Egypt - Sinai Family Adventure
- An action-packed Egyptian family holiday
- Travel with the Sinai Bedouin
- Camel riding and desert camping
- Mount Moses and Sharks Bay beach fun
- Relax on a beach near Sharm El Sheikh
Sandwiched between the Mediterranean and the Red Sea, at the junction of Africa and Asia, the vast desert peninsula of Sinai, Egypt, with its rugged landscapes, warm coastal waters and great religious significance, is a super place for a family adventure. After 2 nights in beach huts at Sharks Bay, with a day to enjoy sun, sand and sea, we take a 4WD ride to White Canyon, where we meet our Bedouin guides. Hiking and camel riding through hidden valleys, such as Wadi Hodra and Wadi Ghazala, we find quiet oases and secret gardens with shading palm trees. Overnighting in comfortable fixed camps, we can enjoy the hospitality of our Bedouin hosts and experience the fantastic starscapes that are an unforgettable feature of night-time in the desert. After our 3-day desert journey, we make a short transfer to St Catherine's Monastery, which lies beneath Mount Sinai (2285m) - where Moses received the 'Ten Commandments'. Here, we have the option to make the challenging ascent to this prestigious summit in time for sunset, with camel assistance if required. Returning to Sharks Bay, a final afternoon of beach fun is a great way to end this memorable Sinai family adventure.
Is this holiday for you?
This holiday has been designed for families and includes a range of activities suitable for children of 9 years and over. The most challenging part of the trip is the 3-day hike and camel trek that we make from the White Canyon to Jebel Melehes and including the optional ascent of Mount Sinai. We can be walking and riding camels for 4 or 5 hours on a couple of these days. Hiking in desert conditions can be tiring and the temperatures at the time of any of our scheduled departures will be quite warm - up to 25°C / 77°F and possibly a few degrees hotter than this at midday, when we will usually be taking lunch and a siesta in the shade. Our camel and 4WD support does give us some flexibility and most of the walks can be avoided. To get the most out of the trip, all family members should be accustomed to regular weekend walking.