Western Desert Oases Travel Guide
Plan Your Western Desert Oases Vacation
A few hundred years ago the only outsiders interested in Egypt's oases were occasional desert raiders bent on stealing the fruits from the orchards, destroying water supplies, and abducting women. Generation after generation, life followed the seasons with little change. The most exciting events of the year were the autumn date harvest and the subsequent caravans that would assemble and trek to the Nile Valley to take the fruit to market.
There is a range of accommodations in the desert, from simple chalets and eco-camps to traditionally styled mud-brick... read more
You can expect to dine on wholesome fare—mostly grilled chicken, vegetable stews, rice, and shorbet lisan al-asfour ("bird-tongue"... read more
Things To Do in Western Desert Oases
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Dune Bashing in Siwa: Set out in a four-wheel-drive vehicle to explore the towering golden dunes of the Great Sand Sea.... Read more
The oasis village of Qara, northeast of Siwa, traditionally had no more than 300 residents. The number was precise because, after being... Read more
In 1996, an Egyptian antiquities guard on a donkey stumbled into a hole in the ground, accidentally discovering the first of a series of... Read more
Springs provide the water for drinking and to irrigate fields in this otherwise arid environment. They are also a pleasure to enjoy for... Read more
Natural Beauty: The Great Sand Sea to the south and west of the oases is a mass of golden dunes, while the forest of chalk... Read more
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