White Desert
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Covering more than 2.8 million square kilometers, this vast desert starts at the western banks of the Nile and continues into Libya and contains five isolated, but thriving, oases: Kharga, Dakhla, Farafra, Bahariyya and Siwa. There are magnificent rock formations that form from wind erosions. The colors change at times from the sun, a beautiful sight to see.
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  • Shaneez P
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    Discovering the white desert with Islam - an unforgettable experience!
    We had a wonderful experience in the desert with Islam and his friend Salah! The tour started early at 6am with pickup from our hotel in Cairo and consisted of the discovery of different parts of the western desert of Egypt : Bahariya, the Black Desert, Crystal Mountain, Aqabat Valley, the old White Desert and new White Desert. We managed to spend enough time at each site and we even had time for some sandboarding and some thrilling dune bashing ! Coming from a Bedouin family, Islam knows the desert on the tips of his fingers. We felt really safe with him and Saleh. He is very fluent in English and gave pertinent information. At night, we enjoyed a delicious dinner prepared by Islam and Salah while having a nice chat with them. The starry sky in the desert at night is just wow! The bedouin tea around the campfire while watching the starry sky was much appreciated. If we have the opportunity, we will definitely return to spend a few nights in the desert with them ! Islam and Salah are both lovely persons and we enjoyed sharing this exceptional day with them. If you are having thoughts about visiting Bahariya and the desert nearby but are having doubts, do not hesitate! You will not regret it! We strongly recommend booking a tour to discover the desert with Islam over a few nights !! (Whatsapp +20 127 709 8180)
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 December 2023
  • ابراهيم م
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful experience in the White Desert
    This experience was really amazing! We recommended a lot ! Our host Ibrahim were really kind. He took his time to explain and describe us the environment. He's such a nice guy who speak French easily too... Thank you for this experience ! Fresh meals were also cooked for us. We recommend the kefta and pastas from the chief !
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 22 December 2023
  • Lauren B
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must-see in Egypt!
    I recommend to spend 2 nights / 3 days in this incredible place where you will find peacefulness and beauty all around. I also can share the contact of a great and serious english speaking guide that brung us to the full tour (and not only the most famous places) : Mohammed +20 128 720 5525. He took care of us and did everything so we can live the best experience!
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 February 2024
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Susan C
Melbourne, Australia1,489 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We took the Memphis Tours two day trip to the White Desert which you can see on their website. It was just the two of us and our Memphis guide was Emad Seleem, our Bedouin guide and driver was Mohamed Abu Ziad and we were accompanied by another Mohammed who cooked lunch, dinner and breakfast at the various sites. The second day was a little rushed for us as we had a flight that night. I recommend if you do take the two day trip to stay overnight in Cairo but maybe a three days desert trip would be even better. To ensure we lost no time Mohammed's wife cooked lunch and had it ready for us as we arrived. Also there was a surgically exact extraction / handover on a road-side in Cairo from this trip to our airport transfer. There was no risk of us missing that flight.

Travelling time is a major component of this trip. It takes four hours to get from Cairo to near Bahariya Oasis where you swap from the usual car to a four wheel drive. Initially our trip included Bahariya Oasis and its golden mummies but it is mostly off-limits to tourists at the moment and the itinerary no longer includes it. However, we got a lovely lunch at the Al Haiz Oasis Eco Lodge between Bawati and Farafra with its organic garden, various cabins, excellent clean toilet and atmospheric dining building. We then visited Crystal Mountain in the Black Desert.

Our next stop was the spectacular Valley of Agabat. We had the chance to walk around and fully admire it and my husband found a lovely high vantage point. A bit further on we had a chance to go sand boarding. I was a bit apprehensive about it and initially refused so they thought I'd like to take the car down the steep slope instead. I chose to trudge down then realized that I could always, like tobogganing, use my feet to edge my sandboard down as slowly as I liked so I recommend trying it even if you are worried. Also, the 4-wheel drives up and down the hills and dunes ended up being a little bit exhilarating but not scary. Of course, my husband did the sandboarding and fell off (without any injuries) and never had any worries about the driving but this review is from my perspective.

