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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 it's Oases.
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 of “mainimportance” 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 levels.
The 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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