Bir Al Mattar

Bahariya Oasis

At Bir Al Mattar, 7km northeast of Bawiti, cold springs pour into a viaduct and then down into a concrete pool, which you can splash in during the hot summer months. As with all Bawiti's springs, the mineral content is high, and the water can stain clothing.

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1. Gebel Al Ingleez

1.18 MILES

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2. Oasis Heritage Museum

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3. Tomb of Zed Amun Ef Ankh

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4. Tomb of Bannentiu

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5. Qarat Qasr Salim

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6. Bir Al Ramla

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7. Golden Mummies Museum


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8. Temple of Ain Al Muftella

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