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The Western Desert holds the majority of Egypts most beautiful oases and for that it has been labeled an unfathomable natural wonder like no other. Stretching from the Nile and Mediterranean Sea to the Sudanese and Libyan borders, the desert resembles an enormous khaki ocean decorated with some of the largest sand dunes on earth. Five major oases provide patches of greenery across the desert floor. En route, crumbling Roman towers pay tribute to what was once a major caravan route across the North African plains, while the eerie rock formations of the White Desert and the charred mountains of the Black desert adorn the magnificent horizon ahead.
Al Kharga Oasis
By far the largest of the Western Desert towns, the Oasis at Al Kharga provide a good base to start exploring some of the remarkable sights found around the valley floor. Inside the town, a number of attractions are sure to entice your interest. The Al Kharga Museum of Antiquities houses a small but interesting collection of nearby archaeological finds including prehistoric flints, ostrich eggs and tools. Pharaonic, Greek, Roman, Coptic, Islamic and Ottoman relics are also available. The Temples of Hibis and An-Nadura are also worth visiting for those intrigued by the less-known remains of the Ancient Egyptian and Roman eras. Finally, the Necropolis of Al-Bagawat represents one of the earliest and best-preserved Christian cemeteries in the world and hosts numerous chapels and monasteries within.    

Dakhla Oasis
The epitome of the romantic oasis, Dakhla has captivated the hearts and souls of travelers from all over the world. Lush palm groves and orchards adorn the ancient mud-brick forts built long ago. Once the site of a vast lake in Neolithic times, Dakhla retains traces of its long-gone past in the form of fossilized bones and rock paintings. Also not to be missed is the town of Mut at the centre of the oasis. Now a more modern, travel-friendly town, remains of the ruin old town show how it must have once looked.  

Farafra Oasis
The least populated of the Western Desert's Oases, Farafra is truly a tranquil paradise of springs and ancient ruins thickly carpeted with date palms and vegetation fields. The popular sulphurous hot springs of Bir Sitta and Ain Beshay are frequented regularly because of their healing qualities. Moreover, only 20km outside of Farafra lies the White Desert, a dreamscape of eroded, snow-white pinnacles.

Bahariya Oasis
Still holding on to its primitive roots, Bahariya represents an ideal getaway for those seeking to escape the demands of modernity. Bahariya is the most accessible of all the oases, situated just 365km from Cairo. The oasis itself is a picturesque mixture of vegetation, date palm and eroded hilltops. At the same time, the recent discovery of the Golden Mummies in the area has spiked interest in the oasis' ancient past, which you can explore in the town museum. Nearby activities include refreshing springs and the famous volcano-shaped mountains of the Black Desert.

Siwa Oasis
Set against a backdrop of jagged sandstone hills, backed by the rolling silica ocean of the Great Sand Sea and carpeted thick with palm groves, many consider Siwa to be the most captivating of all oases in Egypt. An abundance of freshwater springs support hundreds of thousands of olive and fruit trees and date palms, which also shade and cool the valley's mud-brick villages as they rest concealed in greenery. The main attraction in Siwa is its serene ambience, which can also be supplemented by causal strolls down the main town, visits to the famous Temple of the Oracle and Mountain of the Dead and refreshing dips in Cleopatra's Bath.    

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