Siwa Oasis is an urban oasis in a depression 10 meters below sea level and located between the Qattara Depression and the Great Sand Sea only 60 KMs from the Lybian borders, 350 KMs from Marsa Matrouh at the North Coast of Egypt, and about 600 KMs from the Capital of Egypt, Cairo.
Trips from Cairo to Siwa Oasis mostly take from 8 to 9 hours driving including 2 or 3 stops. It is recommended to travel from Cairo to Siwa Oasis by a private car (Cairo Top Tours can arrange a tour from Cairo to Siwa Oasis with affordable prices)
Siwa is one of the most unique Oases in Egypt, it contains Bedouin villages and two salt lakes, the Siwan Lake and El-Zeitoun Lake, and is famous for the existence of Temple of Alexander the Great which is also known as the (Temple of the Oracle).
The area of Siwa Oasis is 80 KM in length and 20 KMs wide, and the population is around 7000 inhabitants, all are a mix of Lybian and Tunisian tribes which have their own language, Amazighi language.
The Islamic religion is the official religion in Siwa, only in 708 A.D and the people in Siwa are kind of conservative people who had kept their traditions and it is to be delivered throughout generations.
The income in Siwa mainly comes from the agriculture of dates, olives and thanks to the underground natural water they have big factories for bottled and mineral water. They depend also on the tourism industry after being famous for temples and sites that date back to the ancient Egyptian epoch.
Siwa Oasis contains hot water springs like Cleopatra Spring, Bir Wahed and other springs that comes out from the bottom of Dakrour Mountain and other mountains. Siwa Oasis is considered one of the most interesting Oases in Egypt due to its culture and history.
A sunset relaxation time at Fitnas Island is something you don't want to miss, you can have the chance to see the flamingo birds swimming at the lake while having a soothing lemon-leaf traditional Siwan tea.
The most adrenaline-rush activities to do is the Siwa Oasis Desert Safari, you take a private 4x4 Jeep vehicle to go deep inside the Great Sand Sea to enjoy a thrill ride before sand-boarding on the sand dunes and washing at the cold salt lake or the hot spring of Bir Wahed, while having snacks and admiring the spectacular sunset.
When you book your Egypt Day Tours to enjoy Siwa Oasis Tour from Cairo, you will learn more about the Amazighi culture and also you will see the Temple of Amun Re at Um Ubeida, the oldest footprint which dates back to 3 million years ago, the Tomb of Alexander the Great, Fortress of Shali and the Siwa House Museum which contains a lot of displays of the ancient Siwan People as well as their daily life tools and accessories.