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The Desert-Soul team.
Frequently asked questions
There are tents available for everyone but some might prefer sleeping outside. Some participants prefer sleeping at camp, others like to find a quiet place further away from the group. Thick mattresses are provided for everyone. A sleeping bag (and pillow) should be brought by you, however you can also rent one from us.
We always provide enough water for you to shower in the morning and in the evening. The empty 1.5L water bottles from the day are kept and filled with washing water in the morning. You can even get hot water if you wish. There are always beautiful, discrete, natural bathrooms to be found.
During the trip we also come across water where you can freshen up. Sometimes we stop at a water source and in the oasis there is a basin where we can bathe. If we go to the sea for a day, there are also showers there.
Great question! We don't come across any toilets except during our visits to the oasis and the sea. However, you will soon find out that there are no better toilets than those nature provides. There are always places behind rocks or mountains where you can go discretely. And believe us, the views will make it all worth it.
We ask that you cover your business with sand, so that it remains pleasant for the next person who visits your spot. We never leave paper or wet wipes! In the desert it doesn't rain so everything stays for years. We ask to put them in a plastic bag and deposit them in the large trash bag (available wherever we roam).
What might seem like a challenge at first will be something you look back on later with nostalgia.
There are no special vaccinations required. Unlike in hotels where the food is left out for hours, in the desert everything is prepared fresh and with love and care. If you experience discomfort or are sensitive to changes in diet, we can provide local probiotics. These can be taken preventively for the first two days.
In the morning we have a full breakfast: freshly baked bread, fruit, yogurt, honey, jam, cheese spread, feta cheese, fried eggs, cake, tea, milk, coffee. For lunch, the Bedouins make tasty salads of roasted eggplant, tomato, white cheese, carrot, apple, cucumber, tuna, potato, local specialty with beans or peas, fruit,... In the evening, a hot meal is served. This can range from a vegetable dish with rice, to a pasta with vegetables, chicken, fish, goat,...
The cooks make a separate dish for vegetarians in the evening. During breakfast and lunch there is enough variation to satisfy vegetarians.
You don't need to be in any special shape to participate in the trip. The level of difficulty of the tours and climbs is always indicated in advance so you can choose whether or not you want to participate. An injury, too tired, other needs or just don't feel like participating in an activity? No problem. You can just ride with the Jeep or take a quiet moment for yourself at the spot. The goal is not to perform, but to enjoy what is there. Those who want more action can take additional trips.
There is free time at noon after lunch and in the evening where you can do whatever you feel like. Some read or write, others talk or sunbathe. Each to their own wishes and needs.
The target group is very broad. People ranging from 4 to 70 years of age have already come along. They are people who consciously choose peace, space and time for themselves. They want to experience the desert rather than do as many touristic activities/sightseeing as possible. In general, they are people who are close to nature and love it. Or they want to get closer to their own nature through personal growth. Below are in order of numbers the target groups that already came along: 1/ trainers and coaches, 2/ company directors, executives, 3/ self-employed and liberal professions (dentists, architects,...) 4/ creative professions, 5/ white-collar workers, ...
When I look at groups from the past, I can only say that I could not have put them together better myself. They came naturally and feel very natural. The energy of the desert causes people to be more in their hearts than in their heads. For example, a participant once said at the end of a trip, "What I found most special is that I spent 8 days with a group of 14 completely different people and at no time did I feel any judgment or resistance toward anyone. Me, who is normally always critical of people. Amazing!"
Except for camels (dromedaries), goats, donkeys and birds, we don't encounter many animals. Even though snakes and scorpions live there (as do vipers in Belgium). In the years I have been wandering through the desert, I have only once seen a snake and a scorpion that the Bedouins caught for me. The desert dwellers are trained to recognize every trace of every animal. If they discover a snake trail in a place where we stop, they always go first to look for the animal in order to catch it. When we leave, they release all animals again.
