Immersive escape in the desert

House of  Tarfa

7 days escape in the Egyptian Sahara
from October to April

Price (€) on demand

Immersive escape

Escape in the Egyptian Sahara

Embark on an immersive journey through Egypt’s western desert, known as the Egyptian Sahara, for an unparalleled adventure off the beaten path and complete disconnection from the modern world.

Begin with a 3 days off road desert expedition (700 km) accompanied by local bedouins, discover and share their rich traditions as you cross the white desert landscapes and descent through Egypt’s beautiful oases.

Then, retreat for 3 nights to the serene oasis of Dakhla , where history meets nature at the Al Tarfa Eco Lodge. Discover the timeless allure of Dakhla’s palm groves and ancient villages, and indulge in the serenity of this hidden gem.





yoga & meditation








the program 

the program 

the program 

What to expect

The House of Al Tarfa is an immersive experience in the Egyptian Sahara, starting with an expedition in the western desert accompanied by local bedouins, followed by a relaxing retreat in the eco lodge of Al Tarfa located in the oasis of Dakhla.

You are searching for a remote yet captivating escape off the beaten track, and disconnect completely for the modern world, this escape is made for you !

  • Western Desert expedition (800km from Cairo Oasis to Dakhla oasis)
  • Crossing the White Desert
  • Journey through the Egyptian Oases
  • Desert camping & stargazing
  • Retreat at Al Tarfa Eco Lodge

Day to day

Day 1 - departure from Cairo to Bahariya oasis, camp in the white desert
  • Early departure by minibus from Cairo (7 am)
  • Drive to Bahariya Oasis (4 hours drive, 320 km regular road)
  • Lunch at Bahariya Oasis in Tzila lodge and start of the Safari trip (1pm)
  • Visiting Black desert, crystal mountains (180 km off road)
  • Arrival at white desert and 1st night camp in Agabat area
  • Free time (evening meditation, circles…)
  • Bonfire, Dinner and night
Day 2 - From White desert to Qaraween sand dunes
  • Sunrise & Breakfast
  • Free time (meditation, yoga, silent walk..)
  • Taking down the camp
  • Visiting Aqabat Mountain and Qaraween Sand dunes
  • Lunch
  • Arriving at Qaraween and 2nd night camp set up
  • Free time (meditation, yoga, silent walk..)
  • Sunset, dinner and night at New white desert
Day 3 - From Qaraween to Djara cave to white mountains
  • Sunrise over the desert & Breakfast at the camp
  • Free time (meditation, yoga, silent walk..)
  • Taking down the camp
  • Drive towards Asyut off roadf to visit one of the most beautiful cave of the world:  Djara cave: a group of caves located more than 50 meters deep in the ground in the heart Desert
  • Lunch in Djara cave
  • Drive south towards Dakhla and 3rd night camp set up in the area of  Shawshaw (white mountains up to Dakhla)
  • Free time (meditation, yoga, silent walk..)
  • Evening and night at the camp
Day 4 - From white mountains to Al Tarfa
  • Free time (meditation, yoga, silent walk..)
  • Breakfast and taking down the camp
  • Drive south to Dakhla Oasis
  • Arrival & set up at Al Tarfa Eco Lodge (around 12 pm)
  • Free time at the lodge ( rest, yoga, meditation, sunbath..)
  • Evening and dinner at the lodge
Day 5 - Discovery of Dakhla oasis
  • Breakfast at the lodge
  • Morning yoga or free time
  • Cultural activities in Dakhla (Visit of Alqasr village with an Egyptologist originally from the oasis)
  • Stroll in the oasis, meeting with the inhabitants, discover the traditions and crafts of the Oasis
  • End of the day and meals at a farmer’s lodge
  • (Possibility to go in a hot spring, or/and do a meditation or yoga class at the farmer’s lodge)
  • Night at Al Tarfa lodge
Day 6 - Retreat day at Al Tarfa lodge
  • Breakfast at the lodge
  • Full resting day at the lodge before taking the road back to Cairo the next morning
  • Private lunch arranged amid the palm groves (Organic and fresh, from the lodge’s farm).
  • Free afternoon (Guided tour in the sanctuary, swimming pool, walks, meditation, yoga…)
  • Dinner and last night by the bonfire
Day 7 - Departure from Dakhla to Cairo
  • Early breakfast at the lodge
  • Departure to Cairo by minibus (7/8 hours drive, 800 km)
  • Arrival in Cairo in late afternoon

The Camp

Camping in the White Desert is a unique way to experience the stunning beauty of this natural marvel. As you set up camp for the night, you’ll be surrounded by the surreal landscape of crystal-white rocks and sand formations. With no light pollution from nearby cities, you’ll gaze up at a sky full of stars that seem to go on forever.

