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Native & Nature

10 Day Safari Western Desert

A Cultural Tour taking in both the hustle and bustle of modern day city life and the peace and tranquility of the desert. Discover the remarkable traditions of the native Bedouin tribes camping under a star filled sky as they have done for centuries. Experience authentic Egyptian culture and marvel at the ancient artifacts on display at the Museum of Antiquities. Ride in a calesh, horse drawn cart, around the city of Luxor before venturing to the Valley of the Kings and Queens. Refresh your senses with a dip in the hot springs in the Bahariya desert oasis. This tour takes you deep into the heart of Egyptian culture creating an unforgettable holiday experience.

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ACCOMODATION

Multiple Comfort | Our recommend choice for all tours is the Comfort Style, which is generally in a 3* category. This style choice gives you comfortable hotels with good service and facilities, whilst keeping a local appeal. Our aim to to use only locally owned hotels whenever possible on this tour.        

Desert Camp Western Desert | EMBAH’s nomadic desert camp in the Western Desert is tailored around the 4x4 Jeeps for support & shelter, with traditionally decorated tarpollens. Carpeted areas and mattresses are furnished to ensure your comfort whilst sleeping under the stars, with dome tents available for extra privacy. A kitchen area is set adjacent to the camp, where freshly prepared meals will be cooked on an open fire. Designated washing and toilet areas are set, and in some cases you can bathe in hot springs or fresh water oases. Our camp locations are picked for favorable weather conditions and stunning scenery.

TOUR IMPACT ON LOCAL COMMUNITY

  • Egypt Local Impact | Embah is committed to the elements of responsible & sustainable tourism, working with locally owned Hotels & service providers, employing local drivers & encouraging trips hosted by the locals, all allow for revenue to be distributed directly within the community. Booking this tours or services with Embah you are guaranteed that it has been designed with a sustainable objective. 

    ·      Local Tour Leader Training| Most Egyptian Tour Leaders hold certification from the Syndicate of Tour Guides Egypt, which covers many aspects of the job as a classic tour guide. At Embah we take this training a step further with our In house training course that gives a more in depth and varied teaching, to enable our guides to work & deal in a multitude of regions & tour themes. These include the Eco Desert Guide course, established and funded by The Travel Foundation UK, International Tour Operator Tour Leading Courses, First Aid for both on land and water activities, PADI Snorkel Guide Certification and Healthy & Safety with Tour Risk Assessments. 


  • Western Desert Local Impact | Embah is committed to the elements of responsible & sustainable tourism, working with locally owned Hotels & service providers, employing local drivers & encouraging trips hosted by the locals, all allow for revenue to be distributed directly within the community. Booking this tours or services with Embah you are guaranteed that it has been designed with a sustainable objective.
  • TITLE

    Native & Nature

  • THEME

    Adventure,Culture

  • STYLE

    Comfort

  • EMBAH CODE

    CULT.EG.NAN.10

  • DURATION

    12 days, 11 nights.

  • START & END

    Western Desert ,Cairo ,Luxor

  • TRANSFERS

    Airport transfer from Cairo airport & all transfers outlined in itinerary. 4x4 Jeep. Overnight Sleeper Train

  • LODGINGS

    4 nights - Comfort Hotel. 5 nights - Desert Camp. 1 night - Lodge. 1 night - Sleeper Train.

  • MEALS

    9 x Breakfast
    2 x Lunch
    2 x Dinner

  • GROUP SIZE

    Average of 12 persons

    (Min:6Max:18)

  • PEOPLE

    EMBAH tour leader & drivers, experienced desert guide & Egyptologist.

