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Western Desert Oases Travel Guide

Farafra Oasis

Farafra is the least populated of the four southern oasis, but perhaps the most geologically diverse, combining elements of Bahariya to the north, and Dakhla to the south—plus a few of its own. Its most celebrated attraction, the White Desert, is a plain of surreal, wind-scoured chalk monoliths that capture the imagination. The oasis also boasts several hot springs, dune fields, and a

small lake that attracts migratory birds.

In pharaonic times Farafra was known as ta-iht, the "Land of the Cow." Today, agriculture still dominates the local economy and only a handful of people are involved in tourism. As a result, there are few touts, and few tourist facilities, but plenty of genuine smiles.

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