a) Free range camels crossing the road on our way to Siwa Oasis.
The name 'Siwa' means, in Amazigh, 'Bird of prey which protects the god Amun'.
Siwa has natural springs and fields of apricot, olive, and palm trees.
With a population of about 22,000, Siwa was the most inaccessible of all Egypt's oasis until only recently, it lies about 60 feet (My GPS said -19m) below sea level.. On the edge of the Great Sand Sea and Quattara depression, its colorful history includes a visit from Alexander the Great to consult the Oracle of Amun in 331 BC. Greek archaeologist, Liana Souvaltsis believe that the Alexander was burried here, but there is no real evidence.
The King of Persia lead a 50,000 man army to the area to distroy the oracle, but the entire army was lost in the desert.
Siwans have their own culture and customs and they speak a Berber language, called Siwi.