Bedouin Camping | Western Desert | Egypt
Travel through the desert with Samy Badri and his Bedouin friends and family. In Bahariya we are only around 37,000 people.
Getting around in jeeps, you will spend part of the day driving around the desert, just for the view and to get to other places. Stop whenever you want to run around and enjoy or inspect the natural phenomena and wide open spaces. Each night you will camp in a different place, sleeping out in the open (don’t worry it won’t rain). Samy and crew will cook great Bedouin food, and usually play music on the tabla and sing to round the evening out.
Things to Do:
- Learn the variety of the desert: The white desert with fossils and limestone, the black desert, the crystal desert, small oases, and rolling dunes of the great sand sea
- Eat Bedouin cooking over open fire
- Join in Bedouin music and dancing at night
- Sleep under the stars
- Get stuck on sand dunes and help push the jeep out
- Look for ‘desert roses’
Quote from Samy:
- Me: How do you know your way around the desert?
- Samy: You just know. It is like your house. Do you get lost going from your room to your bathroom?
- Me: No, but the desert is a lot bigger than my room and bathroom!
Start out in Bahariya Oasis, about 350km S.W. of Cairo in the western desert.
Bahariya is a large Oasis where about 450,000 people live. Of the five major desert oases it is the closest to Cairo (though on the bus ride you will probably wish it was closer). From there you can head out into the desert, sometimes called the great sand sea.