Oases are the great treasure of the Western Desert in Egypt. The Farafra Oasis has a natural beauty of its own. It is in the west of Egypt between the oases of Dakhla and Bahariya. It is 180 km from the Black Desert, 170 km from the Bahariya Oasis, 627 km from Cairo.
It has more than 5 thousand inhabitants of Bedouins. Their houses are built in the traditional way of adobe. It contains more than 100 wells of hot water that most of which are used in irrigation.
The History of Farafra Oasis
It was known by the ancient Egyptians as “Ta-Iht” which means the land of the cow by its goddess Hathor. The Oasis was known by the pharaohs and was mentioned in the inscriptions of the temples as; in the Temple of Karnak the occupation of Farafra by the Libyan troops in the period of the pharaoh Merenhotep (son of Ramses II) was mentioned, in the Temple of Luxor it was mentioned as the origin of minerals and in the Temple of Edfu, the seven oases and Ti-iht to the northwest of Kenemet (the Oasis of Dakhla) were mentioned.
There are some ruins of the Roman Empire in the place, such as temples, tombs, and palaces. It was also the refuge of the Copts from the Roman persecution. In the Islamic period, the oasis flourished because of the trade-in dates, tea, and olives between the oasis and the Nile.
The Attractions of the Farafra Oasis
The Hot Springs: like Bir Sitta (the most famous spring in the oasis for its ideal hot water), Ain Bishay (since Roman times and used for irrigation), and Abu Nus (the big tourist lake for relaxation and swimming).
The Museum of Badr: It is where there are the sculptures of artist “Badr”. His sculptures are made of stone, mud, and sand. He also makes objects that reflect the traditional life in Farafra.
The White Desert: It is to the north of Farafra. It was below sea level so you can find fossils of marine animals among the rocks. It is covered with white limestone from sandstorms. One of the best-known rocks is “The finger of God” or “Al Qubar”, which is a 20m high rock that resembles a finger in the sandy heart of the Western Desert.
The Black Desert: It is covered with black rocks due to volcanic activity for thousands of years. The English Mountain is considered the highest part of the Black Desert.
The Crystal Mountain: It is between the White Desert and the Black Desert. It is formed from the rock crystals of Cacita.
Visit the Farafra Oasis and the Egyptian Attractions
Do not miss the opportunity to visit the oases of Egypt and live the adventure among these beautiful landscapes. Check our travel packages to Egypt and book your trip. You can also enjoy the attractions of the immortal cities of Luxor and Aswan for a cruise on the Nile.