Tourist Guide to Desert Safaris in Egypt

Sand boarding, ©Rick McCharles/Flickr

Sand boarding, ©Rick McCharles/Flickr

Deserts cover about 20% of the Earths land surface, and are often thought of as unforgiving environments where it is difficult to survive even a day or two. While you do need special preparations to stay in the desert, it’s actually quite possible to do it even fun! Deserts provide the perfect atmosphere for some really interesting activities you won’t be able to do anywhere else in the world.

Hot deserts are, perhaps, more versatile in the kinds of activities that you can do, and the largest hot desert, the Sahara, has many points where you can take part in these activities. When in Egypt, it’s a great idea to go on a desert safari. These alternative style trips are an absolute adventure that you must experience.

Travel with Bedouin guides

Often traveling into the desert with Bedouin guides, you will have a chance to see their interaction with the environment, and enjoy it the way locals would with song and dance around a campfire at night! While camping out in the desert, you’ll experience one of the clearest night skies around as you sit in front of the camp fire and drink traditional Bedouin tea.

Bedouin meal, ©Steve & Jemma Copley/Flickr

Bedouin meal, ©Steve & Jemma Copley/Flickr

At your Bedouin camp, you might even enjoy a traditional dinner of lamb, slow cooked in the heat under the sand. While in the Egyptian desert, you will probably even be lucky enough to see a fox or two during your stay!

Try out sand boarding and dune bashing

For those who know and love snowboarding there’s the possibility to try out other desert safaris such as sand boarding. You need to climb up a sand dune with your board, and slide down either standing (for the adventurous with a good sense of balance) or sitting (for those who are more cautious, and would like to enjoy the same experience, but a little close to the ground); it’s a fun activity, and one that you can only enjoy in the desert.

Sand boarding, ©Rick McCharles/Flickr

Sand boarding, ©Rick McCharles/Flickr

If you feel safer on four wheels dune bashing will become your favourite activity. Dune bashing is an activity where you’re riding in a 4×4 vehicle that climbs up the dunes, drives along its crest, and sometimes crosses to the other side of the dune. It’s quite exciting, and you have to hold tight as you are actually leaning sideways during the ride along the crest of the dune.

Dune bashing, ©Julie Lindsay/Flickr

Dune bashing, ©Julie Lindsay/Flickr

If you want to feel real adrenaline don’t hesitate to go an a safari, they are great adventures sliding down the dune enjoying the wildlife in the area. On your next trip to Egypt, make sure you set aside a weekend for a trip to the desert it’s something you will never forget!

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