Bahareya: Navigating the Western Desert

El-Wahat el-Bahariya or el-Bahariya meaning the “northern oases” is a depression in Egypt. It is approximately 360┬ákm away from Cairo. Historically it is one of the important hubs in the western desert in particular in the Oasis.

Remains of stone tools found in the Bahariya oasis evidence the existence of settlements in the area as early as the Paleolithic Period. You can still find some pre-historic knives and axes in the city. Besides archaeologists who seem to have an ever increasing interest in the Oasis, a genealogical history is also kept by several Sheikhs. They not only record births, and deaths, but also surprising events, such as an encounter with a jinn or other supernatural creatures.

Traditional music is very important to the Wahati people. Flutes, drums, and the simsimeyya (a harp-like instrument) are played at social gatherings, particularly at weddings. Agriculture is still an important source of income, (the main agricultural products are guavas, mangos, dates, and olives).

The program is held in collaboration with Khaset a company specialised in expeditions in the western desert. The students will learn how to navigate the desert and during the journey learn about the geology and archeology that signifies this location.