Camels – 8 days / 7 nights
Great Desert – 11 days / 10 nights
The Splendor of Egypt – 7 days / 6 nights
In Arabic, the word ‘sahara’ means ‘desert’. And desert has always been a mysterious land.
The ancient Egyptian made it the home of the evil god Seth, who like Cain, killed his brother; the classical world braved its terrors to visit the Oracle of Siwa, who predicted the future to Alexander The Great; the Greeks believed the desert to be the home of Medusa with her look that turned men into stones; caravans loaded with treasures traversed its dunes; entire armies disappeared into its belly; holy men looking for ascetic life found home in its silence; explorers seeking for adventures went beyond their own limits to discover what lied over the next dune.
One of the most exciting aspects of traveling in the desert is the feeling that the great age of discovery is not yet over. In fact, the safari is the ultimate Egyptian demand, but still far away from the major and popular touristic itineraries, so that the traveler may enjoy this endless universe of nature, beauty, solitude and silence.
In Egypt the desert has the peculiarity to hide a very diversified nature from oasis to oasis, starting with the most known of them, Siwa, located in the North-West Libyan Sahara , famous for its hot springs waters, an old community of Berbers still living with their own traditions, famous oracles, and last but not least, the huge Sand Sea where marine fossils have been found.
Arising in the latest years, Baharyya oasis offers a marvelous journey to Farafra through the White and Black desert, with its unique chalk rocks and walk-on-the-moon panoramas. The historical heritage of Baharyya count also the Golden Mummies, of which 300 have already been discovered and yet 10000 are estimated to be still hidden in the sands.
Not to forget Dakhla and Kharga: the first houses the ruins of a Coptic and Islamic village with their particular architectures, of which El Qasr is the finest example; while Kharga, founded on the old ‘Darb al Arba’een” way , a commercial trail used by caravans to link central African regions to the Mediterranean coast, hosts El Bagawat Cemetery of Christian age.
Unblemished oasis and breathless panoramas melted with ancient history, Bedouin traditions, local culture and civilization changing through times. Because desert has always changed : it’s in its nature. And the desert holds the power to change who steps in:
And once the sandstorm is over you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, in fact, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain: when you come out of it you won’t be the same person who walked in.. – Franz Kafka