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?!
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.