The White desert is one of the few places in Egypt where you can go for days at a time without seeing a soul. At night, primarily under a full moon, it gets a character reminding of an Arctic landscape. Image credit: Dietmar Temps

Black and White Desert Egypt

White desert in Egypt (Sahara el Beyda)

The famous and dramatic gleaming chalk landscape of the Farafra Depression is one of the most astounding natural wonders of Egypt. Travellers call the Black and White Desert Egypt for “The most spectacular part of Egypt”.

The word sahara means desert in Arabic so when you hear the name Sahara el Beyda you could be forgiven that it means one thing – sand, sand and more sand.

Covering more than 2.8 million square kilometers, this 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 erosion. The colors change at times from the sun, a beautiful sight to see.

Sahara White Desert Farafra Egypt
The White Desert of Farafra, Egypt Image credit: stttijn
Farafra White Desert
A main geographic attraction of Farafra is its White Desert. Image credit: walidhassanein
Sunset Egypt White Desert
Sunset at White Desert. Wind-eroded limestone formations near Farafra, Egypt. Image credit: 98octane
Rocks Desert Egypt
The White Desert of Farafra, Egypt Image credit: Xavi
Desert Farafra Sunrise Egypt
Sunrise at the White Desert of Farafra, Egypt. Image credit: stttijn

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Black Desert Egypt

A little to the North of the White Desert, the Black Desert is closer to Bahariya than Farafra; approximately 50 km to the South of Bawiti. The mountains have eroded to coat the desert with a layer of black powder and rocks giving it its name. Towards the end of the Black Desert are black volcanic hills that ages ago erupted a dark volcanic material called dolerite, which is what the black rocks are made of. Climb up the English Mountain which is the highest point in the Black Desert and you will be awarded with an amazing view of the strange landscape.

Desert Mountains Egypt
Black Desert Mountains in Egypt. Image credit: Daniel Besserer
Black Desert Egypt
The Black Desert in Egypt Image credit: Peng Jun Jason
Egypt Black Desert Safari
Egypt Black Desert Safari. Image credit: mariusz kluzniak
Sunset Sahara Black Desert Egypt
Sunset in the Black Desert, Egypt. Image credit: beefortytwo


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