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Farafra Oasis/Egypt

Introducing Farafra Oasis

Blink and you might miss dusty Farafra, the least populated and most remote of the Western Desert’s oases. Its exposed location made it prone to frequent attacks by Libyans and Bedouin tribes, many of whom eventually settled in the oasis and now make up much of the population.

In recent years, the government has been increasing its efforts to revitalise this region, and the production of olives, dates, apricots, guavas, figs, oranges, apples and sunflowers is slowly growing. Though light on tourist infrastructure or any real attractions, Farafra’s proximity to the White Desert (only 20km away) and its torpid pace of life and extensive palm gardens manage to draw a small trickle of travellers each year.