EXPEDITION: GILF KEBIR GREAT SAND SEA

(14 Days)

 Itinerary:

Depart Cairo towards Dakhla on road. From Dakhla oasis were we leave civilization behind us, is where the adventure begins.  On our drive towards the remotest parts of the Egyptian desert we will encounter Pottery Hill (Abu Ballas) with the remains of broken jars of unconfirmed origin and age. The first close encounter with Gilf Kebir will be Wadi Bakht, that is excessively rich with stone age artifacts. After passing Prince Kemal El-Din memorial monument on the south most tip of the massive Gilf plateau, we arrive at the Caver of Swimmers (made famous by The English Patient movie).  The expedition continues to tackle the sandy Aqaba (obstacle in Arabic-) Pass, through which we ascent to the top of the plateau.  After Aqaba pass the fist barrier dunes are encountered that split the plateau into 2 hemispheres.  Wadi Hamra and its Acacia trees are reached by a difficult passage through the dunes of Wadi Assib.  

The expedition continues by weaving its way through the Great Sand Sea. The majestic dormant dunes, that witness the passage of time and hide mysteries in their silence and peace, offering evidence of WWII, Silica Glass (Tektites), and the undiscovered Cambyses army.  After the crossing of the Great Sand Sea the convoy of vehicles re-emerge to civilization near the White Desert and the oasis of Farafra.

 

 

EXPEDITION: GILF KEBIR UWEINAT

(14 Days)

 

Itinerary:

Depart Cairo towards Dakhla on road. From Dakhla oasis were we leave civilization behind us, is where the adventure begins.  On our drive towards the remotest parts of the Egyptian desert we will encounter Pottery Hill (Abu Ballas) with the remains of broken jars of unconfirmed origin and age. The first close encounter with Gilf Kebir will be Wadi Bakht, that is excessively rich with stone age artifacts. After passing Prince Kemal El-Din memorial monument on the south most tip of the massive Gilf plateau, we arrive at the Caver of Swimmers (made famous by The English Patient movie).  The expedition continues heading south further into the African continent.  The passage by Clayton Craters and finally the arrival to Djebel Uweinat, that is split between Egypt, Libya and Sudan.  Karkur Talh (Valley of Acacia) in Uweinat offers a very dramatic change in scenery.  After several days driving through very barren landscape, the reward lays in a tight valley offering trees, shade, and savannah like greenery.  The traces of wildlife scattered all around the valley exposes the presence of a big variety of living creatures.  Karkur Talh is also excessively rich on stone age engravings and paintings.  Departing from the greenery held in the valley, the crossing of the Selima Sand Sheet, that covers the border area between Egypt and Sudan offers a mind bending, perfectly flat expanse of flat sand.  Arrival to Bir Tarfawi and the connecting asphalt road towards Dakhla seems like a remarkable recognition of the existing world, that leads to the normal state of mind as prior to the expedition departure. 

 

Note:

These expedition are not to be taken lightly, as they cover vast distances in a very hostile environment.  Participants have to be physically and mentally fit to endure possible hardships due to the unpredictability of terrain and weather.  The above mentioned itinerary may change as the trip goes along.  Flexibility is required in planning as National authorities may change regulations of access to restricted areas on very short notice, as well as participants will have to anticipate the unexpected in terms of weather, terrain, and mechanical problems.  Team work between all participants on the venture is vital to the success of the expedition. The provided food will be a simple and basic diet based on non-easily perishable ingredients.

 

Egypt Off-Road stresses the necessity to
KEEP THE DESERT CLEAN