Camping in the White Desert

A wondrous place in Egypt where you can spend the night under the stars, or in a tent

Spending the night in the White desert is a must. The jeep forms the hub of a simple camp, and when night falls food is prepared on a wood fire while the stars come out one by one. The gentle morning sun really completes this experience.

One of the most popular tours in this area is camping out in the wondrous world that is the White Desert. The tours are usually planned that you’ll first spend time exploring the desert with its strange and unique landscapes, and then the camp is set up.

A wonderfully easy campsite

Een overnachting in de Witte Woestijn is puur avontuur. ©Corno van den Berg

The 4WD is parked so that it’s easy to set up a tent around it to protect you from the wind, but you can also choose to sleep under the stars or in a tent. Everything is organised including mats, sleeping bags and pillows, as well as the food and of course glorious sunshine.

The famous white rocks in the White Desert. ©Corno van den Berg

The beauty of the night

The White Desert (and its lesser-known cousin the Black Desert) have no roads or developments, so you can enjoy a night sky with no light pollution whatsoever. It’s easy to spot the Milky way, or other constellations and planets.

Keep an eye out for shooting starts and satellites. The stars give off so much light that even without the moon you can see the contours of your surroundings. So sit back, cast your eyes up and enjoy.

How to get here?

You can head out into the White Desert, the best place for this experience, from both Bahiraya and Farafra.

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