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  • Gilf El-Kebir
  • Gilf El-Kebir


Gilf El-Kebir

The Gilf El-Kebir sandstone plateau is located in the southwest corner of the Western Desert.  Has a rocky surface sloping south-eastward and is partially covered by the Great Sand Sea to the north gradually encroaching on the plateau. 

The Cave of the Swimmers the most famous, but recent discoveries are revealing many other incredible sites, and undoubtedly there is much more to be explored.

Visit one of the most exceptional rock art sites in the Sahara. The Foggini-Mestekawi Cave, discovered in 2002. It is thought that the original inhabitants who created these stunning images were influenced by early Pharaonic cultures and trade items excavated demonstrate the links shared by these ancient peoples.

 This arid area supports Barbary Sheep, and several other species of reptiles and small birds, You’ll find ancient rock art in Shaw’s cave, and El-Mestikawi cave depicting several types of cattle that attest to a wetter period in prehistoric times.