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Djara Cave

SAFARI: 3 NIGHTS / 4 DAYS

White Desert Tours has been taking safaris to DJARA since 1999.
  • Transfer from Cairo to Bahariya Oasis. Walk on the Black Mountain at sunset, Overnight: International Hot Spring Hotel***.

  • DAY 1: Our FWD with driver will take you from to Hara Oasis. Climb the pass to exit the Bahariya Depression and head in an easterly direction to Abu Muharraq ('Father of Sunburn'), total length 1.5kms) Camp 1: Sand dunes.

  • DAY 2: Next morning travel to Djara and spend time visiting one of two stalactite caves in Egypt (see description below). Then continue in a westerly direction to Watermelon Valley, then through small dunes to Wadi Acacia. Camp 2: Darb Farafra.

  • DAY 3: Pass Wadi Acacia and descend to the Farafra Depression. Spend the afternoon in the White Desert. Camp 3: White Desert.

  • DAY 4: Drive to Farafra Oasis and visit the local museum. Return to Bahariya Oasis via the Crystal Mountain and the Black Desert. Overnight: International Hot Spring Hotel***.

  • Visit the antiquities of Bahariya Oasis. Optional lunch. Transfer to Cairo.
Long Range
Djara Cave
El Obeit Cave
Darb Farafra
Ammonite Scarp
Silica Glas
Great Sand Sea
Gilf El Kebir
Gabel Uweinat
Please note that White Desert Tours is based in Bahariya Oasis
and we operate our sahara safari from the Hot Spring Hotel.

Transfers from and to Cairo and Cairo airport are extra !
     
Remarks: Short cuts for this programme are available on request.
Tours to the cave are only conducted by special request with a minimum of 2 Nights Camping.

Historical Information:
The limestone-stalactite Djara Cave was put on the map by the German explorer Gerhard Rohlfs on 24 December 1873, during his famous expedition recorded in his book Drei Monate in der Lybischen Wueste.

The cave was rediscovered in 1989 by the German adventurer Dr Carlo Bergmann, who was also exploring the area by camel. Today it is classified by the German Archaeological Institute as the second most important Stone-Age settlement in the Western Desert after Nabqa Playa, which is located further south close to the Darb al-Arbaein (Forty Days' Road).

Dr Rudolf Kuper of the Heinrich Barth Institut in Cologne recommends that the cave be included as a World Heritage Site of the UNESCO, as is Wadi Hitan.

Djara Cave is close to the crossroads of the Darb Assiut, the caravan trail connecting Farafra Oasis and Assiut, and the Abu Muharraq sand dune, at approximately 1.500kms the longest dune in the Western Desert. It is 180kms from both Bahariya and Farafra.

The cave itself is about 30m wide and 8m high, and contains animal engravings dating back from the Neolithic Period.


 


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