Alpenblick Bahariya Hotel
Bahariya Oasis, Bawiti, 11341, Egypt
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Travel Tips for Bawiti
Visit to a local famlily
The great hospitality of the family of our driver.
After our visit to Siwa the driver of the jeep invited us to his house for a glass of tea and a lunch.
All his family was gathered because of a wedding in the village.
Everybody liked to talk with us. We had to make a lot of pictures of everybody.
The women liked it very much to make henna drawings on our hands, but because of lack of time they couldn't.
an oasis is not an oasis...
An oasis is not an oasis if it doesn't have a palmeraie - or else a garden where palm trees and dates are grown.
Bawiti's palmeraie is as wonderful as all palmeraies are: buzzing with activity - people coming on going - donkeys and carts.
In town every little shop sells the local dates - which are quite good (I have heard people saying).
la grande mer de sable
La Grande Mer de Sable (the great sea of sand) is an area of desert that does not belong to the white desert, but only to the Western (Lybian) desert. The part of it we visited lies very near the oasis of Baharia, not far from the main road.
It's characterised by tall sand dunes, some as tall as 50 metres: while not as spectacular as other parts of the desert, it's a fun one to visit. Helal drove us with his 4-wheel jeep on top of several dunes, only to drive down again just for the sake of it.
Aqabat is a strange area of the white desert: it's an area with some "moutains" - a plateau with tall cliffs in reality. Aqabat means difficult, and it refers to how camel caravans found this desert passage.
Our bedouin guide did not anticipate much about Aqabat - he just said that the place was incredible: he was right. The place felt surreal and - what's better - we had it to ourselves.
Aqabat, however, is not only landscape... it's also little precious pieces of "stones" found on the ground. Everywhere there are little "rock flowers", which are stones strangely shaped - roundish and with lots of tiny spikes. There are also little pieces of petrified trees scattered all about.
Cristal mountain, be carefull
If you visit the cristal mountain, be carefull.
The cristals are very fragile and sharp. You can easily hurt your hand.
Don't destroy the glittering rock to bring big pieces back home. It will fall into small pieces anyway. And if you want to take some anyhow, there are enough small pieces at the ground.