Dakhla vs Bahariya?
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Apr 8, 2013 3:38 AM Last Post By: DaveCk77
Apr 4, 2013 6:43 PM
Dakhla vs Bahariya?Hi travelers,
Planning a trip to Egypt in the fall, and I would like to visit one of the oases. I figure to have probably four days to spend in the Western Desert; does anyone have a recommendation on Bahariya vs Dakhla oases?
The advantage I see to Bahariya is that it's only a 4-5 hour bus ride from Cairo, meaning I can bus there the first morning, return in the afternoon of day 4, and take the night train Cairo-Luxor. The sights of the oasis don't sound so amazing, but the proximity to the White and Black Deserts is appealing. I've read that the hassle is particularly bad there, and I wonder if it's the most touristy due to its closeness to Cairo.
Dakhla sounds more interesting, with the town of Al-Qasr and other attractions, but it's a full day to get there from Cairo and a full day to go onward to Luxor via Asyut.
Has anyone been to both? Which did you prefer? Is Dakhla worth the extra travel time to reach it?
Apr 5, 2013 6:54 AM
Apr 5, 2013 2:52 PM
2Thanks, NF, I appreciate the feedback.
Further question... Are the White and Black deserts substantially more unique than the desert around Dakhla that it's worth splitting time between both Dakhla and Bahariya, even if it means only spending a day or two in each? Or is it a case of the names sounding cooler than the actual sights?
Apr 5, 2013 3:32 PM
3You really don't want to try to go all the way to Dakhla in one long bus ride, so consider taking an early bus or microbus out to Bahariya or Farafra. When you arrive you can easily arrange a jeep to spend the night in the White Desert, which is well worth it. Cheaper to organize the trip in Farafra, but if coming from Bahariya you'll stop at a few desert sites along the way that'll give you a good feel for the Black Desert too.
Arrange to be dropped off in Farafa in the morning. There are usually a few bus and shared taxi options per day to Dakhla.
Apr 5, 2013 4:07 PM
4LP guide says 8-10 hours Cairo-Dakhla. Is that being optimistic? Not exactly ideal, but I've done worse.
I could see doing this two ways. I've got six days to spend, seven for the second option which includes and evening bus out of Cairo...
Day 1: Morning bus Cairo to Mut in Dakhla, arriving late afternoon
Day 2: Sights around Mut
Day 3: Al-Qasr and other sights in the oasis
Day 4: Early morning bus to Bawiti in Bahariya, arriving early afternoon, sights in Bawiti
Day 5: All day tour of White and Black deserts
Day 6: Late morning bus to Cairo, overnight train to Luxor
Day 1: Evening bus from Cairo to Bawiti the night before the previous option; the LP guide only lists a 6pm departure, nothing in the morning?
Day 2: Sights around Bawiti
Day 3: All day tour of the White and Black deserts, overnight in desert
Day 4: Return in Farafra, as suggested; microbus or bus to Mut (bus leaves 2-3pm if no microbus earlier)
Day 5: Sights around Mut
Day 6: Al-Qasr and other sights in the oasis
Day 7: Morning bus to Asyut, afternoon train to Luxor
I can see advantages to both of these itineraries; any thoughts? Option 2 does give me a full day in Bawiti, though I don't know if that's a big plus.
Apr 7, 2013 12:48 AM
5Dakla is more interesting as an oasis but if you wish to do desert trip you must go to Bahariya or even farafra (but bahariya is more easy for desrt safaris).
you can do both dakhla and bahariya in 4 days but this is really in a rush if you include the desert safari. Dakhla is really a long way from cairo, minimum 8 hours, the bus goes through bahariya.
ABOUT YOUR PLAN:
There is bus later to bahariya but youb are better taking the first bus it was around 8 o clock. If you do so you can visit the sights of bahariya on the same day, the place is small. so adviced to start this way and spend a couple of days including desert safari.
on day three go directly to dakhla, skip farafra. spend the next day visiting dakhla, in a full day you can see the sights.
then go elsewhere.
Apr 7, 2013 9:13 AM
Apr 8, 2013 3:38 AM
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