After midnight, It’s a full moon night, every this is quite, all went to sleep and in the middle of nature, it all starts. Hot water springing up and warming our cold bodies at 10 *C in January. The moon is shedding silver light on the scene. You can’t see much, actually there isn’t much to see around the water spring. A few bushes here and there, suddenly you are in the middle of the clouds with the steam coming out from the hot water. It really looks like you are swimming among the clouds on the rhythms of an everlasting Bedouin song.
This is how we started our three days journey to Al- Farfra oasis, New Valley governorate. The trip took about six hours drive from Cairo to our destination. The destination is almost 550 kilometers away from Cairo, but we made three stops during our journey to rest and have coffee etc.
By the time we arrived to Badaweya hotel the sun was gone. Each checked into his room in the traditionally designed hotel as separated chalets with domes at the top. Of course everyone was very hungry. We enjoyed a welcome treat of mandarins and dates from the hotel gardens, while our dinner was being prepared. Dinner started with hot creamy lentil soup followed by roasted chicken with potatoes, mahshy i.e. stuffed vigutables, rice and salad, all homemade style.
After dinner we gathered around fire and enjoyed Bedouin tea. Some were too cold to join,and only six of us decided to take the adventure of swimming in the water spring in the middle of the night. Our guide from the hotel drove us in a Pajero to the spring, about ten minutes from the hotel.
Healthy natural spa
Besides the marvelous scenery of swimming under the beautiful stars, bathing in hot water springs is very healthy. This water contains a variety of minerals like calcium and sodium bicarbonate. The minerals in the water, helps relief stress and heat relaxes tense muscles. It’s also good for Rheumatism and other joints problems in general. It smoothes and softens the skin, plus the properties of sulfur water can relieve eczema. It’s also good for the heart and whole body nourish , moreover , it improves sleep.“Saad” our guide said that swimming at night in hot spring keeps you warm for the rest of the night, where the temperature goes down to 8 or 9 *C.
* Bonus: You don’t have to shower after swimming in a hot water spring. It’s better to leave the minerals do its magic work on your skin.
I woke the first morning in my warm bed room, rays of sun coming from the circle window up the high wall. Spacious bed and a room decorated with Bedouin style and desert rocks. The living room has a traditional chimney and fridge and TV ; I doubt you’ll ever of using it.
Unlike the cold night, morning was sunny and warm. We enjoyed our breakfast by the pool. Traditional “foul and Taameya” eggs, cheese, salads, yogurt, and “halawa bar” you need a lot of these at night to give you power.
We started off to the old gardens; a massive gardens of palm trees, citrus and olives that has been there for ages. You can try climbing the palm tree and get fresh dates, but be careful not to get caught. After a refreshing walk amongst different shades of green, we moved to the farm, ten minutes drive from the old gardens, a unique combination of desert rocks, and green land. We walked among old clay houses and met some nice farm cows and donkeys. We found a shaded spot on a golden ground. Golden yellow tree leaves covered the place and it was about time to have a small snack. Bedouin tea and dates dipped in virgin olive oil a total new extravaganza combination. The sun is about leave and we took off to the hot water spring. A different spring where you can stand and the water will cover you up to the nick. The hot water pores on you from a man made tube. It runs down strongly giving you the best natural Jacuzzi experience in the world. The minerals in the water turned its color into more red color, so it’s normal to feel like you’re swimming in tomato soup. It’s ok; some springs have clearer water than others.
Desert evenings usually starts with the dinner around 6 pm. Taking a walk around Farafra town, then gathering around fire camp enjoying the melodies of bedioun “nay”, traditional songs and dances. Or you can merely observe the stars spread sky or go swimming in the water spring.
Nature Master piece
On the third day, we went on our major adventure of all. After thirty minutes drive we arrived at one of kind in the world, the White desert or “ elsahara elbeeda” . It’s a national protected area where sand storms, over time, has created nature master pieces of rock formations. The massive chalk rock forest has taken many shapes; the most famous one is the mushroom which is the symbol of the nature reserve. Also there is The Rabbit and The Chicken rocks and you can spend your day imaging what other shapes you can find there. Millions of years ago this area was a big sea, that’s why you can find fossils in limestone. Another ten minutes drive we passed by “Ein Khadra” a small oasis in the middle of the desert where you can meet some funny camels. There is also the black desert. Then we arrived at another type of desert with colored sand rocks, with different shades of red, green, yellow and black marvelous formations. Our last stop was in an ice cream-like desert, it has smooth white surface as if you have fallen into a vanilla ice cream bucket. This was our spot for a quick snack before sunset, Then we headed back to the hotel.
