Maps about the Sinai, available either online or from bookstores in Egypt or abroad. You can jump straight to maps about the Sinai interior useful for trekking and safari; diving maps with the best dive sites; or other maps interesting and relevant for visitors.
THE SINAI INTERIOR
Locally there is only one usable map of South Sinai, pictured here, titled “Sinai: Map of Attractions.” It is said to be based on an Israeli map and is available from most bookshops in the Sinai or Cairo. At present it is available in two different qualities: bad and very bad – there used to be a better quality but that has been unavailable for many years. Despite the low quality the map does give some idea of the region, and its black and white Sinai High Mountain Region inset is really useful. The Royal Geographic Society’s map of Sinai, coming in many separate sheets, is better for the other areas of Sinai, but not for the High Mountain Region. The Soviet army maps available on the internet are also very detailed – see: Soviet military maps of the world
The black and white “The Sinai High Mountain Region” inset is one of the most accurate and useful maps to the region around St. Catherine, although there are now some other maps as well. Camps in St. Catherine probably have or can make a photocopy of this map.
The map has been widely copied and reused in other works, and its ownership is unclear.
Recently published, there are two very detailed Atlases available, one covers the whole Sinai peninsula while the other the High Mountains Region around St. Katherine. The two books feature over 300 detailed maps, and almost 7000 named-coded items! It is an academic work marking archaeological sites, but is also ideal for general tourism purposes. Truly a wonderful resource!
More info: www.amazon.co.uk
Another recently published resource is the route guide titled “Sinai Trekking And Safari”, covering all the main routes in the interior with over 100 maps and downloadable GPS waypoints. The routes can also be viewed with photos in Google Earth and Google Maps.
More info: www.sinaitrekkingandsafari.com
A unique feature of the High Mountain Region is its orchard farming tradition and there are hundreds of green Bedouin gardens and a number of gardens belonging to the Monastery of St. Katherine. Many of the gardens are now abandoned and neglected, but there are still many that are well looked after and the gardeners are happy to receive visitors. Trekking groups in the region usually stay at these gardens – many have simple but adequate facilities. Information with a list and a map of the gardens have been published in 2010 in the book “Sinai Gardens“. Book is available for a donation which goes towards the gardens.
Other sources of useful maps about the interior:
• “A walk in Sinai: St. Katherine to Al Galt Al-Azraq” describes a popular 3-4-day trek in the High Mountain Region and comes with a good map of the route. The hard copy version is out of print but it is available as a free pdf.
• Four “Walking Trail Guides”, by the National Parks of Egypt Protectorates Development Programmes, describe four 1-day walks in the High Mountain Region with good maps. Unfortunately out of print, possibly a few copies are still available in the St. Katherine Visitor Centre or local camps.
See diving sites along the coast on Google maps: google.com/maps
Sharm el Sheikh dive sites
The map by Longwood Holidays is one of the available maps listing the dive sites around Sharm el Sheikh.
“Sharm el Sheikh is one of the most popular and best known dive destinations in the world, and offers a variety of diving options that makes it ideal for both beginners and qualified divers.”
Map sources: members.virtualtourist.com , www.seadancerdivecenter.com , blueholedivers.de
Abu Galum – Nuweiba – Ras Shaitan dive sites
The best resource of the dive sites in this region is provided by www.dive-nuweiba.com with a map of all the dive sites, and a hand-drawn map for each individual site with other relevant information.
“There are plenty of different dive sites in the Nuweiba area, stunning walls and beautiful coral gardens. The whole area is of pristine nature, a nearly untouched underwater paradise. Situated far away from Egypt’s main tourism centres Sharm el Sheikh, Dahab and Hurghada, Nuweiba still offers diving of the quality that was found on the Sinai’s east-coast 30 years ago.”
Taba Heights, Taba and Eilat dive sites
The map by Longwood Holidays is the only notable map listing the dive sites around Taba and Eilat.
“The Taba region is a developing tourist area, and a virtually unspoilt red sea diving destination. With pristine coral reefs close to the shore, clear waters and a variety of life under the water, Taba and Taba Heights offer ideal conditions for learners and intermediate divers and underwater photography.”