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2. Qasr Qarun and Dionysias

3. Karanis

4. Lake Qarun

5. Wadi Rayan

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Wadi Rayan

Waterfalls of Wadi Rayan, Fayoum Oasis, Egypt

Birds of Wadi Rayan, Fayoum Oasis, Egypt

Birds of Wadi Rayan, Fayoum Oasis, Egypt

In 1966 the old plan of leading surplus water from the Qarun Lake to the empty depression of Wadi Rayan was realized. Since then, a new world, limited in vegetation, but quite rich in bird life, has developed.
Wadi Rayan has two fairly large lakes, connected by a little river and Egypt's only water falls. Egyptians are quite thrilled by the place, and excursions and trips are arranged out here for both school children as well as adults.
For me as a Norwegian, a 3 metre high water fall is nothing special, but I do get the point of travelling out here. The entire setting is both weird and quite beautiful. Yellow, creamy sand dunes creep in on the new lakes, the water has a sweet, blue colour, and the bird life is richer than most other places around Egypt.
Trips with rowing boats appears to be the thing to do, next to swimming and sipping a cold soft drink or a tea in the nearby coffee shops.
Rowing boats and swimming in the lakes of Wadi Rayan, Fayoum Oasis, Egypt

By Tore Kjeilen