Welcome to Farafra Oasis
Blink and you might just miss dusty Farafra, the smallest 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. The original population of Farfarunis, about 9000, has more than doubled with an influx of Egyptians from the Nile Valley to work in agriculture.
Since the 2011 revolution, few tourists make it to Farafra, preferring to arrange the White Desert trip in Bahariya, making Farafra a very sleepy place indeed.