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Western Desert Oases Sights

Bir Wahed

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This hot spring and picturesque lake amid dunes were created accidentally by exploratory drilling for oil in the late 1980s. The firm found water instead. A cement tank filled with the spring's hot, slightly sulfurous water is relaxing and therapeutic. The nearby reed-lined lake appears like a mirage at the end of a hot day of dune bashing and is perfect for a cool swim. A permit to visit this desert site is easily arranged through the tourist office or safari operators.

Most visitors arrive by jeep around sunset.

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15 km (9 mi) southwest of the town of Siwa, Siwa, Egypt


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