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Welcome to Farafra Oasis on the
About 320 km. north-west of Dakhle and 170 km north of Bahereya Oasis.
It is suitable for car tours and safaris by means of the circular road connecting it with Dakhle and Bahereya. There are remains of roman buildings, including Qasr al-Farafrah, built of mudbrick, and Qasr Abu Minqar.
Farafra, known as Ta-iht or the Land of the Cow in pharaonic times, is a single village. The most isolated of the New Valley Oases it is renowned for its strong traditions and piety.
According to folklore the villagers once lost track of time and had to send a rider to Dakhla so they could hold the Friday prayers on the right day.
The oldest part of the village, on a hillside, is next to peaceful walled palm groves; a short ride away there are hot sulphur springs at Bir Setta and swimming at El-Mufid Lake.
As in other oases many of Farafra's houses are painted blue (to ward off the Evil Eye) but here some are olso decorated with landscapes, birds and animals, the handiwork of local artist, Badr.
A combination house, museum and studio exhibiting his paintings and ceramics is situated in a garden full of sculptures made from objects found in the surrounding desert.
Another local, known as Mr Socks, sells beautiful hand-knitted camel-hair sweaters, socks and scarves.
Day trips by jeep and camel treks from here to the White Desert, Bahariya,
Dakhla and Siwa can be arranged through Saad's Restaurant.
HOW TO GET THERE:
By Air: For Information Tel. 3921674 Cairo - Tel. 901695 Kharga.
By Bus: Upper Egypt Bus Service. Tel 3908635 Cairo - Tel. 900838 Kharga.
By Taxi: Within the Governorate - Tel. 900929
Or by SafariTour from Siwa.
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