The White Desert National Park has white rock formations. Some of these are a bit kitsch, rabbits and chickens, etc but overall the White Desert is very impressive. There were a number of tours doing much the same sights in the desert as us and, like us, some stayed the night in a Bedouin campsite. These campsites are dotted around in the White Desert, tucked away in separate locations, and ours seemed out of view from anyone nearby. We ate in the larger colourful Bedouin tent and slept in a smaller private standard dome tent. We were given lots of blankets and were very comfortable. There are no toilets but we were fully supplied with wet wipes and toilet paper. Our weather had been diverse: sun, rain shower and a sand storm just at dinner time so Mohammed definitely cooked inside (making a great meal on just a two burner gas stove) and we ate inside. It then cleared to a star studded sky and the chance to sit around a firepit. We enjoyed both the sunset and the sunrise. The next day gave us more time to explore the White Desert before visiting an oasis threatened by sand dunes, the spring of El Haize and some more 4-wheel driving on the dunes before having lunch and changing cars to return to Cairo. All meals were great. Our four wheel drive was in top condition and handled the off-road and dune climbs and descents well.

This trip was another highlight of our Egyptian trip (we seem to have had quite a few). I had been interested after seeing photos that a friend took and the scenery of the Valley of Agabat and the White Desert formations did not disappoint. I enjoyed the chance to discuss Egyptian life with our guides. It was very different to the rest of the trip which involved visits to ancient monuments, staying in towns or cruising on the water and thus very memorable.
Written 8 April 2024
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Lauren B
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
I recommend to spend 2 nights / 3 days in this incredible place where you will find peacefulness and beauty all around. I also can share the contact of a great and serious english speaking guide that brung us to the full tour (and not only the most famous places) : Mohammed +20 128 720 5525. He took care of us and did everything so we can live the best experience!
Written 12 February 2024
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ابراهيم م
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
This experience was really amazing! We recommended a lot ! Our host Ibrahim were really kind. He took his time to explain and describe us the environment. He's such a nice guy who speak French easily too... Thank you for this experience ! Fresh meals were also cooked for us. We recommend the kefta and pastas from the chief !
Written 22 December 2023
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Shaneez P
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
We had a wonderful experience in the desert with Islam and his friend Salah!
The tour started early at 6am with pickup from our hotel in Cairo and consisted of the discovery of different parts of the western desert of Egypt : Bahariya, the Black Desert, Crystal Mountain, Aqabat Valley, the old White Desert and new White Desert. We managed to spend enough time at each site and we even had time for some sandboarding and some thrilling dune bashing !
Coming from a Bedouin family, Islam knows the desert on the tips of his fingers. We felt really safe with him and Saleh. He is very fluent in English and gave pertinent information.
At night, we enjoyed a delicious dinner prepared by Islam and Salah while having a nice chat with them. The starry sky in the desert at night is just wow! The bedouin tea around the campfire while watching the starry sky was much appreciated.
If we have the opportunity, we will definitely return to spend a few nights in the desert with them !
Islam and Salah are both lovely persons and we enjoyed sharing this exceptional day with them. If you are having thoughts about visiting Bahariya and the desert nearby but are having doubts, do not hesitate! You will not regret it! We strongly recommend booking a tour to discover the desert with Islam over a few nights !! (Whatsapp +20 127 709 8180)
Written 5 December 2023
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eVe 🇸🇬🇸🇬🇸🇬
Singapore, Singapore1,212 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
As part of a 2 days 1 night Bahariya Oasis trip, we went to the Black Desert, Crystal Mountain and White Desert in late April. The Black Desert was a volcanic area million of years ago. In Crystal Mountain, we picked small and beautiful crystal rocks. Thereafter, we sand boarded down a steep sand dune which was fun. Daytime weather fortunately was around 28 degree Celsius. The highlight of my trip is definitely the White Desert. It has stunning chalky formations of all sizes and shapes. Use your imagination and the formations can be rabbit, chicken, ice cream, lion head etc. We stayed 1 night in the White Desert under bright stars and a moon. We also enjoyed a bedouin BBQ and performance near a campfire. White Desert whether in the day or night has stunning views. Both sunset and sunrise is beautiful!! Highly recommended to stay more than 1 night as it is a 4-hour one way journey from Cairo. Bring along camping essentials such as a torchlight, toilet papers and wet wipes.
Written 11 May 2023
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Cornelia A
Wurenlos, Switzerland51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
This is a dream come true. I've been waiting for over 10 years to go to "The white Desert", due to it being closed (political reasons).

