude, a camel safari here can bring you the true feel of Egypt and spending the night on the soft sands underneath the stars can be a incomparable delight. For a more comfortable camping version where the shadows of the raw nature may not seem so overwhelming, remember that you can always stay at the nature friendly El Beyda Camp.
The White Desert or Sahara el Beyda is the Egyptian attraction which reminds you of cold, pristine beauty rather than the land of the pharaohs. Here you will photograph the unique remains of erosion and wonder how the immaculate shade of white has replaced the golden sea.