Western Desert Oases

Farafra Oasis

Visitors will think they have entered another world when they first see the wind-eroded yardangs, or sculpted hills. Shaped like falcons, lions or even mushrooms, these fantastic shapes can be seen in the White Desert at Farafra Oasis. It is like entering another world, one you are not sure is real even though you are standing there, essentially what the word “oasis” means. Although it is the least visited, Farafra Oasis remains inspiring. Crystal Mountain, Agab and Qasr al-Farafra make this desert oasis an interesting place to visit.

Dakhla Oasis

Step back in time at Dakhla Oasis. These mud-brick buildings go clear back to the tenth century. The area is still worked by farmers who have continued to keep the area fertile and green despite the onslaught of surrounding desert. Archaeologists claim the oasis once held a huge lake, centuries earlier.

Siwa Oasis

All travelers passing through Egypt must make a stop at Siwa Oasis. There is so much to see and do here. There are salt lakes, rock tombs to explore, and palm groves to rest under. And don’t forget the citadel at this oasis. Hot Springs is near Siwa Oasis and is a wonderful place to swim and cool off.

Wadi Natrun

Wadi Natrun oasis does not disappoint visitors, either in history or beauty. Monasteries exist here which date back to the birth of Christianity. While these monasteries fall quite short of the architectural magnificence of many other of Egypt’s sites, they nevertheless indicate the fortitude of the Christians at the time to survive the severities of the desert.

The Fayoum

The Fayoum oasis is considered to possibly have been one of the greatest farming areas of the ancient world. At its height, the Nile regularly fed this low-lying area and kept the region rich in water reserves. To this day the region is home to one of the largest salt lakes and is frequented by Egyptians and Europeans.

Other Oases

Bahariya Oasis shares its olive and fruit trees as well as its waters with those traveling through its land. There is a Heritage Museum in Bawiti and tombs nearby.

Kharga Oasis is nearest to Luxor, but still very few visitors travel here. Nearby is the Temple of Hibis and the Bagawat Necropolis.


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