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Ruins, called the Fortress of Shali, in the (Credit: AP)

Ruins, called the Fortress of Shali, in the Egyptian oasis of Siwa, a Berber town of some 27,000 people roughly 450 miles southwest of Cairo. (September 2012)

Egyptian safari

A great trip for the adventurous, the Great Sand Sea of Egypt includes 28,000 square miles of dunes on the northern edge of the Sahara.

The Great Sand Sea, 28,000 square miles of
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The Great Sand Sea, 28,000 square miles of rolling dunes along the northern edge of the Sahara, one of the main attractions of a visit to the Egyptian oasis of Siwa. (September 2012)

Desert safari driver Ahmed Bakrin builds a small
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Desert safari driver Ahmed Bakrin builds a small bonfire to make mint tea before sunset during a trek through the Great Sand Sea outside the Egyptian oasis of Siwa. (September 2012)

A freshwater pool at the Ghaliet Ecolodge and
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A freshwater pool at the Ghaliet Ecolodge and Spa in the Egyptian oasis of Siwa, a Berber town of some 27,000 people roughly 450 miles southwest of Cairo. (September 2012)

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Tracks from four-wheel drives line the Great Sand
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Tracks from four-wheel drives line the Great Sand Sea. (September 2012)

Ruins, called the Fortress of Shali, in the
(Credit: AP)

Ruins, called the Fortress of Shali, in the Egyptian oasis of Siwa, a Berber town of some 27,000 people roughly 450 miles southwest of Cairo. (September 2012)

The labyrinthine Egyptian oasis of Siwa, with the
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The labyrinthine Egyptian oasis of Siwa, with the famous Roman-era necropolis known as the Mountain of the Dead in the background. (September 2012)

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