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“I’ve just spent several days in St Catherine’s and have been amazed by the whole experience. The people are incredibly friendly, everywhere feels very safe and the whole atmosphere is absolutely peaceful... All in all it has been a hugely postive experience and far different from anything the media might portray. As a single female travelling alone, I recommend you give the area a try." -- Jacky (Spain)

Top 10 Historic Sites in South Sinai

Sinai is a Biblical place with many events believed to have taken place here, and you find intact and ruined Byzantine sites at or near many of them. But you find other beautiful historic sites, from the ages of the Pharaohs and Nabataeans, and others from more recent times. A Top 10 is always difficult to list: it is subjective but also has to include the main tourist sights. Following is my list of the 10 best Sinai historic sites... read more

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Rain and floods – October 2015

Heavy rains hit the Sinai and the broader region on the 25th of October, 2015. Floods can cause damage and interruptions to services, but in a desert environment water is always a blessing. Below is a collection of photos and videos from the net, captured by locals.... read more

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Water pools in the Sinai

Located around 2000 metres above sea level, it is cooler in the Sinai High Mountain Region than anywhere else in Egypt and there are also a few water pools, two of them are ideal for a splash. The bigger one is Galt el Azraq, located in Wadi Tala Kibira, while the smaller but prettier is Kharazet el Shaq, at the top of the very steep Wadi Shaq Tinya (also called Wadi Shaq Itlah). Apart from these two places water is usually found most of the year, or possibly all year, in the granite pools of Wadi Mathar, known as Kharaza, and in the little pools at the top of the waterfall, Sida Nogra... read more

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Volunteering in Nuweiba, Egypt – Habiba Organic Farm

You can label it different ways, a venture in agrotourism, voluntarism, permaculture, sustainable development or whatever, the Habiba Organic Farm (HOF) is a unique project in Nuweiba. Diversity is at its core, whether it is about the range of plants they grow or their different activities and involvements. Managed by Maged el Said, Habiba farm is part of the international WOOF and other networks, and offers volunteers an opportunity to participate in something positive... read more

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El Tur – The remnants of old Arab traditions

In a little visited pocket of El Tur, the capital of South Sinai, you find the remnants of old traditions: beautifully built old houses, once home to a thriving community around a shipyard, and still a few of those craftsmen who build ships. The houses were made with rock from the sea, wood, palm trunks and earth as mortar. They are beautiful examples of the Arabic architecture that you find all along the East African coast, through Lamu and Zanzibar as far as Mozambique... read more

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Sinai Trekking Maps        

The Expedition Consultancy - Rock Climbing in the Sinai

Bedouin Bus - Sinai bus service