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  • Cairo

    Cairo

    Cairo

    The captial of Egypt and the largest city in Africa, the name means "the victorious city". As the region's principal commercial, administrative, and tourist centre.
  • Alexandria

    Alexandria

    Alexandria

    Egypt's second largest city (3.5 million people), its largest seaport and the country's window onto the Mediterranean Sea. No city in Egypt has history as rich as that of Alexandria which witnessed so many historic events and legends!
  • Luxor

    Luxor

    Luxor

    Luxor hosts one third of the whole monuments and antiquities of the world. Therefore, it is considered one of the most important tourism spots in Egypt and maybe in the whole world.
  • Aswan

    Aswan

    Aswan

    Aswan is the 3rd largest city in Egypt and the biggest in Upper Egypt. Aswan was the ancient Egyptians' gateway to Africa. Today Aswan is major stop for may Nile cruise ships depart from Luxor to Aswan everyday.
  • Sharm Elsheikh

    Sharm Elsheikh

    Sharm El Sheikh

    Sharm is the the jewel of Egyptian tourism industry now. The city offer some of the finest places for diving and snorkeling in the world, it offers great value for money if compared with many diving spots in the world.
  • Hurhgada

    Hurhgada

    Hurghada

    Hurghada today is a world centre for sea sports such as diving, snorkelling, sailing, windsurfing, and deep-sea fishing. The unique offshore underwater gardens are justifiably famous amongst divers

White Desert, Egypt

People who have visited white desert say it’s a truly magical place that’s hard to leave. It’s one of the more recently declared protected areas of Egypt which lies totally within the depression of Farafra. Most people who come to visit the Farafra oasis pay visit to the White desert that lies in the area north to the Qasr el Farafra. The spectacular scenery of the place makes it even more popular among tourists. The white chalk of the depression is dotted with inselbergs embedded with numerous fossil seashells. Also the ground here is scattered with thousands of oxidized iron pyrites concretions. Two small and inhabited oases make up for the protectorate which are Wadi Hennis and Karawein Depression.

White Desert

 

Natural wealth

White Desert

The protectorate is a home to a very large and old specimen of Acacia nilotica which make place very important scientifically. Also in the area you can find animals like The Slender-horned Gazelle, Gazella leptoceros. The place overall is a very popular area for tourists and residents who come to enjoy its unique scenery. At some point of time the desert was a habitat for many roaming herds of elephant, giraffe, gazelle and other animals, the desert would have been a savannah with lush green areas and lakes full of fish. The place seems to be an ideal hunting ground for pre-historic man.

The many formations found here

White Desert

At White Desert you can find many unique and spectacular formations which have been designated some unique descriptive names and have been sculpted by the harsh winds flowing in the desert which have helped the formations get carved into weird shapes that keep constantly changing over time. Here you can find formations like ‘monoliths’ and ‘mushrooms’, ‘ice cream cones’, ‘tents’ and ‘crickets’, as well as the majestic conical flat-topped ‘inselbergs’, to name but a few of the formations.

More about the protectorate

White desert, now a protectorate, is like a natural wonder of Egypt and is referred as the White desert Park. The outer parts nearest the road are known as the Old Desert and can be reached in a normal vehicle. The place manages to attract a large number of tourists who often choose an overnight camping safari, which helps them in witnessing the contrast of both sunset and dawn. The new tracks here have been laid out to help vehicles which pass this famous landmark see the same. The place is initially a field of giant ‘mushrooms’, followed by an ancient lone Acacia tree.

It’s often said that night at the protectorate spend under the stars is an experience never forgotten. As the sky turns pink then deepest fiery orange, the rock-shapes fade and silence is all around. You can enjoy thoroughly while sitting around a small fire and enjoying the simplest meal of chicken, rice and vegetables. If the moon is near full, the white chalk rock shapes glow eerily.

The White Desert is a place that is very hard to leave. It’s bound to offer you a truly magical experience. The protectorate is justifiably the most well-known desert destination in Egypt - and for a good reason.


Protectorates of Egypt

Abu Galum Protectorate
Ras Abu Galum Protectorate in Egypt is located near Taba
Ashtum el-Gamil Protectorate
Located in Egypt, at a distance of about 7 km from the Port Said
El Hassana Dome Protectorate
Announced in 1989, El Hassana Dome Protectorate
Lake Burullus Protectorate

Located towards the east of the Rosetta branch of the river Nile in Egypt

Lake Qarun Protectorate
Lake Qarun protectorate in Egypt is located in the El Fayoum governorate
Nabq Protectorate
Nabq protectorate in Egypt is located just 25 km from the city of Sharm El Sheikh
Petrified Forest Protectorate
The area outside Maadi, which lies about 30 kms away from Cairo
Sannur Valley Cave Protectorate

Sannur Valley Cave Protectorate is located in the Beni-Suef

Taba Protectorate
Declared in the year 1998, Taba protected area is located in the south Sinai
Wadi Al Allaqi Protectorate
Announced to be a protectorate in 1989, Wadi Al Allaqi
Wadi Al Assiut
Wadi Al Assuti is a protected area in Asiout Governorate
Wadi El Rayan Protectorate

Established in the year 1989 after declaration by the prime minster

Ras Mohammed
A lot of people, and me among them, believe that Ras Mohamed does not belong to this world
Siwa Oasis
Siwa one of the most inaccessible oases of Egypt till recently is considered to be
WadiDegla Protectorate
Wadi Degla area in Cairo governorate was declared as a protectorate
Wadi el-Gemal National Park near Hamata

Wadi el Gamal protected area near Hamata in Egypt is a national park

White Desert
People who have visited white desert say it’s a truly magical place that’s hard to leave