  • ACTIVITIES INCLUDED

    Sightseeing, Trekking, 4x4 Jeep

  • WHAT TO PACK

    • loose cotton/linen clothing
    • good walking shoes for trekking
    • warm fleece for desert evenings
    • sun protection (hat / scarf / sunblock)
    • mosquito repellent
    • day pack for personal items
    • water bottle carrier
    • torch / flash light
    • modest clothing for homes stays religious areas
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Our EMBAH Tour leader will welcome you at Cairo International airport and accompany you on the group transfer to the centre of Cairo and check-in hotel. Group briefing with your tour leader. Free time to explore the area. Overnight in Cairo 3* hotel BB.
Check out of your hotel and make your way to Giza to visit the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx. Lunch on location. After lunch you will join up with your 4x4 vehicle and start the 5 hour drive out into the Western Desert. Arriving in the late evening you will head to a fixed rustic camp on the northern edge of Bahariya Oasis where you will spend the night. Dinner will be cooked over the campfire using only the freshest local ingredients. 
After waking up in Bahariya you will spend the morning exploring this wonderful oasis, where you will notice how fertile the land is with many crops of dates, and olives are cultivated here. A jeep safari in the afternoon will take you to Pyramid Mountain and the spring of Bir al-Ghaba. Free time will enable you to wander off and explore on your own all the little hidden wonders and make your own discoveries. In the evening you travel deeper into the desert and spend a night camping under the stars with your local Bedouin hosts.
Today we go deeper into the desert where you are likely to see fennec fox and jerboa, whilst in the sky above you can see vultures and eagles. You will meet up with the camels and cameleers for a trek into the White Desert to see the strange rock formations created by the desert sandstorms. We will spend the night at the desert camp.
After breakfast we travel by 4x4 until we reach the isolated Oasis of Farafra. For only a small oasis they have a big cultivation of apricots, dates and watermelons as the desert soil is very rich, along with figs, mangoes and oranges. Whilst in Farafra we will visit Badr’s Museum with its eccentric displays you wont want to miss. The afternoon we continue our drive until we reach Dhakla (5hrs), a lively town with a beautiful oasis. En-route to Dhakla we pass the beautiful abandoned town of al-qasr where all the houses are made from sun dried mud. Overnight camping.
Full day today heading off into the desert for your 4x4 adventure safari of Dhakla Oasis. One of the highlights of this trip spending the night camping in the desert, a perfect opportunity for stargazing.
Kharga is the largest Oasis in the region at and was a main stop on many caravans running from the middle east into Sudan, in particular the Darb el Arba route ( Way of Forty or the forty day route ) which ran from Asyut to Darfur. The remain of the Roman fortresses are scattered through this region, built to protect the caravans and their wares. Our morning drive takes app 3hrs when we will stop on location to have lunch. Afterwards we will explore the Oasis and surrounding area to visit Qasr el-Ghweit a fortified hilltop sandstone temple dedicated to the Theban Triad, and contains scenes of Hapy the Nile-god holding symbols of the nomes of Upper and Lower Egypt. It can also be said that the inscriptions pictate that the quality of the grapes grown in Kharga produced fantastic wine, abundantly enjoys during the New Kingdom. Today however, the liquid that we enjoy are that of bathing kind, at the Hot Springs. For our final night on the Oasis Route we enjoy the hospitality of a Local Desert Lodge.
This morning we leave for the drive to Luxor stopping off on the way at Baris. In the afternoon once we have checked into your hotel there will be the option to sail on a Nile felucca boat (optional charge). Evening free to explore or relax. Overnight in hotel.
A very early start today as you cross the River Nile and ride donkeys for an exciting trip to the Valley of the Kings and Queens. You will witness the sunrise over the River Nile en route, a spectacular sight. After the Valley of the Kings and Queens you move on to visit the imposing Hatshepsut Temple, a beautiful temple with some of the best murals and hieroglyphics you will see carved deep into the stonework. 
In the afternoon you travel by calesh (horse-drawn carriage) to the magnificent Karnak temple. Built over a period of 1500 years, the temples here are breathtaking both in size and complexity. Experience the majesty of the great Hypostyle Hall with its 134 columns and the beauty of the pink granite obelisk of Queen Hatshepsut. In the evening board a sleeper train to travel back to Cairo.
After checking into your hotel for the night, we spend the day visiting the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, where you will see a mesmerizing display of artifacts including the spectacular Tutankhamum Collection. In the evening your guide will take you on a walk around the famous Khan el Khalili Market, a sight not to be missed, very bustling busy market, full of sights, sounds and smells from the exotic spices, perfumes etc, along with some beautiful mosques hidden amongst the streets. Wander around the bazaars or sit back in one of the many street cafes and watch the world go by. Overnight in your hotel.
Transfer to Cairo Airport for your flight home.

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