One of the highlights of our trip to Egypt was our two nights camping in the White Desert with guide, Magdy Badrmany. I did a lot of research and agonized over which guide to select and ended up making a great decision by going with Magdy. He is friendly, reliable, knowledgeable and very pleasant to be with. He's a great driver and we always felt safe and well taken care of. His family has been living in the Bahariya Oasis for a very long time so he really knows the desert well. He also seems to have a great relationship with the men working at the military check-points, as well as the other guides, stopping to shake hands and exchange friendly greetings. His English is good so there's no problem with communication.
Both the Black Desert and White Desert are stunning. We did mostly off-road travel, and we rarely encountered another vehicle (there are very few tourists in Egypt right now and it's a great time to visit). We camped in beautiful, desolate spots - I particularly enjoyed our first night in Agabat. I'll never forget hearing and seeing only my own footsteps in an endless sea of sand, strewn with incredible rock formations. We ate a fantastic dinner of grilled chicken and roasted potatoes sheltered by a colorful Bedouin wind break. Magdy taught us a desert card game which was a big hit with our teenage son. Nestled in our sleeping bags and camel blankets we saw the full moon come up over the horizon.
Traveling through the desert is an amazing experience. I'm really glad we opted for 2 nights rather than just a quick one night White Desert tour. If I'm lucky enough to return, I'd like to spend a bit more time walking, as it really gives you a sense of the vastness and solitude of the desert.
You can get in touch with Magdy at magdys-desert-tours.blogspot.com. He wasn't always quick about returning emails (hard from him when he's on long desert tours), so have some patience.
Don't miss out on the White Desert if you're planning a trip to Egypt!
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