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  • Susan C
    Melbourne, Australia871 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We took the Memphis Tours two day trip to the White Desert which you can see on their website. It was just the two of us and our Memphis guide was Emad Seleem, our Bedouin guide and driver was Mohamed Abu Ziad and we were accompanied by another Mohammed who cooked lunch, dinner and breakfast at the various sites. The second day was a little rushed for us as we had a flight that night. I recommend if you do take the two day trip to stay overnight in Cairo but maybe a three days desert trip would be even better. To ensure we lost no time Mohammed's wife cooked lunch and had it ready for us as we arrived. Also there was a surgically exact extraction / handover on a road-side in Cairo from this trip to our airport transfer. There was no risk of us missing that flight.

    Travelling time is a major component of this trip. It takes four hours to get from Cairo to near Bahariya Oasis where you swap from the usual car to a four wheel drive. Initially our trip included Bahariya Oasis and its golden mummies but it is mostly off-limits to tourists at the moment and the itinerary no longer includes it. However, we got a lovely lunch at the Al Haiz Oasis Eco Lodge between Bawati and Farafra with its organic garden, various cabins, excellent clean toilet and atmospheric dining building. We then visited Crystal Mountain in the Black Desert.

    Our next stop was the spectacular Valley of Agabat. We had the chance to walk around and fully admire it and my husband found a lovely high vantage point. A bit further on we had a chance to go sand boarding. I was a bit apprehensive about it and initially refused so they thought I'd like to take the car down the steep slope instead. I chose to trudge down then realized that I could always, like tobogganing, use my feet to edge my sandboard down as slowly as I liked so I recommend trying it even if you are worried. Also, the 4-wheel drives up and down the hills and dunes ended up being a little bit exhilarating but not scary. Of course, my husband did the sandboarding and fell off (without any injuries) and never had any worries about the driving but this review is from my perspective.

    The White Desert National Park has white rock formations. Some of these are a bit kitsch, rabbits and chickens, etc but overall the White Desert is very impressive. There were a number of tours doing much the same sights in the desert as us and, like us, some stayed the night in a Bedouin campsite. These campsites are dotted around in the White Desert, tucked away in separate locations, and ours seemed out of view from anyone nearby. We ate in the larger colourful Bedouin tent and slept in a smaller private standard dome tent. We were given lots of blankets and were very comfortable. There are no toilets but we were fully supplied with wet wipes and toilet paper. Our weather had been diverse: sun, rain shower and a sand storm just at dinner time so Mohammed definitely cooked inside (making a great meal on just a two burner gas stove) and we ate inside. It then cleared to a star studded sky and the chance to sit around a firepit. We enjoyed both the sunset and the sunrise. The next day gave us more time to explore the White Desert before visiting an oasis threatened by sand dunes, the spring of El Haize and some more 4-wheel driving on the dunes before having lunch and changing cars to return to Cairo. All meals were great. Our four wheel drive was in top condition and handled the off-road and dune climbs and descents well.

    This trip was another highlight of our Egyptian trip (we seem to have had quite a few). I had been interested after seeing photos that a friend took and the scenery of the Valley of Agabat and the White Desert formations did not disappoint. I enjoyed the chance to discuss Egyptian life with our guides. It was very different to the rest of the trip which involved visits to ancient monuments, staying in towns or cruising on the water and thus very memorable.
    Written 8 April 2024
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  • Susan C
    Melbourne, Australia871 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    On our Western Desert / White Desert Tour with Memphis Tours we visited the Valley of Agabat. It is a spectacular landscape formed by an ancient riverbed that has left rounded hillocks in a sandy waste outlined by white limestone. We stopped at a high vantage point where we could see across the valley and then drove through it to a place we could go sandboarding. It has become quite a popular stopover so don't expect to have the view all to yourself.
    Written 10 April 2024
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  • Hussam S
    Cairo, Egypt493 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    - Small Gr. Fl. Area + Temporarily Closed.
    - can go by Walking from Central & Main Rd. about 500 m N.
    Written 13 July 2020
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  • Mohamed T
    Cairo, Egypt157 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It is a hidden cave in the desert, discovered in 1873 but still not none to most, it is full of Stalagmites and Stalactites.

    Worth visiting and make sure you get candles with you to light out the cave and take amazing pictures.

    When I visited there were fox cubs which were very calm and didn't run away.
    Written 30 May 2023
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  • Joanne Clayton
    Cairo, Egypt23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    El-Santa Acacia Tree

    Farafra

    The desert is full of surprises!

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    Incredible to see a 400 year old tree in the desert! There is an ancient Roman winery near by too.
    We toured with Al Haiz Oasis Bedouin tour company, for an overnight camping in the White Desert National Park
    Written 19 April 2022
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  • Old Oasis Safari
    Bawiti, Egypt4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent work, very good treatment, night parties, grilling chicken, and adventures in the sands of the Western Sahara
    Written 4 March 2024
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