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Reviewed 29 December 2023 via mobile

Incredible experience with wave like calcium rocks on golden sand.Waheed our tour guide made the experience flawless.He was like an one man army doing his bit from desert safari,tenting, cooking, setting camp fire,singing with instrument and a perfect English tone

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Reviewed 21 December 2023

We were picked up from our hotel in Cairo by a driver, arranged for us for a very reasonable additional cost, and driven four hours to the Bahariya Oasis where we met our guide, Mohammed. We had some tea and food in the family's cosy garden and were greeted by some nice cats who wanted to eat our food. We were then driven to the desert where we visited the black desert, Crystal Mountain and more. Mohammed has an incredible knowledge of the area as he has been doing tours here his whole life, and he explained to us the fascinating history of each area. We did a little bit of hiking in some of the areas to get to the top of the mountains and see some breathtaking views. The offroading in the desert was great fun and exciting. A personal favourite activity of mine was sandboarding, as we were just laughing the entire time, even though most of the time we didn't manage to stay on the board.

When we were taken to the white desert, it was like a world of its own. It's a beautiful white blanket of sand with thousands of interesting rocks littered across in random formations. Some of the more notable ones are the ones in the shape of a mushroom and a chicken, a sphinx, and even one in the shape of a toilet. We arrived at our campsite and while Mohammed kindly set up our tent and fire were able to watch the sunset. Slowly but surely as it got darker we noticed more and more stars arriving in the sky. It was honestly so exciting seeing more and more stars, and eventually, it was easily the most stunning sky of stars I have ever seen. That evening Mohammed made for us a meal, that without a shadow of a doubt was the nicest meal we had during our time in Egypt. I am not normally fussed about rice but the rice he made was so delicious. It also helped that we had worked up a big appetite by doing many activities that day.

Another thing worth mentioning is that Mohammed is very adept at taking great photos (assuming you have a phone with a decent camera or a dedicated camera), and when we sent some of the photos to friends and family they all asked if we had hired a professional photographer.

We have heard from a few of the guides, including Mohammed, that the Gaza war has had a big negative effect on tourism in Egypt, which is a real shame as it is perfectly safe. I would recommend to anyone visiting Egypt that this experience is a must. It makes a very welcome change from visiting temples and the super busy areas of Cairo and Luxor etc and it is great to see an entirely different side of Egypt.

Date of experience: December 2023
1  Thank unhandyandy
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Reviewed 17 December 2023

For sure the best guide that we had around Egypt! This experience was amazing and only have the best to say about it. Just go and enjoy

Date of experience: November 2023
Thank Otavio B
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Reviewed 11 December 2023 via mobile

The desert is amazing, I really enjoyed the food and the night with full of stars. Mohammed is the best tour guide I ever had in Egypt, very friendly and very helpful. This tour is highly recommended

Thank Chris W
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Reviewed 9 December 2023 via mobile

Visited the Black Desert, Crystal Mountain, Agabat Valley, and the Old and New White Desert. We’re amazed by the surreal scenery and the variety of landscapes in the area. Stargazing at night was incredible.

And Mohammed is the best tour guide, chef and photographer all in one. He grew up in this area, was passionate about his work, and spoke excellent English. He made a great dinner right in the middle of the desert, which was one of the best food I’ve had in Egypt! He helped us to take so many amazing pictures too. Ahmed, the driver who drove us from and back to Cairo, was professional and friendly as well.

It’s a 4 to 5-hour drive from Cairo to the staring point of the tour, but in the end I think it’s all worth it. Don’t miss it if you’re coming to Egypt!

Date of experience: December 2023
Thank kyliecH4121UO
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