Photo Essay: Isolated in the Great Egyptian Sand Sea

By Mark Wiens 1 Comment

The Siwa Oasis in Western Egypt (50 km East of Libya) is an isolated island of life in the midst of a parched sea of sand and brown earth that begins and never ends.  Tour guides throughout Siwa town offer desert safari’s for leisure, an opportunity to view the beauty of harsh reality from the windows of a speeding land cruiser.

Around the oasis are pockets of fresh cool water, living mirages, offering cool escapes to the barren mounds of the desert.  The entire area looks like all life has been sucked away, but the breeze of wind brings the dunes to life and creatures find routes of survival.  Driving around the desert on the brink of the Sahara was phenomenal!

Note: Details on how to take a desert safari, at the Siwa Oasis in Egypt, below.

Here are a few pictures I put together to display the desert safari (video to come soon!).

sahara-desert-egypt

our-truck-safari

toyota-land-cruiser

swimming-hole

egyptian-siwa-desert

sand-dunes-egypt

truck-stuck

bedouin-sahara-desert

seashells-egypt

desert-dunes-egypt

water-sand

sunset-egypt-siwas

truck-desert-sunset

sunset-sand-dunes

desert-sunrise

For more information or if you travel to the Siwa Oasis and would like to take a Desert Safari, I would recommend the same tour our group took:

Siwa Safari Desert Oasis Tours: Tours in the Western Desert and Oases
Name: Sayed Abou Seif
Website: http://www.siwasafari.org/
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 002 010 6893687

Price:
After a bit of negotiation our group formulated 2 cost plans for a full day and spending the night at a camp in the desert.

  1. All inclusive, food and drinks – 200 LE
  2. Without lunch or drinks – 150 LE

I went with plan 2 and was very satisfied with the activities and the entire program of the safari.

1 comment. I'd love to hear from you!

  • paulo

    13 years ago

    Stunningly beautiful.