You’ll be picked up at your Dahab hotel for a 1.5 hour journey to the desert, punctuated with stops for wicked photo ops (the views are pretty incredible). Watch as the landscape shifts from granite mountain range to open desert, where our Egypt adventure truly begins.
Meet your Bedouin cameleers and begin your camel trek across the Sinai Desert towards Mount Matamir. The scenery along the way is pretty breathtaking: the landscape is vast and rugged, with sandstone valley walls in the distance. The camels will take it slow, which is good, because you should too – there’s a lot to be said for a slow, tranquil journey across the silences of the Sinai Desert.
When we reach Mount Matamir, we’ll set up camp and get to work preparing a traditional Bedouin lunch. This style of food preparation is unique to the Bedouin nomads, so you’ll definitely want to watch how they do it. If you’d like, you can even take part: you’ll have the opportunity to learn to prepare and bake traditional Bedouin bread, and then watch as the rest of the meal is cooked on the open fire. In true Bedouin style, we’ll eat our lunch around the campfire.
After lunch, take some time to relax before our walk up Mount Matamir to see some rather beautiful panoramic views. Your guide will point out interesting places of reference, and provide information on the wadis, local regions, and other points of interest you’ll see.
Head back to camp for some Bedouin tea before reuniting with our camel friends for a trek to the ancient tombs of Nawamis. Thought to be about 5,500 years old, these tombs are the oldest intact standing roofed buildings in the world (say that ten times fast!). The tombs all face west, in accordance with the sunset, paralleling the end of the sun with the end of life, an indication of meaning behind ancient Egyptian burial practices. You’ll have time to walk around the tombs before trekking back into the Bedouin desert ‘dwelling village’, where you’ll meet local women and children and share tea with them in their homes.
From there, our Egyptian desert adventure will wind to a close, with a camel trek back to the initial meeting point, where your return transportation to Dahab awaits.
Following recent safety incidents we recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest information on travelling in Egypt before your departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas of your itinerary. We have links to prominent government travel advisories and regular updates on issues affecting this trip on our Travel Alerts page - www.intrepidtravel.com/au/travel-alerts.
Inclusions: Local English speaking guide, Bedouin guides, transportation, camels and cameleers, Bedouin fees and licensing, traditional Bedouin lunch, Bedouin tea.
Exclusions: Items of a personal nature, souvenirs, tips / gratuities for your guide.
Dress standard: Suitable clothing should be worn, such as trousers for riding the camels and trainers or trekking shoes for walking in the desert. Head cover – hat or scarf and sunscreen are also highly recommended.
Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at your hotel for pick up. Please check your hotel details are correct on the voucher.
If your details are not correct, it is very important to please email us to confirm your correct pick up hotel using the contact details on the voucher. If you prefer you may also phone the change through to us during business hours.
Additional Information: At the village of Nawamis, the women and children make little handicrafts of beaded jewelry, bags, etc and have collected some of the crystal stones for the desert that you can buy from them. Although you are not obliged to buy anything, it is of great benefit to these women and their only access to earning an income. So if you wish to buy locally crafted goods, doing so in the desert is the most rewarding for you and the local families.
Child Policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.