This is Egypt’s Most Beautiful Oasis, Desirably Off the Beaten Tourist-Track

    A cool fresh water spring converted into the shape of a swimming pool at one of Siwa's exclusive eco-lodges in the most beautiful oasis in North Africa. Siwa Oasis, Western Desert, Egypt. (Anna Skibinsky)A local Berber boy gazes at a cold water spring surrounded by lush palms and his parked took-took. Siwa Oasis, Western Desert, Egypt. (Anna Skibinsky)Sunset view across Siwa Lake, from Fatnas Island. Siwa Oasis, Western Desert, Egypt. (Anna Skibinsky)Ruins of Aghurmi, built by the Berber inhabitants of Siwa to surround the ancient Greek Temple of Amun, also known as the Temple of the Oracle. Siwa Oasis, Western Desert, Egypt. (Anna Skibinsky)A view of palms and white salt deposits on a lake, from the hilltop of Aghurmi. Siwa Oasis, Western Desert, Egypt. (Anna Skibinsky)Local boys of Siwa swim at mid-day in Cleopatra's Bath, one of the many fresh water springs at Siwa, Western Desert, Egypt. (Anna Skibinsky)Stalls for tourists around Cleopatra's Bath selling local goods and fresh juices. Siwa Oasis, Western Desert, Egypt. (Anna Skibinsky)Part of a tourist eco-lodge standing near the shore of Siwa Lake, in the Western Desert, Egypt. (Anna Skibinsky)A cluster of palms near the shore of salt water Siwa Lake. Sand Dunes of the Great Sand Sea in the Libyan Dessert can be seen on the horizon. Siwa Oasis, Western Desert, Egypt. (Anna Skibinsky)A view of the sun set from the waters of a cold water spring at one of Siwa's eco-lodges. Siwa Oasis, Western Desert, Egypt. (Anna Skibinsky)Palms stand over lounge chairs carved from stone surrounding a cool fresh water spring converted into a swimming, at a Siwa eco-lodge. Siwa Oasis, Western Desert, Egypt. (Anna Skibinsky)A jeep takes tourists for a ride up and down the sand dunes surrounding Siwa Oasis, Western Desert, Egypt. (Anna Skibinsky)Siwa village boys cool off in a cold water spring. Siwa Oasis, Western Desert, Egypt. (Anna Skibinsky)A Siwa village boy smiles for the camera from his donkey cart, with a view of the salt shore of Siwa Lake in the back ground. Siwa Oasis, Western Desert, Egypt. (Anna Skibinsky)An exclusive eco-lodge at Siwa. Guests are treated to organic meals and no electricity. Siwa Oasis, Western Desert, Egypt. (Anna Skibinsky)An exclusive eco-lodge at Siwa Oasis, Western Desert, Egypt.(Anna Skibinsky)

    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.

    Siwa is an ancient place, once home to the Oracle of Amun who Alexander the Great visited, with history dating back to Greek times. British who made the trek across the dessert loved the place. 

    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.

    Siwa Oasis, Western Desert, Egypt, North Africa

    The most beautiful oasis in North Africa. Siwa Oasis, Western Desert, Egypt. (Anna Skibinsky)

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