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Western Desert
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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By Bus

There are regular buses from, leaving at 8am, 11am and 3pm, air-conditioned and with modest prices. Journey time 9 hrs. The bus stops three times so you can buy a cup of tea and use the very basic toilets.

By Car

There is no bus service from Siwa to. The road to/from the Bahariyya Oasis is in bad shape and must be driven by a 4x4. Drivers will make the journey when they have enough passengers, for a price starting from 600LE per vehicle. One must try to negotiate a bit and look for other passengers to share the price.

By taxi

Shared taxi service is erratic, but is available between Siwa and Marsa Matruh costing. The shared taxis arrive/depart in front of Abdu's Restaurant (across from the Yousef Hotel). Confirming in advance is highly recommended.

Key places to visit
Temple of the Oracle, Cleopatra's Bath, Fatnas Spring


Places to Visit

Temple of the Oracle

Built in the 6th century BC, dedicated to Zmun (Zeus). Kings unsuccessfully sent armies to destroy this temple due to the power of the oracle. Visited by Alexander the Great, who asked if he was the son of Zeus. Poorly restored. Nearby village is worth a look. 

Cleopatra's Bath

A natural hot spring feeds this rock pool, a popular swimming hole for locals and visitors alike.

Fatnas Spring

(6km west of Siwa town. Go past the Council Building and take a left at the first fork. Continue around the Shali and follow the signs.). Idyllic setting among palm trees and lush greenery. Great place to watch sunset.

Right Time to Visit

January - March
October - December