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Where should desert lovers go to in our days?
The insider tip: Land of the Beja – forgotten paradise – Eastern desert
Probably you never heard about it – that’s exactly why we highly recommend to visit this piece of jewelry now, as long as it is more or less virgin ground. Over the last 20 years not more than 200 tourists went to see the special charm of that area.
A wide spectrum awaits you to explore: Wildlife and desert plants, Roman ruins, rests of open gold mines, prehistoric rock-art, African market products and the camel market in Shalatin are some of the highlights of that expedition.
But also the seldom traversed natural paradise of 2 different National Parks offer you closeness to nature and the re-assuring feeling of remoteness from all problems normally confronted with.
For every geologist a paradise would open, for the regular traveller he would be amaced by the sculptured rocks of Wadi El Gaheleya or the thousands of rock-arts all around the area of Bir Abraq.
Who is interested in history would cross evidence of the Romans and their settlements, but also the Islam left its traces in that semi-arid desert, like in the village of Sheikh Shazly.
The Eastern Desert is inhabited by natives who have, except for a few changes, lived the same kind of life for hundreds, if not thousands of years, taking whatever nature offers them and protecting it at the same time. These Beja had solved the unsolvable – to live with the nature and not to conquer it like the rest of mankind.
Today we still may enjoy their hospitality getting offered a special coffee prepared on charcoal.
Route: Marsa Alam - Wadi Naam – Abu Safaa – Bir Amreit – Wadi Hodein – Shalatin – Wadi el Gahaleya – Sheikh Shazly – El Hangareya – Seket – Marsa Alam.
Accommodation (2 hotel nights BB) 9 nights camping (full-board)
Transportation with 4×4-cars, guide, camping equipment (bring your own sleeping-bag)
Beverages in restaurants, tips and entrance fees