Sheila’s Guide to Egypt Desert Travel

One visit to Egypt is not enough! The ex-Marine (husband, Steve) and I have pretty much covered Egypt’s deserts and have the sand flea bites to prove it. Egypt is 98% desert…(duh…as if you didn’t know that), but you may not be aware of how much there is to see and do in the White Desert, Black Desert, Eastern Desert, Western Desert (also called the Libyan Desert and/or Sahara), the oases of Siwa, Bahariya, Dakhla and Kharga, and the Sinai Peninsula. Rommel’s tanks lie moldering in the desert. There are ancient archaeological sites. Valley of the Whales, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, named for the 40 million year-old whale skeletons found here. Waterfalls. Christian Necropolises (had to look up the plural of this stumper) created by early Christians fleeing Roman persecution. Energetic people climb Mount Sinai hoping for new (or old) revelations. Steve and I have been there done it and, I guess, were not found worthy enough by the All Mighty.

My new Guide, available on or just click on “Sheila’s Guides to Budget Travel” on this page to be taken directly to Amazon, gives “How to” information about desert excursions easily accomplished from Cairo or Luxor, longer trips, and relevant “must-dos” in the Sinai Peninsula; omitting beach and diving facts easily found on the Internet.

foot at Medinet Madi, Egypt


Valley of the Whales, Egypt


sunset in the Egyptian desert


Don’t be afraid to venture into the desert! The Egyptians are uniformly gracious, warm, friendly and eager for you, the tourist, to enjoy their homeland and counteract the stereotype of “Muslim terrorist.” There is such richness of spirit, history and unique experiences that you are missing out of fear. Go, see and enjoy! And who knows, perhaps you will be as lucky as we were to see the adorable Fennec Fox.

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