Jeep Safari and Expeditions
We organize jeep safari (5-14days) or walking tours (4-7days), as well as camel caravans
(4-10days) through the colorful canyons and high mountain ranges of Sinai or the
oases of the Western Desert with their characteristic culture. Visit Siwa, Baharija,
Farafra, Kharga and Dakhla, and cross the Great Sand Sea or the White Desert. Our
programs also include expeditions to Gilf el Kebir and Djebel Uweinat. Our programs
are designed as independent modules that can be combined with each other or one or
two days in Cairo to see the Pyramids and the treasures of the Egyptian Museum. There
is also the possibility of attaching some days in Luxor to see Karnak temple and
the Valley of the Kings, or have a relaxing time on the beach in Sinai or Hurghada.
We will help you to find the program best suited to your clients’ needs and your
We operate all tours with a min. of 2 pax per group at any given time.
Some routes in the Western desert must be done with two jeeps. In this case, this
is noted in the program.
Trekking Tours and Camel Caravans:
Surrounding the Western oases are areas well known for their scenic beauty, which
provide ample opportunity for walking trips, accompanied by pack or riding camels.
There is, for example, the “Wadi Mushroom”, with its typical white limestone formations
resembling mushrooms, which is only a part of the White Desert. Then there is Djebel
el Makhroum, a rock formation with a natural hole, and its surroundings, as well
as Khayyam el Inglis with its tent-shaped rocks. Walks begin after breakfast, for
app. 2-3 hrs. After lunch the walk can be continued for another 2 1/2 or 3 hrs until
one hour before sunset, when the camp is made. Tents and bags are unloaded, and everybody
prepares his or her sleeping place in the tent by daylight. Beneath the sparkling
stars a hot soup and a hearty Egyptian-style meal is dished out. The bedouin prepare
dinner bedouin style, with bread baked in the ashes (Libda), and sometimes sweet
pancakes (Faraschih). After dinner there is singing and music with hand drums and
double flute (Arghul). The starlight and the fire’s warmth make an unforgettable
setting for a gregarious evening.
Exploring the heart of the Sinai Peninsula you have to resort to your own feet -
and those of the Bedouins' trustworthy pack animals, the camels. After climbing
the summits of Djebel Musa, where the Ten Commandments were revealed, and Djebel
Catherine, both overlooking the mediaeval monastery of the saint, founded by emperor
Justinian, you may want to follow the trails of the Bedouin at a leisurely pace.
Nestled among Sinai's mountain ranges you will discover amazingly green oases as
well as carefully cultivated olive groves tended by black-veiled women. The famous
Arab hospitality is demonstrated during tea breaks in goat-hair tents along the way.
Our well-trained staff and our Bedouin guides take care of your well-being by choosing
picturesque spots for lunch as well as the night camp, and by preparing lavish Egyptian
dishes for a well-deserved dinner in the evening. You will explore a part of Djebel
et Tih, the central massive of Sinai, discovering the White Canyon and the Wadi Arada,
the ruined palace of Abbas Basha and the waterfalls of Talaa. During your trip, you'll
also see the biblical Hazeroth, the little oasis of Ain Hudra, and its neighbouring
canyons, as well as the bizarre perforated sandstone formation of the Djebel Makhroum.
Afterwards you may decide to take a break on one of the beautiful beaches of South
Sinai for swimming and snorkeling.
A Day in the Desert:
In the morning the drivers have already been up to prepare breakfast when everyone
gets up. Afterwards the guide takes the clients for a short stroll. Meanwhile, the
drivers dismantle and stow the tents and equipment, then the tour commences. The
routing is designed to show a change of scenery every day. Lunch break is at a well-suited,
beautiful spot, sometimes providing an opportunity to wash or swim. After lunch the
tour continues to the landscapes and points of interest of the day’s program until
finally, app. one hour before sunset, the site of the nightly camp is reached. Tents
and bags are unloaded, and everybody prepares his or her sleeping place in the tent
by daylight. Beneath the sparkling stars a hot soup and a hearty Egyptian-style meal
is dished out. The starlight and the fire’s warmth make an unforgettable setting
for a gregarious evening.
After crossing the desert or even as extension to a tour in the Nile valley a sailing
trip on local sailing boats known as feluccas, along the most beautiful stretch of
the river Nile has become more and more popular.
Nubian sailors welcome you aboard the typical Nile felucca with its up to nine metres
high mast and triangular sail, which is in use since ancient times. An average felucca
takes 2-8 passengers. The space between the benches is used for storing luggage and
covered by planks, which form the deck. Rugs are provided for comfortable sitting.
Sailing usually starts at 8.00a.m., with stops for lunch. The Nile valley between
Luxor and Aswan is considered the most beautiful stretch of landscape in Egypt. Lush
vegetation on the riverbanks contrasts sharply with golden sand dunes and rock formations
in the background. You pass colourful Upper Egyptian and Nubian villages, cattle
bathing and children splashing in the water. In Kom Ombo visit to the Ptolemaic twin
temples set between reeds and islets used for grazing. Another attraction is a stroll
through the lively camel market in the Upper Egyptian hamlet of Darau (Tuesdays only!).
In Edfu you'll see the temple of Horus, nearly fully preserved and dating back to
the Ptolemaic kings. Especially beautiful are the Nile islands of Aswan, set in front
of a desert background.
Days begin with breakfast on board, consisting of coffee or tea, cheese, eggs, jam,
and bread. Sometimes there are fuul beans or eggs with tomato sauce. At noon there
is a break for lunch. Usually lunch is the lightest meal of the day and consists
of different kind of cheese and vegetables, or scrambled eggs with bread and salad,
tuna fish or the like, with tea or coffee afterwards. About 1hr before sunset the
boatman starts to prepare for the night. Dinner is cooked in the Upper Egyptian or
Nubian way and spicy. It is the main meal of the day and leisurely prepared: soup
of the day, rice or pasta and vegetables with meat or chicken, fruit for dessert
and coffee or tea. During the night the deck is covered with a kind of tent, which
opens to one side for ventilation.
Four or five days aboard a felucca can be combined with an extension in Luxor and
/or Aswan, as well as a tour to the Western oases, and a short stay in Cairo!