The English Mountain as it is known, is a very popular Tourist attraction and located in the region most popular for adventure tourism due to its diverse landscapes of deserts and unusual rock formations, therefore attracting many visitors annually. Black or English Mountain This mountain is distinguished by a ruin at its summit. It is not difficult to climb the mountain and the view from the top offers a panorama of the northern part of the oasis. At one corner of the summit are the ruins of a World War I lookout post, which was manned by Captain Williams, after whom the mountain is sometimes called. Williams was posted to Bahariya to observe troop movements by the Sanusi. The house, consisting of three rooms and a bath, is now in ruins. This is the same Captain Claud Williams of the Light Car Patrols for whom Williams Pass along the border of Libya and Egypt.
Considered to be the most northerly of all the Oases, Bahariya is famous for its White Desert and stunning rock formations along with the Black Desert in total contrast visually. The English Mountain site between Al Mandesha and Al Bawati City which are considered the capitals and hosts the largest settlements in the region
The name ‘English Mountain’ was given it’s name due to the British Forces occupying the region during the 1st World War in 1916 and was a reconnaissance Post in Bahariya Oasis. On top of the Mountain are ruins which help identify it from a distance. The High point of the Mountain meant that troops under the command of Captain Williams, could spot any forthcoming advances from Libyan troops who would regularly attempt invasions at the Oasis around this time.As there has been volcanic activity in this region, the Mountain has a distinct top covering of basalt and diorite.