I booked through Globetrotter. My advice: one of the BEST! (been their client since 1983 since I returned from South Africa).

Unfortunately, at present, one isn't aloud to sleep in the desert. We, our Swiss group of 7 with our competent Swiss Tour leader; had daily a security police man escorting us (except whilst doing the hikes/rides).

We had a Bedouin cook, great food and 4 other Bedouins who helped us though the Desert. One man was always the leader, and it was Ramadan ( so no drink or food or smoking from sunrise to sunset). They only wetted their heads with water, during the heat of the day.

Spoilt with lots of water and daily the cook, with his jeep, would meet us and give us an apple juice; look for a shady place at lunch time; to cook fresh food for us and to give the camels and helpers a rest.

Yes, one has to be fit when one rides a camel or hikes 20 plus km ,daily.

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Written 24 April 2023
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Georges V.
Brussels, Belgium3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
This is certainly one of the TOP5 places for nature in the world. It is just an incredible beauty. When we were there in last February 2023 we ( 3 people) were alone in the desert the whole day. It is best to organise it out of Farafra rather than from Baherriya because it is closer to the desert and hence cheaper and more time to visit. Rafala-safari hotel has organized it for us and it was perfect
Written 10 March 2023
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Anfalz Travel Egypt
Hurghada, Egypt21 contributions
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Jan 2023
Do you want to pack your backpack and travel to the white desert safari Egypt?
if you like to live an adventure trip for a couple of days around 3 or 5 and you want to be on a budget here I recommend you to visit the white desert safari Egypt has a lot of activities, in form of a “Camping in the white desert safari Egypt.” it is an important experience that you should not pass. Just pack your backpack, and leave the adventure in the white desert safari Egypt takes you into the stars and the sound of quietness will heal your body and your soul, The most attractive location when it comes to safari and camping in Egypt.
if you want to spend around 4 days it would cost you cost $400 per person. and there are a lot of other choices if you want to spend around 2 days, And the white desert safari in Egypt was known as the most friendly budget choice! , However, most of the people that went to the white desert safari Egypt recommended we spend more than 2 days enjoying the place and the stars at night and most important now miss anything!

and there are a lot of websites offering good packages If you want to visit Siwa Oasis and the Black and White deserts in Egypt as well.

what is the process of visiting White Desert safari Egypt?

First of all, the Transportation whether from your location in Cairo
or any city in Egypt to the white desert

Endless fresh bottles of water

Access fees to see the White Desert National Park

Around 3 freshly-cooked meals per day, and depends on your package

Unlimited Egyptian Tea!

If you are preparing your stuff to campaign and see the white desert safari in Egypt then you need to know how many days you should spend there!
I believe it depends on the person so I might spend a complete month traveling around the white and West Desert in Egypt, although I can’t do that because of the lack of the internet and network in some areas however this reason would be a valid reason for somebody else! because our preferences are different for me, I would choose modern life, but some would choose the opposite, and that’s fine.

