Dakhla Oasis Egypt information, attractions, tours, booking
Dakhla Oasis lies 90 kilometer to the northwest of Kharga Oasis. Moreover, Dakhla oasis is also about 310 km to the southeast of Farafra Oasis. In fact, Dakhla oasis consists of 14 settlements and has a population of about 84,000 people. Dakhla Oasis is the farthest oasis out of Cairo and indeed is one of Egypt's most beautiful Oases. Dakhla Oasis sits in a depression surrounded by pink cliffs. The oasis has about 30,000 acres of cultivated land and can reached from Luxor. Most of its inhabitants are farmers. In fact, the farmers fight the battle of the dunes which threaten their fields and orchards. The fields and gardens filled with mulberry trees. Moreover, the field also filled with date palms, figs and other citrus fruits. The oasis retained most of its culture and charm. In fact, it is although the oasis increased in size by the double.
The government funding and technical training revitalized the economy of the oasis. The oasis is the only place in Egypt where new water wheels driven by buffaloes. In fact the waterwheels made of palm timber, clay jars and called "Saqiyas". The oasis connected to Kharga Oasis by a 200 km road which has buses running daily. In fact, research found that the Oasis has inhabited since prehistoric times. Moreover, there was once a huge lake there. The oasis feature Neolithic rock paintings. The rock paintings show that the lake frequented by elephants, buffaloes and ostriches. As the lake dried up, the inhabitants migrated to the Nile valley. Dakhla Oasis dominated on its northern horizon by a wall of rose-Colored rock.
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Fertile cultivated areas feature rice, peanuts and fruit. In fact, they dotted between sand dunes along the roads from Farafra Oasis and Kharga Oasis. The capital, Mut, named after the ancient goddess of the Theban Triad. In fact, the capital houses the Museum of the Inheritance. The museum houses a traditional house with an intricate wooden combination lock. In fact, the rooms are with sculpted clay figures. Moreover, the rooms arranged to show different aspects of Dakhlan Culture and Family life. Al Qasr village located about 35 kilometer from Mu. In fact, this village was a Roman settlement. Al Qasr became the medieval capital of Dakhla Oasis later. The old town is a labyrinth of mud-walled alleys. In fact, the alleys separate houses with carved wooden lintels. Moreover, there is also an Ayyubid mosque.
Go climb to the rooftop of the 10th century madrassa (school). You will have wonderful views of the surrounding area. Bir Al Gebel, a palm-fringed salt lake where you can camp and picnic. In fact, this hot spring located on the road back to Mut. Other day trips from Mut could include the 1st-century Al Muzawaka tombs and Deir Al Hagar temple. In fact, this temple dedicated to the Theban Triad and later rebuilt by the Romans. After exploring the temple, bathe in the hot sulfur spring nearby. Visit Bashendi to see Roman Tombs and a factory. The factory features carpets which still woven with scenes of Dakhlan life. The oasis also houses the Balat Village. In fact, this village is a trading post with ancient Nubia. Over there, archaeologists also still uncover dozens of 6th dynasty Mastabas.
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Dakhla Oasis in Arabic means the Inner Oasis. In fact, the oasis situated between the Oases Farafra and Kharga. The capital of Dakhla Oasis is Mut. Over there, you will see different communities. Moreover, you will watch interesting ways which they adapted to live in the desert. Go through our tours to include the oasis.
Food: Eating options in the oasis are not gourmet friendly. Budget restaurants and cafes dot the town’s main street. Moreover, they serve quite decent traditional local specialties. Furthermore, they offer roasted chicken, kebabs, stuffed pigeons, vegetables and salads.
Hot springs: Women advised to take into account the Bedouin culture and customs.
Sunburns: Please to to apply a good sunscreen, especially if you have fair skin. Do this while walking, cycling, or riding a camel around town. Also make sure to stay hydrated.
Money: Banks and ATM machines are available in Dakhla Oasis.
Bashendi: To the north of the main road leading to Kharga, lie the pharaonic ruins of Bashendi. In fact, it is a small village which built in the 19th Dynasty. The village also houses the 1st century tomb of the region’s governor. The carved tombstone explains the mummification process. Moreover, it depicts the final trial of the dead at Osiris’ Tribunal.
Rock Art: The cultivated land ends at the feet of strange rock formations. In fact, it located 45 km towards Al-Kharga. This site was the former location of a caravan routes crossroad. You’ll find different prehistoric which carved on these rocks. In fact, they depict camels, giraffes and tribal symbols.
Museum: Dakhla Oasis is the home to an amazing ethnographic museum. The locale organized as a traditional house. In fact, the museum includes exhibits which taken from the everyday life in the oases. They are such as traditional clothing, baskets, domestic tools and jewelry.
Roman Necropolis: 37 km from Mut lies the Roman Necropolis of Muzawaka. In fact, the necropolis houses beautiful paintings and decorated tombs.
Bus trips from El Torgoman station in Cairo to Dakhla oasis organized by West Delta Bus Company.
West Delta: +20 2 5582 2576 and +20 2 1318 2414. El Torgoman station: +20 2 257 6558.
Pick-up trucks to Al-Qasr can found in Mut. Be sure to negotiate with the driver on the price before getting in.
To get deeper into the desert, rent a 4x4 car and have a specialized guide with you.