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Africa » Egypt » Western Desert » Dakhla Oasis February 3rd 2019

Ripulitomi per bene e tolti svariati etti di soffice sabbia accumulatisi nelle mie scarpe, decido di continuare il viaggio attraverso l'Egitto seguendo un percorso alternativo rispetto a quello consueto e molto piu' trafficato che risale verso Sud lungo il corso del Nilo: visitero' una collana di oasi sparse nel deserto che dovrebbero, secondo i piani del governo, creare una "Nuova Valle" che possa contribuire allo sviluppo del paese con attivita' produttive e nuove citta' da popolare. Quasi niente di tutto cio' si e' ovviamente realizzato e la vita da queste parti continua a scorrere lenta e tranquilla, con strade polverose e desolate percorse solamente da qualche fastidiosa motocicletta di fabbricazione cinese, indegne sostitute dei piu' nobili ma meno pratici cammelli dromedari. L'oasi di Bahariya e' la piu' facilmente raggiungibile dal Cairo ma non offre grandi attrattive ... read more
La morte non e' mai lontana
Preziosa acqua dal sottosuolo
Deserto Bianco visto dall'autobus

Africa » Egypt » Western Desert » Siwa Oasis January 25th 2019

Strano l'Egitto: piu' di 100 milioni di abitanti si concentrano in solamente il 5% del paese a loro disposizione, prevalentemente lungo il corso del Nilo ed in minor misura lungo la costa mediterranea, ammassandosi in citta' sempre piu' sovraffollate ed inquinate; poca colpa ne hanno perche' tutto il resto e'.... deserto! Decido allora di lasciarmi alle spalle la cosiddetta "civilta'" e di allontanarmi dai grandi centri abitati per andare a scoprire quello che gli egiziani chiamano Deserto Occidentale e che noi conosciamo piu' semplicemente con il nome di Sahara. La mia attenzione si concentra su Siwa, l'oasi per eccellenza, quella piu' lontana da tutto e che ha mantenuto piu' intatte le sue peculiarita' di isola sperduta in mezzo al nulla. Oggi si raggiunge facilmente con l'autobus in cinque ore partendo dalla costa, lungo una piu' che ... read more
La fortezza di Shali
Siwa: il centro citta'
Minidune

Africa » Egypt » Western Desert » Siwa Oasis February 5th 2017

Ancient Egypt, land of the Pharaoh’s. Born from the Nile, that enigmatic life bearing river so important to its history. Since time immemorial Egyptians have lived and died by it, it has sustained them, it is the source of their greatest achievements. Without it there would have been no Pharaoh’s, no grand temples, no Pyramids, no Egypt as we know it. Long have I wanted to visit this country. To behold the Pyramids and feel the force of history. I have come at last. And I have not been disappointed. There is so much to see here, I have hardly been able to catch my breath. From dreamy Islamic Cairo with its arched alleyways and spiraling minarets, to the Step Pyramid of Djoser in Saqqara, to the beautiful icons in the Coptic quarter, and the golden ... read more
Cairo
Cairo
Cairo

Africa » Egypt » Western Desert » Baharia March 8th 2016

Time for a tour! I had to be at Tahrir square by 06:30 so I set my alarm for 05:30. Someone woke me up by shaking me saying “Dave…Dave! Time to get up.” I thought it was a dream, but no….this British Indian guy was trying to help me out so I wouldn’t miss my bus. Fucking hell…we only spent 2 days hanging out together, so I guess Dave sounds like Mike….whatever…I got up and made it to the front of the office where I was supposed to meet someone who would show me where to catch a bus to the Bahariya Oasis to start seeing the rest of Egypt! Turns out dude, also named Mohammed, didn’t buy the ticket for the 07:00 bus but for the 08:00 bus instead…aaaaaand the bus station was 20 minutes ... read more
look a pyramid...
i dont even know what this is

Africa » Egypt » Western Desert » Baharia February 20th 2016

It was “Dawn Patrol” time again. Many travelers are aware of the scenario: up sinfully early and ready to go before the sun thinks about rising. It was our turn. We had many miles to travel this day and required all the sunlight possible if we were to see what the area had to offer. We were heading 600 km (350 miles) from Cairo into the desert. We were met by Mohamed and Gamel, tossed our belongings in the back of the ten passenger van and off we went, leaving early enough to avoid the morning traffic, which is a plus when you’re in Cairo and honestly we were more than ready to leave Cairo. This was the start of what was going to be a fantastic day, well two days, but at this point, frankly, ... read more
Peaceful Mountains
Nearly full moon
Stunning Sunset

