The White Desert (known as Sahara el Beyda, with the word Sahara meaning a desert). The White Desert of Egypt is located 45 km (30 miles) north of Farafra. The desert contains a white, cream color and has massive chalk rock formations that have been created as a result of occasional sandstorms in the area. These wind-sculpted forms look deceptively close to a gallery of ice-sculptures amidst this very hot desert backdrop.
Egypt's Western Desert No single name should really be applied to the vast area of desert that runs all the way from the Mediterranean coast of Egypt to the Sudanese border some 1,000km (600 miles) to the south. This massive area of sand and rock, in fact, contains many different deserts with different names, and topography that varies from smooth, windblown flats of sand to massive rocky escarpments to sinuous dunes of golden sand. Far from being empty wastelands, these deserts are rich in wildlife and contain several towns, some of which have been inhabited since Pharaonic times. Long ignored by all but the most adventurous tourists, the western desert is now becoming increasingly popular as facilities improve and word gets around about spectacular landscapes, hot springs, palm trees, and unexplored ruins.