• Fayoum website

Fayoum feels a million miles from Cairo, surrounded by both deserts and lakes, yet is only an hour and a half’s drive, and therefore accessible as a day trip or for a longer stay at a good quality ecolodge.

This desert oasis is home to a number of attractions including the astonishing outdoor museum at the UNESCO world heritage site of Wadi El Hitan which shows the working of evolution through ancient whale bones; Tunis Village which is packed full of artisan potters and the opportunity to buy or even make some beautiful items; the sparkling Lake Qarun deserves a boat ride to soak up the serenity; and the more active option of a 4×4 out to the Magic Lake where you will sand surf down to the water’s edge.

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