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Wild Trip To El Gilf Al Kebier

$

275

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Staffing: Services of Representatives, services of Egyptologists.
Transport: Private air-conditioned transport.
Activities: 4*4 Jeep safari.
Accommodation: 5 nights tourist class hotel, 10 nights desert camping.
Meals: As per itinerary (B- Breakfast, L-Lunch, and D-Dinner). Breakfast is provided on every day of the tour, Please allow US$10-15 per day for additional meals.
Entrance Fees: Included for all sites listed as part of the itinerary. Egypt also has a wealth of other historical sites and museums which you may wish to visit. If you intend visiting a wide range of different sites you should allow up to approx. US$275 for this.
Tipping: To avoid embarrassment and save your money all tours operate a tipping kitty. Please allow US$18 - 27 per week of the tour for this.  
Itinerary (15 nights /16 days)
Day 1: Cairo
Arrival at Cairo Airport, assistance and transfer to ho-tel. Check in time starts from 1400 hrs.
Overnight hotel. (No Meals)

Day 2: Cairo - Fayoum – Wadi el Rayan - Wadi Heitan
Departure by jeep to Fayoum, an oasis that was cultivated during the reign of the pharaohs. Proceed to Wadi Rayan, where a branch of the Nile pours into the Qarun lake, and then to the National Park of Wadi Heitan. The fossilized bones of ancient sea mammals have given the area its name of “Valley of the Whales”.
Overnight tent. (BLD)

Day 3: Wadi Heitan - Baharyia – White Desert
After arrival in Baharyia drive through the picturesque palm groves of the oasis and stroll through the town of Bawiti. Afterwards proceed to the White Desert.
Overnight tent. (BLD)

Day 4: White desert – Farafra - Dakhla
In the morning two hours walk through the White Desert near Wadi Mushroom and its famous mushroom-shaped rocks, with enough opportunities to linger and take photos. Afterwards drive to Farafra, visit to the local museum. You will have the possibility to bathe in the springs. After lunch drive to Dakh-la and visit to the old town of El Qasr with its covered walkways and carved doors. Overnight hotel. (BLD)

Day 5: Dakhla – Sugar Loaf – Mud Lions - Gilf el Kebir
After breakfast the adventure begins – the jeeps leave Dakhla and go towards the Gilf el Kebir. We pass the rocks of Sugar Loaf with a memorial to Samir Lana. Afterwards proceed to Abu Ballas, a jar deposit dating back to Pharaonic times that served the caravans going from Dakhla to Kufra. After a few hours more we make camp near the Mud Lions, rocks shaped and formed by the wind from baked sand. Overnight tent. (BLD)

Day 6: Eight Bells – Kawal el Din Monument – Jebel Uweinat
In the morning we pass the WW II airstrip of Eight Bells. Empty kerosene cans mark the landing strip. Proceed along the Eastern flank of the Gilf el Kebir to the monument for Prince Kamal el Din, one of the first explorers of the area. The route passes an ancient volcanic area, the Clayton craters which were formed by gas eruptions. Then we leave the Gilf area behind and go south. In the Karkur Talh or „Acacia Valley“ we entert he area of the Gebel Uwainat. Exploring the wadis with 4x4 approaching the most formidable mountain, the Uweinat is made of some of the oldest rock in Africa and straddles the borders of Egypt, Libya and Sudan. In Egypt the nearest water is a well 300 kms away! Tent overnight outside Karkur Talh. Overnight tent. (BLD)

Day 7: Karkur Talh
This day is dedicated to the exploration of the area and its rock drawings. In the 1930’s Winkler recorded the rock drawings here - the first prehistoric rock drawings ever found in this part of the Sahara. Situated roughly at the centre of the most arid area, its height is sufficient to capture a little precipitation from the summer monsoon clouds of the Sahel belt that occasionally reaches this far north. These rains are very infrequent, the last one was recorded in September 1998, and probably as much as 10-15 years may pass without rain. However even this little rain is sufficient to allow some vegetation and wildlife in the larger valleys. Overnight tent. (BLD)

