5 Days Jeep and Camel Safari Best of Sinai's Hinterland
1st Day: Colored Canyon – Wadi Ghazala – Start of your Camel Safari – Wadi Disco – Wadi Mileihis
Sinai’s Hinterland – In the morning we will pick you up at the reception of your hotel in Sharm El Sheikh, Dahab, Taba or Nuweiba. If you stay in any other part of Egypt such as Cairo we can of course organize the transfer to Sinai for you.
We will take you in a 4×4 jeep through the fascinating mountain and desert scenery to the Colored Canyon where you will enjoy a hike through this stunning gorge; its rock formations are extraordinarily beautiful as you cannot only find diverse shapes, but also a multitude of different colors which gave this canyon its promising name. So don’t hurry, take your time to enjoy the unique surroundings and take a rest whenever you need. Some passages are a bit tricky, but your guide will of course assist you in case you need some help. Then we will continue the jeep tour through the famous Wadi Ghazala, one of Sinai’s longest valleys, which is named after the gazelles that are told to graze here. It is a great and fascinating part of the desert, with sandstone rocks, caves, dunes, broom and acacia trees – a perfect place for a lunch break. Then you will meet your guides and your future companions, well trained gentle camels. They will carry you to a picturesque open space known as the Wadi Disco; colorful rocks will enchant you on your way. In the wadi you will make a relaxed break under an acacia tree. In the Wadi Mileihis at the foot of a sandstone mountain you will encamp in a small peaceful garden around a spring where you will have dinner and spend the first night under the amazing starry desert sky
Lunch and dinner included. Overnight camping.
2nd Day: Wadi Khudra – Mushroom Rock – Closed Canyon – Ein Khudra Oasis
After breakfast you will ride along the scenic Wadi Khudra towards the Closed Canyon. On the way you will pass by the renowned Mushroom Rock, a freestanding rock in the shape of a champignon. Now you will start your second trekking tour which will lead you through the Closed Canyon, a fantastic way between rough rock walls, ending at a high cliff. After this sporty walk you will relax a bit and enjoy a tasty lunch. Finally you will trek to the idyllic green Ein Khudra Oasis where you will have dinner, repose and enjoy a bath in the spring before you will enjoy a Bedouin dinner and go to sleep.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight camping.
3rd Day: White Canyon – Nawamis – Wadi Mutamir – Gebel Barqa / Gebel Mahroum
After breakfast you will explore the fascinating White Canyon. It received its name because of its splendid bright rock walls. Take your time to enjoy the unique landscape while you trek through the canyon, and keep your camera ready! Your camels will wait for you at the exit and take you again through the great desert scenery. Then it is time for some culture – you will visit the Nawamis, prehistoric circular burial chambers built of sandstone. After lunch you will enjoy riding through the Wadi Mutamir to today`s camping location, the Gebel Mahroum, the ‘Mountain with a Hole’, a popular bizarre sandstone formation belonging to the Gebel Barqa, with a hole cutting through it. In this area you can also find numerous other rock formations as well as small caves and sand dunes. Stroll around a bit before you go sleeping to explore this great piece of nature.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight camping.
4th Day: Arada Canyon – Mount Sinai
After breakfast you will be picked up by a jeep that will bring you to the wonderful Arada Canyon, also known as the Double Canyon as two branches lead away from the same entrance. You will see bizarre rock formations in different colors and enjoy great views. Some climbing parts are a bit tricky, but your experienced guide will assist you, so if you are adequately fit there will not be any problem. You will enjoy a picnic at a scenic place en route. Finally you will reach to a steep sand dune – if you like, you can scale it! Also this wadi is full of interesting ancient rock paintings.
In the afternoon we will transfer you to the foot of Mount Sinai (Jebel Musa), Moses’ mountain where he is said to have received the Ten Commandments. You will have dinner and, if you like, you can sleep for some hours. At night you will start your hike towards the top. Please be aware that you will climb up to a height of almost 2,300 meters! This means that you will have to face low temperatures during this trip – please take warm cloths! Also be aware that for hiking up to the mountain top you should be adequately fit and in good health.
5th Day: Mount Sinai – St. Catherine’s Monastery
Our guide will give you a pocket lamp to enlighten our path. Against a small supplement camels are ready to carry you, all the way or for a part of the distance. Only the last steps must be taken on your own on a stairway (the ‘Steps of Repentance’), before you reach the mountain peak. During all the way you can enjoy the unique atmosphere, marching on the holy mountain with your lamp under the starlit sky. In the early morning you will reach the top where you will see the Chapel of the Holy Trinity and search for a nice place to sit down and wait for the sunrise. After spending some time on the peak you will start wandering down towards St. Catherine’s Monastery and make a stop for breakfast before you start your visit.
The monastery is located at the food of Mount Sinai, on the place, where he is said to have seen the Burning Bush. The first monastic life around this place is supposed to have taken place already in the 4th century AD, which makes the monastery to one of the oldest in the world. The monastery in its current form has been built by the Emperor Justinian I in the 6th century AD, with strong fortifications to protect the monks. Due to this measure, its isolated location and the protection by Mohamed, the Prophet of Islam, it remained untouched during the centuries. For this reason you cannot only see the buildings, walls and decorations in their nearly original form, but also countless precious items have survived until today, among them the greatest collection of antique icons in the world. The library features the second large collection of ancient codices and manuscripts in the world, overtrumped only by the Vatican Library. The monastery still houses monks and it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Please be aware that, before you enter the monastery, you must cover your legs, arms and head.
After this visit we will take you back to your hotel. This concludes our program and services.
Breakfast and lunch included.
- All mentioned transfers in high-class air-conditioned vehicles
- Guided camel riding tour in your language
- Entrance for St. Catherine’s Monastery and guided tour in your language
- Camping in the desert
- Meals, mineral water and soft drinks
- Gratuity (tips) for drivers, tour guides
- Personal items, meals, drinks or services not mentioned
- International and domestic flights