El Gilf Kebir [15 days]

El Gelf Keber,15 days

This trip requires a minimum of 9 participants!
At the moment we do not have a trip planned du to the lack of permissions given for trips to this area at the moment.

The program below is a suggestion and details can be altered due to permission requirements by the tourist police and military. Permissions must be made at least six weeks in advance.

Day 1. Leaving Cairo in the morning, arriving at your hotel in the Bahariya Oasis, to have lunch. After lunch we take a tour of the oasis to see the surroundings and end the day at English mountain for a view of the oasis as the sun sets behind the mountains. After dinner we enjoy some Bedouin music and tea in the camp around the fire.

Day 2. After breakfast we visit the museum and monuments of the oasis taking us back to Greco-Roman and Pharaoh times. We then pack the cars and start our journey by going to the Black Desert, the Bedouin village El Haez, Crystal Mountain and El Agabat. Then on to the New and Old White Desert, were we make a camp and have dinner before falling asleep under the stars.

Day 3. We leave the New White Desert in the morning to go to the Abo Minqar sand dunes were we have lunch. We then continue to Dakhla for a local trip, and a overnight stay in a hotel in Dakhla.

Day 4. From Dakhla we leave the road and go in to the desert for the first of 10-12 days off-road, arriving at Abo Balace in the evening to set up camp and sleep. (≈200 km)

Day 5. We continue from Abo Balace  to Thaman Akrace (Eight Bells) were we set up camp and sleep. (≈110 km)

Day 6. We move from Thaman Akrace to Karkur Talh at the Unweinat Mountain to spend the rest of the day there to explore the cave drawings. (≈150 km)

Day 7. We arrive in Wadi Sura (Valley of Pictures) where we will visit the Fuggini-cave as well as the Cave of the Swimmers and spend the night in a camp. (≈180 km)

Details from the Fuggini-Mestehawi cave, Wadi Sura

Day 8. From Wadi Sura up the Aqaba Pass to find our spot for the night. A short drive giving time to explore the caves and the surroundings. (≈60 km)

Day 9. Moving from Aqaba to Wadi Hamara (the Red Valley) for more rock carvings and hopefully find some green plants and trees, and maybe even some animals. (70 km)

Day 10. To the "Seleka" area in the beginning of the great sand sea to look for Seleka glass formed about 30 million years ago in a meteor hit. In this area you can also find such things as arrow heads, knifes sand other tools made of flint. The camp is set by the foot

of a sand dune.

Day 11 - 13. Into the great sand sea and cross it all the way up to the Siwa Oasis. We navigate by GPS and the stars. On the way we will see magnificent sand dunes, petrified trees, 80 million years old coral reefs and more. It will take us 2 - 3 days to reach Siwa and Bir Wahed (Spring number One) south of Siwa, for a swim in the warm water. Very refreshing after many days in the desert!

From Siwa we need 1-2 days to return to Cairo via the Mediterranean coast, or return to Bahariya through the desert and continue to Cairo from there.

Read more about El Gilf Kebir here!