A team of experienced bedouins from the oases will ensure your security, your confort, and share their rich culture and traditions.

You will be transported in Toyota 4X4, and sleeping in individual tents.

About the camp
  • Individual tents equipped with sleeping bags, duvet and blankets
  • All camping equipments
  • Toyota 4 X 4 (off roads), 4 people per car
  • Van / Mini bus (regular roads)
  • A large tent for the meals or that serve as a resting area.
  • Traditional and local meals  (breakfast, lunch & dinner) prepared by the bedouins from the oases.
  • Bonfire night

The eco lodge of Al Tarfa

Besides offering quality lodging services, Al Tarfa was to set a model for sustainable tourism development in the Egyptian oases. By building the lodge, one of the main objectives was achieved:  to revive the oasis’ classical building style and establish a base for further archaeological and geographical research. Each environment consists of three main elements: the People and their activities, forming the social and economic structure; the culture represented by architecture and antiquity, and the ecology that embraces all of that. Al Tarfa contributes to all three.

Aiming to revive the oasis’ building methods, the architecture of Al Tarfa was largely inspired from the surrounding villages.
Built with local natural materials and using primitive techniques the twenty individually designed, furnished and decorated suites and rooms are unique. Each room is complemented with artistic and comfortable Saharan architecture, with modern-classic furniture with a luxury flavor.
In this fashion, each room has its own character, with original ceilings, lamps and carpets custom-made for Al Tarfa.

About the lodge
  • 20 individually designed, furnished and decorated suites and rooms
  • 1 yoga shala made of mud bricks and palm trees
  • Outdoor pool and terraces with panoramic view over the immense greenery, the distinctive rugged mountains and infinite deserts
  • One main restaurant (Qasr Al Mansura)
  • An outdoor fire place
  • Gardens
  • Meals prepared by Al Tarfa’s local chefs using only fresh vegetables, organically produced from the lodge’s farm
Your guide


Laura, the founder of Dunya, will be with you on this expedition.

Her  knowledge and love for the western desert, along with her close relationship with the local team, make her your go-to person whom you can rely on completely. She will be delighted to share her stories with you and facilitate interactions with the local teams by assisting with translation. And just between us, this trip is very special to her, meticulously designed from beginning to end, promising a unique desert adventure unlike any other!

ready to escape ? 

ready to escape ? 

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Good to know
  • Language : English / French / Arabic
  • A mixed (women/men) stay accessible to all
  • Accomodation : Camp in the desert & Eco lodge
  • Capacity : from 4 to 16 people
  • This escape is ideal for yoga, meditation or trekking groups
  • Airport transfers (Arrival and departure)
  • All other transfers during the stay
  • 3 nights camp in the desert
  • 3 nights in the eco lodge of Al Tarfa
  • All meals throughout the stay
  • Water and hot drinks
  • Entrance tickets to cultural sites
  • All yoga practices and others activities
  • Local bedouins team
  • Dunya Escape representative
Not included
  • International flights
  • Individual travel insurance
  • Egyptian entry visa
    [Dunya assists and guides you on these last points]
  • Internet card (between €10 and €30)
  • Paid drinks (alcohol and soda)
  • Local Tips

An escape in the Egyptian Sahara

Price (€) on demand

If this escape inspires you to explore more of Egypt, Dunya can assist you in organizing an extension before or after your experience in the Egyptian Sahara. Egypt offers a multitude of beautiful places to discover, such as Cairo & the Pyramids, the Red Sea, Nile cruises, Luxor, Aswan, Fayoum, and many more. For more information, contact the Dunya team at the following address: