'The desert is a cold
place where the sun is warm'
Unfortunately the famous Gilf
Kebir National Park, Uweinat and the Great Sand Sea is closed at the
moment. As soon as the Egyptian authorities give permission to travel in
this area, we will deal with this again!
Kebir National Park is an unique archive of cultural and
natural heritage, of geological evolution and biodiversity and
of climate change and human history.
This is a huge region
that, despite its extraordinary scenery and artistic heritage,
is still relatively unknown. In the northern Gilf
area Ralph A. Bagnold discovered a mysterious stone circle. Via
the gap we'll enter the most famous site in the Gilf Kebir; Wadi Sura.
It is the location of the famous Cave of the Swimmers and the
Cave of the Archers. Not far from here lies the recently
discovered Foggini-Mestikawi Cave with hundreds of rock
paintings. Via Aqaba Pass and the red cliffs and sand of Wadi
Hamra we'll head deep into the Great Sand Sea towards Silica
Glass Valley and to the Western Desert's Cave Obeiyed as a finale. Discover and enjoy
this spectacular area of Egypt's Sahara.
A trek across the
Great Sand Sea is an awe-inspiring experience. We will be
travelling into a remote desert world that has been crossed by
nomadic people and their camels for generations. The immense Libyan Desert, which lies
west of the Nile, is one of the most fascinating expanses in the
Sahara, one of the most isolated and it is one of the largest
expanses of sand in the world. The Great Sand Sea contains
dunes up to 100 meters in height. This is a journey of
contrasts. Beautiful tombs and temples in Bahariya oasis, across escarpments and trough the
spectacular sculptures of the White Desert, looking for the rock
art inside Cave Obeiyed, along a trailer and the 1940 Ford truck, abandoned by
the World War II British patrol of the LRDG, across and along the
enormous sand dunes of the Great Sand Sea, passing spring Russia
and Bir Wahed towards the Berber
Great Sand Sea and Qattara Depression is a journey to another world, one of beauty and
adventure. The immense Western Desert, which lies
west of the Nile, is one of the most fascinating expanses in the
Sahara and one of the most isolated. The Qattara Depression lies
below sea level and is covered with salt pans, salt marshes and
sand dunes and the Great Sand Sea is one of the largest expanses
of sand in the world. Nothing lives here but wind, and nothing moves
here but sand.
This is a journey of
contrasts; an expedition, deep into the remote area of the Great Sand Sea and
via the marvellous oasis
Siwa, into Africa's largest
depression; the Qattara Depression.
This is an expedition
into one of the Sahara's most isolated and spectacular regions. Stunning desert scenery ranging from dune fields to arid
mountains, volcanic cones and plains. We will see the best of
the sites of the Gilf Kebir and Jebel Uweinat during this tour,
including the in 1935 by William Shaw discovered cave Magaret
el-Kantara with its extremely beautiful paintings. One of the highlights
of this expedition is Karkur Talh, this large wadi
boasts over 4,000 rock art sites and is an open-air museum of
inestimable value. Also do we pass the most famous site of the Gilf Kebir, with the Cave of the Swimmers, the Cave of the
Archers and the recently discovered Foggini-Mestekawi Cave. The
last part of the expedition is through the Great Sand Sea, one
of the highlights of the tour. Along dunes weaving to find our way through
the sand to Ain Della.
Bring out the
adventurer in you, to some of the most famous rock art sites of
Egypt. Follow in the footsteps of great explorers and discover
the rock art for yourself!
to the heart of the Egyptian Sahara, the world's most
forbidding, driest and least traveled desert. We start our
expedition at the fascinating Siwa Oasis. Along the sand dunes of the
Great Sand Sea we pass through the Silica Glass area towards Gilf Kebir.
This remote region has long excited desert explorers, searching
for the mythical oasis of Zerzura or the lost army of the
Persian emperor Cambyses. We will see the best sites of the Gilf
Kebir during this tour, including Wadi Sura, Foggini-Mestikawi
Cave and the shelter Mogharet el-Kantara. The scene highlights
the diversity of animals, depicting cows, bulls, a calf, and all
in many different shades of creamy white, light and dark ochre,
plain and speckled. The last part of the expedition is through
the area of the Mud Lions, via Abu Ballas to Dakhla oasis.
Adventure for desert
A journey of a lifetime for the true
desert lover prepared to tolerate some discomfort in order to
see places only a few Westerners have ever visited! We'll head deep into the
remote landscapes, following the great explorers as the Egyptian
Prince Kemal al-Din Hussein (1926 - Gilf Kebir Plateau) and
Ahmed Hassanein Bey (1923 - Uweinat), the German Gerhard Rohlfs
(1874 - Great Sand Sea), the British explorers Patrick Clayton of the Long Range Desert Group
(1932 - Silica Glass Area), Ralph A. Bagnold (1930 - Bagnold's
stone circle) and William K. Shaw (1935 - Magaret el-Kantara),
the Hungarian Count Almásy (1933 - Wadi Sura) and the Egyptian
Col. Ahmed al-Mestekawi (2002 - Foggini-Mestikawi Cave). Explore
and admire the archaeological wealth of their discoveries in the
All expeditions are
organised in a small group format, typically with a minimum of 6
and maximum of 12 participants. Dates are tentative, subject to
confirmation from all participants and Egyptian Authorities
(permits). Six weeks before departure we'll need passport copies
of all group members to arrange the military permits.
On our expeditions we are equipped with
well-maintained Toyota Land C ruisers 4x4s, specially equipped
for the desert (spare tires, air compressor, reserve fuel tanks, heavy duty
springs, sand mats, suspension, etc.). During the
expeditions maximum 3 persons (plus
driver) per car. All our vehicles have 5-doors with
forward-facing seats. The vehicles will be loaded close to their
maximum practical limit and volume. This requires personal gear to be
kept to the necessary minimum; all should fit into a bag not exceeding
airline size limits. Our cars are equipped with modern
navigation: high tech (satellite images, GPS, etc.) and
conventional tools as military maps, compass). Thuraya satellite phone
are used to contact and report to our base and for emergencies.
The expeditions aren't
to be taken lightly, as they cover vast distances in a very
hostile environment. Be prepared for long and bumpy drives,
somewhat limited washing facilities and time away from most
basic comforts. During the
expeditions 3 persons maximum per car (plus driver).
Participants have to be physically and mentally fit to endure
possible hardships due to the unpredictability of terrain. Flexibility is required in planning
as the National Authorities may change regulations of access to
restricted areas and through the unexpected in terms of
mechanical problems, a
change in weather- and terrain conditions, reasons of safety or
in case of emergency. One of these cases can be the cause that
we may have to change our program.
Some of the
expeditions will traverse some of the most remote and hostile
desert regions of the world. While all necessary preparations
and contingency plans will be made to ensure the safety of
participants, and while satellite communication will be
available, participants need to be aware that in case of
unexpected events or mishaps, closest medical facilities might
be within several days reach.
The group first aid kit is well
stocked to assure good first aid and to treat common complaints
on the expeditions.
On most expeditions,
accommodation will be in field camps and very basic without any comfort. No water can be spoiled for washing
ourselves, but if this is no objection for you and you are in a
good condition of health than our expeditions will be
We provide the following material
for all our tours; igloo 3 persons tents for 2 persons, thick foam
mattresses, blankets, eventually sleeping bags, ground carpets,
windbreakers, kitchen and eating utensils.
Our drivers always
maintaining the highest standards of assistance and safety
and with passion for the desert.