About Dakhla Oasis
A picturesque oasis full of mud-brick villages that sit upon lush fields and orchards, Dakhla supports a population of some 75,000 people living in 14 settlements strung out along the Farafra and Kharga roads. Water is abundant at Dakhla with some 520 springs and wells offering a life source to the many crops grown here. With the landscape being made up of verdant foliage and vast expanses of sandy desert, this region is one of striking beauty and should be a stop on anyone's Egyptian itinerary.Read More
Draw cards at Dakhla are the medieval covered city of Al Qasr, which was built on Roman foundations, and beyond here, the colourful Al-Muzawaka tombs, which date back to pharaonic times. Al Qasr may be the longest continually inhabited site and was probably once the official capital of the oasis. Painstaking archaeological and restorative work has been ongoing for more than 25 years. Buildings include the Nasr el-Din Mosque, houses with acacia wood lintels, a 10th century madrassa and more.
Beyond Al Qasr, in a slightly remote location is Deir al-Haggar, where there is a Roman sandstone temple. It’s Hypostyle Hall, sanctuary and brick enclosure wall were built in the 1st century AD under Roman emperors Nero, Vespasian, Titus and Domitian (whose cartouches can be seen on the temple) and later served as a Coptic monastery before a massive sand dune consumed it, crushing the roof and leaving only the tops of the columns visible during early visits by wealthy European explorers. Be sure, whilst in Dakhla, to opt for a dip in a hot spring and to buy some deliciously fresh oasis fruits.
Dakhla Oasis Tours
Here are some popular itineraries that include a visit to Dakhla Oasis
Dakhla Oasis Hotels
If you are planning a Dakhla Oasis holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
Badawiya Hotel Dakhla Oasis
Built in a traditional mud brick style, the Badawiya Dakhla Hotel sits in front of the mountain escarpement of the Dakhla Oasis. Guest rooms are a mixture of sophisticated comfort and Bedouin charm with traditional rugs and specially commissioned light fixtures. The out door swimming pool has arguably the best view of the area and is the perfect place to relax. When hunger strikes, heat to the onsite restaurant for some mouth-watering treats. Located in the heart of the Dakhla Oasis, this accommodation enjoys some of Egypt's most beautiful landscapes.
Dakhla Oasis Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Dakhla Oasis.