During March 2007, Tribe Expeditions organized a 15 day expedition in the Egyptian Sahara for Georg Zenz and Geert Over ,and a group of Austrian travellers ( Reinhard Zenz , Wolfgang Schmidhammer , Gunther Roider ) .

In Uweinat Mountain we spent 3 nights and two full days. In one day we visited the Belgium rock artsite and a beautiful dry water fall at the old entrance of kakur talh.The second day we planed to go to Ain Al Prince, Georg suggested to take a new trekking route different than a previ ous route in 2004 to have further explorations.

On route with his experienced eye, Georg noticed an area full of engravings at the ground level and later spotted a cave where some well preserved paintings were discovered.
We agreed to name the cave the Austrian cave. It is located at :
N 21° 56'13", E 25°8' 55.6" .


We left the cars in a small side fork of the Karkhur Talh South Branch and started the ascent to the plateau where we wanted to cross to Ain el Brince, the only well in the Egyptian and Sudanese part of Uweinat which is a way of more than seven kilometres.
It is very steep and tough to get up and the heat is getting more and more. After one hour I found a small shelter with some nice engravings of an antelope and a hunter with bow and arrow. While I took pictures of them and the waypoint with my GPS I saw an entrance of a cave, just one hundred meters above and I asked Gunther to have a look at this in the meantime. “Paintings”, he shouted after a while We all run up and found a cave with a lot of very good shaped paintings on its ceiling.

There is one painting of a family – a man, a woman and a child. Not a war or hunting scenes like usually, just a simple family sitting peaceful together. A large number of painted cows are also there and one painting of a man, who should be a “chief” or “medicine-man” cause of his special white clothes and tattoos. In the area of the cave .
we found at least more than thirty engravings of ostriches, giraffes, cows and hunters. Proudly we named it the “Austrian Cave”
Report in German Language on Georg website : www.desertdream.net

After Uweinat Mountain we headed north to Gilf Kebir where we ascended the Aqapa Pass to central Gilf Kebir exploring several unnamed valleys where we found plenty of vegetation with very good condition . Then we continued towards Wadi Hamra where Reinhard Zenz spotted a prehistory site with tools and grinding stones and ostrich egg remains. later we crossed the Great Sand Sea where we located the Easy Assent, a pass to get on top of Numilete Scarp and the beginning of Clayton route to cross the dunes from east to west, Patrick Clayton was the one that pioneered and mapped this route, later the Long Range Desert Group used it as a route to attack the Italians surprising them in the middle of the desert on the Libyan side. The trip ended in Cairo as usual and the group departed with the next plane already in mind!
 

Thanks for visiting our Website and for your kind Interest in this part of Egypt,We promise to publish further explorations soon, Here I wish to express my deep gratitude to: Georg Zenz (Austria) and Geert Over (Netherland)
for all their kind help. www.tribe-expeditions.com