Egypt Western Desert Oases
Activities and Tours
Here is an idea of the daily flow of activities in Adrère Amellal:
Breakfast is served on a shaded terrace overlooking the lake. If you do not know where to head for breakfast, just listen for the sound of the cutlery and plates and they will lead you to the right place.
Around 10:00 am: Head towards the car park for a trip around the town of Siwa in 4×4 vehicles with a guide: you will visit Shali fortress, the tombs of Jabal el Mawta, Oracle Temple, Jabal Dakrour & Cleopatra’s bath.
Around 2:00 pm: Lunch will be served under the palm trees by the pool. It is a vegetarian meal, which is tradition.
Around 4:00 pm (in winter) and 5:00 pm (in summer): 4×4 vehicles will take you into the Great Sand Sea, this depends of course on the mood of the desert and the duration of your stay. You will visit Lake Shiata, Bir Wahed and the Petrified Forest. Just as the sun is going down you will be served mint tea.
Remember to take a jacket with you, because the temperature drops rapidly in the desert once the sun goes down.
Around 8:00 pm: Return to Adrère Amellal and have a well deserved cocktail in one of the bars of the lodge.
Dinner will be served – in a different dinner room every night – at whatever time suites you. All you need to do is just let the staff know when you would like to have your meal.
Dinner in the desert is also an option, but at an extra charge of $50 per person. It depends on the mood of the desert of course and the number of people, as well as other factors.
Additional options are swimming in the Lake by the lodge, visiting our library, climbing up the White Mountain, having a mud bath, having a massage with Siwan olive oil by a Siwi or even a masseuse from Cairo or abroad (not included in the price).
There is also the option of riding horses in the desert at an additional cost of EURO 40 per hour per person. Please note that the horses are not in Siwa from mid-May till mid- October.
If you do ever get lost or don’t know where to go, ask any of our personnel who are dressed in white; they would be more than happy to assist you.
Summary of activities NOT included in the room price:
- Dinner in the desert: $50 per person
- Horse riding: $50 per person per hour
When you book with us, please clarify what you would like to do from the above mentioned activities in order for us to arrange it for you.
The lodge has 40 rooms and suites. This is a boutique oases of luxury in the Egyptian desert that was built with Siwan labour and care so that it would fit entirely into the architectural styles of the oasis. Siwa and the Adrere border the largest ocean of sands in the world. Built out of indigenous material using traditional Siwan building techniques and styles so as to have a minimal impact on the land. The Adrere Amellal Ecolodge sets an example for being environmentally friendly hospitality establishment. Situated at the base of a majestic white mountain and overlooking palm groves and Siwa lake,
Adrère Amellal consists of a series of traditional Siwan houses that have been restored and re-designed into guests suites and rooms, all of which offer genuine desert-style comfort. Furnishing is simple, but of the highest quality, drawing exclusively on local material and design to reflect Siwa’s rugged spirit. The Siwan homes are built using a a mixture of sun dried salt rock mixed with straw for wall building. Furniture and fixtures are made of palm trunks and ceilings are beamed with palm logs, the carpentry and accessories display the rich and colorful variety of Siwa’s indigenous handicraft. Oil lamps and candles are used for lighting. On cold winter nights, coal-filled braziers are used for heating.
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