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The Libyan Desert of Egypt

This diverse safari showcases a different side of Egypt and will appeal to people with a sense of adventure. Adventure!! We will head deep into the remote landscapes, along the sand dunes of Ghard Abu Muharrik towards the magnificent fields of Watermelon Valley (Batieg) and the amazing chalk sculptures of the White Desert.

This safari shows you all the beauty of the deserts, wadi's, oases, people and the ancient treasures of Bahariya Oasis, as the Golden Mummies and the tombs of Bannentiu and his father Zed-Amun-ef-Ankh at the hill Qasr Selim. One of the highlights of this journey is Cave Djara, also known as Gara Cave. In December 1873 Gerhard Rohlfs (1831-1896) and his expedition team, in the company of Bedouins, discovered it when they traveled the caravan track Darb Assyut. Inside the Djara cave are many prehistoric carvings and stalactites like thick pillars. Via the Watermelon valley we drive to and through the breathtaking White Desert National Park. The beauty and variety of the Western Desert will surprise you. And colorful tombs will be switched through green oases and old settlements.

 

 

 

Trip Highlights

the great pyramids of Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure at Giza

the old settlements of Bahariya Oasis

the Temple Ain al-Muftilla (26th Dynasty) and the colorful Tomb of Bannantiu

the stalactite cave Djara with its prehistoric rock carvings

Watermelon valley (Batieg)

the well Magic Spring

white chalk sculptures of the White Desert

Crystal Mountains

the hills and sand of Aqabat

small black-topped mountains of the Black Desert

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Route Libyan Desert of Egypt

 

Day 1  Cairo - Pyramids of Giza - Bahariya Oasis

Day 2  Bahariya Oasis - Pyramid Mountains

Day 3  Cave Djara

Day 4  Batieg (watermelon valley) - Aqabat - Magic Spring

Day 5  White Desert (Mushrooms) - Western Desert

Day 6  Crystal Mountains - Haiz - Black Desert

Day 7  Bahariya - Cairo

 

 

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   Travel dates / Price

 Duration 7 days / 6 nights
 Route

Cairo - Pyramids of Giza - Bahariya Oasis- Cave Djara - Batieg - White Desert - Western Desert - Crystal Mountains - Black Desert - Bahariya Oasis - Cairo

   
 Travel dates Any date you wish

 Price

The price is 'tour only' and do not include international airfares.
  Included:
  • transport and 4WD vehicles on safari

  • overnights camp

  • during camp tent, sleeping mattresses, sleeping bags and blankets

  • during camp full board (3 meals a day)

  • mineral water, tea, coffee and soft drinks

  • meals specified in program

  • sightseeing mentioned in program

  • entrance fee

    • White Desert National Park

  Not Included:
  • flight, visa (± €25) and insurances

  • meals unless specified, alcoholic drinks

  • entrance fees unless specified, optional sightseeing or activities during free time

  • tips and spending of a personal nature

  Price:

€ 645 p.p. by 3 participants

 

50% discount for children from 3 to 8 years old

 

25 % discount for children from 9 to 14 years old

    

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Itinerary the Libyan Desert of Egypt

 

 

Day 1: Cairo - Pyramids of Giza - Bahariya Oasis

Pick-up in the morning at your hotel in Cairo.

Today we drive towards Bahariya Oasis. For the votary we visit the pyramids of Giza. Actually you must have seen it. When you see the pyramids of the pharaohs Khufu (Cheops), Khafre (Chefren) and Menkaure (Mycerinos) and the Sphinx, you realize why they are one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world.

Bahariya is the closest oasis to Cairo but is the most distant oasis in time. Here the Bedouins live traditional. Bawiti is the main town of the oasis. In the Greco-Roman times Bahariya was very important. Many tombs and temples remains from this period. But also at the times of the pharaoh's colorful tombs as Qasr Selim remains. The ruin on the top of Jebel el-Ingleez (Black Mountain) was during World War I an English lookout post to observe troop movements by the Sanusi. Late in the afternoon we will arrive at Bawiti. Not far outside Bawiti we make our camp for tonight.