On the fourth day, we woke up early, had breakfast and got ready to go back to Cairo. Some authentic shopping is a must; you get to choose from a variety of local dates and pure olive oil. Also there is a range of different handmade wool products that make a wonderful souvenir like gloves, scarves, and wool rugs. On the way we made a very important stop at the Crystal Mountain. It’s part of The White Desert nature reserve. The sand there is literally glowing. Natural crystals are everywhere behind a dark gloomy rock mountain; a spectacular sightseeing. Then we continued our journey back to the capital.
Three days seemed out of this universe. As if you have travelled back to the very old times,pure, virgin nature all around you. You enjoy fresh air, glowing sky day and night. You are relaxed and enchanted i.e. you are reborn.
Le Méridien Cairo Airport Invites Travellers To Savour The Beauty Of Golden Hour This Summer Season
Au Soleil Stay Package at LE MÉRIDIEN CAIRO AIRPORT
The Most Outstanding Hotels Around the World
The Most Outstanding Travel Locations for Ambitious Globetrotters in Christmas
Dr Doaa the professional dermatologist making noise in the industry
Le Méridien Cairo Airport Invites Travellers To Savour The Beauty Of Golden Hour This Summer Season
Egypt mitigates, adapts to effects of climate change via 324 bn national projects: Minister
Allianz Egypt launches the first round of Allianz Athlete Experience for Egyptian Tennis Enthusiasts to support Mayar Sherif
Unforgettable Eid Celebration at Somabay
An Inspirational Talk with The Smile Ambassador Dr Ahmed Al Kaffas
Biota: The Safe Haven You longed for it to Reopen
Mother’s day: Home workouts for the mommies
May Yacoubi: Cooking up the perfect bond with her daughter
The captivating power of the Tunisian beauty Hend Sabry
DAWLY’S MESSAGE STIRS UP THE UNDERGROUND INTO AN AVALANCHE
A BLIZZARD TAKES OVER EGYPT WITH THE RISING TIDE OF THE UNDERGROUND! El Waili and Moscow drop a visually surreal...
In celebration of the New Year … Socialista hosts distinguishable designers at La fête de Noel
Saying goodbye to a very remarkable year in the fashion industry and approaching a new aspiring one, Socialista Events blends...
The Next Generation of Sustainable Fashion through Biotech Fabrics
Plant based materials, are revolutionizing the world of fashion fabrics, from pineapple leather, rose silk, and recyclable material these materials are making a change in the world of fashion. The planet had been in danger since the environmental catastrophe of global warming, and increased levels of consumption. The sustainability of fashion, and our lifestyles can make a wider change in the way the planet can be saved. Thankfully, when the Fashion industry had been aware of the influence it has on contaminating the environment, several actions were taken, by considerable industry names. The fashion industry had a detrimental impact on the environment, through cotton harvesting, harmful chemical gases released through the manufacturing of polyester and nylon, a million of textile waste released every day. In an effort to cease the fashion industry harm to the environment, huge names such as Stella McCartney, Adidas, Nike, Hermes, are choosing an environmentally friendly biomaterial. Vegan leather has become one of the most sustainable alternatives to save the planet. These Biotech materials range from, spider silk, algae, mycelium leather, cactus leather, onion skin, coffee grounds, and even glittering sweat crystals. These biologically adapted materials, are convenient and advantageous than any other material used in history, causing less deterioration to the planet.
2022 Color is Pantone’s Lilac Very Peri
A color about encouraging creativity and imagination, encourages personal inventiveness and courageousness. A color that illuminates your personality and, thoughts, a color that brings out the artistry within each individual’s creations, Very Peri – 17-3938 by Pantone is a color made for the most erratic creations. Pantone a creative LLC company that had been well established for their color systems, design, printing, manufacturing, and supporting the management of color from design to production, amongst several materials. The corporation is located is Carlstadt New Jersey, and founded by Lawrence Herbert. Since 2000, Pantone had been fascinating the world with its creations of colors and, deciding the shade of the year. This annum, was a appealing purple blue, with red undertones. The selection process requires trend analysis, and drawing from the worlds of entertainments, art fashion, design, and several entities. As this color selection process is difficult and requires lots of accuracy. Though Veri Peri, a deep darkened Purple with red undertones is a vivid color for expression creativity, euphoria, and magical capabilities that youth hold within them. If you’re a passionate creative with strong personal ambitions this is the color for you.