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“Stunning scenery, amazing experience!”

Magdy Badrmany White Desert Tour
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“Stunning scenery, amazing experience!”
Reviewed April 9, 2011

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!

Visited March 2011
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“The Highlight of our trip”
Reviewed March 27, 2010

We recently went with Magdy into the White Desert to see the sites and experience a night in the desert. Of everything we did in Egypt, ancient sites included, this was the highlight of our trip. We are lovers of nature which is the reason we wanted to do this tour and we certainly were not disappointed. The White Desert, with it's strange white rock formations is dramatic, we saw water flowing from springs in the sand shaded by palm trees, and several other deserts each with it's own beauty. One of the most interesting things about the trip was our bedouin guide, Magdy Badrmany himself. From a leading family in the oasis, he was greeted with respect and affection by everyone we passed, he speaks a beautiful English, knows the desert like only a bedouin can, he's bright, and playful and fun to be with.
After showing us on the map where we were going off we went in his four wheel drive packed to the roof with provisions. We toured several sites that afternoon, then Magdny made camp. We sat on rugs behind a windbreak where he cooked and grilled up a tasty meal, then bedded down in comfortable sleeping bags laid out on matresses and covered up with camel hair blankets (it's cold in the desert at night).
Stars, YES! Total silence, like I've never not heard. During the night the wind erased all human foot prints and car tracks so when we woke it was as if we flew in on wings, the only tracks in the sand being those of the desert foxes and beetles.
Overall, it was a remarkable experience, not least of which was the opportunity to know Magdy, his village, his family, and their way of life in the desert. I would recommend to take advantage of this experience now; according to Magdy the Egyptian government is trying to make all of the desert tours start in Cairo, not with local bedouin tour guides. To get to the Bahariya Oasis Magdy arranged for a van to pick us up, but you also have the option of taking a bus. It is about a four hour ride, interesting enough but long. Going back to Cairo we slept, so it's really not as bad as it sounds, four hours each way...it's WORTH it! FYI, when I first wrote to Magdy it was a week before I heard back from him, he was on a 10 day desert trek, so don't get discouraged if you don't hear back right away.

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