Siwa is the fifth oasis of the western desert of Egypt, the other four are Farafra, Dakhla, Kharga, Baharia. It was visited by Alexander the great when he came to Egypt first. It has some remnant of the Greek and Roman period, some of the Christian period. Very nice examples of tombs date back to the late ancient period are still there, and more to be excavated yet.
Siwa is based on the Bedouin culture, Bedouin costumes for men like long tonic, turban and a vest differs in color according to the importance of the man, for ladies they cover up their faces and bodies, most of the time they are unseen, and hidden, the only transportation mean you can spot there is that cart.
Everything is very distinguished in Siwa and have its own looking features. Even cats, long time back Siwan started getting married and mixed up with Libyans so that you can feel it when you listen to some of their music and their famous dishes too.
Siwa’s most famous adventures and tours is sand dune hiking and different other sand activities, jeep safari for the desert safari adventures, swimming in those Salt lakes which are plenty there, visiting some of the sights date back to different periods such as Islamic period too as the fort of Shali. The temple of Oracle of god Amon, Amen temple, swimming in the lakes of Siwa too is one of the tours that you can enjoy right there too.
Camping in the Desert
Camping in the desert
Egypt has got more than 60% of its land covered with desert, so you can imagine that the variety of the desert landscape that Egypt has. Starting from the western desert with the five oasis of Baharya, Farafra, Dakhla, Kharga, and Siwa.
Camping in the desert is one of the greatest adventures you can experience in your whole life. It gives you absolute peace of mind, relaxation, sleeping in the open air or even in your small tent, enjoying the Bedouin food while watching the desert foxes, adventuring the desert with jeep cars, hiking the sand dunes, during the daytime you can enjoy swimming in the lakes and the springs of the western desert too.
Some people enjoy sleeping in the open air so in this case you need to have a sleeping bag, either you bring it or they can provide it too, a torch in case of walking in the desert at night, good walking shoes or walking and hiking too, good camera not to miss any nice shot.
The places you can enjoy the camping of the desert safari are Siwa oasis and the other ones in the western desert too.
What is ecotourism?
It means Tourism to areas of ecological interest includes green travel, especially to support conservation efforts and observe wildlife, nature travel, responsible travel, ethical travel, mindful travel, conscious travel, and many others.
Ecotourism should adopt more environmentally friendly practices, protect the natural and cultural heritage of a destination, and support local communities.
First of all, it focuses on experiencing and learning more about nature, its landscape, flora, and their habitats, as well as cultural artifacts from the locality. A complicated relationship between the environment and tourist activities is possible when this philosophy can be translated into appropriate approach, useful planning and tactful practicum. Carefully planned and operated ecotourism places & sites, especially if it is a small place or a village-based and includes local interaction too, is able to provide direct advantages that might offset pressure from other less sustainable behaviors and activities that make the maximum use of cultural and natural resources.
Is Egypt tourism industry shifting towards eco-tourism?
Egypt is been always known for its history, ancient civilization and its sites such as pyramids, and temples. Moving toward the ecotourism is a great chance or a sustainable and flourishing tourism. There are a lot of sites considered as a part of the international heritage as per the UNESCO, besides the Valley of the whales known as wadi El Hitan, in Fayoum oasis,
Eco-Tours offer in Egypt here the desert safari tours to a different oasis like Siwa oasis which is a part of the western desert.
There is also a boat tour around the Nile: very Eco-friendly boat not a big cruise with fancy swimming pools.