The Gilf Kebir plateau is the location of some of the most important rock art sites in the Eastern Sahara, including the famous “cave of swimmers” discoered by László Almásy (of “The English Patient" fame) in 1933, and the recently discovered “cave of the beasts” which surpasses practically all Saharan prehistoric paintings in terms of both quantity and quality. Aside these highlights, there will be several more sites scattered along our itinerary.
The Gilf Kebir is remote – very remote. It is 700 kilometres from the closest inhabited place, Dakhla Oasis. It will take 3 days of near continuous driving to reach it. We will have about six days to explore the beautiful remote landscape of the Gilf, and the traces left by is prehistoric inhabitants, before having to start our return through the challenging but incredibly beautiful landscape of the Great Sand Sea, terminating in Siwa Oasis.
Visit Gilf Kebir, Egypt
Depending of the rules in Egypt at the time, we are likely to be accompanied by a police escort in a separate vehicle.
The trip is planned for the last two weeks of February. The exact duration will depend on the final logistics arrangements and the security regulations pertaining to deep desert travel in Egypt at the time, which will determine the route we may take. Participants will be expected to make their own arrangements to reach Cairo. Exact itinerary details will be finalised six months prior to departure.
Participation cost: Estimate is 2500 Euros per person, minimum six people