You’ll be picked up at your Sharm el-Sheikh hotel and whisked off on a 2.5 hour bus ride 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 land is virtually silent and the landscape is vast and rugged, with sandstone valley walls in the distance and open views as far as you can see. Meander along with the slow pace of the camels, enjoying the soft sand and tranquil atmosphere of the Sinai Desert.
Upon arrival at Mount Matamir we’ll set up a small camp and you’ll have the opportunity to explore the surrounding area while lunch is prepared, but you very well may want to stick around and see how the Bedouins do it. This style of food preparation is unique to the Bedouin nomads, and their techniques are interesting to watch and participate in. You’ll have the opportunity to learn to prepare and bake traditional Bedouin bread, and 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 extraordinary panoramas. 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 in the view.
From here, we’ll head back to camp for some Bedouin tea before reuniting with our camel buddies for a trek to the ancient tombs of Nawamis. These tombs are thought to be about 5,500 years old, and 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 Sharm el-Sheikh 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.
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.