This might possibly be the coolest place I have yet to come across on Instagram! After being completely blown away by its beauty, I did some research and I can confirm that this place is actually real! These breathtaking salt lakes are located in Siwa Oasis, Egypt. They’re a natural treasure to the region and locals and tourists visit the salt lakes for medical and recreational purposes! If you’ve never thought about visiting Egypt, here is why this place might be next on your bucket list!
Siwa Oasis, Egypt
Firstly, I’d like to say that Siwa Oasis is not the destination for travellers looking for a luxurious vacation. In fact, it’s the perfect isolation destination! It’s a secluded and small community 600km from the capital city of Cairo. Siwa Oasis is in the middle of the Western Desert and follows close to Libya’s border. It’s a place to come to enjoy the silence and isolated vibes!
Located at the foot of the Siwa mountain, these salt lakes are called Al-Tibtah. The hundreds of salt lakes or, salt pools are part of the Zeitoun Lake. The lakes are over 95% salt solely because of a nearby salt mine. They’re approximately 4 metres deep and have hot and cold water options! If you’re not a strong swimmer, don’t worry because the levels of salt in the waters make it impossible to drown! You can float around just like the Dead Sea!
The people from Siwa Oasis traditionally used the salt for building homes, sharpening and shaping their tools and finally, within lamps. Nowadays, you can buy a salt lamp anywhere! They’re aesthetically pleasing, but more importantly known to produce healing energy with the heat of the light source!
The healing properties from these salt lakes are amazing. They’re known for treating:
- Sinus issues
- Skin disorders
- Eye conditions
The salted hot springs are best visited early in the morning when the weather is cooler and the water is warmer. It’s known for treating:
- Digestive system diseases
- Joint inflammation
The sand around the salt lakes also have healing properties. It’s known for treating:
- Knee conditions
- Back problems
- Skin conditions
Advice When Travelling Here
It’s best to plan this trip by using a trusted booking source. It’s a long trip from Cairo, so if you don’t do well with buses, you can always hire an available driver! Along the way, there are a few military checkpoints so make sure you always have your passport in hand. Lastly, always travel with cash since the ATM’s aren’t always reliable! Get to booking because Siwa Oasis awaits!
Feature Image: @Backpackersintheworld