Quartz crystal mountains provide once-in-a-lifetime views in the White Desert.

White Desert

Roam around the pristine Crystal Mountain and explore the White Desert landscape’s uninhabited oases and mini-depressions. Spanning over 3,000km2, this area is a surefire hit for geologists, ecologists, naturalists, artists, or simply curious adventurers looking to be wowed by the White Desert’s unusual landscape formations and distinct cultural heritage. Announced as a protectorate in 2002, this arid landscape is home to several unique animal, reptile and bird species such as the Fennec Fox, the Saharan Horned Viper and the Sooty Falcon.

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natural phenomena, animals and plants

With a terrain slightly similar to Siwa’s, the White Desert is host to a congruent collection of flora, which includes Olive Trees, Flowering Tamarix plant species, and the famed Egyptian Acacia Tree. Plenty of Camels and Fennec Foxes roam the White Desert plains, joined by the unique Sooty Falcon. Unlike most other falcons, these elegant raptor birds sometimes nest in colonies and therefore provide a wonderful sight to birdwatch. The White Desert is a landmark in its own right. An area of unparalleled natural beauty, the White Chalk Inselbergs that dominate the desert landscape of this natural park contain fossilized marine shells and animals – guaranteed to amaze visitors.

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activities and excursions

Because of the White Desert’s geological formations, safari expeditions here will be unlike anywhere else in the country. You’ll also have the chance to hike and stargaze at this secluded location. Craving a taste of adrenaline? The White Desert’s special dunes make sandboarding every adventure junkie’s favorite activity! With plenty of archeological sites, including prehistoric artefacts, relics and tombs, the White Desert also offers the opportunity for alternative historic excursions.

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local people and tribes

Residents are called the Wahati people, meaning “people of the oasis.” Some of the Wahati people are descendants of Bedouin tribes from Libya and the North Coast, Wahati people also originate from resettled communities in the Nile Valley who relocated to this spectacular oasis. Despite sharing a few cultural traditions with Bedouin tribes elsewhere in the country, Wahati communities still enjoy a distinct cuisine and their culture reflects years of adaptation to this region’s unique and remote landscape. They are known for certain dishes such as white okra, sunny bread, and red rice, which can only be found in this area.

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places to lodge

Wahati tribes people run several campsites in the White Desert, perfect for curious explorers!+check our trusted green list