Bahariya Oasis Egypt
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Bahariya Oasis Map
Bahariya Oasis Egypt's Western Desert
is easy to reach from Cairo (you will pass through much desert)
,Bahariya is in the middle of Egypt’s Western Desert
, about 365 kilometres south-west of Cairo and it is the best starting
point for the Black and White Desert . Set in a depression covering over
2000 sq. km. , Bahariya Oasis is surrounded by black hills made up of
ferruginous quartzite and dolorite.
The oasis is
provided with water by many springs. The most famous of these, a thermal
spring with medicinal and restorative properties, comes out in the
Bedouin village of Bawiti. Wildlife is plentiful, especially birds such
as wheatears , Bahariya Oasis might also appeal rock hounds .
Golden Mummies were
discovered - 'Valley of the Mummies' is the biggest of its
kind . Estimates are
the four-mile strip of desert holds 5,000 - 10,000 mummies.
The mummies are covered with a thin layer of gold and wearing gypsum
masks. Sumptuous gilded death masks depict lifelike faces of real
people, rather than stereotypical images.They were found in four tombs
in the town of Bawiti in Bahariya Oasis .
The Snow - White Desert
The richness and variety of Egyptian
landscape is endless. At least if you ever decide to visit the White
Desert, that's the message you'll get. It is a vast stretch of land in
the Western Desert that borders Bahariya Oasis to the north and
Al-Farafra to the south.
The snow-white desert is actually made of
chalk that has been exposed for years to what geologists call
"differential weathering," the erosion of soft particles that results in
eerie protrusions of hard rock. This explains the very beautiful forms
that now fill the White Desert including shapes like domes, minarets,
castles, towers and so forth.
The destination has proved a great
attraction to all travelers who camp in the few oases, watch the
fauna and flora and enjoy the mild winter weather.
Shallow water levels allow for modest
vegetation and wildlife. One example is the Cairo University Oasis which
comprises only one palm and a few green trees, used by academics and
students to rest and eat. The desert could be a great safari area.