The White Desert's limestone formations

The White Desert's limestone formations

Unlike anywhere else you’ve been, or will ever go. In between two of Egypt’s oasis towns, the wind has whipped and beaten chalk monoliths into a succession of mind-boggling sculptures that leaves visitors at turns standing in open-jawed wonder and laughing at the surreal landscape in front of them. Clearly, the world has taken leave of its senses here: a Dali sketchbook of clouds harnessed to the earth, petrified explosions, coral reefs, a chalk zoo of hawks and camels, chickens and ostriches, and the biggest mushrooms you’ll ever lay eyes on. And ‘white’ doesn’t even begin to cover it: gold in the midday sun and a deep purple come sunset, this is a staggering, utterly bewitching part of the world.   

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