Journey to the desert for a day of Bedouins, camels, and unforgettable landscapes. Climb a mountain, ride a camel through the desert, cook over an open fire Bedouin-style, and trek to super ancient Egyptian burial tombs.
What to Expect
You will be picked up at your Dahab hotel for a 1.5 hour journey to the desert, punctuated with stops for wicked photo opportunities. Watch as the landscape shifts from granite mountain range to open desert, where your 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 as there is a lot to be said for a slow, tranquil journey across the silences of the Sinai Desert.
When you reach Mount Matamir, 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 will definitely want to watch how they do it. If you would like, you can even take part: take 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, eat your lunch around the campfire.
After lunch, take some time to relax before walking 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.
Head back to camp for some Bedouin tea before reuniting with your 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. 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 will have time to walk around the tombs before trekking back into the Bedouin desert ‘dwelling village’, where you will meet local women and children and share tea with them in their homes.
From there, your 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.
- Local English-speaking guide
- Bedouin guides
- Camels and cameleers
- Bedouin fees and licensing
- Traditional Bedouin lunch
- Bedouin tea
What's Not Included
- Tips / gratuities for your guide
Know Before You Go
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 from 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.
Suitable clothing should be worn, such as trousers for riding the camels and trainers or trekking shoes for walking in the desert. A hat or scarf and sunscreen are also highly recommended.