There are lots of possibilities but the Gilf is not really one of them. We were lucky enough to do a bikes only Gilf trip, with fuel dumps and the occasional meet with suppport 8 years ago, but it seems that nothing is possible that far south without compulsory guides/military/police, and hence expensive.
However, depending on your off road ability (and tyres usually) there are lots of possibilities.... from day trips from Cairo, to multi day trips supported by a guide from Siwa/Bahareya/Farafra.
Before now we've simply hired a guide with a pick up or Landcruiser, thrown all of our gear in the back and he's followed us out to have desert fun. It would probably be more suitable for you to follow him....ish.
Permits for small trips of just a few days staying relatively close to the oasis loop (or Siwa town) are quite straight forward at the moment.
Not sure what we're up to in March, but keep in touch and fire away for more details.
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