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Black Desert

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Black Desert

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SorayaReny wrote a review Aug. 2019
Cork, Ireland58 contributions49 helpful votes
I had the privilege of seeing the black desert. It is covered in black rocks said to have been the result of volcanic activity millions of years ago.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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ronald p wrote a review Nov. 2018
Castle Rock, Colorado186 contributions111 helpful votes
The black desert is worth the visit, as it shows dozens of extinct volcanos where the stones of lava are still there to be seen and touched. The black colour of the stones still covers the scenario. His neighbour is the White Desert, that is even more interesting, as it was the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea 4 million years ago. The site is gorgeous and you may have the sensation of being in another planet.
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Date of experience: November 2018
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EgyptsTours wrote a review Oct. 2018
Cairo, Egypt14 contributions3 helpful votes
if you are that one who is caring about trivializing seeing safari for sure so your next trip have to be there at black desert
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Date of experience: September 2018
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Abeer A wrote a review Jul. 2018
43 contributions17 helpful votes
I loved my trip to western desert so much, where we visited the black desert and white desert. i loved the way you find the mountains sculpted by the wind and sand.
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Date of experience: November 2017
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Ratna N wrote a review Aug. 2016
Dallas, Texas1,664 contributions317 helpful votes
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First things first: SAFETY: as a single hindu woman travelling alone in a muslim country, in the desert, away from civilization and city life,I never felt unsafe even for a minute. Everyone I encountered there was very helpful and friendly and warm and open. Just normal people like you and me! The desert is over 1000 miles to the Libyan border , chances of incursions are remote! This is where the guide comes in. WHO TO GO WITH: there are several companies that offer tours into the desert from Cairo as well as from the Bahariya oasis. I was looking for a guide/ company that was experienced in doing overnight desert trips, experience in these kind of trips is important. I am not a camping / desert type of gal. I like the comforts of city life , a/c, internet etc. I was specifically looking for someone who knew the desert like the back of their palm, who had a plan B in case of unexpected eventualities, was knowledgeable about the desert and interested in what I wanted to see, had suitable vehicles to get to the Oasis from Cairo and then 4 wheel drive to go off road , who would patiently answer all my questions and take me to the Black desert and back safely I did my research and chose Desert Egypt Safaris run by Mr. Mohamed Marghany and I was not disappointed at all. Right from answering my many questions months in advance of my tour, to making sure I was comfortable and safe every part of the tour Mohamed was excellent. I was very glad I chose to go on tour with him! Your guide will make all the difference in making a trip to the desert successful so pick wisely! I really liked that he was very particular about not violating the boundaries of the safety zone and yet found a way to let me see and photograph everything I wanted to! THE TOUR: was a 2 day tour , we left Cairo early in the morning, drove to the Bahariya Oaisis , then switched to 4 wheel drive, went through the black desert to the White Desert, drove back and camped in the Black desert overnight, then explored the black desert in the morning and the oaisis and then back to Cairo. WHAT TO EXPECT: it is the Sahara Desert, there are no amenities of any kind, you need to be prepared to either hold it or use the facilities outside. Your guide will give you a list of what to bring to help you be prepared for the desert. Be prepared not to see anyone there, I went in July. it was very hot! Be prepared for Egyptian hospitality, they will not let you do anything as in set up camp, or get the meal ready. BE PREPARED: why do you want to go to the desert? if rocks and sand and geology dont interest you then this is not the tour for you! Go visit museums instead. it is not in my place to tell you why to go to the Black desert! But having been there I CAN tell you with certainty that the Black Deseert is one of the most unique, alien, weird, picturesque landscapes I have ever seen! Look at my pics! There are so many levels one can look at these pics! On a purely aesthetic level, most will just pooh pooh these pics and they are just black mountains whats so special about them? Oh but there is much special, the contrast of the black roack and the almost golden sand that glows, some hills are absolutely charred, others have just their tops blackened with soot and rocks swirling down their slopes creating so many patterns! I tried hard to get not only the hill but also the base of the hills and the desert in the picture. In class we talk all the time about erosion and weathering and the difference between them, here is a live example of both processes happening! Even more interesting to contemplate is the contrast between the White and Black deserts. Both are just a 100 kn apart. How is it that one is so black and volcanic and the other is so white and limestoney? Were they both under the Mediterranean sea at the same time? what happened to make one region so volcanic and the other not? it is an interesting visual contrast but becomes more interesting as one delves into the geological history of the land! 70 million years ago this area was all under the sea and very volcanically active. The volcanic activity caused magma to spew which cooled into this black lava.I do not think there was a massive explosion cause there are too many peaks for that. I think these hills were extruded out after the explosion and as the water drained away the rock started to erode. There is a lot of iron in the form of iron quartzite and ferruginous sandstone. Iron quartzite is a hard metamorphic rock made by subjecting sandstone to heat and pressure. The sand around the mounds is covered by a thick crusty layer of old dolerite, black basalt and volcanic rocks! This is such an interesting tour, throw in the white desert, crystal mountain, the Bahariya oaisis, magic lake , sunrise in the desert and there is magic waiting to happen! Go experience it! it is well worth it ! LOOK AT MY PICS AND DECIDE!
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Date of experience: July 2016
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