Having been on desert safaris in both India and the UAE in the past - with extremely differing degrees of what you might call an 'authentic desert experience' - I can honestly say that 'Sinai Safari' is completely in a league of it's own when it comes to feeling truly part of your surroundings and the extremely old and traditional way of living that I was hoping in some way to be a part of for a short time.
On top of the absolutely stunning scenery, alive and vibrant at both day and night (I got to take some excellent long-exposure photos in the moonlight), the actual safari itself is like nothing I have had before. The experience could be easily described like this: Two Bedouin friends have gone to camp out, live off and enjoy the desert for a couple of nights (very much like their people have done for hundreds of years), and you and a group of friends have been lucky enough to be invited along as their guests.
You are in no way treated like a tourist on one of the big organised tours; never are you herded around on strict and annoying itineraries and fussed over every second of the day - but at the same time, the sense of relaxed expertise and calm exuded by your hosts ensures that at no moment do you feel in any way unsafe or uncomfortable in what is, for many I imagine, a new and unfamiliar outdoor environment. Trek as much as you like, sit and take it all in as much as you like, the final choice always seemed to rest with us... No pressure at all.
And I'm not exaggerating when I say the food is nothing short of fantastic. Breakfast lunch and dinner cooked in front of your eyes on the fire with mesmerising talent and technique. Watching delicious fresh flatbread made from scratch and baked under the coals is a particular favourite memory for me.
Basically, it is hard to fault. Comfortable and warm under the night sky (with the only slight bother being my friends' incessant snoring!), we all felt nothing short of relaxed, sometimes exhilarated, and always entertained. Our Guides Salah and Moosa were expert, welcoming, communicative and at times hilarious with jokes, songs and stories.
It's also worth mentioning that the booking, organisation and logistical planning of the tour was also a breeze - taken care of without a worry on our end at all. In short, they think of everything so you don't have to.
If you want to do the desert the way its meant to be done, then check these guys out.
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February 9, 2013
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thank you so much for your review. It is so kind of you to give so much information and take so much time in doing so. It is truly gratifying to have such feedback.
the Sinai Safari team
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