With a fascinating history that stretches back to the dawn of civilisation, Egypt is considered the oldest travel destination on the Earth. The African nation’s awe-inspiring Ancient Egyptian temples and pyramids have captured the imagination of travellers for thousands of years. Although most people come to Egypt to view its ancient monuments, natural attractions beckon travellers too.
Egypt has the most mesmerising natural scenes combining the desert, green lands, and pure natural pools. A trek through the desert can lead visitors to a wide variety of unique experiences, such as stumbling upon a refreshing freshwater spring oases, or a unique star-gazing experience.
Here are six of the most amazing natural wonders visitors can find in Egypt, as listed by DNE Buzz.
Al Nayzak Beach
Described as “the secret paradise hidden on our planet”, Al Nayzak Beach is a nature miracle that can easily be described as one of the best places to visit in Egypt. The natural pool is cut out of a unique rock formation, which is believed by the area’s inhabitants to have been shaped by a meteorite hitting the coast.
Located 8kms south of Marsa Alam, the pool is located in Egypt’s deepest south. Spanning several metres in diametre and 8-10 metres deep, the pool is shaped like an eye and filled with the turquoise blue waters of the Red Sea.
Called the Shooting Star by the locals, with a total area of over 5,000 metres, Al-Nayzak Lake is characterized by its pure water. The lake has attracted hundreds of tourists from all over the world, where they are able to dive and swim due to its safe, clean waters.
Surrounded only by green fields, is one of Egypt’s most unforgettable scenes, the Gebel Elba National Park in the south-east of the country.
With the additional backdrop of mountains and the desert, this area takes on the feel of East Asia following the January and February rains, when it bursts with greenery and colour. The area overlooking the Red Sea spans a total of 35,600 sqkm.
This vast region includes mountain ranges that reach peaks of up to 1,435 metres and a coastal desert area that stretches 25km. Unfortunately, although the Gebel Elba National Park has a lot to offer, it is often left unvisited by many.
Only 2.5 hours away from Cairo, visitors can find one of the most gorgeous places in all of Egypt, the Shakhlubah Village in Kafr El-Sheikh governorate.
People can take a fishing boat in the lake for an hour and soak in the beauty, taking pictures of the old fish market that looks like a house with trees right in the middle of the water.
Wadi El Weshwash
A literal hidden gem, Wadi El-Weshwash or Wadi al-Weshwashy is an amazing location hidden away in the mountains of Sinai, which is why visitors need a guide to reach it. It is simply a breathtaking place. The beautiful granite-clad walls collect water from rain and floods into its own private pool. It is a must see destination for the adventurer who wants a primeval vibe that could wash away the mental haze caused by any metropolis.
Sharm El Luli Beach
Located in Marsa Alam, Sharm El Luli Beach is one of Egypt’s most beautiful Red Sea destinations. The beautiful beach is considered a prime destination for people travelling to Marsa Alam, thanks to its pristine and clear blue waters. The underwater sea life makes it a perfect spot for snorkelling, with clean beaches adding that relaxing charm for beach lovers.
People love this place for its sea life, as the beach boasts a diverse variety of fish species, allowing you to marvel at the beauty of butterfly fish, puffer fish, Napoleon fish, and clownfish. You may also be lucky enough to meet the odd sea turtle during your snorkelling or diving trip.
The prime attraction of the Sharm El Luli beach, which is also frequently called Paradise, is its location in the middle of nature and solitude. Its primitive feel may not suit everyone, but that’s a large part of its charm. Once you arrive, you will see just why it gained its top spot on Trip Advisor’s Middle East beach rankings, and the 22nd spot worldwide.
White Desert National Park
Covering more than 2.8m sqkm, this vast desert starts on the western banks of the River Nile and continues into Libya. It contains the five isolated, yet thriving, oases of Kharga, Dakhla, Farafra, Bahariyya and Siwa, all of whom have extensive histories stretching back into Ancient Egyptian times.
There are magnificent rock formations that have been naturally formed by wind erosions. The colours change according to the time of day, making them a beautiful sight to behold. At a glance, travellers might feel like Alice peeking through the looking-glass.
The blinding white chalk rock spires sprout almost supernaturally from the ground, each frost-coloured rock licked into a surreal landscape of familiar and unfamiliar shapes by the dry desert winds. While camping in the area, people can see the stars stretch out in the night sky across the White Desert, a sight which will turn their journey into an experience never to be forgotten.