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Western Desert, Egypt
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White Desert, Egypt

 

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The Western Desert is remote, rugged and often extreme. And while a family trip to this 2.8 million square kilometer expanse extending from the Nile west to Libya and from the Mediterranean south to Sudan may not be for everyone it is uniquely rewarding for those that make the journey. Five isolated oases - Bahariya, Farafra, Dakhla, Kharga and Siwa - spot the brown desert green. Archaeological sites from golden mummies to the Oracle of Amun provide insight to life long ago. Linear dunes run uninterrupted for hundreds of kilometers and reach a height of up to 110 meters. This is the Great Sand Sea! Bizarre white chalk formations and inselberg monoliths, the result of thousands of years of mechanical weathering, are a White Desert art show. Seashell fossils and fossilized trees define ancient, even for kids. Yet the realities of a Western Desert expedition are twofold. Exploring the Western Desert requires spending lots of time in a vehicle, getting to the eastern reaches takes the better part of a day. Few companies make the trip in style; a Western Desert safari is truly roughing it.
Kid-Friendly Hotels in Western Desert

Sidi al-Ja'afar

Siwa Oasis 11211

Egypt

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  for

KIDS

Adrére Amellal is an eco-hideaway. But that doesn't mean its for everyone. The rooms and suites are simply furnished. Adrére Amellal doesn't offer room service nor does it ...
  • Swimming Pool
  • Restaurant

Bahriya Oasis

Egypt

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KIDS

Qasr El Bawity is by far the best choice in Bahariya. Not only does this ecolodge boast large comfortable rooms, it's set in a lush palm grove and has lots of local charm. Th ...
  • Swimming Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Play Area

Sharia Subukha

Siwa Oasis 11211

Egypt

BEST

  for

KIDS

This 7-room boutique hotel offers the best value in Siwa. The spacious rooms are tastefully decorated. The hotel is quiet and rooms clean. Breakfast is served in a charming c ...
  • Restaurant
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