The Western Desert

 

The Western Desert

 

The Western Desert is 262, 000 square miles of  sand dunes, canyons, oasis, mountains, and valleys. There are five oases in Egypt, Siwa Oasis,  Bahariya Oasis, Farfra, Dhakla and Kharga. The White Desert is the most famous attraction in the western desert. It's located between Bahariya Oasis and Farafra. Once you reach the White Desert, you will be inspired by this magical landscapes full of strange limestones that shaped like giant mushrooms, fjords, and icebergs. Quench your thirst at any of the five oases!

Important Sites

 

Siwa Oasis

Siwa is one of the most fascinating oases on the edge of the Great Sand Sea. Its rich history includes visits of Alexander the Great and Amun Prophecy Temple. Siwans have their own culture and customs and they speak a Berber language, Siwi, rather than Arabic. Siwa remains one of the best places to buy local jewels, rugs, baskets, traditional robes and head dresses decorated with coins.

   

Bahariya Oasis

located around 365 km / 250 miles southwest of Giza and approximately 200 km / 135 miles from Farafra Oasis. The Oases are famous for their palm trees, olive, apricot, rice and corn "production". The region is rich in wildlife of migrant birds and deer. Sulphur springs discovered by the Romans are unique due to the location and archaeological sites dating back to the Pharaonic periods.

   

 

Farafra Oasis

Farafra is located between Bahareya and Dakhla. Nearby there are some Roman ruins including a church with Coptic graffiti. Once one enters the White Desert through Al Sillim passage, a unique landscape of surreal wind-eroded rock formations expects the visitor.

   

 

Al Kharga Oasis

Al Kharga used to be the last stop on the Road of Forty Days, the infamous slave-trade-route between North Africa and the tropical south. Today it is the biggest New Valley oasis. Places of interest are: Temple of Hibis, the Necropolis of Al Bagawat, the Tombs of Peace & The Exodus and Pharaonic monuments such as the Al Ghuwayta Temple and many more.

   

Dakhla Oasis

Dakhla is located around 200 km / 135 miles west of Al Kharga. The capital Mut's name is attributed to Mut, the consort of god Amon. The ancient city dating back to the Pharaonic period houses the Museum of the Heritage and the Bir Al Gabal is a palm-fringed salt lake. In 35 km / 20 miles distance there is the village of Al Qasr, ruins of an Ayubid mosque.

   

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