Desert Dwellers

A new year

# 03 Jan 2016

The Siwawi family would like to wish everybody a happy new year. May your year filled with love and blessings.

Our prices are up to date to 2016.

We are looking forward to see you guys in Siwa in this brand new year!


Siwa is safe

# 22 Nov 2015 *Kids on the way back from Siwa Dates Festival 2015*

This has been a rotten month for safety around the world, ranging from the most recent attacks in Mali, Paris and the downing of Russian Metrojet airliner over Sinai.

Brussel was in virtual lock down yesterday.

All these headlines about heart wrenching tragedies do make us feel that it is not safe anywhere. In reality we are in general very safe except for those that live in conflict zones including in countries known for extremely high rate of criminality.

Egypt in general is still a very safe place to visit, even in South Sinai where Sharm and Dahab are located. I myself currently live in Cairo as a foreigner.

Siwa is located 60 KM from the border of Libya. However it is not a border town. There are nothing on the other side of the Libyan border other than miles and miles of desert and Al Jaghbub, a desert oasis village populated by the Berber, which shares tribal connections with Siwa.

This part of the border is also heavily protected by the Egyptian military.

Siwa is safe because it still has a very strong and harmonious bond among tribes and tribal members that live in it. There are families that have known each other for generations and decades. This strong social fabric forms a very strong protective atmosphere within the oasis.

So when have decided to visit Egypt, consider Siwa. It is one of the most beautiful place in Egypt.


Tragedy and Safety

# 23 Sep 2015

We would like to address the tragedy of the mistaken target that happened over two weeks ago near Baheriya Oasis. The incident killed several tourists from Mexico and their Egyptian guide and drivers. We know them and their family and we grieve for everyone that were killed and injured in this incident.

The people of the Oasis know each other, from Bahariya Oasis, Daklha Oasis to Siwa and other oasis in Egypt especially for the ones working in tourism industry. When we in Siwa have big events, we would invite people from other oasis to join in and benefits and vice versa.

Any incident that hurt people visiting Oasis in Egypt harm our business so we take the idea of safety very seriously. All of our guides and drivers are local of Siwa. We know them and their family.

Everytime we head out to the desert, we register the passport and id of every guest to the authority and pay the national park permit.

We avoid areas in the desert that have been decalared as unsafe zone by the authority. For example we no longer allow visit to the beautiful Shyata Lake because the area is declared unsafe.

Siwawi is rooted in Siwa. Our community is in Siwa. Please be assured that we take your safety and the safety of our people very seriously.


Siwa on a super budget

# 27 Aug 2015

If you are on a shoe string budget, Siwa is actually the cheapest place in Egypt to travel and enjoy amazing nature.

Here's a guide on how to travel to Siwa in less than 600LE (that's approx less than 90 USD) for a two night/three days trip:

  • Take a bus to Siwa from Turgomen Station - 240 LE both ways.
  • Stay in Hotel Kelany or Cleopatra Hotel. They offer room for 65 - 95 LE per night.
  • Travel around Siwa on a rental bike. This will set you back 25LE per day.
  • If you stick to local basics, you can have breakfast, lunch and dinner for 45LE per day.

As you can see, you can really stretch your money in Siwa and still have a great experience.

The only thing you cannot do with this budget is to go deep into the desert. However there are so many amazing places in the Oasis itself that you can really spend many days exploring them all.


Latest pricing for 2015

# 20 Aug 2015

We have a transparent pricing policy. So here are our pricing for the rest of 2015. There are some trips that require special pricing. Contact us and we will figure out for you.

Transportation from Cairo to Siwa and Back

  • You can take a daily public bus from Turgomen station (the cheapest option at 120LE each way)

  • Private Minibus (seats 14 people) - 2200LE each way

  • Private Sedan (seats 4 people) - 1400 LE (pick up at airport) or 1300 (pick up anywhere in Cairo) each way

Travelling around Siwa

A 4 WD vehicle (seats 4 - 6 people) is 600LE per day. This vehicle can take you anywhere in Siwa, Maraqi and Abu Shuruf area.

Alternatively you can bike, use tuk tuk or donkey cart to explore Siwa and surrounding areas.

Accommodation in Siwa

Accommodations in Siwa is diverse. There are places starting as low as 75LE per person. Usually people take hotels within the price range of 220 - 350 per double room.

Desert Trip

There is a national park fee that needs to be paid for certain areas in the desert (such as Bir Wahid). It costs 145LE per day per person.

All the pricing listed below is per vehicle. So you can have 3 people or 5 people in the 4 WD vehicle and you will pay the same price.

  • Half Day to the Desert (seats 4 - 6 people) is 600 LE per day. We leave in the afternoon, return after sunset (approx. 4 hours).
  • Full Day Trip to the Desert (seats 4 - 6 people) is 1000 LE per day. We leave 10 in the morning, lunch, get back to town after sunset.
  • Whole Day Overnight(seats 4 - 6 people) is 1500 per day. We leave 10 in the morning and it covers breakfast, lunch, dinner, and camping.

Walking Trip

This is a walking trip on the surrounding of Siwa and the desert with Fathi as a guide.

  • 2 days to 5 days.
  • 250 per person per day for Siwa and surroundings.
  • 300 per person in the desert.

Travelling alone

Above pricing is geared towards people travelling in a group. If you are travelling alone, contact us so we can reduce the pricing for you. Usually we can arrange you to join other travellers.

Hanging around

If you have time, you do not really have to commit to a specific plan to enjoy Siwa. We will secure your accommodation and you can enjoy Siwa leisurely. You can use our services whenever you feel like it. We have people taking a month or two living in Siwa to write their thesis or take a long Summer/Winter break.


Faces of Egypt - Siwa

# 19 Aug 2015

Fathi was covered in this beautiful documentary about Egypt

Faces of Egypt ( Siwa ) from Abdelrahman Gabr on Vimeo.


Curfew has been shortened

# 26 Aug 2013

As the security situation improves, curfew in Cairo and Alexandria have been shortened from 9PM – 6AM. This is a welcome development. If you have visited Egypt before you know that Egyptians night life is amazing, especially in the Summer.

Hopefully things continue to improve so that we can recommend you to come the wonderful Egypt again.


It is not the best time to visit Egypt

# 18 Aug 2013

Tbe political and security situations are quite rough currently in Egypt and we recommend people to postpone their visit to Egypt at least for 30 days.

Cairo right now is under curfew from 7PM until 6AM which robs you the joy of Cairo’s vibrant night life.

The exception would be visits to Southern Sinai region (Sharm and Dahab). These are not under curfew and the fun continues as usual.

It is painful for us to make these recommendations but we want visitors to Egypt to get the best time of their lives here.


Getting assistance while you are in Egypt

# 23 Jun 2013

(A family from France traveled with Siwawi in May 2013)

If you got into trouble in while travelling to Egypt, you can call Fathi at (+20)01224106044. He speaks English and Arabic and has access to people that speak French, Italian and other languages.

Fathi has a wide network of people around Egypt thanks to his 20 years of working in the tourism industry. So even if you are not a customer of Siwawi, do not hesitate to contact him for assistance.


El Aswat

# 20 Jun 2013

This road split Alghurmi salt lake in half. On each side you will see the surreal snow white landscape with massive body of water full of natural salt.

And yes, you can do the “float on water reading newspaper” thing like in the Dead Sea.


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We offer amazing excursions for small and large groups all inclusive (transport from and to Cairo/Airport, lodging, food and desert safari included)

Call Fathi at (+20) 0122 4907806 anytime