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Western Desert Oases Travel Guide

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Bahariya and Farafra, some 365 km (226 mi) southwest of Cairo, make a good two-day trip. Plan to spend at least one night in Bahariya so you have a full day for the Black Desert and to camp in the White Desert. With another two days, you could add a trip to Siwa or Kharga (and Dakhla). If you choose to go to Siwa, do that first and then drive east across the desert to Bahariya. Allow at least a week to visit all of the Western Desert oases; more time if you intend to fully explore them.

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