Attractions

Top Choice National Park in Western Desert

White Desert National Park

Upon first glimpse of the White Desert, you’ll feel like Alice through the looking-glass. About 20km northeast of Farafra, on the highway's east side, blinding-white rock spires sprout almost supernaturally from the…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Al-Kharga

Necropolis of Al-Bagawat

It may not look like much from afar, but this necropolis is one of the earliest surviving and best-preserved Christian cemeteries in the world. About 1km north of the Temple of Hibis, it’s built on the site of an ea…
Top Choice Fortress in Siwa Oasis

Fortress of Shali

Central Siwa is dominated by the spectacular organic shapes of the remains of this 13th-century mud-brick fortress. Built from kershef (chunks of salt from the lake just outside town, mixed with rock and plastered i…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Bawiti

Qarat Qasr Salim

This small mound amid the houses of Bawiti is likely to have been built upon centuries of debris. There are two well-preserved 26th-dynasty tombs here that were robbed in antiquity and reused as collective burial si…
Top Choice Historic Site in Al-Kharga Oasis

Qasr el-Labakha

Set amid a desertscape of duney desolation, Qasr el-Labakha is a micro-oasis some 40km north of Al-Kharga. Scattered among sandy swells and rocky shelves are the remains of a towering four-storey Roman fortress, two…
Top Choice Mountain in Bahariya Oasis

Gebel al-Ingleez

Clearly visible from the road to Cairo, flat-topped Gebel al-Ingleez, also known as Black Mountain, takes its name from a WWI lookout post. From here Captain Williams, a British officer, monitored the movements of L…
Top Choice Spring in Bahariya Oasis

Ain Gomma

Ain Gomma is one of the most magnificent springs around. Cool, crystal-clear water gushes into this small pool surrounded by the vast desert expanse, and the funkiest cafe in all of the oases sits beside it. Situate…
Desert in Western Desert

Black Desert

The change in the desert floor from beige to black, 50km south of Bawiti, signals the beginning of the Black Desert. Formed by the erosion of the mountains, which have spread a layer of black powder and rubble over …
Fort in Al-Kharga Oasis

Qasr al-Ghueita

The garrison’s massive outer walls enclose a 25th-dynasty sandstone temple, dedicated to the Theban triad Amun, Mut and Khons. In later centuries, the fortress served as the perimeter for a village, with some houses…
Oasis in Western Desert

Qara Oasis

Remote Qara (pronounced ‘Ghara’) Oasis is home to 317 Berbers who, like the Siwans, built their fortresslike town on top of a mountain. The old clifftop fortress, no longer inhabited, is in a decent state of preserv…