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Camels in the Desert, Egypt

The Western Desert

The Western Desert is a beautiful, diverse, interesting and mesmerising area of Egypt.

Most visitors to Egypt stay in the Nile Valley, visiting the ancient sites and wonders, so a trip out into the Western Desert will not only inspire you, but you will also find that once you leave the valley, you are one of few travellers in this region.

The Western Desert is part of the Sahara and stretches as far as the border with Libya to the West and Sudan to the South. The main settlements are Bahariyyah, Farafrah, Daklah and Khargah, and they are all linked together by a 1,000km road which loops from Giza to the Nile Valley at Asyut.

Siwa Oasis, Western Desert, Egypt
Siwa Oasis, Egypt

Siwa

Siwa, the most mysterious of them all lies approximately 300km from Marsa Matruh, which lies on the Mediterranean coast. Siwah often stands alone and is visited independently of the other four oases. Due to its remoteness, it maintains its own culture and language, related to the Berber languages of North Africa. The most impressive sight in the oasis is the gardens. Siwa is Egypt’s major producer of dates and over a million palms.

Chalk formation in White desert, Egypt
White Desert, Egypt

Bahariyyah

Bahariyyah is the closest to Giza, at approximately 330km away. Archaeologists have recently revealed an ancient cemetery that is thought to be the largest ever uncovered. Farafrah is the furthest from the Nile Valley and boasts approximately 100 natural springs. Out in the desert, you really feel that you are a long way from anywhere, giving a sense of disengagement with the rest of Egypt and the Arab world.

The road from Bahariyah passes what is known as, the White Desert. Here you will find strangely eroded sandstone and the most amazing colours. In Daklah you can find some wonderful mud-brick villages, whose lanes form a labyrinth. Kharga is the largest and most developed of the oases and is the administrative seat of the Nile Valley Project.

Experiences

Bir Wahed Hot Springs

Relax in one of the numerous hot springs scattered around the oases of Bir Wahed and Siwa.

Sculptures of the White Desert

Visit the limestone sculptures carved by the millennial efforts of sand and wind in the White Desert.

Siwa Oasis Community

Meet the inhabitants of Siwa Oasis and watch the sunset over a crystallising salt lake at Fatnas Island.

Al Qasr

Visit the thoughtfully restored old town of Al Qasr, showcasing how the other oasis towns once looked before modern development.

Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Katie Benden

The excitement of travelling the world has always hugely appealed. Largely cemented from my first solo trip to Egypt and the Middle East. The crazy hustle and bustle of Cairo was a huge assault on the senses, scrambling through the claustrophobic tunnels of the Great pyramid took me out of my comfort zone and I was left humbled by the warm hospitality of the Nubian people in Aswan as we shared dinner together.
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Tom Frost

Having travelled to different parts of the world over the years it never ceases to amaze me how you constantly learn and evolve from the adventures you experience. I adore working in an environment where I can share my passion for the world and discuss fascinating stories both from my experiences and that of our clients. In the past year I’ve delved into the wintery beauty of St Petersburg, trekked through the colourful desert in Jordan and sailed down the iconic Nile in Egypt.
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