Egypt western desert Gilf El-Kebir

Egypt western desert Gilf El-Kebir It  a plateau that lies in the Uweinat Mountain on the border between Libya, Sudan and Egypt, particularly in the western part of the New Valley.

It has been declared as a natural and cultural national park protected area in 2007.

Thousands of tourists and safari lovers visit this area annually for its spectacular sceneries.

There is the Silica Glass

Fields in the north that were created 28 million years ago by a meteor impact.

Moreover, there is the Mestqawe-Foggini Cave which is a spectacular place embracing more than 2,000 Neolithic paintings, as well as the Cave of Swimmers that has many paintings nearby.

Several valleys extend into the desert around the protectorate.

One of the most important valleys is Wadi Abdelmaalik that is known for its acacia trees. Another must see is Wadi Hamra (Red Valley) on the eastern side of the plateau, where red dunes drift down a black mountainside and rocks bear engravings of various animals.

Other valleys are Wadi Akhdar, Wadi Bakht, Wadi Dayiq, Wadi Firaq, Wadi Gazayir, Wadi Maftuh, Wadi Mashi, Wadi Sura and Wadi Wassa. Finally, this 48523 km2 plateau is a rare example of well preserved prehistoric paintings.
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Egypt western desert Gilf El-Kebir

A Safari to the Gilf el-Kebir is a very special adventure, an excursion into a different time and continuously changing, overwhelming landscapes.

The Gilf el-Kebir (The Great Barrier) is a sandstone plateau in the remote southwest corner of Egypt desert , covering an expanse of over 7,770 sq km (3,000 sq mi).

Jebel Uweinat and the Gilf plateau retain some of the richest prehistoric rock arts and cliff paintings of the world.
The rugged plateau lies about 960 km (597mi) from the Mediterranean coast and 720 km (447mi) from the Nile River, it rises 300 m (984 ft) from the desert floor.

The national park The Gilf el-Kebir was designated by Egypt in 2007.
The extensive park contains Jebel Uweinat , the Silica glass field and the southern part of the Great Sand Sea with an extent of over 48,523 sq km (18,735 sq mi).
Jebel Uweinat represents the highest point of Egypt with 1,934 m (6,345 ft).

Jebel Uweinat and the Gilf Plateau retain some of the richest prehistoric rock arts and cliff paintings of the world.
The habitation of the area dates back to approximately 12 thousand years.

The paintings and engravings tell about a life of fertility and rich fauna.

Giraffs, ostrichs, gazelles, antelope, cattles and scenaries of life reveille the imagination and inspire in this rough region on earth.

The northern part of the Gilf el-Kebir is partially concealed from the Great Sand Sea and all the further direction south the sand varies to a reddish color.
Many extensive valleys carve into the Plateau and create a labyrinth of deep escarpments; these are known as Wadis.
Over the period of several years, it always comes back to heavy rains which allows the survival of the Acacia trees and other vegitations in some of the Wadis.

Safaris to the Gilf el-Kebir are remarkeble and require accurate arrangements and security measures.

Springtime and autumn are the most appropriate seasons for a Safari to The Gilf el-Kebir, because of the convenient weather condition and the advantage of the daylight hours.


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