Desert Safari Trip to El Gilf El Kebir

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These Egypt Tours are meant to appeal to both adventurous spirits and history buffs, as you travel the same roads used by past civilizations. The first Europeans to view it referred to it as the Gilf Kebir (The Great Barrier), a 7,770 square kilometer plateau of limestone and sandstone that rises 1,000 meters above the desert and is larger than the Great Sand Sea.

Early explorers only made their way along its edges, and it was not until 1930 that they penetrated its valleys and discovered that Gilf is composed of two masses of rock. Discover the hidden valleys and get a glimpse of the prehistoric civilization that used to inhabit this remote place 10,000 years ago through our Egypt Desert Safari tours to El Gilf El Kebir. 

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Transportations are organized by private air-conditioned vehicles.

Accommodation for 1 night in Dakhla Oasis including breakfast and dinner.

Accommodation for 6 nights camping in the desert including 3 meals.

All necessary camping equipment.

Entrance to all the sites mentioned in the itinerary.

All transports inside the desert are arranged by a jeep 4x4 vehicle.

All Egypt tours are private.

Stops for snacks or rest upon request.

All meals as mentioned in the itinerary.

Bottled water aboard the vehicle during all Egypt safari trips.

All service charges and taxes are included.

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International flight tickets.

Entry visa to Egypt.

Beverage during meals.

Tipping is not included in our Desert Safari Trip to El Gilf El Kebir.

You will be met by our representative to be transferred to the Dakhla Oasis by a Jeep vehicle, and visit the Roman Temple of Deir El Hagar which is one of the smallest temples in Egypt. It is located about 15 km from Al Qasr and 47 km from the city of Mut.

Then visit some of Egypt’s most beautiful rock-cut tombs at the Roman burial ground Muzzawaqa. Have lunch then visit the old Islamic Village of Al Qasr.

Now it is time for relaxation.

In the afternoon, relax by the pool, then visit the lush Dakhla to enjoy its clear blue sky and golden sand dunes, then enjoy the sunset on the Edge of the Great Sand Sea while having a tasty Bedouin tea. Spend your night in Dakhla at the Desert Lodge atop the cliff, viewing the verdant village embraced by the dunes and the beautiful pink rose mountains that Dakhla Oasis is famous for.Check into your hotel in Dakhla and overnight

we recommended you wear white and cotton clothes to avoid the rays of the sun in the desert and to feel more comfortable during this tour.

Included Meals: Lunch, Dinner.

After a nice breakfast, we will get prepared for the Gilf El Kebir visits. Millions of years ago, at the end of the Tertiary period, Gilf was a watershed from which water spread in all directions. Its wadis have been eaten away by water and then by wind and sand for over 100,000 years. The highest cliffs are located on the south and southwest sides.

Our 1st pause is at the Sugar Loaf area, the sugar loaf hill and arch is a landmark spot in El Gilf El Kebir. We will then stop by the area known as Mud Lions, used to be an extensive lake during ancient time, but now is dried. Atmosphere changes had created figures from the rocks, that's why it is known as the mud lions area.

Enjoy the night stargazing and taste the delicious dinner meal and overnight in the camp.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After you wake up and have breakfast, we will take the 4x4 car to start the adventurous safari trip in El Gilf El Kebir by cruising on the sand dunes, passing by the Wadi Mashi, We will continue till we arrive at the Central Gilf Kebir area where the hill is split into 2 sections with an amazing view of sand dunes and rock structures. 

We will proceed with our journey till we arrive at Wadi Assib, finally, we can set up our camp in the desert to enjoy the enchanting atmosphere of the area, stargazing, have a tasty dinner meal, and spend the night at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We will resume our trip as we arrive at the Aqaba path to see the western hills of the Gilf El Kebir!

Our initial visit is at the Swimmer's Cave, which is actually located in Wadi Sura (Valley of Pictures), where Almasi discovered it in October 1933. Frobenius's expedition searched for rock art in Uweinat and in the western valleys of Gilf, which Patrick Clayton had explored two years earlier. Clayton's son believes that his father found the wadi and its other caves first, but it fell to Almashi to open the Swimmer's Cave and name the valley.

It is actually a small depression at the beginning of the wadi, completely open to the forces of nature. Inside the Swimmer's Cave, there are over a thousand figures of various styles. Famous swimmers are 10 centimeters long and are painted red with small, round heads on stem-like and tadpole-like bodies and spider-like arms and legs.

Our following station will be at the Mestekawi Cave which was found in 2002 by an Egyptian-Italian tourist group which was commanded by Massimo Foggini (an Italian tourist) and Ahmed Mistikaoui (An Egyptian Tourist).

This cave is spectacular hosting a large number of ancient rock drawings that are perfectly well preserved. Later that day, we get our camp ready in Wadi Sura to enjoy the enchanting mood of the place, stargazing, have an astounding dinner meal, and spend the night in our cozy camp.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Daily breakfast will be prepared and served at the camp, then we will start moving aboard the jeep to the area known as Wadi Abd El Malik which Al Masi discovered as well, see the beautiful acacia forest and take amazing photos.

Finally, we will start camping in Wadi Abd El Malik and spend the rest of the day with the local Bedouins drinking tea and eating dinner in the serenity of the desert. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After having breakfast at the camp, now it's time to continue our wonderful Desert Safari Trip to El Gilf El Kebir. Our primary stop is to see the Silica Glass Area, created 26 million years ago. It comprises a large area receiving great pieces of gorgeously clear yellow and green Silica Glass spread all over the place making a mysterious picture that is unlikely amazing.

Finally, we will start camping in the Silica Glass area and spend the rest of the day with the local Bedouins drinking tea and eating dinner in the serenity of the desert. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Have your breakfast set at the camp and continue the beautiful safari towards Ain Dalla water spring, one of the most beautiful and soothing natural water springs in Egypt that are encircled by palm trees from all directions, enjoy a dip in the warm water or some meditation.

Then, we will start camping in the same area and spend the rest of the day with the local Bedouins drinking tea and eating dinner in the serenity of the desert.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, after having our early morning breakfast, we will start the drive to Cairo after we enjoyed 7 amazing days during our safari trip to El Gilf El Kebir.

Meals: Breakfast

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Our tours cover all the unique places during your Safari Tours in Egypt such as Dakhla Oasis and the Gilf El Kebir. You will see the sugar loaf hill and Mud Lions. You will explore Swimmer's Cave, which is actually located in Wadi Sura, the Mestekawi Cave, Wadi Abd El Malik, Silica Glass Area, and Ain Della.

Many desert safari tours in Egypt include meals and refreshments, such as traditional Bedouin cuisine and bottled water. However, it's a good idea to confirm what is included with your tour operator.

There are various activities you can enjoy during an Egypt Desert Safari. These include dune bashing (driving over sand dunes in a 4x4 vehicle), camel riding, sandboarding (surfing down sand dunes on a board), stargazing in the clear desert skies, visiting ancient desert fortresses and ruins, and camping in the desert under the stars.

Cairo has a fan-like form; it is largest in the north where the river valley merges with the delta, and it is smallest in the south where it is tucked between desert escarpments. The city grew westward over the ages as land became flood-free due to a receding river channel.


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