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Egypt's Western Desert
Who doesn't know about the Nile Valley with the Pyramids and Valley of
the Kings, or the Eastern Egypt with Sinai and the Red Sea? Less know
about the New destination in Egypt, which is: the Western Desert and
This desert was previously called the "Libyan Desert" and covers an area
of 680'000 square kilometres - or two third of Egypt. As it's hard to
understand this size by numbers alone, let us mention that this area is
equal to a combined sizeof these seven countries; Austria, Belgium,
Denmark, Greece, the Netherlands, Norway and Switzerland!
In east lies "Ramla El Kebir" (The Great Sand Sea), a huge area of
moving sand dunes where nobody should even think about venturing without
the best possible expertise and team. South of Ramla El Kebir is Gilf
Kebir - a mountain plateau with numerous valley's. The size of Gilf
Kebir is about the size of Switzerland.
There are 7 oasis communities
among a handful of smaller places . Getting to the oases is
straightforward . There are good roads and plenty of public
transportation that costs next to nothing compared with Western price
oases are famed for their numerous mineral and sulphur-rich springs,
distinguished by their unique chemical composition which places them at
a high level world-wide. In addition, the silt contained in these wells
has numerous curative properties for the treatment of bone, stomach,
chest and skin ailments. Most of the wells are found in the Fayoum,
Kharga, Dakhla, Farafra, Bahariya and Siwa Oases as well as in the
Qattara Depression .
The Western Desert
is another land of history and beauty . The desert with its oases abound
in legends . Pharaohs , Kings , Warriors and explorers have all visited
this remarkbale of silent desert , fertile oases , and treasures .
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.
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