Welcome to Bawiti


For many years, Bawiti was a quiet town dependent on agriculture. More recently, it became a tourist hub for trips to the White and Black Deserts, with the Golden Mummies an added draw. At the time of writing, however, it was quiet again, with many hotels closed and few travel agents operating. Everyone is waiting for tourism to the desert to return.


Top experiences in Bawiti

Amazing hotels and hostels

We've pre-picked the best hotels, hostels and bed and breakfasts to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.

Bawiti activities

$99 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Cairo to White Desert and Bahariya Oasis Private 2-Day Tour

Day 1: Cairo - Bahariya - White Desert - El Haize (L, D)Begin with pickup from your Cairo hotel at about 7 am, and travel southwest by air-conditioned vehicle to Bahariya Oasis with  our  driver. After a roughly 4-hour journey, arrive and enjoy lunch at a local Bahariya restaurant. Then, transfer to a 4x4 with a local Bedouin driver at the wheel, and explore the village of Bawiti, Bahriya’s capital, taking in the lush palm groves set against the immense dunes. See the hot springs at Bir Al Matar and Bir El Ghaba, and climb ‘English Mountain’ to view the hilltop remains of a British World War I outpost. Then, pass the Salt Lake on route into the Black Desert, with its black-topped volcanic hills. View the hot spring in the Valley of El Haize, and check out Crystal Mountain, a chunk of glittering crystal rising from the sands. Drive through the huge, rounded rocks of the Agabat Valley, and head into the White Desert National Park, a region of spectacular, brilliant-white rock formations eroded by wind into spires, mushrooms, animals, and other bizarre shapes. Admire the ghostly shapes, and then return to El Haize to your overnight camp. Enjoy a desert sunset and barbecue dinner under the stars before snuggling into your sleeping bag on mattresses in your tent. Overnight: camp in El Haize Day 2: El Haize - Bahariya - Cairo (B, L) Absorb the desert silence during breakfast before riding your 4x4 back to Bahariya. Here, reconvene with your original private vehicle, Then, after lunch at a local restaurant, return to Cairo, where your trip ends with a drop-off at the original start point at around 5 pm.

$80 Multi-day & Extended Tours

White Desert and Bahariya Oasis overnight

Day 1: Cairo - Bahariya - White Desert - El Haize (L, D)Begin with pickup from your hotel in Cairo Or Giza to transfer you to the Bus station to board the sharing public mini van to Bahariya Oasis.  After a roughly 4-hour journey, arrive and enjoy lunch at a local Bahariya restaurant. Then, transfer to a 4x4 sharing other tourists with a local Bedouin driver at the wheel, and explore the village of Bawiti, Bahriya’s capital, taking in the lush palm groves set against the immense dunes. See the hot springs at Bir Al Matar and Bir El Ghaba, and climb ‘English Mountain’ to view the hilltop remains of a British World War I outpost. Then, pass the Salt Lake on route into the Black Desert, with its black-topped volcanic hills. View the hot spring in the Valley of El Haize, and check out Crystal Mountain, a chunk of glittering crystal rising from the sands.  Drive through the huge, rounded rocks of the Agabat Valley, and head into the White Desert National Park, a region of spectacular, brilliant-white rock formations eroded by wind into spires, mushrooms, animals, and other bizarre shapes. Admire the ghostly shapes, and then return to El Haize to your overnight camp. Enjoy a desert sunset and barbecue dinner under the stars before snuggling into your sleeping bag on mattresses in your tent. Overnight: camp in El Haize Day 2: El Haize - Bahariya - Cairo (B, L) Absorb the desert silence during breakfast before riding your 4x4 back to Bahariya, then you will use the sharing public mini van again to return to Cairo, upon arrival at the bus station, you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel in Cairo or Giza and end of services

$265 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Unforgettable overnight in the white desert-Bahareya Oasis

DAY: ONEStart your tour with meeting your guide at 6:00 am, and travel in an air-conditioned vehicle to Bahariya Oasis. Upon arriving at the oasis, you will have and enjoy homemade lunch at one of the local houses there. Then, transfer to a 4x4 wheels drive and explore the village of Bawiti, the biggest city and capital of the oasis. Set off to the Black Desert, with its blacktopped volcanic hills. Here, The Mountains have eroded to coat the desert with a layer of black powder and rocks giving it its name. Towards the end of the Black Desert are black volcanic hills that ages ago erupted a dark volcanic material called dolerite, which is what the black rocks are made of. Climb up one of these huge mounts and enjoy the wonderful view of the whole scenery. Drive through the huge, rounded rocks of the Agabat Valley, and head into the White Desert National Park, a region of spectacular, brilliant-white rock formations naturally formed by wind into mushrooms, animals, and other strange shapes. Admire the ghostly shapes, and then. Enjoy the desert sunset and barbecue dinner under the stars before getting into your sleeping bag on mattresses in your tent. Overnight: camp in the white desertDAY: TWOHave breakfast in the early morning, then drive to the crystal mountain and enjoy a bath in one of the cold or hot water springs. When you get back to the oasis, you will have free time to wander in its little market and have a look at what the oasis is famous for such as dry dates and olives. Move again to your private vehicle to start your way back to Cairo.