A trip to the Gilf Kebir

Travel writer Mohamed El-Hebeishy joins a tour to the Gilf Kebir, headed by one of the discoverers of the Mestekawi-Foggini cave in the clifs of the western Gilf, a former colonel named Ahmed El-Mestekawi.    As the tour leaves Dakhleh oasis El-Hebeishy describes the archaeology and the landscape of the places they visit en route including Abu Ballas (hill of pots).  He gives a brief insight into how the landscape would have looked in the prehistoric past when the desert was green enough to sustain gazelle and other game animals, which in turn attracted human groups.  As well as giving good descriptions of some of the places visited he also gives an insight into  what desert travel is like.

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