From Matamir to Nawamis: Sinai Desert Camel Trek (Sharm el-Sheikh)
- 11 hours
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- *Approx package price
Camels, and mountains, and Bedouins, oh my! From a camel trek across the desert to a traditional Bedouin lunch, this is the Egypt experience you don’t get at the resorts of Sharm. Spend the day climbing Mount Matamir, trekking to the Nawamis tombs, and reveling in gorgeous panoramic views. What resort?
* Discover the stunning landscape of the Sinai Desert, with its ruggedness and vibrant colours
* Experience the silence of the desert on a camel trek
* Indulge in a traditional, freshly prepared Bedouin lunch cooked on an open fire
* Climb Mount Matamir and delight in beautiful panoramic views
* Trek to the Nawamis tombs, ancient circular stone tombs built throughout the Sinai Desert
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 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 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.