Day 8: Karkur Talh – Wadi Sura – Foggini Cave
Today we turn north again and pass the hills of Peter and Paul, ancient volcanoes that are a geologist’s heaven, and then to Wadi Sura in the western Gilf el Kebir. There we approach one of the highlights of the tour – a cave with Neolithic rock paintings depicting game, domestic animals and humans, among them the famous picture showing swimmers that were first discovered by Count Almassy. Afterwards drive to the site of Foggini cave which is even more beautifully painted. Overnight tent. (BLD)
Day 9: Aqaba - Wadi Homra or Wadi Abdel Malik
We leave the caves and start the ascent to Aqaba pass. Afterwards we drive across the plateau of the Gilf; from high up one has a marvellous view of Wadi Homra before descending into the valley and driving north. Wadi Homra is aptly named the "Red Valley". Sand and rocks have a coloring unique in Egypt. Here one can find rock inscriptions as well. Sometimes the routing will lead through Wadi Abdelmalik instead, the long valley Almassy thought to be the lost oasis of Zarzoura. Overnight tent. (BLD)

Day 10 -12: Silica Fields - Great Sand Sea
Drive north to the Silica Glass Fields that were created by a meteor impact. The desert glass was a coveted material even in Pharaonic times and was used for jewelry like one of Tutankhamen's breastplates. From here we have to drive for three days through the Great Sand Sea - one of the most arid areas on earth. Single dunes combine to an endless Sea of Sand. Getting stuck is now and then is nearly unavoidable and part of the adventure! This is one of the most exciting parts of the tour. We camp on the outskirts of the Sand Sea near Siwa and take the opportunity to have a bath in the hot spring of Bir Wahid. Overnight tent. (BLD)

Day 13: Siwa Oasis
The last part of the tour through the sand sea and then entrance into Siwa oasis, the most remote oasis of the Western Desert. After arrival we start exploring the oasis: after a stop at the baths of Cleopatra we proceed to the old acropolis of Shali, then to the famous temple of Amun and the temple of pharaoh Amasis, and to Gebel Mawta with its rock tombs. Overnight hotel. (BLD)
Day 14: Siwa – Marsa Matrouh
After breakfast drive to Marsa Matrouh on the Mediterranean - the remainder of the day is free to enjoy the beach. Overnight hotel. (BLD)

Day 15: Matrouh - Alamein – Alexandria - Cairo
Early morning departure on the coastal road, passing el Alamein. In Alexandria short city tour, then proceed to Cairo. Overnight hotel. (BLD)

Day 16: Cairo
Transfer to Cairo airport for your international flight. Check out time is by 1100 hrs. (B)
Price includes:
•    All transfers private air conditioned bus
•    4*4 Jeep safari
•    5 nights tourist class hotel
•    10 nights desert camping
•    Meals listed as per the itinerary
•    Activities listed as per the itinerary
•    Entrance Fees-Included listed as per the itinerary
Price does not include:
•    International flights
•    Items of personal nature
•    Tipping kitty
•    Travel insurance.
•    Visas
•    Extra meals more than those listed as per itinerary.

  • Day 16

    Itinerary (15 nights /16 days)
    Day 1: Cairo
    Arrival at Cairo Airport, assistance and transfer to ho-tel. Check in time starts from 1400 hrs.
    Overnight hotel. (No Meals)

    Day 2: Cairo - Fayoum – Wadi el Rayan - Wadi Heitan
    Departure by jeep to Fayoum, an oasis that was cultivated during the reign of the pharaohs. Proceed to Wadi Rayan, where a branch of the Nile pours into the Qarun lake, and then to the National Park of Wadi Heitan. The fossilized bones of ancient sea mammals have given the area its name of “Valley of the Whales”.
    Overnight tent. (BLD)

    Day 3: Wadi Heitan - Baharyia – White Desert
    After arrival in Baharyia drive through the picturesque palm groves of the oasis and stroll through the town of Bawiti. Afterwards proceed to the White Desert.
    Overnight tent. (BLD)

    Day 4: White desert – Farafra - Dakhla
    In the morning two hours walk through the White Desert near Wadi Mushroom and its famous mushroom-shaped rocks, with enough opportunities to linger and take photos. Afterwards drive to Farafra, visit to the local museum. You will have the possibility to bathe in the springs. After lunch drive to Dakh-la and visit to the old town of El Qasr with its covered walkways and carved doors. Overnight hotel. (BLD)

    Day 5: Dakhla – Sugar Loaf – Mud Lions - Gilf el Kebir
    After breakfast the adventure begins – the jeeps leave Dakhla and go towards the Gilf el Kebir. We pass the rocks of Sugar Loaf with a memorial to Samir Lana. Afterwards proceed to Abu Ballas, a jar deposit dating back to Pharaonic times that served the caravans going from Dakhla to Kufra. After a few hours more we make camp near the Mud Lions, rocks shaped and formed by the wind from baked sand. Overnight tent. (BLD)

