Swimmers Cave Gilf El Kebir information, tours, prices, booking

Swimmers Cave is and the ancient rocks art located in the mountainous of Gilf El Kebir plateau. In fact, the plateau located in the New Valley govern-orate. The New Valley located southwest Egypt near the borders with Libya. Swimmers Cave and rocks art discovered in October 1933. it was by the Hungarian explorer Laszlo Almasy. In fact, Swimmers cave contains Neolithic pictographs (rock painting images) of people who swim. The painting images are about 10,000 years ago. In fact, it was during the time of the most recent Ice Age.

Almasy devoted a chapter to the Swimmers cave in his book “The Unknown Sahara” which issued in 1943. In the book, he postulates that the swimming scenes are real depictions of life at the time of painting. He also mentioned that there was a climate change from temperate to Xeric desert since that time. In fact, this theory was so new at that time. In 2007, Eman Ghoneim discovered an ancient mega lake which is 30,750 km². Actually, the lake buried beneath the sand of the Great Sahara in the Northern Darfur region, Sudan.

Furthermore, the Swimmers cave mentioned in Michael Ondaatje’s novel “The English Patient”. Moreover, it also mentioned in a movie which based upon it. In fact, the cave shown in the movie not the original but a film set created by a contemporary artist. In fact, some portions of the Swimmers cave damaged by visitors over the years. It is especially since the movie released in 1996. Fragments of the paintings removed as souvenirs.

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Moreover, some surfaces cracked after water applied to enhance their contrast for photographs. Modern graffiti inscribed upon the wall. In fact, the tourist littering indeed is a problem. Some steps taken to reduce the future damage. The steps include training guides and clearing litter from the vicinity. In fact, this important rocks art site remains fragile. Moreover, there are also risks future disturbances. In fact, it is because the tourist traffic to the region increases.

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