Lake in Siwa Oasis

Image by Ahmed ElSheikh 500px Images

Sixty kilometres west of Siwa Town, this stunning salt lake on the edge of the Great Sand Sea is ringed by palm trees. It’s a popular stopover for migratory birds – including flamingos – and gazelles may be seen here too. The lake once reached all the way to Siwa Town, and an ancient boat lies somewhere 7m below the surface.

At the time of writing the lake was off limits for foreign visitors.