- Encounters with locals
- Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
- Hiking / Trekking
The oasis of Siwa covers 1600 square metres in the Libyan Desert. It is the largest oasis in this desert. Due to its proximity with the Libyan border, the 12,000 inhabitants of the oasis have their own language and culture.
Wow!!!! If I had to choose one word to sum up my first impression of Siwa, that would be it. Arriving in the oasis from Alexandria after a journey by 4X4 through the desert, I first thought it was a mirage before I realised that it really was Siwa.
After a stroll through the dirt streets of the town, we got back in the 4x4 for an unforgettable ride in the Libyan Desert. Under blinding sunlight, the expanse of orange sand stretched as far as the eye could see. I had never been to a desert before and the experience remains one of my finest memories of the trip.
After a tiring journey and a busy first day, the second day of our stay was devoted to relaxation. After an early rise, we headed towards Ain el Hammam: the most famous spring of Siwa, also known as Cleopatra’s Bath, has been organised as a natural swimming pool. During our visit, we found ourselves alone in the pool with the children of the village. It’s a great solution to beat the sweltering heat.
Siwa is also the point of departure for the Hill of the Dead, the site of a necropolis in the caves of Gebel el Maoutat.