Dakhla Oasis is one of five oases situated in the Western Desert and is considered one of the most beautiful. There are, apparently, 70,000 souls scattered over 14 villages in the area.
Ebrahim suggested a meal out in the near village about 20 minute drive from the hotel
. Off we went first Ebrahim got fresh and tasty Falafels for all at street side cookery, amazing popular as we waited lots of Egyptian men came to buy theirs. Loaded up with very good falafels we went to a side walk coffee house, again only men but female tourists are accepted. Large litre bottles of water all around and a hookah for Ebrahim to have a smoke costing 2 Egyptian pounds, about 36 Canadian cents for hookah filled with tobacco and 5 Egyptian pounds for the water. Ebrahim was a touch distracted as the Egyptian National team was playing on TV inside the coffee shop (they lost 2-0). We followed the water up with mint tea for Jacqui and a Turkish coffee for me – strong and good.
After the refreshments, we went to a local food merchant, to explore his store.
We headed back to the hotel for an early night.
Today we had a leisurely start and a relaxing day. Drove from Farafra Oasis to Dakhla Oasis where we will spend the next two nights at another delightful hotel – Badawiya Dakhla Hotel. Of course nothing is straight forward in the Western Desert, first we needed permission from the government to travel further and Ebrahim had to fill out forms, take them to one official and go back to the police to get them completed. We went through several police check points on the way to Dakhla. Checked in and had a nice dip in the pool and just relaxed.