"In 1930 we had begun mapping the greater part of the Gilf Kebir Plateau"
Gilf Kebir
Creative Commons AttributionGilf Kebir - Credit: imolcho

The Gilf Kebir, which translates as 'the Great Barrier' is a large rocky plateau in the south-west of Egypt. While remote, it is known for its beauty and geological interest, plus the thousands of cave paintings and rock carvings.


The most famous of these is arguably the Cave of Swimmers, discovered by Almasy on the 1932 expedition.