Gara cave egypt

gara cave egypt To be safe, it is wise to begin this tour 31998 U16 paved road leading to Qarawein md then go o1T road to the northwest,One escarpment to your right and for the second escarpment and the Paved road.

If you reverse it and miss Qamwem you are headed into the deep arm This tour may be off limits once Protected Area IS fully established The Paved road to Qarawein begins at Farafra across from the White Desert rant It continues for 62 km ( to the worker s village at Qarawein Bir Qarawein Qarawein is not an oasis like Il Tinin.

gara cave egypt

It is a hattia, a place of vegetation and perhaps a well. When Harding-King saw it in 1912, the scrub extended in a 19 to 25-krn (12 to 16-mile) radius and held a few doum palms, many camels owned by the Farafroni and a few camel herders living in brushwood huts.

More important he found the ruins of what he believed to be Roman towers burgz like the one still standing at Tahunet al Hawa in Kharga Unlike Kharga these ruins collapsed into 12 meter (40 ft) mounds of rubble that Harding-King explored and found to contain rough bumt brick.

A new agricultural project is well under way at Qarawein.

The area is so unpolluted and untouched that not everyone is happy it is being developed.

It was a true wilderness and few people had journeyed to it.

Qarawein and Gara Cave (partially in the Protected Area)

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– 4.-5 hours
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– e s c a r p m e n t paved

Bir Qarawein

The ancient bir that made this place a stop for caravans on Darb Asyut will soon become insignificant after a well is drilled in the area.

Rohlfs found Qarawein an unpleasant place, full of mosquitoes. But it is beautiful. It bears no resemblance to the White Desert.

Everything is a delicate beige, both sand sheets and dunes.

Bir Qarawein is about 600 meters (1,980 ft) to the northwest of the waypoint reading above.

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Bir Murr

Bir Murr was covered over when Rohlfs was here. As its name implies, its water is bitter. Rohlfs saw many nummalites in the area and some of the hills around the sand dunes are made almost entirely of rubble and nummalites.

There is another well by the same name along the Darb al-Arbain, just south of Kharga Oasis.

Darb Asyuti (Asyut)

Just beyond Bir Murr, Darb Asyut, called Asyuti by the oaseans, climbs down into the oases.

The naqb leading down from Darb Asyut to Farafra is called Naqb al- Faruj, Pass of the Chicken (faruj is oasean slang for chicken), and is 12 km (7.5 miles) from Bir Qarawein.

Rohlfs found it a difficult pass, very broken and littered with dead camels to testify to its terrors.

Gara Cave (Djara)

On Christmas Day 1873, German explorer Gerhart Rohlfs arrived at Gara Cave, Djara, while traveling along the Darb Asyut on his way to Farafra.

He did not discover the cave. It was pointed out to him by one of his guides.

To his credit, Rohlfs credited the guide in his book.

gara cave egypt

In fact, he often credited his guides with providing him with the names of places.

Regardless of who knew what, Rohlfs pointed out the wonder of this cave to the Western world and described it in his book as a “wonderful stalactite cave” He was impressed with the clarity of the stalactites, which are mostly pure white.

Rohlfs was right.

The cave is impresive. It begins as a fissure in the ground and is entered by climbing down and then through a narrow con‘idor.

It has one large 50-meter (164-ft) high cavem and two small ones.

The most impressive items are  the stalactites rising as high as 6 meters (19 ft), some of which are 1.5 meters (4.9ft) in circumference.

The sandy floor has been penetrated and is 6 meters (20 ft) deep. There are two major problems: the
crack in the floor is growing, so the floor will probably collapse in the not-too-distant future, and Ghard Abu Muharrik blocks the way to the cave from the west.
The safari companies can navigate it.

Gara Cave

was reintroduced to the world in 1990. German adventurer Carlo Bergmann saw the cave marked on Rohlfs’ map and came to the desert to look for it.

He went to Farafra and found the men for whom it was never lost: the cara- van workers.

There he bought several camels, probably had a discussion about his journey, and set off alone to find the cave. He was successful. Inside.

Bergmann found Neolithic petroglyphs left behind by ancient desert people of the Neolithic period.

The caves of the Gara region seem to be the central core of their camps.

Activity seems to be centered just north of the entrance, where a large area is covered with tools, including arrow heads, knives, leaf points, and side-blow flakes that have been radiocarbon dated to 5600 and 5360 BC.

Two fireplaces have been uncovered at the entrance dated 10 6800-6500 BC.

As investigations continue into the early history of the desert, links between the desert peoples and the Nile Valley are beginning to emerge, Gara is an important link in that history.

Rohlfs believed there were other caves in the area but that they were full of sand He was right.

To date one other cave has been unearthed a few miles from Gar8~ If Gebel al-Izaz, Crystal Mountain, along the route between Farafra and Bahariya, was once a cave, it is possible more caves without ground-level entrances exist.

It is foolish to attempt to visit this cave without proper preparation and a local guide.

If you want to go, ask for a guide in Farafra or Bahariya or from one of the locals including Nile cruise.

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