...The next on our list was The Valley of the Whales (Vadi Hittan). We had a short stop in Bawiti to change our jeep and say goodbye to lovely Mustafa. If you want, during that break you can have a rest and a shower in the hotel which is already included in the itinerary. Once our jeep was ready we headed off to our next safari. When we turned off the road Hani casually mentioned that they used that route simply as a shortcut and Saudi Arabian Royalty liked camping in the area, now I know why. After an hour or so we stopped for another beauty spot. They do have very good taste, those royalties, you know. The view was truly magnificent, my breath was taken away yet again and yet again it was desert, but totally different to what we’d seen already. There was absolutely nobody around, our jeep was simply a tiny speck speeding alone in the vast spaces on the bottom of an ancient sea. I really did not have to stretch my imagination to see what was happening there millions of years ago. Gradually the colours were changing from greyish sand to sandstone layered with pink. The most incredible formations rose in front of me. Not only the shapes were amazing, but to knock me out completely they were actually carved with ornaments created NOT by a human being. Here, I must add, that actually there was one graffiti left on one of those formations and, yes, that was by a human, I am ashamed to admit it. It was a hot afternoon, walking in the sand was not easy, but it was so well worth it. The entry to the park costs 3$ per person, it is a UNESCO heritage site now. I really did not care much about the fossiled whales’ displays, the landscape on its’ own did it for me.
Speechless, we got into our jeep and drove off to the lakes and waterfalls in El Fayum Oasis...
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