From Gazelles to Kingfisher birds, El Wahat El Bahariya enjoys an exciting diversity of wildlife.
EL WAHAT EL BAHARIYA
Endowed protected status just in 2010, El Wahat El Bahariya acts as a bridge between Siwa in the North and the White Desert in the South and spans an area of approximately 2,000 km². Here a number of flora and fauna can be found, among which is the Olive Tree. Considered a key site for scientific research, El Wahat El Bahariya contains an abundance of marine, animal, and dinosaur fossils. It was here that scientists discovered fossils from the world’s second largest dinosaur, which are still there today!
Natural Phenomena, Animals and Plants
Local People, Tribes
Residents of El Wahat El Bahariya share many of the same cultural elements as their neighbours elsewhere throughout this region, especially the Wahati people in the White Desert. Cultural customs draw heavily on Islamic traditions, which dictate social interactions among people indigenous to this area. In general, traditional music plays an important role in Wahati culture. Flutes, drums, and the simsimeyya (a five-stringed harp-like instrument) are played regularly at social gatherings, especially weddings. Traditional songs sung in the local dialect and style are passed down orally from generation to generation, with new songs introduced into their cultural repertoire from time to time. The remoteness of this region means tribes like the Farafra are able to preserve, maintain and practice this unique culture until present day. The Farafra tribe is also known for their distinct architecture, which is often described as simple, smooth, undecorated, all in mud colour. Tip! Don’t forget to taste the unique Wahati cuisine, which reflects years of adaptation to the area’s harsh climate and includes dishes such as white okra, sunny bread, and red rice.
Places To Lodge
Consider staying at one of the lodges and camps run by local communities in the surrounding area.