From Matamir to Nawamis: Sinai Desert Camel Trek (Dahab)
- 9 hours
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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. All in a day’s work, hey?!
* Venture beyond Dahab into the rugged landscape of the Sinai Desert
* Take it slow and explore the desert on a camel trek
* Discover traditional Bedouin cooking techniques, and enjoy a freshly prepared Bedouin lunch
* Climb to the top of Mount Matamir and watch as stunning panoramic views unfold before your eyes
* Trek to the ancient stone tombs at Nawamis
What's included in this trip
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Please present your voucher to the local guide at the beginning of the tour.
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.<br /> 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.
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.
Children must be 6 years of age to 11 years inclusively. Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.
If you are happy with the services provided by your local guides and drivers, a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid Urban Adventures destinations. Please consider this when budgeting for your extra expenses on this tour.
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.