Egyptian Oases
Egypt Oasis Guide

From: Egypt Travel Guide

See also: Red Sea Egypt Valley Of The Kings Egypt

 


Oases In Egypt
Egypt has many Oases each one is totally unique and beautiful in its own right, some of the most visited Oases in Egypt are the Bahariya Oasis, Siwa Oasis, Dakhla Oasis, Farafra Oasis and the Kharga Oasis. Many of these Oases have stayed relatively unchanged and which up until fairly recently and have still managed to retain many of their own traditions and customs.

Bahariya Oasis in Egypt
The Bahariya Oasis or El-Waha el-Bahariya is rich in wildlife and scenery and located around 360 kilometers away to the south west of Cairo and has several smaller villages surrounding it called Bawiti, Qasr, Mandishah, el Zabu, Aguz and Harrah. Bahariya.

Of interest at Bahariya is the Alexander the Great temple which he is believed to have stayed on the way back from visiting the Oracle at Siwa and the necropolis which is called the Valley of the Golden Mummies which excavations have uncovered around 34 tombs and several hundred mummies along with wall reliefs, statues and other important artefacts. Baharyiya contains many mosques, health springs and unique rock formations and rock crystals.

Siwa Oasis in Egypt
The Siwa Oasis is located in the Western Desert and on the edge of the Great Sand Sea of the Sahara Desert and is one of the most striking and beautiful places to visit for both its culture and beauty. Siwa is located around 560 kilometers west of Cairo and is accessed from Marsa Matruh which has a 300 kilometer road which links it with Siwa. The Oasis is filled with local Berbers who have there own unique language called Siwi and you will find that many of the Egyptian women in Siwa wear traditional costumes and jewelry.

This wonderful area has had very little outside interference most of which occurred during World War II battles and yet it retains most of its charm. The area is filled with Olive Trees and Date Palms which are carefully collected and prepared along with handcrafts and jewelry which are also produced here.

There are many sites of interest within Siwa in particular the Ancient Fortress of Siwa, the Temple of the Oracle Amun which Alexander The Great visited to see the oracle, the Gebel al Mawta Necropolis which is also known as the Mountain of the Dead, Fatnas Island and the Traditional Siwan House Museum, close by there is also the Siwa Salt Water Lakes along with hundreds of fresh water springs in the area.

Dakhla Oasis in Egypt
Dakhla Oasis is also located in the Western Desert and is approximately 760 kilometers away from Cairo. The people who inhabit the oasis are known for their straw hats and pottery. The area has several mud brick structures and is a mixture of farmland, hills and desert with many sites of interest such as the Egyptian Temple at Dier al- Haggar and the ancient ruins of Amheida.

Farafra Oasis in Egypt
The Farafra Oasis also known as Ta-iht and is the smallest oases located in Western Egypt and is inhabited by around 5000 Bedouins who live in traditional mud and brick quarters which are often painted blue to ward off the evil eye. Farafra produces good quality fruit and vegetables such as olives, dates, guavas, bananas, mangoes and olive oil. What makes this site unique is the White Desert which is formed out of the chalk rock formations from sandstorms. There are also the hot springs at Bir Setta and the popular El-Mufid Lake which is great for swimming. Farafra Oasis is located roughly in between the Dakhla Oasis and Bahariya Oasis which is approximately 600 kilometers away from Cairo.

 

 

Kharga Oasis in Egypt
The Kharga Oasis is also known as Al-Kharijaha and is a good 600 kilometers away from Cairo and by road approximately 230 kilometers South of Asyut. Kharga Oasis once formed part of a trade route known as Darb alArba'in or The Forty Days Road from which hundreds of camel caravans would transport ivory, ebony, gold, textiles and in particular slaves back and forth from North Africa and the tropical south.

Kharga Oasis has many important sites of interest in and around it such as the 6th century Temple of Hibis which has some well preserved wall reliefs and paintings of vultures. Also nearby is the Al-Bagawat Necropolis which contains hundreds of Egyptian tombs that are made out of traditional mud and brick as well as chapels and murals.


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