Siwa is one of the best places in North Africa! It’s a gorgeous oasis in the middle of the Libyan dessert. Since it’s not easy to get to, it isn’t on the main tourist trail passing through Egypt.
Surrounded by a great sea of sand, the oasis is sprinkled with hot and cold springs, and has a sprawling salt lake that one floats in, so you can swim and cool off anytime. Springs closer to town have little stands serving fresh mango, orange, or lemon juice—perfect after a refreshing swim.
The town of Siwa and surrounding villages are home to nearly 30,000, mostly Berbers, who speak Tasiwit, aka Siwi, Arabic, and English.
Siwa has ample lodges and hotels in the town that’ve catered to tourism for decades. The people and hotel staff are hospitable, they’ll arrange your transportation into the desert dunes: donkey cart, motorcycle, took-took, or a Jeep. I did a half day expedition, but you can even do a dessert camping trip.