For 17 days you'll have a wonderful life time adventure discovering the wonders of the Egyptian Western desert, one of the most exquisite deserts in Africa. You will meet totally new wonders, sand dunes, forms of rocks and prehistoric showcaves even volcanic craters and several other natural and historic aspects that will make you more eager to see more along the trip. Either you are a lover of nature or you need some time to enjoy some inner peace in a serene atmosphere reading a book in the shade of Gilf Kebir or would love to go for a desert adventure. No matter what you seek, you'll find it in this trip. Only you and the desert, an adventure for you.

 

 

Route & Program

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Day 1: Arrival to Cairo

Day 2: Cairo Bahariyah Oases White Desert

Day 3: White Desert Farafrah Oasis Ammonite Scarp

Day 4: Ammonite Scarp Abu Ballas

Day 5,6: Abu Ballas Baz Crater - Gilf Kebir

Day 7,9: Baz Crater Gilf  Kebir   Wadi Sura &  Mistikawy Cave

Day 10: Gilf Kebir Wadi Hamra

Day 11: Wadi Hamra Silica Glass

Day 12: Silica Glass Great Sand Sea

Day 13: Great Sand Sea Great Sand Sea

Day 14: Great Sand Sea White Desert

Day 15: White Desert Bahariyah

Day 16: Bahariyah Cairo

Day 17: Departure

 

 

The White Desert: The Dazzling white of the chalky calcic formations are the remains of a limestone massif from the Cretaceous era, shaped out into the strangest sculptures by the ever wailing sharp wind armed at all times with strongly effective sand particles. This unique desert has no parallel in the whole world.

 

 

 

 

Abu Ballas: Pottery Hill known as Abu Ballas in Arabic used to be a reliable source for providing water to the oasis invaders or convoys heading to the oasis in the ancient times as when the early explorers visited the site, there were about 300 complete pots and amphorae at the depot, though most were broken or had man-made holes in them supporting the theory that this was the water cache referred to by the Dakhla natives, which they destroyed when pursuing the "black raiders" a few years before Rohlfs recorded the story in 1874. The existence of this depot one third of the way to Kufra led Almasy to speculate that there had to be another depot or well two thirds of the way, most probably the unknown Zarzora oasis. Unfortunately by now all the complete pots have been taken or broken, and all that remains at the site is a pile of broken shards at the foot of the hill.

 

Gilf Kebir: Is a plateau in the remote southwest corner of Egypt. Its name translates as "the Great Barrier". This 7770-square-kilometre limestone and sandstone plateau roughly the size of Switzerland rises 300m from the desert floor. It is known for its rugged beauty, remoteness, geological interest, and the dramatic cliff paintings and rock carvings which depict an era of abundant animal life and human habitation.

 

 

Mestikawy Cave: A newly discovered cave by Colonel El-Mestikawy on the southwestern cliffs of the Gilf Kebir plateau. Showing rock drawings of wide diversity and overlooking dry remains of an ancient lake basin with prehistoric tools.

 

 

 

 

 

                       

 

 

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