If an exodus into the desert intrigues you, leave the life-giving waters of the Nile behind and make the lonely journey into the heart of Egypt. Here, in the natively named "Sahara el-Beida" not far from Qasr al-Farafra, you'll come face to face with a stunningly unique geological spectacle hidden amid an otherwise scorched and barren landscape. Thousands of years of windswept limestone (hence the name the "White Desert") have created a national park composed of a series of natural sculptures that can sometimes defy explanation (search for pictures of "The Chicken and The Mushroom" to see what I mean). Hire a guide (safe to do around these parts), then spend the day 4-wheeling through a labyrinth of incredible rock formations until you find a suitable place to set up camp. Around sunset the white stones turn an epic golden hue, and you know it won't be long until tiny desert foxes come sniffing for a scrap of your barbecued dinner. It's not for the faint of heart or those in search of luxury, but if you've got a few days to spare and want to experience a singularly memorable desert safari away from the madness of Cairo, this is your adventure.