This tour is designed especially for those who want a short trip in the Egyptian desert, an expedition for eight days where we visit Wadi Al-Hitan, Whale Valley which contains invaluable fossil remains of the earliest, and now extinct, suborder of whales, Archaeoceti. These fossils represent one of the major stories of evolution: the emergence of the whale as an ocean-going mammal from a previous life as a land-based animal. Also we will be able to visit the marvelous great dunes of Abou-Moharek and seeing the outstanding sculptures of Gara cave then finalizing our trip with the white desert dazzling formations and then depart from Cairo.

 

Route & Program

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Day 1: Arrival to Cairo

Day 2: Cairo Whales Valley / Wadi Al-Hitan

Day 3: Whales Valley Abou Moharek dunes

Day 4: Abou Moharek dunes Gara Cave

Day 5: Gara Cave Way to the White Desert

Day 6: The White Desert

Day 7: The White Desert - Cairo

Day 8: Departure

 

 

 

 

 

Whales Valley / Wadi Al-Hitan: World Heritage Site the Valley of the Whales (Wadi el Hitan, Wadi Zeuglodon) is situated in the west of the Fayom, 35 km north of Wadi er Rayyan. Contains invaluable fossil remains of the earliest, and now extinct, suborder of whales, Archaeoceti. These fossils represent one of the major stories of evolution: the emergence of the whale as an ocean-going mammal from a previous life as a land-based animal. This is the most important site in the world for the demonstration of this stage of evolution. It portrays vividly the form and life of these whales during their transition. The number, concentration and quality of such fossils here is unique, as is their accessibility and setting in an attractive and protected landscape. The fossils of Al-Hitan show the youngest archaeocetes, in the last stages of losing their hind limbs. Other fossil material in the site makes it possible to reconstruct the surrounding environmental and ecological conditions of the time

 

Abou Moharek Dunes: Take your time and enjoy the view. Called Naqab al-Adim, Old Pass, the route leads to the caravan routes to Minya and Bhanasa. The place offers a spectacular panorama view of the entire northern half of the Bahariyah oasis. About 15 km straight ahead beyond the maze of small hills and several lush valleys are two sand seas: the smaller Ghard Qazzun and, beyond it, the larger Ghard bu Moharrik. The locals call the area simply the sand sea.

 

Gara Cave (Djara): The cave is impressive, on Christmas Day 1873, Gerhart Rohlfs pointed out this cave to the western world and described it in his book as "wonderful stalactite cave". The cave is impressive. It begins as a fissure in the ground and is entered by climbing down and then through a corridor. It has one large 50 meter high cavern and two small one. The most impressive items are the stalactites rising as high as 6 meters, some of which are 1.5 meters in circumference. The sandy floor has been penetrated and is 6 meters deep.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The White Desert: White Desert (known as Sahara el Beyda, with the word sahara meaning a desert). The White Desert of Egypt is located 45 km (30 miles) north of Farafrah. The desert has a white, cream color and has massive chalk rock formations that have been created as a result of occasional sandstorms in the area.

 

 

 

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