- Duration: 2 Days / 1 Night
- Location: Bahariya Oasis
- Availability: Available Everyday
- Pick up and drop off: Your Hotel
- Tour Type: Private
Overnight Camping in the White Desert from Cairo
In this Overnight White Desert Camping & Bahariya Oasis Tours from Cairo, we covered it all, from the off-road Jeep safari vehicle to sleeping bags and other small items. There is no doubt that desert camping is difficult to work because you need particular equipment and off-road vehicles. The surface of the desert is this area that was once the bottom of the ocean some 40 million years ago, leaving behind the conventional tourist attractions and the classical sites of Egypt. This adventure is very special to the oasis of Bahariya in the Western Egyptian desert to discover the ancient world, a world that is way older than mankind.
The white desert is a miracle mother nature delivers for us to enjoy! This safari adventure is the most interesting one on our planet. If you are visiting Egypt, you should do this adventure and see what God has prepared for you on Earth.
Visit the White Desert, Black Desert, and Crystal Mountain. Experience the life of a Bedouin at a comfortable desert camp and on a camel caravan.
Sleep under a galaxy of stars in Egypt’s Black and White Deserts. Discover a unique landscape on an action-packed adventure that features 4X4 off-road driving, a trip on a camel caravan, visiting the temple of Alexander the Great, and much more.
Egypt’s Black and White Deserts are part of the country’s Western Desert and together they offer a fascinating glimpse into desert life as well as some of the most mesmerizing landscapes you can hope to see. The overnight tour takes you to the heart of the desert on a camping adventure at the edge of the El Bahariya Oasis.
Day by day Itineraries
Day 1: Overnight Camping in White Desert & Dinner Under the Stars
You will depart from Cairo at 07:00 for the 4-hour drive to the El Bahariya Oasis. Here you will change vehicles and jump on a 4X4 jeep for a thrilling ride along rugged roads to the incredible White Desert. This unique landscape is set in a depression, and its intriguing aspect is the result of the chalk rock formations caused by sandstorms and the chalk deposits that settle on the ground. You will also visit the Black Desert where the sand is caked with a gold and black crust. Nestled between the two deserts, the start of Crystal Mountain offers yet more wondrous sights and is best known for its quartz crystals. Arriving at camp you will find spacious well-ventilated dome tents equipped with mattresses, blankets, sleeping bags, and bedsheets. Enjoy a delicious dinner before retiring for a night beneath the stars.
Day 2: El Bahariya Oasis Tours
After a delightful breakfast in the White Desert, you will return to El Bahariya Oasis for a tour of the city home to Bedouin tribes for centuries. You will have the services of an expert Egyptologist guide to answer all of your questions and provide insights into the area’s intriguing history. After lunch, you will visit the ruins of the temple of Alexander the Great and the tombs of the nobles at the Valley of the Golden Mummies. You will then join a camel caravan for a 1-hour trip through the desert landscape. Depending on time, there may also be a chance to enjoy a bath in a thermal spring before your transfer back to Cairo for your hotel drop-off or at Cairo airport for your onward travels.
Pick up & Drop off
Pick up location: Cairo: Hotel, station, Cairo airport, or any hotel/location within Cairo or Giza
Drop off location: Cairo: Hotel, station, Cairo airport, or any hotel/location within Cairo or Giza
Solid tour company
“Last year (2010) my wife and I did a 20 day trip in Egypt, mostly Do-It-Yourself. However,
one of the first things we did was a trip to Bahariya oasis and to the White Desert — not so easy to do yourself, so we needed an agency. After e-mail back-and-forths with about 5 agencies, we settled on Egypt Fun Tours http://6vn.45c.mywebsitetransfer.com/ — mostly because they were pretty responsive and adaptable, and because they were recommended to me in a PM from TripAdvisor user Cora_v.
Conclusion first (so you don’t have to read any further): We had a good time, and overall things went pretty well. Our guide, Hani Ahmed, was a pleasant guy whose English is fine (although he has the habit of repeating everything to make sure you understand — something I sometimes do myself). Besides his guiding services on this trip, he gave us a large number of useful tips for the DIY remainder of our Egypt trip — what to see in Luxor, what the price of silver jewelry should be, etc. I certainly give them a solid recommendation.
In retrospect, there are things I would have done differently. This paragraph doesn’t reflect on Hani or Egypt Fun Tours, but should be taken as ideas for anyone planning a similar trip. Some of the stuff in Bahariya isn’t worth seeing (IMHO) — in particular, I’m thinking of the Temple of Alexander and Gebel Dist (Pyramid Mountain). The Golden Mummies are very worth seeing. The oasis itself is also interesting, being so different from anything here (in the USA). On the way to and from the White Desert, the Crystal “mountain” is barely worth looking at, and the Black Desert isn’t much better (but my wife disagrees and thinks it was worth the side trip). Instead, I would spend more time at the White Desert itself — it would have been great to have time to spend several hours hiking around among the weird stone monoliths. It being in the cool part of the year, daytime heat wasn’t an issue.
Back to the trip report/review: The 4×4 that was used, owned and driven by a Bawiti resident named Sameer, was not exactly in the best shape. The starter motor was pretty cranky — the truck had to be push started at least twice. And we had 2 tire blowouts on the paved road on the way to the White Desert. These flats cost us at least an hour, since we had to wait for the second spare tire to arrive on another 4×4 that was coming along later than we were (cell phones are handy!). As a result, we only arrived at the White Desert right at sunset — which was a significant disappointment — as I said, the more time at the stone toadstools, the better.
The next day, to make it up to us (and more importantly, to try to repair his business relation with Hani), Sameer invited us to lunch at his house in Bahariya. This was interesting, as we got to see a little of how people live there — the date palm grove and other farming stuff, the houses themselves, and so on. The most amusing thing was that we found out why the truck hadn’t been fixed up — Sameer had left it to his cousin to do, since his second wife in Giza wanted something the day before, so he had gone into Cairo, and the cousin hadn’t actually done anything — which also explained why Sameer was yelling at him (in Arabic, of course) when we picked up the truck. The situation also goes to show that in Egypt, when you ask if a man is married, the answer “yes” isn’t the end of it — you have to follow up with “how many wives?” — for me, I’m used to “are you married?” being a True/False question, not a multiple choice question.
In my opinion, the loss of time in the White Desert was partly compensated for by this view of life in Bawiti that we wouldn’t have had otherwise. My wife was angrier at the situation, but she eventually calmed down. And the 2 wives story we’ll be telling for a while to come.
I liked Hani, and don’t hesitate to recommend him and his organization. As I said, I’d do some things differently, but it’s not likely we’ll ever go back to the White Desert. I think that they should cut a few things out of the standard oasis tour, and instead organize some kind of home visit to see how people live there — that was far more interesting than the Temple of Alexander — it’s a different way of life. And include more time at the White Desert itself!”
Tour & Overnight camping with Mohamed
The breathtaking views and the isolation with a night under the stars! The trip was memorable with Mohamed, our tour guide who drove us to all the sites on the way to the White desert and is clearly someone who knows the desert inside out. He also cooked a delicious meal for us and made all arrangements for a comfortable stay. Highly recommended!