When thinking of Egypt, the first things that come to people’s mind are the pyramids, cruising the Nile, hieroglyphs and desert, a lot of desert.
Did you know almost 90% of Egypt consists of Desert?
And I am not just talking about the world-famous Sahara desert. Just to the west of Cairo is a vast expanse of desert. Very different from any you’ve ever seen before. From the black mountains to the white chalk dunes and everything in between. The deserts in Egypt are as varied as they are extensive.
Why this tour?
We started our trip in Cairo where we got picked up from our hotel at 7am and drove for 5 hours to the Bahariya Oasis.
Once we arrived, Khaled prepared us a delicious homemade Egyptian lunch. As soon as we had put the small carry-on luggage we wanted to take with us into the car (we left our big suitcases safely behind) we took off and drove into the desert.
The Black Desert
First stop was the “Black desert”: an area of black volcanic hills and dolerite deposits. We stopped next to an enormous hill and had enough time to explore and climb all the way up.
We took so many photos and went all around that at one point our guide got worried and came to check if we were still all right.
Afterwards we headed towards “Crystal Mountain”, where you can literally pick up the crystals from the ground. My friend even brought two of them into a jewellery shop and they made her two beautiful, one-of-a-kind necklaces!
The White Desert
Our last stop of the day was the “White Desert”. Here you’ll find massive chalk-formations coloured from snow-white to cream that truly make you feel like you’ve left planet earth.
When you look around you’ll see all kinds of rock formations: a mushroom, a chicken, a sphinx, just to name a few. They came to exist because of the wind erosion against the chalk and take on the most crazy and impressive shapes!
Overnight in the desert
Lunch at the Oasis
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What to expect?
- A fully guided tour – Both our driver and tour guide did an amazing job and gave just the right amount of information and enough freedom so we could explore and take awesome photos.
- Meals are included – All of the food and drinks were provided and prepared for us.
- Camping – But without the hassle of actually having to set up your own tent. Blankets and pillows to keep warm and comfy during the night were laid out for us after sunset.
- English speaking tour guides
- Safe environment – We were two girls travelling alone with two male guides and not at one point did we feel unsafe or uncomfortable.They were very professional, and I would 100% recommend this tour, even to a solo-female traveller. (I think it’s important to mention this especially since it’s Egypt; we experienced a lot of street harassment during our time in this beautiful country, but that couldn’t have been farther from the case while on this tour and I want solo female travelers to know that.)
- Well organized and prepared – Everything went so smooth and we got all the information needed from before.
What to bring?
- Tripod + remote control – You’ll want to take photos of the gorgeous night sky and since you’ll have to shoot them at such a long exposure time, make sure to include a wireless remote so you don’t even need to touch your camera when taking the photo.
- Sunscreen – During the day the sun is scorching.
- Trainers – I climbed in sandals, but I would definitely advise you to take some comfier shoes with you.
- Light sweater – During the night it can get pretty cold in the desert.
- Toilet paper/tissues – There is no toilet in the middle of the desert, so it’s all about scooting down and doing your thing.
- Portable battery/spare battery for your camera