Taziry Ecovillages Siwa
Once a Spiritual Center, Always a Spiritual Center…
Siwa is an epic oasis situated in the mist of the western desert of Egypt.
Throughout all great civilizations that embraced Egypt, Siwa has been a pilgrim center to the Oracle Temple of Amun, or Zeus-Jupiter, where among many other legendary Pharaonic, Greek, and Roman figures, Alexander The Great, was initiated son of Zeus and saviour of Egypt, following the footsteps of his ancestors, as it was told, prominent Hercules and Perseus…
Taziry has been built at the footstep of the famous Red Mountain of Siwa, facing the magnificent White Mountain; overlooking the vast Gary Lake, and the timeless dunes of the Great Sand Sea. At Taziry, we provide a unique return to nature experience, where one can truly since this magical energy of Siwa.
Through vernacular architecture, following the ancestral Siwan method of construction, Taziry figures as only an extension of the surrounding natural environment. Taziry, which means “full-moon” in the Siwan language, brings about the splendor of the sky, for we only use candles inside the rooms, or oil lamps and torches outside, giving the place a rousing poetic atmosphere.
Suites & Chalets
There are 30 rooms at Taziry, combining large comfortable double rooms and family chalets. Each room is distinct from the other, with a spacious bathroom and a private veranda. While some chalets are carved out of the mountain, others are facing the natural swimming pool of flowing fresh water from the fountain. The furniture featured in the Ecolodge has all been developed in Taziry’s local carpentry and handicrafts workshops. The decorations are an authentic redesign of Berber settings, and the ceilings are made from palm trees.
The construction with “Karshif” (mud bricks, salt and other natural elements) eliminates the need for air-conditioning, while doors and windows are ideally positioned to capture the desert breeze..
At Taziry, we serve North African/Siwan cuisine, which was claimed by our guests as one of the best in Egypt. Our Moroccan chef is present at both ends of the culinary spectrum, catering vegetables, fruits, oils, honey, jams, eggs, milk, meats, poultry and fish from our home grown 100% organic farms. While our objective is to be fully self-sufficient in nutrition; we barter with our neighbouring farmers for the foods we do not have. We are constantly innovating to create a brand cuisine for Taziry, aiming high quality standards of health and taste.
The drinking water is from our local spring, considered as the richest in Siwa for its benefic minerals, filtered and filled in naturally freshening pottery jars.
A genuine solid waste management is undertaken in the village. Organic waste is disposed of to animals or used as compost, sewage is treated through an engineered wetland, and inorganic waste is segregated and sent for recycling.
Cultural Heritage Preservation
The concept of Taziry revolves around the conservation of the historical world heritage. In Taziry Ecovillages Siwa, it is focused on the local Amazigh (Berber) historical culture of Siwa and North Africa, which is linked to all the ancient universal civilizations such as the Egyptian & Mayan. A library, a museum and a stellarium have been built to highlight not only the wonders of the Berber arts, science and literature; but also the universal sciences that pursue and stir sustainable development. A market place with 50 handicraft workshops have been operating in Taziry to revive the sustainable living knowhow of Siwa’s ancestral natives. In addition, we launched an educational initiative to teach and train young women and men of Siwa for different
languages, arts and crafts such as: Permaculture, embroidery, pottery, palm leaf, olive wood, salt, ...etc. The purpose goes beyond the youth capacity building to promote the oasis products everywhere through Taziry channels in order to develop sustainable financial resources for the local community.
The sun radiation per square meter is the highest in Siwa in the entire region. At Taziry, the Sun is our renewable energy of choice. Solar water heating panels are installed over the rooms to produce high temperatures of water in the showers. Photovoltaic is used in some facilities of the Ecolodge, such as the reception and the kitchen to supply power efficient tools, preventing dependence on polluting fossil-fuelled systems. Furthermore, we regard Taziry as a laboratory for green energy technologies, where innovative and reliable green energy solutions are constantly implemented and tested as a model for the oasis of Siwa.