Desert Dwellers

Latest pricing

published on 2017/03/27
Pricing Update

The latest prices for Siwawi for 2017 is updated. It is more affordable to travel in Siwa more than ever.

A new year

published on 2016/01/03

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

published on 2015/11/22
Around Siwa

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

published on 2015/09/23

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

published on 2015/08/27
Travelling Tips

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.

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