After the White Desert we went to Qasr El-Farafra. It is approximately 40km to the oasis.
On the way to Farafra I found the parent and child of camels.
Farafra has an estimated 5,000 inhabitants mainly living in the town of Farafra and is mostly inhabited by the local Bedouins.
Parts of the town have complete quarters of traditional architecture, simple, smooth, unadorned, all in mud colour.
Local pride has also secured endeavours to secure local culture.
In ancient times, Farafra was called To-ihw or the Land of the Cow (referring to the goddess Hathor). The old village of Qasr El-Farafra was based around a 120-room mud-brick fort (qasr) from which it got its name. The villagers used the fort when they were under attack from outside tribes.
The fort collapsed in 1958, but the remains of Qasr El-Farafra have narrow alleys and houses of sun-dried bricks with wooden doors.
The modern village is a lovely slow-moving place, with quiet dusty streets and traditionally decorated homes.
They are sometimes decorated by the local artist with landscapes, birds, animals and verses.
The Bedouins live in one-storey houses, mostly painted blue (believed to ward off the evil eye). Usually, one house is divided into many sections, occupied by more than one family, with the sections linked through open air corridors. I did not have much time, so I looked around the village in a hurry. The photos below was taken at that time.
I met them leaving the village of El-Farafra. I hope their happiness forever.