The Western Desert and its five oases
The Western Desert covers two thirds of this wonderful country, stretching from the Nile west to the Libyan border for 680,000 square kilometres.
Scattered communities inhabit this area, that’s abundant with sand dunes, oases, canyons, mountains and valleys.
There are five charming oases called Siwa, Bahariya, Farfra, Al Kharga and Dakhla, each offering something unique. Situated between Bahariya Oasis and Farafra Oasis is the White Desert, one of the most popular areas to visit. It comes with an ethereal and ever-changing landscape with rocky, sandy and hilly terrains, not to mention limestone formations that resemble food – the most famous nicknamed ‘chicken and mushroom’.
Travelling through the Great Sand Sea of Siwa with its sweeping sand dunes is a stunning sight to behold. The Bahariya Oasis is another beauty with rolling sand dunes, mountain walks and wonderful palm plantations, as well as archaeological sites dating back to Pharaonic periods.
This area is also rich with birds and deer. At Al Kharga, visitors can explore the Necropolis of Al Bagawat, which is one of the oldest Christian cemeteries in the world, and Pharaonic monuments such as the Al Ghuwayta Temple. Dakhla’s attractions include the palm-fringed salt lake Bir El Gabal, just one of many spots of immense natural beauty in this area.