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Africa » Egypt » Sinai » Nuweiba January 2nd 2019

Decido di prendermi una breve pausa dal viaggiare, una vacanza oserei dire, e di allontanarmi momentaneamente da Israele e dal suo costo della vita a dir poco esagerato. Attraverso il confine nel profondo Sud tra le citta' di Eilat e Taba e mi ritrovo cosi' nel Sinai, quel triangolo di terra che forma un ponte naturale tra l'Asia e l'Africa, una terra di aride montagne e mari stupendi, popolata dai nobili beduini, antichi padroni di queste lande desolate. E vacanza sia! Mi fermo nel nulla a meta' strada tra Taba e Nuweiba, dove su un lungo tratto di spiaggia dorata, praticamente disabitata, sorgono decine di "camps" beduini presso cui poter soggiornare nel piu' completo isolamento dalla civilta' e da quasi tutte le comodita' del mondo moderno. Accampamenti? Campeggi? Baraccamenti? Non saprei proprio come definirli: sono spartani ... read more
Sabah beach camp
Sharm el-Sheikh: il mare

Africa » Egypt » Sinai » Dahab August 27th 2018

Snorkeling by the Red Sea Our first stop this morning was snorkeling by the Red Sea. I found snorkeling in the Red Sea intimidating and a little scary. There was a strong current pushing me towards the reef and I admit that I am not the best swimmer. I ended up cutting myself on the reef and decided not to go back in the water due to the strong current. Nevertheless, other travelers in the group said that they had an amazing experience snorkeling and would highly recommend it. I think Dahab would be a great area to visit for more experience swimmers. Dahab is known as the site for the "Blue Hole" nicknamed the worlds most dangerous diving site. It is also home to the "Canyon" another internationally famous dive site. It is one of ... read more
Bedouin Dinner
Dahab by the Red Sea
Dahab by the Red Sea

Africa » Egypt » Sinai » Dahab August 26th 2018

Today, was a long travel day. We woke up early in the morning to travel from Cairo to Dahab. Dahab is a relaxing small town on the southeast coast of the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt. It is known to be one of Sinai's most treasured diving destination. The drive was very long with a lot of tolls and security checkpoints. We reached Dahab in the late afternoon, where we relaxed by the pool. Tomorrow will be more exciting, as Renata and I are snorkeling and then heading to a Beduoin Dinner in the evening. Until then!... read more
Welcome to Dahab

Africa » Egypt » Sinai » Dahab May 29th 2017

I came to Egypt for two things, ancient Egyptian temples/pyramids and diving in the Red sea. The Red sea is renowned for being some of the best diving in the world. Before coming to Egypt I'd taken note of the governments warning and decided that I would go diving in Marsa Alam to the south due to the high chance of seeing giant sea turtles (my favourite animal) and the very slight chance of seeing a Dugong! After doing some research it looked increasingly unlikely that I would be able to visit due to the lack of backpacker accommodation. The minimum was $20 per night! My whole daily budget!. So after meeting a number of other backpackers who had either been to Dahab, or were heading to Dahab, I decided I HAD to go to Dahab. ... read more

Africa » Egypt » Sinai » Dahab October 21st 2016

We are at the Sharm el Sheikh airport waiting for our flight to Cairo. We have about 4 hrs layover in Cairo, then we fly to London. No wifi here at the airport departures (there was in arrivals so don't know why no wifi now), and there are flies buzzing around. That's one thing I won't miss about the Middle East, all the flies! My legs are covered with bites of some kind but thank god they are not itchy. Last night we had an excellent grilled fish dinner at the hotel. It was grilled fresh sea bass in a really tasty sauce, accompanied by rice, grilled vegetables and arabic bread. The cats hanging around the hotel got the leftovers. We then went for a walk and found ourselves at the shop where we had bought ... read more
Turkish coffee and sheesha
Susan and sheesha
On the drive to the Sharm airport

Africa » Egypt » Sinai » Dahab October 20th 2016

Today was the first day of our entire trip that we did not have to set the alarm! It was so nice to sleep in after so many early mornings. We didn't get up till about 8:30 (I was woken briefly at 4:30 ish as usual for the really loud call to prayer. It's especially loud here). We had a really nice breakfast here at the Acacia Hotel. They don't have the breakfast buffet any longer due to the lack of tourists, but they have several different breakfast options you can choose from. We both chose the Egyptian breakfast, and it was delicious. It consisted of foul (fava beans), falafel, egg, cheese, cucumber, tomato, and pita bread. We started with a Turkish coffee, and then had regular coffee with the meal (they don't have brewed coffee ... read more
Selfie with new necklace
Close up of new necklace
Breakfast kitty!

Africa » Egypt » Sinai » St Catherine October 19th 2016

The gladdest moment in human life, me thinks, is a departure into unknown lands. - Sir Richard Burton We were met this morning at 7:30 by our guide Ebad and driver Hassem, for our "Egyptian Desert Experience" day tour. We munched on our breakfast boxes as we drove out of Dahab. We had to bring our passports with us as we pass into UN controlled territory and they check visas. There are numerous checkpoints we had to go through, the one leaving Dahab which we passed through coming from the airport on our way here, and a couple of other checkpoints in the South Sinai. They keep very good track of tourists going into the Katherine protected area. The scenery as we drove into the Sinai desert changed from rugged granite mountains to softer sandstone hills. ... read more
Sinai desert
Sinai desert
Me and the Sinai desert

Africa » Egypt » Sinai » Dahab October 18th 2016

So, today turned out differently than we had planned, but we had an enjoyable day. First to our arrival in Sharm el Sheikh yesterday afternoon. The flight from Cairo was just one hour and was on a pretty small plane (two seats on either side of the aisle). There were only a few other Western tourists on board. Tourism in this area has been hit very hard, as it has in the rest of Egypt and Jordan. There used to be lots of tourists from England and Russia going to the Red Sea resorts on package tours, but this has dropped off considerably (in the case of Russia I think completely). We got picked up from the Sharm airport and drove about one hour up the Sinai coast to Dahab. I had no idea the scenery ... read more
Arriving in Sharm
Welcome to Sharm!
Drive from Sharm to Dahab

Africa » Egypt » Sinai » Taba December 11th 2015

We departed Sharm El Sheik at 0900 and took the East Delta bus to the Egyptian border crossing at Taba ($6) via Dahab and Nuweiba. I had initially planned to buy plane tickets to fly directly to Jordan, but the cost was so high and I heard to do the trip overland was scenic, 1/5 the cost, fairly easy and relatively safe. We traveled through the Sinai peninsula north up through the mountains along the coast, past Mt. Sinai and other biblical locales. Our bus had several other tourists on it, including two Icelanders and a very loud and obnoxious native Greek NY'er Greg who we befriended along the way. Greg talked non stop about how great Israel was and how he couldn't wait to return after his horrific trip to Egypt where it seemed like ... read more
Bakery tour
Coffee stand

Africa » Egypt » Sinai » St Catherine November 10th 2014

Into the Heart of Sinai. As we rolled up to the checkpoint, the soldier who had flagged us down walked around the car and stood in front of my window. He wore an automatic rifle of some kind, strapped across his chest – the barrel pointing down at the road. His left hand covered the trigger guard almost negligently and because the gun was at eye level next to my window, I had a brief opportunity to wonder how the regulation army green barrel and metal stock had become so scratched and dented. His right hand moved up to the window, palm facing upwards. “Passport” he said in heavily accented English. I handed over our passports and he began thumbing through the pages with calloused fingers. ‘Those hands look as if they could use a little ... read more
Mushroom Rock
All of Sinai Spread Out Below
The Bedouin Camp

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