- Encounters with locals
- Culture (paddy field, coffee, tea ...)
- Castle and fortress
- Off the beaten track
The fertile lands of the Dakhla Oasis are home to around a dozen hamlets located at various intervals along the road to the Farafra and Kharga oases. With its orchards, its palm groves extending into the distance as far as the eye can see, and the superb, mud-brick fortresses dotted around the local villages, this is a picture-postcard landscape.
When I came here during my trip to Egypt, I was particularly taken with the wide boulevards in the town of Mut, as well as the remains of the old town and how close it is to the palm groves. History enthusiasts will enjoy the town's beautiful ethnographic museum, where you can see clothes and other everyday items used by the Bedouins. Please note, however, that the museum opens by appointment only. You'll therefore need to arrange a private visit through the tourist office.
If you happen to be a fan of traditional architecture, I recommend going for a wander around Mut's old town to explore the citadel, which marks the original centre of the town, and the mud-brick houses built on the hillsides. Theres are fascinating views of the new town and the desert dunes from the citadel.