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Oases

Egypt’s oases are just that: unspoiled refuge from the modern world. Surrounded by sand and sky, the oases have a sense of timelessness, rare in the 21st century.

Man and nature have coexisted here since the Stone Age, but the stars, the rock formations and the dunes defy the calculation of human calendars.
Egypt’s oases are still the most varied in the world, each with a distinguished character of its own. Wherever you stay, enjoy the tranquility of the Bedouin life-style, the date groves and pigeon towers.

For adventure and excitement, Tarot Tours Garranah organizes safari trips to the following western desert oases to explore the majesty of the desert by jeep and on safari travel and to spend the nights under the stars.

Fayum


After the noise and crowd of the city, the Fayoum oasis is a breath of fresh air.
Its name was originated from the ancient Egyptian name “Payoum” which meant (the sea), reference to the large inland lake Qaroun.

The lake and its surrounding offer a relaxing break at the beach and a chance to see oasis life without having to venture too far in the Western Sahara Desert.

Fayoum, is 103 km south west of Cairo. It is a manmade oasis and also the largest oasis in Egypt. The mixture of desert as well as agriculture, the cultural and historical background of Pharaonic, Greco Roman, Coptic and Islamic antiquities makes Fayoum an extraordinary and outstanding destination.

It is famous for its water wheels which were introduced by the Ptolemies in the third century BC. The diversity of its nature and serene beauty, waterfalls ( Wadi El Rayan ) and springs ( Ein Sillin) make it a perfect place for fishing, hunting and bird watching.

Baharia Oases


Bahrain oasis is known for its sunny dry weather throughout summer and winter is located 365 km south west of Giza. Intertwined trees provide attractive scenery contrasted by massive sand dunes. It is rich in wildlife of migrant birds and deers.

This oasis is also famous for its 398 mineral and sulphurous springs (cold and hot), known for its curative qualities.

It also has many archaeological sites which belong to the 26th dynasty including Alexander the Great Temple and also the largest Necropolis dedicated to the Ibis bird as well as ancient churches and palaces. "The Valley of the Golden Mummies" has been recently discovered in a Roman Necropolis.

Palm trees, olive orchards and apricot groves create a natural panorama that mix sandy hills with lush vegetation

The New Valley


Located 625 km from Cairo,its remarkable dry climate and warmth in winter,its sulphur wells and springs(Cold and hot up to 49 oC). make it an ideal healthy place for therapy.

Its history goes back to 5000 BC. It is one of the most well known tourist attraction areas that have in the same time desert, lush, vegetation, wells springs. It includes the following three main oases:

Al-Kharga


Distinguished by many monuments, springs and interesting sites. One of its major sites is the Temple of Hibis, one of the few Persian monuments in Egypt (6th century BC).

The Necropolis of Al-Bagawat(Domes) behind the Temple, houses 263 mud-brick tombs with Coptic murals including the remains of one of the oldest churches in Egypt.

Thermal springs to the south, are famous for water temperatures up to 43 degrees reputed to be good for the treatment of rheumatoid and skin allergies.

Al-Dakhla


Located 200 km west of Al-Kharga, dominated on its northern horizon by a wall of rose-colored rock.
Mut is considered the main city, its name is attributed to Mut consort of God Amon.It is an ancient city that dates back to the Pharaonic period.

Al Dakhla is a rich oasis which houses Pharaonic, Greco-Roman and Islamic monuments, as well as natural springs and wells which temperature reaches 43 o C and it is 1224 metres deep. Tourist facilities are developed next to the wells.

Farafra


Located between Baharia and Dakhla and known as Ta-Iht the Land of the Cow in ancient history.
Kasr El Farafra village, that dates to the Roman period is an isolated village of which the oldest part lies on the mountainside.
Paintings and ceramics by local artists are exhibited, as well as sculptures made of materials available in the desert.
It is also famous for its beautiful hand-knitted and handicrafts made of camel hair.

The White Desert


A spot which no visitor to the New Valley should miss. Coming from Baharia, you will cross the Black Desert passing by Roman ruins and an old Coptic church with graffiti.

Baharia and Frafra are separated by huge golden sand dunes which make a stunning bakdrop to the journey.

Once you enter the White Desert you meet a unique landscape of surreal wind-eroded rock formations which is particularly fascinating at sunrise and sunset.

Siwa


Siwa is 300 km south of Marsa Matrouh One of the most fascinating oases on the edge of the Great Sand Sea.
The importance of the Temple is due to the visit of Alexander the Great, who received the prophecy from God Amon in 331 BC.Gabal Al Mawta ( Mountain of the Dead ) that includes ancient mummies.Hall of crowning Alexander The Great. br> The inhabitants of Siwa have their own culture and customs and they speak a Berber language "Siwi" rather than Arabic. It remains one of the best places to buy jewelry, rugs, baskets, traditional robes and head dresses decorated with antique coins. A beautiful view of the whole oasis can be seen after climbing through the ruins of its old city.