    Day 6: Eight Bells – Kawal el Din Monument – Jebel Uweinat
    In the morning we pass the WW II airstrip of Eight Bells. Empty kerosene cans mark the landing strip. Proceed along the Eastern flank of the Gilf el Kebir to the monument for Prince Kamal el Din, one of the first explorers of the area. The route passes an ancient volcanic area, the Clayton craters which were formed by gas eruptions. Then we leave the Gilf area behind and go south. In the Karkur Talh or „Acacia Valley“ we entert he area of the Gebel Uwainat. Exploring the wadis with 4x4 approaching the most formidable mountain, the Uweinat is made of some of the oldest rock in Africa and straddles the borders of Egypt, Libya and Sudan. In Egypt the nearest water is a well 300 kms away! Tent overnight outside Karkur Talh. Overnight tent. (BLD)

    Day 7: Karkur Talh
    This day is dedicated to the exploration of the area and its rock drawings. In the 1930’s Winkler recorded the rock drawings here - the first prehistoric rock drawings ever found in this part of the Sahara. Situated roughly at the centre of the most arid area, its height is sufficient to capture a little precipitation from the summer monsoon clouds of the Sahel belt that occasionally reaches this far north. These rains are very infrequent, the last one was recorded in September 1998, and probably as much as 10-15 years may pass without rain. However even this little rain is sufficient to allow some vegetation and wildlife in the larger valleys. Overnight tent. (BLD)

    Day 8: Karkur Talh – Wadi Sura – Foggini Cave
    Today we turn north again and pass the hills of Peter and Paul, ancient volcanoes that are a geologist’s heaven, and then to Wadi Sura in the western Gilf el Kebir. There we approach one of the highlights of the tour – a cave with Neolithic rock paintings depicting game, domestic animals and humans, among them the famous picture showing swimmers that were first discovered by Count Almassy. Afterwards drive to the site of Foggini cave which is even more beautifully painted. Overnight tent. (BLD)
    Day 9: Aqaba - Wadi Homra or Wadi Abdel Malik
    We leave the caves and start the ascent to Aqaba pass. Afterwards we drive across the plateau of the Gilf; from high up one has a marvellous view of Wadi Homra before descending into the valley and driving north. Wadi Homra is aptly named the "Red Valley". Sand and rocks have a coloring unique in Egypt. Here one can find rock inscriptions as well. Sometimes the routing will lead through Wadi Abdelmalik instead, the long valley Almassy thought to be the lost oasis of Zarzoura. Overnight tent. (BLD)

    Day 10 -12: Silica Fields - Great Sand Sea
    Drive north to the Silica Glass Fields that were created by a meteor impact. The desert glass was a coveted material even in Pharaonic times and was used for jewelry like one of Tutankhamen's breastplates. From here we have to drive for three days through the Great Sand Sea - one of the most arid areas on earth. Single dunes combine to an endless Sea of Sand. Getting stuck is now and then is nearly unavoidable and part of the adventure! This is one of the most exciting parts of the tour. We camp on the outskirts of the Sand Sea near Siwa and take the opportunity to have a bath in the hot spring of Bir Wahid. Overnight tent. (BLD)

    Day 13: Siwa Oasis
    The last part of the tour through the sand sea and then entrance into Siwa oasis, the most remote oasis of the Western Desert. After arrival we start exploring the oasis: after a stop at the baths of Cleopatra we proceed to the old acropolis of Shali, then to the famous temple of Amun and the temple of pharaoh Amasis, and to Gebel Mawta with its rock tombs. Overnight hotel. (BLD)
    Day 14: Siwa – Marsa Matrouh
    After breakfast drive to Marsa Matrouh on the Mediterranean - the remainder of the day is free to enjoy the beach. Overnight hotel. (BLD)

    Day 15: Matrouh - Alamein – Alexandria - Cairo
    Early morning departure on the coastal road, passing el Alamein. In Alexandria short city tour, then proceed to Cairo. Overnight hotel. (BLD)

    Day 16: Cairo
    Transfer to Cairo airport for your international flight. Check out time is by 1100 hrs. (B)

Season(s) Price(s)
Sun, 08/12/2013 to Tue, 31/12/2013 $1