The sleeping 'Geckos'! White Desert
After a crappy nightâ€™s sleep with mummy tummy and the cold, I was up before sunrise to catch the sun coming up over the White Desert. It was lovely and worth the early rise. Once everyone else had risen we had breakfast of boiled eggs, jam, soft cheese and rolls, not very exciting but it filled a gap. We then packed up camp and went exploring in the White Desert. Kimo took us to some of the better parts where we could take good photos, the White Desert is such an amazing place. We continued on to the sound of more Arab pop to Farafra Oasis, stopping along the way at a natural hot spring on the side of the road. The hot spring wasn't quite what we expected because it was in what looked like a concrete animal water trough and thus wasn't appealing.
Some of the group opted to go in including my husband! I wasnâ€™t game. On reaching Farafra township, we visited Badr's Museum which is the creation of a self taught artist. The museum resembles a qasr (mud fortress) with rustic sculptures and carvings of camels and other animals on the walls. We spent about an hour exploring his wonderful creations and gave him 5 Egyptian Pounds for the privilege.
Sunrise in the White Desert
We continued through the desert and went off road for a while to have some fun 4WDriving across the sand. The desert scenery around here was a sea of sand, vastly different from the White Desert we had just left behind. We stopped for a short while to grab some photos of this beautiful area before moving on.
As we moved towards Dakhla Oasis the second Landcruiser that was behind us got a flat tyre so we had to pull over so the Bedouins could fix it! After getting that little task out the way, we moved on but we hadnâ€™t gone far before the second Landcruiser stopped again! This time there was something wrong in the engine so we had to tow it!! The next stop was the Bedouin camp, so it was a good job it broke down when it did, after we had done all our activities for the day! And so to the Bedouin camp which is more for tourists because I donâ€™t think any Bedouins lived there, I certainly didnâ€™t see any women and children, only men and they were the staff. The camp itself looked like something off a Star Wars set, it was fascinating.
Our sleeping quarters were little huts with thatched roofs, furnished very simply with two very hard single beds, which were too short for Vaughan to sleep in! It was nice to have an actual bed to sleep in, even though they were as hard as the desert! It was also nice to have toilets and hot showers even though the water pressure was nothing more than a dripping tap! In the evening we enjoyed the hospitality of the Bedouins and enjoyed a nice healthy meal of kofta, salad, mixed vegetables, pasta and of course are all time favourite - pita bread!! After dinner, the party really started with music and dance. Saleh got me up and tried to teach me to belly dance! It was all great fun but I couldnâ€™t keep it up for long as I was very tired and not feeling the best so I went to bed early and left the party animals to it!
'Giving it the Bird' White Desert