Al Kharga Oasis Travel Guide

Travel to Al Kharga Oasis

There are five oases located in Egypt’s Western Desert, and Kharga is the greatest of them. It was built up under the pharaohs of Ancient Egypt, and then further developed by the Romans and even the Persians.

What attracts visitor to Al Kharga Oasis today is the rich history – the mash-up of architectural styles at work on its ancient sites. But thousands of years ago, Kharga had a much more current role to play. It was a city of refuge in an otherwise barren wasteland – a place to rest and resupply before striking out into the less-than-hospitable Western Desert, which had swallowed whole armies and buried settlements under shifting sands.

Of course, today’s visitors don’t have to worry about what lies beyond the oasis. Instead, they’re greeted by warm staff, comfortable rooms and a welcome blast of air-conditioning. Excursions into the desert are easily arranged – be it on quadbike, 4x4 or old-school camelback.

After a long day out over the shimmering sands, returning to the hotel is a wonderful thing. Cool cocktails, international menus and a lively atmosphere keep spirits high well into the late-night hours. And when it’s time to move on, the airport’s only a 10 minutes’ drive away.  

“Midnight at the oasis
Send your camel to bed
Got shadows paintin’ our faces
And traces of romance in our heads”
– Maria Muldaur