Expeditions Gilf Kebir and Great Sand Sea with Adventure Safari

 
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 'The desert is a cold place where the sun is warm'

  Berber saying

 

 

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!

 

Expeditions

 Expedition Silica and Gilf Kebir - 15 days

Foggini-Mestikawi Cave - Gilf Kebir

The Gilf 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.

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 Expedition Great Sand Sea - 12 days
Great Sand Sea - Sahara - Egypt

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 oasis Siwa.

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 Qattara Depression Expedition - 12 days
Qara Oasis - Qattara Depression

Egypt's 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.

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 Expedition Karkur Talh (highlights Gilf Kebir) - 14 days
Rock art Karkur Talh - Uweinat

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!

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 Expedition Gilf Kebir - 18 days
Wadi Sura - Cave of the Swimmers and Cave of the Archers - Gilf Kebir

Adventurous expedition 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 devotees!

 

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 Expedition Gilf Kebir & Uweinat - 19 days
Cave of the Swimmers - Wadi Sura - Gilf Kebir

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 Sahara!

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Expeditions

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 worthwhile.

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.

 

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