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OASIS


 

THE FAYOUM (WADI EL RAYAN and WADI EL HITAN)

It is only 2h Cairo. One might think it is an oasis but it would be a mistake because he was born Nile and not from natural sources and wells.
In THE FAYOUM it is possible to engage in all kinds of activities: fishing, boat trips, visit antiques, discovery of 169 species of birds and fossils.
A great lake Qarun, which covers 214 km2 made the reputation of Fayoum and is the main resource of people who engage in fishing.
From EL FAYOUM you discover Wadi El Rayan and its National Park where dunes, mountains, lakes and waterfalls offer a magnificent moment.
Then you go into the world of Wadi El Hitan, the valley of whales, classified as World Heritage Site by UNESCO, an immense open-air museum that will open its doors to you being back in time to fossils the most incredible some than others. For those interested in archaeology, sites are not lacking those of Hawara and El-Lahoun where you can see the pyramid of the Middle Empire. Médinet Maâdi about him home to the only temple of the Middle Empire known in Egypt as well as vestiges of the era Ptolemaic and Roman Empire. A Qasr El Qarun is a temple dedicated to Sobek (the crocodile god) is the god of Fayoum that you can discover.
In these desert areas to nest, however, some sources that say "magic" where Coptic monks invite you for a break before looking for the best place to implement the camp in the evening.
 








 


The OASIS OF BAHARIYA                                                                                                                              Top

The closest Cairo to 380 kms. The oasis is located in a great depression of 2000 km2. It was an important agricultural center in ancient times before its decline under the Roman Empire.
Iron is present in the region and which is known for its numerous hot springs or cold beneficial.
It is composed of 9 small villages in heart of a vast palm whose two main Bawiti and El Qasr. Bawiti is today the main town became famous in 1996 with the discovery of gilded mummies dating back to Greco-Roman. Only a few of them are on display in the museum of Bawiti but it said there would be more than 10000 in the necropolis where archaeologists have exhumed.
Several sites are to visit as the remains of the Temple of Alexander the Great, the tombs of Qarat Qasr Elim colors remained intact, or that of Qarat Al Hilwa the oldest discovered so far in the oasis. You can also make a visit to the Ethnographic Museum, chapels and Ayn Mouftella, discover the Jebel Maghrafa (natural pyramid) and climb to the summit of Jebel el Engliz where you will see the fort built by the English during the Second World War and where you will get a view over the oasis.

 

 

 


 

The OASIS OF FARAFRA                                                                                                                                Top

It is the smallest Libyan desert. It is an oasis to many sources and in which it is good to walk the detour lanes where small mud-brick houses are proof that people keep their Bedouin traditions.
Strolling may also have the opportunity to meet the artist Badr, born in the oasis and the museum consists of his paintings and sculptures chronicles the daily lives of oasis.
 


 

The OASIS OF SIWA                                                                                                                                       Top

It is located 300 km south-west of Marsa Matrouh. Surrounded by miles of desert, the two lakes that surround it make it magical. She really kept all its charm and its traditions through his craft made its reputation.
There are many sites as the magnificent remains of two ancient villages Shali Aghurmi north and south, the Temple of Amon or Temple of the Oracle. In this temple as Alexander The Great in 331 BC has come to ask the oracle the proclamation of his descendants as a divine son of Jupiter Amon. The Temple of Umm Ubeyda where the famous "Cleopatra bath." The El Jebel Mawta "Mountain of the Dead" in which the graves were dug dating back to Greco-Roman. See also the museum's "House of Siwa" which tells the story of the oasis.

From Siwa can be reached at 400 km in the Bahariya oasis from the runway that allows us to discover a region of fossil El Areg in the middle of rocky mountains and vast sand dunes known as "The great sand sea."
 

 


The OASIS OF DAHKLA                                                                                                                                  Top

More than 600 sources have enabled him to see the day. It is inhabited since the Pre-History and were found rock paintings which show the presence of animals such as elephants, buffaloes and even ostriches.
She kept a lot of charm with its picturesque villages mud-brick Bashandi, Balat and El Qasr. Agricultural foremost, this oasis has a large fields and orchards where they grow rice, wheat, oranges, mangoes, olives… ..
A visit:
The Ethnographic Museum
The old town of Mut (ruins of the citadel)
El Qasr (Mameluke and Ottoman era, the mausoleum of Sheikh Nasr El Din…)
Balat and the typical alleyways and its pharaonic ruins.
The necropolis of El Muzawaka (Ptolemaic and Roman)
Deir El Hagar, which is a temple dedicated to Amon Ra, Mout and Khonsou and built under Nero (54-68 AD)


 


 

The OASIS OF KHARGA                                                                                                                                 Top

Herodote called the "Island of the Blessed."
It is the largest and most modern oasis.
El Kharga was once an important step on the road "forty days" between Sudan and Egypt. In the Roman era, she was endowed with massive fortifications still well preserved today as those that can be seen in Ayn Umm Dabadib, Qasr Labeka or Deir El.
It visits the Valley Museum, the Temple of Hibis dedicated to Amon and Osiris, the necropolis Bagawat Christian (Coptic domed tombs, Chapel of Peace Chapel of the Exodus…) and Douch with his temple and Ptolemaic Roman dedicated to Isis and Osiris.
Deir El Kashef (early Christian relics).
 




 

GILF EL KEBIR                                                                                                                                                Top

Famous the world since the film "The English Patient" whose story takes place in these places.
El Gilf Kebir is a big adventure where beauty sites is breathtaking, where all the deserts seem to have given appointments, the caves where the cave paintings show us history.

12, 16 or 24 days, three discovery programmes are available for this extraordinary expedition to the confines of Sudan and Libya.
 

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