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

 

Day 2: Bahariya Oasis - Pyramid Mountains

In and around Bawiti there are many things to see. This morning we'll visit the ruins of the temple of Alexander the Great (332 BC), Ain el-Muftella (26th dynasty), the beautiful tombs of Bannantiu and his father Zed-Amun-ef-Ankh at Qasr Selim (26th dynasty) and the famous Golden Mummies.

After lunch we drive to el-Hara (one of the villages of Bahariya Oasis). We drive through the fabulous area of Pyramid Mountains and along the seif sand dunes of Ghard Abu Muharrik, 'dune with an Engine'. The dune-belt of Ghard Abu Muharrik fills the hollows of the shallow longitudinal depression that cuts through the plateau from north to south. It is the longest dune field in the entire Western Desert (and probably in the whole world). For 350 km, Abu Muharrik advances in persistence from northeast of Bahariya oasis towards the depression of Kharga in the south. ‘Muharrik’ comes from the Arabic word haraka meaning ‘movement’, it is the dune-belt that moves. Dr. John Ball who had surveyed Abu Muharrik in the 1920’s, recorded that the dunes creep some 10 m per year. In the middle of the desert we'll make camp.

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

 

Day 3: Pyramid Mountains - Ghard Abu Muharrik - Cave Djara 

After breakfast we drive along Ghard Abu Muharrik towards Cave Djara, also known as Gara Cave. Gerhard Rohlfs (1831-1896) discovered it when he and his expedition team traveled the caravan route Darb Asyut in December 1873. The cave begins as a fissure in the ground. It has wonderful white stalactites. You can find also rock carvings of ostriches, antelopes and other animals, dating from between 8,000 and 5,000 BC.

On our way to Batieg we make camp.

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

 

Day 4: Batieg - Aqabat - Magic Spring

Today we drive along Batieg (watermelon valley). It got its name through the huge bullet black stones. You can only find it in this part of the Western Desert. Via Wadi Sant, the valley of the acacias, and 'the Docter Hill' we drive towards Aqabat and Magic Spring.

Here in this spectacular area we'll camp. And for sure you will not easily forget the sunset with the palm trees of Magic Spring on the background. While the Bedouins make our camp and dinner you can take a bath.

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

 

Day 5: Magic Spring - White Desert - Western Desert

In the area around Magic Spring you can find fossils of shells. Nearby, in one of the hills, you can find mummies. Our driver will brings us to the famous New White Desert. The wind has eroded chalk monoliths into surreal forms resembling skulls, hawks, mushrooms. The ground and the chalk monoliths are littered with shells, crystals and iron pyrites shaped like sea urchins, twigs or turds. Through the White Desert we drive towards Farafra Oasis. While the Bedouins buy fresh vegetables and meat you can have a look in the small village of Farafra. Then we drive to the Western Desert, a breathtaking mountain landscape and maybe the nicest part of the entire Western Desert. Here we spend another night camping in the great outdoors, with only the whispering wind and sands to distract us.

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

 

Day 6: Western Desert - Aqabat - Crystal Mountain - Black Desert

Today, via the magnificent area of Aqabat and Crystal Mountains we move towards the Black Desert. This area is dominated by dozens and dozens of small black-topped mountains. The ground is overlaid by colorful limestone and basalt from the Eocene period. From a mountain at al-Zuqaq you have a great view over the Black Desert. Here, in the Black Desert, we'll enjoy our last desert camp before returning to Cairo.

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

 

Day 7: Black Desert - Bahariya Oasis - Cairo

In the morning you can explore and walk around at Bawiti, to visit the local market and the local souvenir-shops or just to wander around to see the old village and the groves of palms and fruit trees. After lunch we drive to Cairo to your hotel. Tour ends in Cairo; we expect to reach your hotel in the afternoon.

Meals included: 1 breakfast

 

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