FOR A CAREFREE TRIP
TRAVEL DOCUMENTS: Foreign travelers need a passport valid for 6 months after departure from Egypt.
VISA: For foreigners, it depends on your nationality. Usually there are no visa requirements when flying directly to Sharm El Sheikh and staying no longer than 14 days in Sinai. You will receive a stamp in your passport when entering Egypt at passport control in the airport.
When staying longer than 14 days in Egypt or travelling outside the Sinai a visa is required.
Also, when flying to Cairo, a visa must be purchased at the airport for +/- €25.
VACCINATIONS: No specific vaccinations are required.
MONEY: There won’t be any expenses during your stay, but you can buy a souvenir from the locals. It is the custom to give a tip at the end of the trip.
SLEEPING: A personal tent and mattress is provided for everyone. You have to bring your own sleeping bag or you can rent one for 20 euros/week. A 1-person fitted sheet for the mattress should be provided by yourself. Also bring a pillow if necessary.
MOBILE PHONE: In the desert there isn’t phone coverage everywhere. The best way to communicate with home is by text messages. In case of emergency, it is always possible to drive to a place where there is reception. An Egyptian phone card can be purchased at the airport of Sharm. Keep in mind that in the desert there is no 3G/4G..
ELECTRICITY: During the trip there is no electricity, so electronic devices can only be charged sporadically. It is recommended that you bring a charged power bank.
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Our groups have an average of between 6 and 14 participants.
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.
To bring along
In a sturdy, flexible travel bag or backpack
- Foreigners traveling to Egypt : International passport (still valid for 6 months after returning home post travel)
A tip at trip end for our Bedouin friends (EP or Euro)
A copy of your travel assistance and health assurance
Towel(s) (fast drying), disposable washcloth, wet wipes
Personal hygiene kit, toiletries, regular medicines are very handy in a separate small bag in which you can add your bottle with washing wateran additional toothbrush & toothpaste might be useful in you small day backpackSome people adore a foldable washing bowl
Wet wipes / baby wipes to fresh up, cleaning hands, post toilet, ...
Hand sanitizers and antibacterial hand gel
Toilet paper or paper tissues combined with baby wipes
Small plastic bags , we keep the desert clean and take all paper and wipes with us
Sleeping bag (you can rent for 20€ per week)
1 person fitted sheet to cover your mattress, a couple might prefer 2 person fitted sheet and duvet iso sleeping bags
head torch to keep your hands free
Miscellaneous / all kinds of
We drink from 1,5l bottle, if you wish you can take your own reusable water container
Small backpack to carry water, sun cream, tissues, ... during hikes
Sunglasses, sun cream, lip balm
Plasters & disinfecting in case of abrasion
Sleep mask & earplugs
Camera + battery (keep in dust free bag)
Mobile & powerbank
Book if you like reading
Notebook & pen to write down your reflections
Dress in layers, temperature vary between day and night with 15 à 20 degreesWarmest in summer could be around 35 ° and during winter at night 0°
Long trousers and socks for camel trip
Thin scarf to cover up against sun burn of to wet if too warm
Warm comfortable relax clothing for evenings, warm socks
Windstopper, rain jacket
Sun hat or cap
Bathing suit (for oasis or if go to the sea)
Comfortable footwear (solid hiking shoes & sandals / flip flops
Personal preferences & craving
When you specific preferences, diet, needs or cravings for snacks, chocolate, drinks, smokes ... please take along yourself, there are no shops in desert
Tips for camel drivers, taxi etc are includedWe invite to provide at end of trip a tip to our Bedouin team. We suggest about 50 € but feel freeWhen you are very happy with their services and you live in abundance you can shareRemember our Bedouin friends never know when they have next job. Tips and income will provide for an entire year and will be shared with their family and tribe. They have social security, pension or health insurance
Free luggage space ?
You will bring great joy to Bedouin if you bring along clothes, jackets, shoes for kids & men, for women you can bring tshirts or sweaters that they can wear under their dresses, pens, pencils, notebooks toys, small backpacks,