Starts from the Nile to Libya in the north and Sudan in the south, about 4 hour drive from Cairo.
The closest to Cairo is Baharya oasis, where the white desert lies, Farafra, Kharga and Dakhla where a little remains from ancient times, the late period, proceeded by the Greek-Roman period.
There is one more Oasis called Fayoum which lies also in the western desert, where the valley of whales is, the 2nd most ancient skeleton of an ancient whale with mammals found fossilized. Fayoum was the 2nd ancient capital during the middle kingdom period.
There is one oasis called Siwa close to the Mediterranean and the Libyan borders where the Temple of Oracle visited by Alexander the great is, the remnant of a for is.
The best sand dunes you can see in Egypt lies in Siwa oasis in the Western desert.
All over the different oasis there are hot and cold springs where date palm trees grow 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.