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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)

The best 1-day hikes in Sinai

Either you are up for a longer trek or prefer a shorter hike, South Sinai welcomes visitors with open arms. Located hundreds of miles away from the trouble spots of North Sinai and mainland Egypt, the region is safe, and local operators still offer their programs for those who come. Following are ten of the best 1-day hikes, some easier and some more demanding... read more

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Rivers in the Sinai mountains

As reported, heavy rains pounded the Sinai yesterday. This video was shot today, showing the aftermath: there are “rivers” running in the mountains. This is a rare, but not an entirely unexpected phenomenon – in fact, rains used to be more plentiful in the past. As you can see on the video, there is a garden right next to the gushing flood, protected by a massive garden wall. ... read more

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Geographical features: farsh / basin

A beautiful geographical feature of South Sinai is the secluded, hidden basins found in the granite high mountain ranges. Called ‘farsh’ in Arabic, basins are also found in the desert, and the flat top of the Guna and Tih plateaus also consists of basins. Although they are very different, these basins are all water catchment areas, usually containing more soil and lusher vegetation than you find in the surrounding areas... 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