Wadi El-Rayan, Al Fayyum

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Wadi El Rayan is a unique nature protectorate in Faiyum Governorate, Egypt, under the supervision of the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA).GeographyThe valley of Wadi El-Rayan is an area of 1759km2, 113km2 of which are the dominating water body of the Wadi El Rayan lakes. It is located about 65km southwest of Faiyum city and 80km west of the Nile River. The Wadi has been used for man-made lakes from agricultural drainage which has made a reserve of the two separate Wadi El Rayan Lakes. The reserve is composed of a 50.90km2 upper lake and a 62.00km2 lower lake, with waterfalls between the two. Among the springs, there are three sulphur springs at the southern side of the lower lake, with extensive mobile sand dunes. Wadi El Rayan Waterfalls are considered to be the largest waterfalls in Egypt.At the south and southeast of the springs is Gabal Manqueer Al Rayan, where marine fossils and archeological remains are found. Gabal Madwera, near the lower lake, is known for its extensive dune formations.Flora and faunaThe vegetation is confined to inter-dune areas around springs and at the base of large dunes. The vegetation cover is made of 13 species of perennial plants and a few individuals of Calligonum comosum and Zygophyllum album.
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  • Mid of miles of desert, 2 lakes receive the overflow of Nile watering the Fayoum oasis. The fist like is dirty and it's reddish water contains all the chemicals and other pollution of the oasis. It is...  more »
  • A beautiful virgin place and the best times to visit at sunrise as it is preferable to have a professional tour guide and take a safari in the desert between Wadi Al Rayyan and Wadi Al-Whale
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  • Magical place. Oasis in the middle of a dessert
  • Fantastic place, swimming, fishing, sunny , good views , near some historical places
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