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Winter Wonderland Safari Riding Adventure - Cairo - Fayoum - Black and White Desert

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Looking for something truly special? Ride Egypt’s starlight oasis is the perfect fusion of riding, nature, and being at peace with yourself and the world around you.

Key information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 221 pounds / 100 kilograms
  • Tack Type: English tack
  • Horse Breed: Arabian and Balady - local breed

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  • 5 days of horse riding
  • Sunset camel ride in the White Desert
  • Ride through pyramids, deserts, and Magic Lake
  • Explore Black and White Deserts on a four-by-four safari
  • Daily yoga classes in the deserts and oases
  • Bathing in Bahariya hot springs
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals

Skill level

  • Intermediate


7 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 8 participants
Airport transfer available:
Cairo International Airport (US$44 per person)
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During this tour, you will sleep in guesthouses in Cairo, Fayoum, and Bahariya Oasis and camp in White Desert.


This eight-day and seven-night adventure starts in Cairo before taking you onwards to the lush and green oasis of Fayoum, the waterfalls of Wadi Al-Hitan and the Valley of the Whales, the White Desert National Park, camping under the Milky Way, Bahariya Oasis, and back to Cairo again. You will enjoy exhilarating hours in the saddle, camp under the stars with the horses, bathe in natural hot springs, dine on home-cooked organic produce, and, on top of that, you will enjoy daily yoga classes in the deserts and oases, an experience guaranteed to enlighten the senses.

  • Paces: Varied and riders should be fit and capable of long hours in the saddle

Daily itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Cairo

Transfer to the authentic farm guesthouse close to Sakkara Pyramids.

Day 2: Welcome to the land of the Pharaohs - Riding at Giza and Abu Sir

Today, you have two trail rides. In the morning, you will visit one of the remaining ‘Seven Wonders of the World’, the Great Pyramids of Giza, on horseback. This is a great ride, not only is the backdrop more than photo-ready but the ride itself offers a mix of paces allowing you to get to know Ride Egypt and their horses, therefore, setting the scene for a Ride Egypt adventure. After a morning in the saddle, you will transfer to the horse farm in Abu Sir where the team will prepare a home-cooked lunch for you whilst you relax and sit in the sun watching the beautiful horses play in their paddocks.

After lunch, you will have a couple of hours of downtime before you saddle up to ride at sunset in the desert. The deserts in this area offer wide-open spaces and plenty of freedom to fly with the horses. Dinner and overnight at the guesthouse.

Day 3: Fayoum transfer and riding

After breakfast, you will pack up and transfer by road to El Fayoum. Sensational riding, crystal clear lakes and waterfalls, temples, tombs, and the countryside - this is Egypt off the beaten track. On arrival to the village of Tunis, you will check in to your guesthouse and have an early lunch. In the afternoon, it is time to saddle up for a four-hour trail ride through the picturesque golden deserts on the doorstep. Dinner and overnight at the guesthouse.

Day 4: Full-day riding with desert dinner

Rise and shine, it is the perfect time to ride and explore the stunning deserts of the national park. The scenery is picturesque and goes on as far as the eye can see. It is the place for riders to enjoy plenty of fun canters and gallops. The team will prepare a dinner for your arrival on an open fire. You will watch the sunset and have dinner under the stars before later in the evening returning back to the guesthouse.

Day 5: Full day trail ride to Wadi El Hitan’s Magic Lake

The Magic Lake is an obscure but beautiful lake. It got its name because it changes its colors several times each day, depending on the time of day and the amount of sunlight it receives. It is a brilliant place surrounded by desert so you can enjoy riding and racing through the open landscapes, go swimming, or enjoy sitting by the amazing waterfall. You will stay overnight in a guesthouse.

Days 6 and 7: Black and White Deserts in a four-by-four safari

Working with a local family-run business, they offer a unique experience and go the extra mile to ensure you will have memories of the desert that will last a lifetime. The people of the oasis, or the Waḥātī people, are the descendants of the ancient people who inhabited the oasis, ancient tribes with connections to western Egypt and eastern Libya.

These people keep having kept the secrets of the desert for generations. You will explore White Desert National Park with camel safari and star-light camping, Black Desert with Crystal Mountain and Agabat Valley, and Bahariya oasis and hot springs. You will return to Cairo in the evening.

Day 8: Cairo riding and departure

You end this adventure in the same way you started, through the eyes of the Pharaohs, with your final ride at Giza Plateau. This last, fast-paced ride sees you flying to the top of the plateau with the pyramids as a backdrop. A barbecue lunch will be served before you ride back in time to shower before checking out and departure. Those continuing the Red Sea will transfer for their internal flight.


Emma Levin


The tour will take place in Egypt.

Cairo: Giza, Abu Sir, and the Red Pyramid of Dashur

This is a place that needs very little introduction and where else would you begin an epic Egyptian adventure than with the seventh Wonder of the World - Giza, along with wide-open spaces of the deserts surrounding Abu Sir and Dashur Pyramids.

Wadi Al-Hitan: the valley of the Whales

Thirty-seven million years ago, in the waters of the prehistoric Tethys Ocean, a sinuous, 50-foot-long beast with gaping jaws and jagged teeth died and sank to the seafloor. Over thousands of millennia, a mantle of sediment built up over its bones. The sea receded and as the former seabed became a desert, the wind began to plane away from the sandstone and shale above the bones.

Slowly the world changed. The pharaohs built their pyramids. Rome rose, Rome fell. And all the while the wind continued its patient excavation. Imagine this dry expanse underwater, with whales hunting and diving. Today, visitors to Wadi Al-Hitan walk a stone-lined path to see rocks that hold the fossils of the long-gone sea creatures.

White Desert National Park

Upon the first glimpse of the 300-square-kilometer national park of the White Desert, you will feel like Alice through the looking glass. 20 kilometers northeast of Farafra, on the east side of the road, blinding-white chalk rock spires sprout almost supernaturally from the ground, each a frost-colored lollipop. White Desert, an outdoor museum of contemporary art. Walking around the White Desert feels like visiting an art museum. The desert was recognized as a Natural Protectorate by the Egyptian government in 2002 so as to keep the area as pristine as possible. You are really in the middle of nature.

Black Desert - crystal mountain - Agabat valley

Visiting the Black Desert is like stepping onto a different planet - postcard-perfect golden dunes surrounded by fully black powder-covered hills. A start contrast. Crystal Mountain is a large rock made entirely of quartz. It is a special moment to climb to the top of a mountain made of crystal to enjoy panoramic views. Agabat Valley is a spectacular vision of white and gold limestone boulders that decorate an otherwise flat landscape.

Bahariya oasis and hot springs

During the Middle Kingdom and especially during Roman times, this oasis was a center of agriculture, producing wine sold in the Nile Valley and as far away as Rome. Its strategic location on the Libya-Nile Valley caravan route ensured it prospered into later ages.

In recent years, stunning archaeological finds (such as that of the Golden Mummies) and easy access to the hot springs are one of the main attractions in this verdant area filled with palm trees and fresh fruits. The over 40-degree-Celcius sulfur-scented waters are perceived by many locals and visitors to hold healing properties, as well as offer a pleasurable way to end a long day.


All breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and water are included in the price throughout the program. Drinks and alcohol are payable locally.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Pescatarian
  • Seafood
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Temples, museums, and historical sites all have local fees. Ride Egypt recommends around 80 USD but of course, this can vary depending on your interest in visits and history.

What's included

  • Horse riding tour
  • Riding and non-riding guides
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • Water bottles on riding trips
  • Horses and tack including saddlebags and water

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Soft drinks and alcohol
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Temples, museums, and historical sites' local fees
  • Transfer from Hurghada International Airport (HRG) to Luxor (3.5 hours - 65 GBP)
  • Transfer from Hurghada hotels to Hurghada International Airport (1 hour - 25 GBP)
  • Transfer between Luxor International Airport (LXR) and Luxor hotels (1 hour - 25 GBP)
  • Transfer from Cairo International Airport (CAI) to Cairo hotels (2 hours - 35 GBP)
  • Cairo International Airport (CAI) meet and greet (35 GBP per person)
  • Transfer from Aswan International Airport (ASW) to Aswan hotels (1 hour - 25 GBP)

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Cairo International Airport (CAI). If you have booked a transfer with Ride Egypt, please EXIT the airport after you have your bags. Their drivers wait outside with a sign for Ride Egypt. Do not wait inside the terminal.

Airport: Cairo International Airport Airport transfer available: Cairo International Airport (US$44 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 24.2% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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