However, as people recommend usually the “ideal” period of time to camp in the White Desert is 3 nights at 4 days in order to live and try and experience the adventure and also to visit the Black and White Deserts.

however, If you would like to spend less time whatever the reasons, or if
you are on a tough budget you can choose a 1-night 2-day package, and I

recommend you if you like the risky stuff and the thrillers in adventure and want to experience and feel it, you should choose a 5-day, 4-night package, it will bring you to the west of Siwa Oasis, But let me advise you, do not recommend you to camp in The Black Desert, it is a great place to visit but it’s not a suitable spot to camp, no need to mention that you would be close to the Bahariya Oasis, do not forget to go there too!
Most people especially women would ask an important question, would it be safe to campaign on the white desert safari in Egypt?

To be honest with you, as I experienced, you will find your privacy there when you reach the hotel and the campsite, and if you’re hesitant about camping in the white desert safari Egypt, I’m pleased to inform you there is no need to be worried, you will feel safe and comfortable, if you’re exaggerated of living in the city I think you should give it a shot give yourself a break from the noise, and if you want to gather with people I think you should also try visiting the Pyramids or you can also visit all the temples along the Nile, there are a lot of groups that get into the white desert safari Egypt to camp for around 2 or 5 days, however, you might think everything will not be surprising and expected, but actually, each night has its own vibe and its own magical moments.

So now let’s know other types of activities you could do regardless of camping:

first of all, is it for everyone? to ride the 4*4 cars in the desert? absolute not! and I would recommend you to have a specialist driver, to be safer, but is it really worth the money? of course yes!, as long as you like taking adventures so you could do this in this on both the white &West Desert safari Egypt,

white desert safari Egypt offers a lot of enjoyable options

Desert Tours by four-wheel cars
Camel riding
you can watch the Bedouins while they prepere the barbeque dinner and You would sit and share them in a circle.

have you ever thought of the night on the white dessert safari in Egypt?
the scene of the sky and the stars would capture your mind, and you would take beautiful pictures to remember this moment later on, it is such an adventure and while you are watching the sunset, in this place, the color of the surface, the sky, and the ground are changeable, during the daylight, you would find it orange and then it would turn into purple during the moonlight
Do not forget to prepare the survival stuff when you go to the white desert safari Egypt
Pack survival supplies, things you will need when you pack for the desert


rope
Water tablets
First support kit
Fire starters
Strong flashlight
Cutter
Signal mirror
glovers and dust masks in case you face a dust storm

Final Thoughts


In my opinion, I see that going on the white desert safari Egypt will change how you see the city in a way, or it might give you a real break from the crowd and the noise, but to be honest, as I experienced you should go and experience this trip.
Written 2 March 2023
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Paola D
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
We’re so glad we decided to book a night in the White Desert and our only regret is not staying longer. We would love to go back and we will definitely be booking again with Islam. We enjoyed the multiple stops exploring the Black and White Desert. Sand-boarding was so fun! Amazing sunset and sunrise. Sitting by the campfire at night, enjoying Bedouins tea and live music performance by Islam and his friends. Islam cooked us a delicious dinner and it was one of our best meals in our 2 weeks in Egypt. When booking the reservation I was nervous about being cold on a winter night in the desert but they provided us with sleeping bags, mattress, blankets, camel blankets that kept us warm all night. We even decided to buy some camel blankets in Aswan at the Nubian village. Amazing amazing amazing and you won’t regret it! Islam is a chill man and he would do his best for you to have an amazing experience.
Written 20 January 2023
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Paddye94
Wurzburg, Germany2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
Overnight tour with M. K. (+20XXXXXX7317)

The place itself and the experience in the desert
is magnificent. However, in the beginning we had
an argument with our tour operator about the
previously agreed price (he was not content with it
anymore). After we had settled this we enjoyed
the tour very much. The highlight was sleeping
under the skies. We did it without tent -
recommendation! We gazed upon the stars until
we fell asleep.

P.S: It seems that the tour operator wants
Tripadvisor to delete my honest review because it
is not the 5 star review he urged me to write. That
is why I now only give 3 instead of 4 stars. I was
trying to be balanced. I don't recommend him. Do
the tour with someone else.
Written 27 December 2022
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