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Africa » Egypt » Western Desert » Siwa Oasis November 2nd 2010

So I left the Akram Inn, and the company of the two Australians I met on the ferry, and with trepidation back in my heart, I headed off on my own to the bus station for a 10hour overnight bus to Siwa, a small oasis in the middle of the Western Desert, just 40miles from Libya. On my own, for the first time. It was good to have some company for the first few days, but I was now ready to head off alone - it had all been a bit too predictable and dare i say it, almost too easy so far. I wonder how long I'll regret writing those few words? I found my way to the station, even to the correct platform, was getting used to being the only white face in the ... read more

Africa » Egypt » Western Desert » Siwa Oasis June 10th 2010

Hi everyone, I am Yehia from Cairo Egypt, and I will be posting a series of posts for what to do in Egypt out of my own experiences, and hope it will be useful for you. For this post I will start with one of my favorite activities to do during a weekend, Visiting Egypt, and stying at Cairo, having few days to spend there and don't know what to do, looking for something exiting to do, and don't know what is it, don't worry if the adventure one of your hobbies how about sand boarding in the Oasis road desert, enjoy the Qatanya dune over 180 M. slide, only 1 hour away from Cairo, trip goes on 4X4 safari cars, from the main road into the desert till you reach Qatanya dune, then you get ... read more
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Africa » Egypt » Western Desert » Siwa Oasis June 7th 2009

I have been patiently waiting to find the right time to travel to this remote oasis located in the Western Desert of the Sahara, only 40 km away from Libya. When I found out in May that my friend from high school, Mushi, was planning to visit me in Egypt, I knew right away that we needed to make the journey to Siwa. After running late and being stuck in horrendous Cairo traffic on the way to the bus station we finally made it onto the overnight public bus. While running through the Turgamon Bus Station to get to our bus gate, I had flashbacks to episodes of The Amazing Race. The bus ride from Cairo to Siwa normally takes 11 hours, however, luck was not on our side and our bus broke down in the ... read more
Our Jeep
Town Center
Mud brick house

Africa » Egypt » Western Desert » Siwa Oasis May 14th 2009

Day 30 We spent the night here in the Bahariya Oasis and leave this morning for a 10 hours in our 4 WD deep into the Western Desert The only things out here are sand and checkpoints. There are markers for a new road to be built but only minor construction has started in small sections. The landscape here is mainly that of sand dunes and flat rocky areas. We stop at a wreckage of a helicopter. We are told that it is of a German helicopter from World War II. We stop for a picnic lunch along the desolate road under a large rock appropriately called “ship rock”. The desert once again has shown its versatile history as the rocks here are made entirely of shells. Millions of years ago this entire area was a ... read more

Africa » Egypt » Western Desert » Siwa Oasis December 23rd 2008

On the Long Road to Siwa Oasis Our prearranged transport arrived at our hotel while we were at Starbucks picking up our venti lattes, muffins and croissants for our long journey. Our bags were already loaded in the back of the van, which permitted us room to stretch and move around during our 9 hour journey with four stops along the way! First stop: Commonwealth Cemetery at El Alamein. It was a serene, somber place to acknowledge the sacrifices of the fallen soldiers at the famous battle that marked a shift in the fortunes of the Allied Forces in World War II. It was nicely laid out, well-maintained and worth a visit. We decided to pass on visiting the war museum, which seem to mostly be an open air museum of World War II vintage transport ... read more
Tombs cut into rock
Ruins in the open air
Al Walking in the Footsteps of Al

Africa » Egypt » Western Desert » Siwa Oasis October 25th 2008

After all the hustle and bustle of Cairo and a serious overdose of culture we needed rest and relaxation (yes again). What better place to go than the desert. Not being Laurence of Arabia and having no inclination of spending the night on sand we opted for the version of the desert with water, palms and donkeys. An oasis like in the fairly tales would be a nice option. The closest to that must be the Siwa Oasis in the western desert. It is a fairly large oasis with some 23.000 inhabitants (yep I also thought an oasis is small) which still has the advantage that donkey carts outnumber cars and not many tourists come here as 5 star cruise ships do not plough through the desert. The only thing missing here to complete the oasis ... read more
Siwa fort
Temple of the oracle of Siwa
View of the Oasis

Africa » Egypt » Western Desert » Siwa Oasis October 21st 2008

21st Oct: Can't really remember much about this day, also it was a travel day so pretty uneventful. Woke up early but just stayed in bed. Had brekky in the hotel and then we left to take the bus to Siwa. The drive was pretty uneventful and lasted pretty much all day. We either changed buses somewhere along the way or had a big break, can't remember which now. The highlight of this break was a woman blatantly taking pictures of me and Jodie on her mobile. Was quite funny and we joked that we would end up on, however it was proboably just due to the fact we are both blonde. We arrived in Siwa as dusk was approaching and it was a short walk to our hotel. I don't know what it is ... read more

Africa » Egypt » Western Desert » Siwa Oasis October 20th 2008

It was Eid a few weeks back, which is the end of Ramadan. For those of you who don't know, Ramadan is a month of fasting for Islam and Eid is a holiday to break the fasting. From what I hear it's pretty much the biggest holiday for muslims and it's one essentially one big party (I apologize for the extremely simplistic description of Ramadan and Eid. It's actually a really interesting time to be in a muslim country). For those of us who are not muslim, all this means is that we had a week break from school. I've read about Siwa on my guidebook and it really sounded like my kind of place. Desert, oasis, hot springs, cold springs, trees, lakes, salt lakes, ruins. What more do you need? So there was my destination ... read more
The Town
Sunset 2

Africa » Egypt » Western Desert » Siwa Oasis August 30th 2008

Saturday 30th August What a day. We travelled from Alexandria to Siwa. Our first stop was Al Alamein battle field cemetery and Military museum, the cemetery was very beautiful, peaceful and well maintained. Reading some inscriptions on the headstones and being in the hot dry desert where the young Australian men had fought and lost there lives was a very moving experience. The drive followed the coast passing a continuous stream of condo style apartments built on the beach. After watching the apartments go by for the first 20kms we were impressed, after 100km we were even more impressed, after 300kms we got bored and just ignored them. The apartments had all been built in the last 20 years. Ron commented give them another twenty years and no one could invade by sea as the whole ... read more
Lunch at Mutrah
Dinner on the roof of our hotel at Siwa
Siwa from the Mountain of the Dead

Africa » Egypt » Western Desert » Siwa Oasis May 27th 2008

Siwa is great! It is a small desert community that had no road until 1980, so things are still very "old Egypt". There are donkeys everywhere, the women were covered from head to toe (face too), and every morning everyone lines up at the bakery to collect their flatbread for the day (including me!). It is only 90km from the Libya border and in the middle of the desert. I was told by a Canadian guy (Scott Cable, met him in Irkutsk, Russia) that I had to check it out. He also informed me of an interesting tidbit of information that he was told by an Egyptian guy regarding the habits of the local men and their lust for the donkeys. Apparently some politician's wife was bothered by this fact, and ordered that all the female ... read more
view of Siwa
A Natural Bedoiun
Paradise Island

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