In order to relieve the Bedouins a little bit, we advise choosing a large bag for your luggage (a kind of duffel bag with two wheels for example). The luggage is put on top of the Jeeps in the morning and taken off again in the evening. Suitcases are not practical to stack and lift. A backpack is also possible, but not really necessary because we never carry our own luggage. A backpack also has the disadvantage of having to empty it completely every time you need something.
In the desert there isn’t phone coverage everywhere. The best way to communicate with home is by text messages. There is good coverage at least every two days. In case of emergency, it is always possible to drive to a place where there is reception.
Keep in mind that in the desert there is no 3G/4G.
During the trip there is no electricity, so electronic devices can only be charged sporadically. It is advisable to bring a charged power bank. To avoid wasting battery and still be able to take photos, we recommend putting your device on airplane mode.
For foreigners: mobile communication from Egypt to foreign countries is very expensive. The cheapest is online communication. At the airport of Sharm, an Egyptian phone card can be purchased or you can check if your provider offers an advantageous package that you can activate before departure.
From the mailbox
"Dear Marleen & Farag,
The two of you have created a truly wonderful journey which can help and inspire many people. The desert has sunk deep into my soul as I thought it would. Emptiness, vast...
And the love and care which you two and all the Bedouins bring,
is the perfect balance to the emptiness.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!"
“Back from a wonderful week in the desert, no words to describe the experience I had.
I left my heart with the bedouins and can’t help but feeling like it was all one big beautiful dream,
too good to last. I met beautiful and inspiring people, got closer to myself than I’ve been
in a very long time (maybe than I ever was?) and am shaken in my fundamental core...
The reality of my all day life is hard and maybe a bit confusing to me now.
The memories are forever, but I know for sure that this was not a one time only experience.
Beautiful desert and my wonderful bedouin-belgian family, this is no goodbye but a see you soon!”
After one week back in Belgium, I think and I feel it must be possible to tell you, that what I couldn’t tell you the last evening.
It’s the first time in my life that in 7 days I lost my heart at 5 man in one time (!!!!!).
During our desert-trip, I felt treated like a queen….
During our desert-trip, I felt so rich….
Not in a material way…
It was a great luxury for me that someone of some of you guys was/were always there.
It felt so safe…
It felt so warm…
It felt so good…
It felt so great…
In my head I have a lot of words to describe how beautiful I think you all are but I can’t put this in words on paper…
I felt/feel a lot of love and warmth to all of you!!!
Every-time anyone asks me how it was on my journey in the desert,
I say: please, please, please, put me on a plane and sent me back….
Like Joan Armatrading is singing so beautiful in one of her songs:
"… you put me in touch, with all my senses
you showed me the way…
… walked right in and stole my heart…"
Bedouinfriends, thank you SO much for SO much!
We’ll meet again."
"There is only one word to discribe this experience: Authenticity.
The place and the people make it so easy to ‘be’ - to connect with your soul and yourself"
Sandra De Clercq
"I’ve never been spoiled like this before! In every way!
I learned more about life, myself and other people. I feel so thankful with this experience!"
M. Verschueren, CD,
Bewondering, schoonheid, rust en stilte... ruimte, kracht!
Ontladen, onthaasten, leren kennen en begrijpen.
Onbekenden worden familie...
Warmte van de zon, warmte van de mensen,
mijn hart stroomt weer.
Mijn kompas geeft weer de juiste richting aan.
Dankbaar, geïnspireerd en vervuld!
Counsellor & Facilitator
Marleen and Farag,
Thank you for this wonderful trip.
I feel reborn, with more inner peace.
I found (a part of) the essence of life
in the stars and the moon...
in the sand and the stones...
in your eyes and your smiles...
I drank Bedouin tea
and sat near the fire
At the hour of goodbye I was to emotional to say something properly
I’ll try to come back very soon.
I wish you all the best
Sending you love and peace
from the bottom of my heart
Big hug, Kunne, Nesjma