Africa » Egypt » Western Desert » Baharia February 19th 2016

In the planning stage of this trip, I needed to put together a list of what I would like to see while I was traveling. The idea was to dream big and whittle things down to fit my schedule. The Black and White Deserts of Egypt were one of the must haves. Guidebooks did not really help in the planning process for this outing, so I turned to my friend the internet. The next day my request for information was answered and we were ready to head to the desert. Our guide Mohamed picked us up right on time at 6 AM in front of the hotel. We were all a bit wary of what was going to happen today, because when we mentioned to the hotel concierge that we were going to the White Desert ... read more
Mohamed and Yasser
Sunset on the Desert
Light Lunch

Africa » Egypt » Western Desert » Baharia April 15th 2014

Put je dalje išao prema zapadnoj Egipatskoj Sahari, maloj oazi u jednom od najljepših dijelova najveće svjetske pustinje, Bahariyi. Autobus do Bahariye vozi satima kroz beskrajne prazne pješčane ravnice. Egipatski autobusi su sasvim pristojni ako se izuzme višesatno puštanje Kurana na zaglašujućoj decibelaži. I tako se nakon nekoliko sati monotonoga ali lijepog žutila ukazale palme Bahariye. Bahariya je u punom smislu riječi oaza… Voda, palme, ljudi, životinje okruženi pustinjom. Iako sam svom domaćinu Mohammedu Kotabyu se najavio mailom unaprijed ispostavilo se da on taj očito nije pročitao… Da situacija bude malo nezgodnija ispostavilo se da mu ni broj mobitela nije funkcionalan pa sam pola sata sjedio na praznoj autobusnoj stanici. Ukazao se neki rasklimani kamion, provirio zamotani beduin i na sasvim solidnom engleskom upitao što tu radim… Objasnih mu ... read more
Bahariya 7
White desert
Black Desert

Africa » Egypt » Western Desert » Siwa Oasis October 14th 2012

So here we are, underway once again. We've been in Egypt a week so far and it has been great, absolutely manic in Cairo with late night, bright lit commercialism gone mad but friendly people and a chaos that just seems to work. We used the tram, bus and metro to go to all corners of the city and see thousand year old mosques, hundreds of cafes and the odd McDonalds and KFC (nothing purchased, promise). We then headed by train to Alexandria which was less congested but no less full of shopping madness, the sea cleared the air and cooled things down which was nice relief from the petrol headaches we've had. We also had more than our share of loooooooong tea stops in waterfront cafes. The bus then took us the 9 hours west ... read more
Cairo digs
Keeping it clean
Al-Azhar Mosque

Africa » Egypt » Western Desert » Dakhla Oasis April 12th 2012

Dear All Greetings from the Sahara Desert! Wow – what a place to send greetings from, and what a place to visit. This place is amazing, and most unexpected to be honest. While most visitors come to Egypt for pyramids, temples or beaches, surprisingly few come and explore the desert, which makes up around 96% of the country’s land area (incidentally, Egypt's population of 81 million inhabit just 6% of the land!). And even fewer people are coming here now. Yes, I must say, despite having seen a fair number of tourists in Sharm, of the package holiday variety, and a few tour buses in Cairo, there really haven’t been as many as I expected. I have only just been able to speak with people about this over the last few days, and confirmed my suspicions ... read more
View over Al-Qasr
Al-Qasr
The White Desert

Africa » Egypt » Western Desert » Siwa Oasis March 29th 2012

The Western Desert is vast, stretching from the Nile and the Mediterranean to the Sudanese and Libyan borders. The Great undulating Sand Sea contains some of the largest dunes on earth. The strange rock formations of the White Desert litter the sandscape like meringues gone mad; and the charred dark peaks of the Black Desert exude an other-worldly feel. It's an isolated, desolate, sometimes eerie landscape. Out on a limb, away from the desert circuit road, lies Siwa, a tiny, tranquil, still largely traditional oasis, surrounded by ruins, springs and date palms. But Siwa is changing. Mahdi Hweiti has lived in Siwa all of his life. 'For every person it's different. I cannot be away from my village for more than a week'. When Mahdi was a boy there was no road at all - not ... read more
Temple Of The Oracle.
Shali Fort.
Old Town Of Shali.




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