White Desert was declared a national park in 2002 as
an area of outstanding natural beauty, it now covers
an area of 3900 km2. Visitors to the park will marvel
at the white chalk inselbergs, carved by nature into
fantastical shapes. Lying on the ground, small calcite
crystals together with fossils and black nodules of
iron pyrites can be spotted. Elsewhere in the park,
small uninhabited oasis and the scattered mini-depressions
are a surprising feature in the desert as they create
small patches of green that contrast with the golden-beige
sand and the white chalk. The visitor may catch a glimpse
of the-ever present fox, the Sooty falcon or other secretive
Design and construction of facilities for empowering
conservation, managing visitors and serving ecotourism
included the visitor center, audio visual exhibits ,
ticket office, guard outpost and entry landmark.
The visitor center is located in the town of Farafra
13 km from the park's southern border, it's mud architecture
is rooted in the region's traditions which is evident
in the nearby old village of Qasr. The grounds' landscape
mimics the region’s natural and surrounding landscape
with palm trees over mounds which are intended - over
time - to be “vegetative mounds”. Tamarix
, halfa and other wild species are encouraged to germinate.
The exhibits introduces the park's fantastic geology,
flora, fauna and its captivating landscapes. It also
presents the local culture and the region's history.
An audio presentation available in 3 languages was designed
to take visitors on a tour along the entire exhibits
in 20 minutes .