The White desert is one of the most special landscapes I've ever seen, and it's not so well known yet. I've visited it twice so far, it certainly has an addictive quality. Once you go once, you'll miss it when you come back to the city. This time, I went with an international group, with Japanese friends and Canadians. It was such a wonderful time, and amazing food, thanks to Hamada from Bawiti. Even if you've never been to a desert before, the trips from Bawiti are not so difficult. It's quite comfortable, and family friendly. But it depends on the guide, so choose carefully. You don't want someone taking you in an old car with dirty blankets and bad food.
Few things to keep in mind and bring -
In winter months, the temperature at night can drop down to nearly freezing, so bring a warm jacket and warm socks. The jacket/sweater shouldn't be a fuzzy kind, because sitting around the fire at night you can get burn holes. With Hamada, I didn't need to worry about blankets and sleeping bags, he provides good ones, thick and warm and clean.
During the day, the sun is very strong. So good sunscreen and sunglasses. It's very useful to have a thin cotton scarf, long / large one. I didn't find any nice quality scarfs in the cafeteria/giftshop we stopped at in al Haiz on the way to the desert, so I recommend you bring your own.
Last time I was in Agabat in September, a swarm of little flies that bite came by. I had forgotten a bug spray, so you might want to bring something!
During full moon it's really magical, I recommend going there during full moon, unless you're a star-gaze freak. If you go for stargaze during new moon time, you might want to download some star maps on your smartphone, or probably better, just bring a star chart if you want to do it the old fashioned way. During new moon, I saw some crazy bring shooting stars that illuminate the whole desert! A nice pair of bright binoculars are useful. You can look up full moon calendars online and search for egypt, to get an idea when you want to go.
Please if you have any questions about the white desert don't hesitate to contact me here.
I definitely recommend Hamada, he's a wonderful company and very professional, with good rates, and strong passion for his land. His team is called Desert Safari Egypte with e at the end.
I forgot to mention, if you're lucky you get to hand-feed the foxes! Make sure your guide has some sort of chicken or meat if you want to see them.
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